Rules & Regs

PURPOSE

The Gorge Youth Basketball Program is organized to teach youngsters how to play basketball and to provide them with an opportunity to experience good sportsmanship and enjoyable recreation.

ORGANIZATION

Gorge Youth Basketball has overall authority and responsibility for the Basketball Program. The program is administered and directed Gorge Youth Basketball.

ELIGIBILITY

All players must be registered through Gorge Youth Basketball.

LEAGUES

Leagues will be organized by school grade with some age restrictions. If an area enters more than one team in a given league, the teams must be approximately balanced in regard to grade. The League Directors must approve player transfers, or any addition to the official roster.

LEAGUE GAMES

Whenever possible games must start promptly at the time and site scheduled. If a team has at least four players at the scheduled start time, the game will be started as scheduled. If a team does not have at least four players by ten minutes past the scheduled start time, the team will forfeit the game. At that point we recommend that the coaches arrange an officiated scrimmage game in the allotted time. A team WILL PLAY with a player who has five fouls provided the team has no additional players available. The last player to foul out, NOT a player who has previously fouled out, is the player the team must play with. Any additional fouls on that player will result in two free throws and the ball to the offended team.
Officials will have complete control of the game and the gym. Officials will have the authority to control coaches and spectators by assessing technical fouls or forfeiting games. In the event of problems with fan or crowd control, the official will stop the game and will ask the coach of the team whose fans are a problem, to address the issue by speaking to the fan(s). Many of our officials are youth or young adults; we do not feel that they should be put in the position of having to confront adult spectators. Fan control will be the responsibility of the coaches.
Gorge Youth Basketball will provide the game officials, including an official scorer.Rules

The OSAA Basketball Rule Book shall serve as our official rulebook. Our Special League Rules will always take precedence over the rulebook.

Ball Size
  • 1/2 & 3/4 Grade use the junior size ball (27.5)
  • 5/6 Grade use the intermediate ball (28.5)
  • 7/8 Grade use the official game ball for their gender

Spectators must stay away from the team bench. Only the head coach should have correspondence with the officials.

Sportsmanship

Coaches are responsible for the leadership, and thus the sportsmanship of their teams. Sportsmanship is displaying respect for opponents and officials. Coaching leadership is most effectively achieved by treating persons fairly and courteously, maintaining self‐control in emotionally charged situations, teaching with encouragement and inspiring youngsters to derive satisfaction from solid team play and improving individual performance. Coaches must be concerned primarily about the long‐range physical and mental well being of all of the youngsters in the program.

Rules Interpreter

Questions about rule interpretation should be directed to Gorge Youth Basketball.

Playing Time

The participation rule is designed to allow the coach maximum flexibility to determine line ups while ensuring all participants share as close to equal playing time as possible. The recommended amount of playing time is based upon the number of players available to compete in each game.

For example, on a team with seven players, each player would play in three of the four quarters. With 8+ players, the coach will play everyone in 2 quarters.

Sportsmanship should be your guide, not winning!

Coaches, you are on your honor to be fair to the intent of the equal playing time rule. Coaches, who are found to be attempting to violate this rule, or the spirit of this rule, will be removed.

Substitution

Every substitute player must report his/her number to the official scorer and then wait until an official on the court waives him in.

Overtime

Overtime is a 2-minute (stop time) period. If at the end of the 1st overtime period the game is still tied there will be a 2nd overtime period (1-minute stop time). If at the end of the 2nd overtime the game is still tied there will be a sudden-death (first basket wins) un-timed period.
NOTE : If you decide to only play five players in first overtime, if a second overtime occurs a different group of 5 players must play that overtime. You do have the option of switching players in the first overtime if you prefer.

Timeouts

1st-8th Grades: 2 per game in regulation (1 in overtime if required)

NOTE: Any unused timeouts from regulation time will not be carried over into overtime. A team calling a timeout when it has none left, will receive a technical foul, which is an automatic two points and the ball to opposing team. Jump Balls: In all leagues, the only jump balls will be at the beginning of the game and the beginning of all overtime periods. For all other jump ball situations, alternate possession will be used including the start of quarters and the second half.

Over-&-Back

Called in all leagues. The line used will be the mid-court line in all gyms.

