Tualatin / Sherwood / West Linn / Wilsonville Basketball

League Rules

Recreation Rules and Regulations

2017-2018 Season

The goal is to provide a youth-oriented basketball program focusing on individual growth, sportsmanship and team play. The leagues intent is to provide a positive learning experience for their participants and volunteers.

We encourage all parents, coaches, relatives and players to take a positive approach to the game of basketball and to assist each organization in helping to develop basic fundamental basketball skills. We will encourage and support quality coaching, teaching the highest principles of sportsmanship and fair play, and ensuring an overall positive experience for all participants.

This league will utilize the National Federation of State High School Association's (NFHSA) rules with modifications made for grade levels. There are some unique rules, especially at the younger grades, in order to make the game age appropriate and to promote a recreational and developmental game of basketball. There will be strict adherence to the principles of good sportsmanship and fair play. Coaches are directed to ensure that each player has fun, without necessarily emphasizing winning.

The rules of good sportsmanship extend to player, coaches and supporters. This league will adopt a zero-tolerance policy of verbal or physical abuse. The referee, coach, or League Board member(s) monitoring the game or practice may eject any player, coach or spectator not complying with this policy at any time. Profanity will not be allowed (by anyone: parents, spectators, coaches, referees and players) and will result in a flagrant technical foul and an ejection during a game. We are promoting a family participation activity and no rowdy behavior will be tolerated.

Remember to keep the fun in the game. It's for the kids.

Facilities

We will work closely with the all the School Districts involved to insure the availability of gyms for the league. The following rules are very important to maintaining our access to these facilities:

  • Absolutely no food or drink of any kind is allowed in any school or gym. The only exception being individual plastic water bottles are allowed. NO SPORTS DRINKS OR COFFEE. WATER ONLY
  • Absolutely no animals are allowed in any school or gym.
  • All players, coaches, officials and spectators are to remain in the gym, as different groups may be using other parts of the school. An adult, other than a league member, must supervise all children at all times. (This means they must be in your sight. Thank you!)
  • NO SMOKING in or around school property.
  • Schools will be closed to league usage during any normal school closure, including conferences, holidays, and for bad weather.

Gyms are a vital resource for the organization. Help us insure their continued use by taking responsibility for following the above rules and keeping an eye out for possible behavior that could threaten that usage.

Safety

Player safety is of foremost concern to all leagues involved. There must always be two (2) adults present with players in a gym. In case of emergency, one adult can attend to the injured player and the other adult can attend to the team. Coaches are required to have the Players' Medical Consent forms with them for all practices and games. Referees may ask to see your consent forms. If you do not have them, you will not be able to play that day.

Players may not wear jewelry (including, but not limited to: earrings, and "Livestrong Bands"), metal hair clips, or hard casts during practices or games, the only exception is for medical alert ID's.

Referees are instructed to stop play immediately if any situation arises which might jeopardize the safety of a player. For example, these situations might range from clearing persons away from the court to not allowing flash photography during game play. Please comply with these policies. Coaches may come onto the playing court only after being beckoned by an official (as to attend an injured player).

Game Regulations

This league will operate under the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA) rules with some modifications made for different grade levels.

