BETTERBALL!

2016-17 League Rules

 The BETTERBALL! Winter League begins its 9th season this December.  The League Mission is to provide young kids an opportunity to play in a structured basketball game with many teachable moments along the way about sportsmanship, teamwork and the game of basketball. All members of the league - directors, coaches, players, referees, and fans - are held to the highest standards of sportsmanship and integrity.

General Rules

1.     Game referees will officiate all 2nd thru 3rd grade divisional games with the intent to both manage the game and teach the game as needed. Game referees will officiate all 4th and 5/6th grade divisional games with more of an emphasis on the rules of basketball.

2.     Before each game throughout the season, a brief meeting between all of the coaches (head and assistants) and the referee will take place to greet one another, review any specific rules, share any team issues, and ask any questions.

3.     Baskets (if able) shall be 8 feet high for second grade, 9 feet high for third grade, and 10 feet high for the fourth and fifth/sixth grade division.

4.     The 5/6th grade boys’ division will use the 29.5 boys basketball. All other divisions will use a size 28.5 basketball. 

5.     Coaches must give all players equal playing time.

6.     Players must tuck their shirts into their shorts and pull their shorts up to their waists.

7.     Coaches are responsible for supervising their players and fans.

8.     Coaches must stay in front of their bench area while coaching.

9.     Coaches are also responsible for ensuring that their bench areas are clean at the end of the game.

10.  Fighting shall result in an immediate ejection and at least a one game suspension.

11.  Any excessive complaining or verbal abuse displayed by a coach will result in an immediate ejection by the referee or a BETTERBALL! representative. The coach will not be allowed back in the gym for future games until there has been a discussion with Steve Cloran or Kath Cloran.

Game Procedures

1.     Each game shall consist of two 20-minute halves and be played with a running clock, except for the last one minute of the first half, the last one minute of the second half, and any unusual delays (ball leaves the court, injury, player needs to tie their shoe, etc.).

2.     If we do not have two teams by 10 minutes past the scheduled start of the game, the game shall be shortened to 15-minute halves and/or the game can begin with 4 players versus 4 players.

3.     The time between halves (half-time) shall be no more than three minutes.

4.     Games shall begin with a jump ball in the center of the court and shall continue with the alternating-possession procedure.

5.     The first overtime session shall last two minutes. Any additional overtime sessions shall last 1 minute unless both coaches agree to end the game in a tie. All sessions shall begin with a jump ball. There will be a maximum of three overtimes periods.

6.     Each team shall be entitled to use two time-outs per half and one time-out per overtime session. Each time-out shall last no more than 45 seconds.

7.     Substitutions may only be made during stoppages of play.

8.     Any player charged with five fouls is no longer eligible to play in the game.

9.     The offense must advance the ball past half court within ten seconds.

10.  At half-time, the scoreboard may be reset to 0-0 if one team is leading by 15 points or more.

Offensive Rules

1.     Three pointers

a.    For 2nd and 3rd grade divisions: all shots from the field will count as 2 points.

b.    For 4th and 5th grade divisions: a team shall be awarded one point for made free throws, two points for shots made from inside the three point line, and three points for shots made from behind the 3-point line.  In the event that a game is officiated by only one ref, if the ref does not see a player’s feet on what appears to be a 3-point attempt, the ref can ask one of the coaches if they saw the player’s feet to determine if the shot was a 3-pointer or a 2-pointer.  Otherwise, the shot will count as a 2-pointer. 

2.     Free Throws

a.    During free throws, the players along the lane line cannot enter the lane until the ball is released from the shooter.  The shooter cannot enter the lane until the ball crosses the plane of the rim. 

b.    Teams shall shoot one-and-one on the opposing team’s seventh team foul in a half and shoot two shots on the opposing team’s tenth team foul in a half.

c.     2nd Grade League: players, if needed, can be positioned closer to the basket as advised by the referee or approximately 2 feet inside the FT line

d.    3rd Grade League: players, if needed, can be positioned closer to the basket as advised by the referee or approximately 1 foot inside the FT line

3.     With regards to “3 seconds in the lane”, it is our intention to enforce this rule.  It is the responsibility of the coaches to teach the concept and rule of “3 seconds in the lane” during team practices.

a.    In our 2nd and 3rd grade division, we will enforce this rule after repeated warnings and/or when the offense gains a clear advantage over the defense due to the violation.

b.    In our 4th and 5th grade division, we will enforce this rule after just a few warnings and/or when the offense gains a clear advantage over the defense due to the violation.   

4.     POINT OF EMPHASIS: Teams may not hold the ball outside of the free zone for more than 10 seconds (see FREE ZONE in Defensive rules for further clarification)

 

 

Defensive Rules

1.     ADD: Teams may play either man to man or zone defense. If a team is ahead by 10 points or more, they must play zone defense.

2.     FREE ZONE

a.    2nd Grade Division

i.     The area outside the 3-point line is known as the “Free Zone”. No defense or defender is allowed in the “Free Zone”. 

ii.     Full-court pressing is NOT allowed. 

b.    3rd Grade Division

i.     The area outside the 3-point line is known as the “Free Zone”. No defense or defender is allowed in the “Free Zone”. 

ii.     With 1 minute to go in the second half, the defense is allowed to guard the offense outside of the free zone but not beyond half-court. If a team is leading by 10 points or more, they cannot play defense in the free zone even in the last minute. 

iii.     Full-court pressing is NOT allowed. 

c.     4th Grade Division

i.     The area outside the 3-point line is known as the “Free Zone”.  No defense or defender is allowed in the “Free Zone” at the beginning of their defensive possession.

ii.     Once the offense advances the ball past the three point line, the defense may defend the offense if the offense passes the ball back into the free zone. 

iii.     Due to the free zone / no pressure rule rendering the defensive team to remain behind the 3 point line until the basketball has crossed the 3 point line, shooting a 3 point shot before the basketball crosses the 3 point line is an unfair advantage for the offensive team.  Therefore, an offensive player cannot shoot a 3 point shot until the ball has crossed the 3 point line. First offense, basket does not count and the offense gets the ball back. Second or more offense results in a turnover.

iv.     With 1 minute to go in each half, the defense is allowed to guard the offense outside of the free zone but not beyond half-court. If a team is leading by 10 points or more, they cannot play defense in the free zone until the offense advances the ball past the three point line. 

v.     If the ball goes out of bounds the free zone will reset.

vi.     Full-court pressing is NOT allowed. 

d.    5/6th Grade Division

i.     There is no “Free Zone” in our 5/6th grade division.  Defense can be played anywhere on the court. 

ii.     Full Court Pressing is allowed until a team goes up by 10 points or more.  Once a team has a 10-point lead, that team must stop pressing full-court but they can begin playing defense at half-court.  If a team goes up by 20 points, no pressing (either full-court or half-court) is allowed and that team must pull back their defense to the 3-point line. 

All questions concerning the interpretation of these rules shall be resolved by the BETTERBALL! referee or gameday manager on site.

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