Ejections

This is a recreational league and unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated. If a coach or player is ejected from a game the following punishments will occur:

  • First Ejection: The person ejected will be suspended for the remainder of that game plus the next game.
  • Second Ejection: The person will be a suspended for the remainder of the season & possibly banned for life.
Technical Fouls
  • Two free throws will be shot by a player on the court.
  • The ball will be awarded to the opponent of the offending team.
  • Technical fouls by coaches will be tracked and reported to the league director during the season. If a coach receives two technical fouls during the season they will be suspended for the next game.

NOTE: If a coach, the bench or a fan is given a technical foul the offended team will be given an automatic 2 points (no shots) and the ball.

Scoring (Scores will be kept for all games)
  • 1pt for free throws
  • 2pt for field goals
  • 3pt field goals allowed in 5th‐8th grade leagues when played on a court with 3-point lines.
Jewelry

No jewelry will be permitted as per the NFHS Rules

Protests

Protests will not be allowed. Blatant disregard for league rules will result in a forfeit for the offending team. Gorge Youth Basketball should be contacted with concerns of blatant disregard of rules.

ALL DIVISIONS

Running time except during:
‐ Time-outs
‐ Last 2 minutes of the 4th quarter down by less than 10.

1st-4th GRADE LEAGUES
  • Two 16-minute halves.
  • Running clock
  • When a team is up 20 points the scoreboard will freeze. This is a youth rec league and the idea here is to learn how to play the game, not be embarrassed. At AAU they keep a running score. This league is not AAU.
  • 1st-2nd Free throws will be shot from 6-feet in front of the rim. 3rd-4th will be shot from 8-feet.
  • Games will be played on 8-foot baskets.
  • The team shooting the ball (or losing possession) shall fall back on defense as soon as the other team controls the ball. The ball does not need to be cleared in this league.
  • No isolation offense is allowed. It is the goal of the league to have everybody involved. You will be warned once and the second violation is a bench technical resulting in an automatic 2-points and the ball for the opponent of the offending team. It is referee discretion on if they feel this rule is being violated.
5th-6th GRADE LEAGUES
  • Two 16-minute halves.
  • Running clock
  • When a team is up 20 points the scoreboard will freeze. This is a youth rec league and the idea here is to learn how to play the game, not be embarrassed. At AAU they keep a running score. This league is not AAU. Free throws will be shot from the foul line.
  • Three point shots are allowed in gyms where there is a 3-point line.
  • A team will be on defense when it loses possession of the ball in either of two ways:
    • A rebound taken within the key is cleared by dribbling or passing successfully out of the key. If a rebound is taken outside of the key the defensive team must fall back immediately.
    • When a team loses possession of the ball without taking a shot, it is on defense and must drop back as soon as the opposing player dribbles or successfully passes the ball to a teammate.
  • No isolation offense is allowed. It is the goal of the league to have everybody involved. You will be warned once and the second violation is a bench technical resulting in an automatic 2 points and the ball for the opponent of the offending team. It is referee discretion on if they feel this rule is being violated.
  • No full court press.
  • You have 10 seconds to get the ball across the half court line.
7th-8th GRADE LEAGUES
  • Four 8-minute quarters.
  • Clock does not stop during the last 2 minutes of the 4th quarter if a team is ahead by 10 or more points. It will stop if the score is under 10.
  • Free throws will be shot from the foul line.
  • At this level we will play OSAA High School Rules except you will not be allowed to full court press if your team is ahead by 15 points or more.

DEFENSIVE RULES

One warning will be issued for any defensive violations followed by a technical foul for subsequent violations.

1st-6th Grade:
  • The defensive players must fall back inside the top of the key extended at change of possession. This is where you are allowed to pick up a player. The ball can only be stolen inside the top of the key extended (“steal zone”). Once the ball enters the “steal zone” the whole half court is live, meaning once the ball enters the “steal zone” if the team moves it outside the “steal zone” it is legal to extend defense past the top of key extended. Referees have been notified not to allow teams to stall outside of the top of the key extended, please do not try and circumvent this rule.
  • No full court pressing.
  • Man to Man defense must be played outside the free throw lane.
  • No double teaming, trapping or zone defenses allowed outside the free throw lane. Double teaming is allowed only inside the free throw lane.
7th-8th Grade
  • Full court press allowed. Must play man-man in the half court. Teams may not full court press at any time if they are ahead by 15 points or more. Teams may full court press once the lead goes under 15 points.