General Rules

  • Whisper Rule. Coaches may discuss rules only with the referees (not judgment calls) during time-outs or quarter breaks in a quiet manner, away from the bench area and any spectators. Any potential concerns should be discussed at the pre-game meeting.
  • This league will recognize no protests at the recreational level, and the decision of the referee is final.
  • Attempting to influence a referee by coaches, players or spectators is unacceptable behavior. The first offense is a warning. Additional influences draw a team technical foul. Referees have the right to request any spectator, coach or player to leave the premises due to unsportsmanlike or dangerous behavior.
  • The visiting team will provide the scorekeeper and the home team will provide the scoreboard operator from the team parents for each game. (Parent volunteers we thank you for your efforts and ask that you stay focused on the game task and not necessarily your child-J)
  • Only players, coaches and referees are allowed on the floor during the game, including period breaks and halftimes.
  • If a team is short players (less than 6) at the beginning of the game, any registered recreational player from the same school district, of the same gender and grade level (or below) may substitute. Both coaches and the officials must agree. If subs cannot be found from inside a team's league subs maybe used from the opposing team if the coaches agree but the game is forfeit.
  • If a team is left with fewer than 5 players due to fouls, the opposing coach may designate a fouled-out player to re-enter the game. Subsequent fouls on this player will count as a technical in addition to the called foul. (The team that shoots the technical shots will not have the next possession as per a normal technical violation, rather the defensive team will take the ball out of bounds from the end line after the technical shots have been attempted).
  • All bench personnel, including coaches, must adhere strictly to the rules of conduct described by the NFSHSA with the exception that coaches may visit the scorekeeper's table to ask a relevant question(s). This means coaches and players are to remain seated at all times except to cheer a play, to congratulate a player, or attend to an injured player.
  • 3-point shots count only on floors with marked 3-point lines.
  • Halftimes are 4 minutes. Quarter breaks are 1 minute.
  • A Team Rule Violation will result in one warning for each team, and then a team technical foul.
  • Coaches are responsible for controlling their team's spectators. Referees may assess "indirect" or technical fouls against a team's coach for unacceptable behavior by a team's spectator(s), or eject misbehaving spectator(s) at any time.

Players

All players must be registered with one of the participating leagues to participate in any practice or game. Players must wear shorts or sweat pants and an official league jersey to all games (Jerseys cannot be tied in knot behind back or the sides of player). Players may not wear hats, inappropriate footwear, "Livestrong Bands," jewelry or hard hair clips during practices or games. No hard casts. Fingernails must be smooth and a safe length.

Any player involved in a physical altercation at a basketball game will be removed for the remainder of the game. Furthermore, they will not be allowed to attend the following game. A second offense, of this nature during the season, will result in the player being suspended for the remainder of the season.

Non-Player Attendees (Parents, Family, Friends, ect…)

Please remember you are a role model to all children in attendance and we ask that you behave as such. For that reason, conduct resulting in an ejection from a game venue will result in a suspension from the following game. A second offense will result in a suspension from all events/games for the remainder of the season.

Playing Time

It is the objective of all leagues involved to provide for equitable playing time. All teams are required to do their best to provide for equitable playing time (equal or 50/50) for the players in attendance at the game. The only exception (other than injury) would be if a coach has obtained pre-approval from the Player's Agent and/or Coach's Agent prior to the start of the game. It is also expected that all players shall have the opportunity to be in the starting line-up during the season.

When there is any question of playing time the questioning coach needs to contact their Vice President for investigation. The dispute is not to take place at the game.

Time Outs

3rd and 4th grade teams are allowed ONE 1-minute timeout each half. All other teams are allowed two 1-minute timeouts and two 30-second timeouts each game. Timeouts may be requested by any player on the floor or by the coach.

Substitutions - 3rd and 4th Grade

Substitutions may only be made at the halfway point of each quarter, between quarters, and if a player is injured or picks up five fouls. The timer will notify referees and coaches as the halfway point approaches. At the first dead ball, change of possession, or a made field goal after closest to the halfway point, the referee will call an official timeout (the clock stops during a match up) to allow for substitutions and match-ups by both teams. Coaches are allowed on the floor at this time to encourage expedient match-ups. If match-ups are not expedient, and take too much time (this will be determined by the referee), The team causing the delay will lose their time out for the half.

