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RULES

Basketball Size

  • 3rd-6th Grade | 28.5

  • 7th/8th Grade Girls | 28.5

  • 7th/8th Grade Boys | 29.5

 

Playing Time

  • Buzzardball Winter League is an ALL-PLAY League

  • Coaches are REQUIRED to follow the Player Sub Grid

 

Game Length

  • 10:00 Quarters

  • Running Clock 

  • Stopped Clock for SUBS at halfway point of quarter, timeouts, and FINAL two minutes of the game (if lead is under 10 points)

 

Substitutions

  • Subs at 5:00 mark | not a TIMEOUT - Coaches must have next group ready

  • No subs occur during game play (except for injury + disqualification - see below)

  • Clock Operator will stop clock at 5:00 mark; Officials will signal for subs on dead ball whistle (letting a play in progress finish)

  • Site Director will confirm substitutions

  • If injury occurs, first player listed in next segment will sub for injured player

  • Each player is allowed FIVE (5) fouls; the first player listed in the next segment will sub for a disqualified player.

 

Timeouts

  • THREE (3) timeouts per game

  • Extra Timeout Awarded if game goes into OVERTIME

 

Free Throws

  • 1 Free Throw for TWO (2) points (or 3 on 3 ptrs) throughout game

  • Final 2:00 of game | Bonus occurs on 1st Foul (1 FT for 2)

  • No Team Fouls are recorded

  • If basket is made on foul, award AUTOMATIC point (no Free Throw)

 

Defense

  • No Double Teaming Outside of the Key

  • Double Team Allowed once player enters the Key

  • Man-to-Man Defense Only

  • 3rd + 4th Grade Divisions

    • No Press Allowed

    • Pick up on Defense at 10-Foot Line in Front Court

  • 5th/6th + 7th/8th Grade Divisions

    • Press Allowed in 4th Quarter

    • Pick up on Defense at Half-Court Line

 

Overtime

  • 3:00 Length | Subs at 1:30 | Stopped Clock in Final 1:00

  • Players that started 4th Quarter start OVERTIME

  • 2nd OT is Sudden Death = First Team to score

  • Coach can choose Players for Sudden Death

 

Home Team

  • Wear WHITE jerseys | listed SECOND on the schedule

  • Sits to the RIGHT of the scoreboard

  • Warm Up on same basket  as bench

  • Provide volunteer for the SCOREBOOK

  • Provide GAME BALL

 

Visiting Team

  • Wear DARK jerseys | listed FIRST on the schedule

  • Sits to the LEFT of the scoreboard

  • Warm up on same basket as bench

  • Provide volunteer for the SCOREBOARD

 

Other Rules

  • Technical or Flagrant Fouls

    • Technical results in automatic TWO points and ball out of bounds

    • If a player is assessed a TECHNICAL FOUL, they will be removed from the game

    • If a coach is assessed a TECHNICAL FOUL,  they will need to coach from the bench for the remainder of the game.

  • Blowout Rule 

    •  If a team is leading by 20 or more points, the scoreboard will stop until the trailing team scores. 

    • Points will still be recorded in the scorebook even if they don’t show up on the scoreboard.

  • No Spread Offense Allowed

 

Officials

  • Officials from Hawkins Officiating are to be treated with respect at ALL times

  • No complaints should be directed at the official(s) during or after the game

  • No shouting out violations or complaints from the stands or the bench

  • Cooling-Off Period is 24 hours. After 24 hours have elapsed, you may e-mail Steve Buzzard at scbuzzard@gmail.com. Please leave the details of the incident. The incident will then be shared with Hawkins Officiating Directors Steve Harank, Andrea Barber, and Jay Crawley. You will receive a response as soon as possible.

 

Site Directors

  • Site Directors will be at each of our game sites

  • Ensure that games are running on time

  • Collect Sub Grid Number Rosters before the game

  • Check Line-Ups before each segment

  • Assist Coaches in having Scoreboard + Scorebook duties occupied before the game starts.

  • Deal with any in-game incidents

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K-2 Rules

Basketball Size

  • Kindergarten, 1st, + 2nd Grade | 27.5

 

Home Team 

  • Wear WHITE jersey | listed SECOND on schedule

  • Sits on RIGHT side | Warm-Up on same side

  • Provide GAME BALL

 

Away Team

  • Wear DARK jersey | listed FIRST on schedule

  • Sit on LEFT side | Warm-up on same side

 

Game Length

  • 8:00 Quarters | Running Clock | Subs at 4:00 mark | 2:00 Halftime

 

Match Up

  • Players match up at Center Court before the start of each segment

  • Players wear colored wristbands 

  • Man-to-man defense

  • Two darkest wristbands go to top players in the segment

 

Freeze Play

  • When official says FREEZE, all players freeze on the basketball court

  • Player with basketball can dribble into position to score

  • FROZEN players can turn toward the basket

  • Once the shot is taken, ALL players can UNFREEZE to get the rebound if the shot is missed

 

Sub Grid

  • Each player will be assigned a Sub Grid number

  • Sub Grids will be displayed by coaches above team bench

 

End of Game

  • Sportsmanship Line | Players form line and shake hands/give high-fives to opponent

  • Coaches will return wristbands to Site Director table.

  • Please clear the floor in order for the next game to start on time

  • ALL snacks should be distributed outside the gym

 

Water Bottles

  • CAP IT = Please have the kids put the caps back on their water bottle

  • Bins will be located at the end of each bench for the kids to place their water bottle in during the game.

  • Towels will be available for any spills that take place

 

Other Rules

  • 4-on-4 matchup due to smaller court

  • No Score is kept

  • No STEALING the DRIBBLE | Players can steal the pass, block a shot, or grab a loose ball

  • No BACKCOURT defense = after ball is rebounded by opponent, team that becomes defense must retreat to backcourt | defense can start at half-court line

  • K-NBA and 1st-NBA Coaches are allowed to be on the floor during play to coach kids

  • No FREE THROWS