Basketball Guidelines

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE EXTRAMURAL

BASKETBALL GUIDELINES

 

National Federation Rules will apply with the following modification in rules listed below.

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES

 

TEAM COMPOSITION:

 

  1. Schools will play by GRADE level only.
  2. Competition will be arranged for two or three games in each grade level.
    Game times: 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
  3. A school with 10 or more players per grade level will be required to field two DIFFERENT teams. A school with 20 or more players per grade level will be required to field three different teams.
  4. Teams will be designated as the “A Team,” “B Team,” and “C Team.”

 

“A Team” will consist of the “best” athletes

“B Team” will consist of the next most skilled athletes

“C Team” will consist of least skilled athletes

 

  1. If any grade level has only five players per team, TWO of the least skilled athletes may swing down from the “B Team” to be substitutes during the “C Team game; any two players from the “C Team” may swing up to be substitutes during the “B Team” game; and any two players from the “B Team” may swing up to be substitutes during the “A Team” game. (The intent of this rule is to maintain competition at as equal a level as possible, allow three teams to be maintained, and to allow all athletes the opportunity to play. It is also intended to keep a supervisor from playing the same students through both games.)

 

  1. The activity director is responsible for notifying its opponent and the District Office by Wednesday, (A.M.) if they can field only two teams.

    Ball:
    Girls and Boys will use 28.5” Ball

GAME MANAGEMENT:

 

“A Team” games will be played first. “B Team” games will be played second. “C Team” games will be played third.

 

LENGTH OF GAMES:

 

20        minute halves running time

3          minute half-time

2          full timeouts per game (clock will be stopped)

2          30-second timeouts per game

 

If at ANY TIME during the last two minutes of the game the two teams’ scores are within six points of one another, the clock will stop for all dead balls. Once this procedure has begun, it will continue until the end of the game regardless of the point spread.

 

Tied games at the end of regulation will play a two minute overtime. Each team will receive 1 full timeout in the OT period. If still tied at the end of the overtime period, the game will end in a tie.

 

 

SCORING:

 

No individual scores need to be kept. Personal fouls (after five fouls a player will be removed from the game), team fouls, and timeouts will be recorded.

 

POINT OF EMPHASIS: In the “C” game no pressing is allowed. Please inform officials, coaches and scorekeepers of 20-point rule.

 

If a team is ahead by 20 or more points, they will not be allowed to press (must move all players inside the three-point line). The first time a team illegally presses, they will be warned and the opponents will be awarded the ball out of bounds. The second time a team violates this rule, they will be assessed a two-shot technical foul and the ball will be awarded to the shooting team out of bounds after the shots are taken.

 

If a team is ahead by 20 or more points, they will not be allowed to fast break. The defensive team will be allowed to get back on the defense and set up before the offensive team is allowed to shoot. (Penalty — ball out of bounds.) The first time this happens the offensive team will be warned and the ball will be given to them out of bounds. On the second or any recurring violations the ball will be awarded to the opponent.

 

INTERPRETATION:

 

Interpretation of defensive team pressing when offensive team is ahead by 20 or more points: The defensive team may choose to press if behind by 20 or more points; however, by doing so they forfeit their right to set up their defense at the opposite end of the court. If the offense were to break the press and/or get an easy basket by throwing the ball long up court, it is NOT considered a fast break.

 

Interpretation of offensive team when defensive team is ahead by 20 or more points: If the offensive team is behind by more than 20 points, the defensive team cannot make a play on the ball while controlled by a player until that player enters the three-point arc. This applies to a rebound after a missed basket and the inbounds after a made basket.

 

If the offensive team is behind by 20 or more points and chooses to fast break, the defensive team also may not play a “controlled” ball until the person crosses the three-point arc.