Specific Grade Rules and Regulations

Tualatin/Sherwood 3rd Grade Boys and 3rd Grade Girls

  • A junior size ball (28.5") will be used.
  • 9-foot basket height.
  • Games consist of four 8-minute running quarters. The clock stops for all timeouts, match ups, and free throws that happen during the last 2 minutes of quarter.
  • The home team will start with the ball at the beginning of the game; visiting team will get possession after half time.
  • Zone defenses are not allowed.
    • No defensive player may intentionally guard an area instead of an opponent. The defense cannot ignore one or two offensive players. The defense may not "pack the middle."
    • First violation: warning, second: two shot technical on coach.
  • Offense isolation plays are not allowed
  • No double teaming a player unless that player is in the key.
  • Free throws are shot from 3 feet in front of the normal line. Shooters may cross the line as they shoot, but may not move toward the basket for a rebound until the ball hits the rim.
  • Backcourt defending is not allowed. If a team is illegally backcourt guarding, they receive two warnings. Subsequent calls are administrative technical(s) not charged to any player or coach.
  • At this level only, the defense must allow the offensive player with the ball to have both feet across midcourt before the defender can get into defensive position. (Referees may ask the defense to "back-up" a sufficient distance before the defense is "initiated" in order to help allow the development/confidence of the players bringing the ball into play.)
  • Offensive players are allowed up to 5 seconds in the key.
  • No 5-second closely guarded calls are made at this level.
  • Score will be publicly kept at all times
  • Referees are encouraged to undertake an instructional approach to calling the game, and will use appropriate discretion when calling traveling, over & back, illegal dribble, 5-seconds in the key, etc.

West Linn/Wilsonville 3rd Grade Boys and 3rd Grade Girls

  • A junior size ball (27") will be used.
  • 10-foot basket height.
  • Games consist of four 8-minute running quarters. The clock stops for all timeouts, match ups, and free throws that happen during the last 2 minutes of quarter.
  • The home team will start with the ball at the beginning of the game; visiting team will get possession after half time.
  • Zone defenses are not allowed.
    • No defensive player may intentionally guard an area instead of an opponent. The defense cannot ignore one or two offensive players. The defense may not "pack the middle."
    • First violation: warning, second: two shot technical on coach.
  • Offense isolation plays are not allowed
  • No double teaming a player unless that player is in the key.
  • Free throws are shot from 3 feet in front of the normal line. Shooters may cross the line as they shoot, but may not move toward the basket for a rebound until the ball hits the rim.
  • Backcourt defending is not allowed. If a team is illegally backcourt guarding, they receive two warnings. Subsequent calls are administrative technical(s) not charged to any player or coach.
  • At this level only, the defense must allow the offensive player with the ball to have both feet across midcourt before the defender can get into defensive position. (Referees may ask the defense to "back-up" a sufficient distance before the defense is "initiated" in order to help allow the development/confidence of the players bringing the ball into play.)
  • Offensive players are allowed up to 5 seconds in the key.
  • No 5-second closely guarded calls are made at this level.
  • Score will be publicly kept at all times
  • Referees are encouraged to undertake an instructional approach to calling the game, and will use appropriate discretion when calling traveling, over & back, illegal dribble, 5-seconds in the key, etc.

Tualatin/Sherwood 4th Grade Boys and 4th Grade Girls

  • An intermediate size ball (28.5") will be used.
  • 9-foot basket height.
  • Games consist of four 8-minute running quarters. The clock stops for all timeouts, match ups, and free throws that happen during the last 2 minutes of quarter.
  • Zone defenses are not allowed.
    • No defensive player may intentionally guard an area instead of an opponent. The defense cannot ignore one or two offensive players. The defense may not "pack the middle."
    • First violation: warning, second: two shot technical on coach.
  • Offense isolation plays are not allowed
  • No double teaming a player unless that player is in the key.
  • Free throws are shot from 2 feet in front of the normal line. Shooters may cross the line as they shoot, but may not move toward the basket for a rebound until the ball hits the rim.
  • Backcourt defending is not allowed. If a team is illegally backcourt guarding, they receive two warnings. Subsequent calls are administrative technical(s) not charged to any player or coach.
  • At this level only, the defense must allow the offensive player with the ball to have both feet across midcourt before the defender can get into defensive position. (Referees may ask the defense to "back-up" a sufficient distance before the defense is "initiated" in order to help allow the development/confidence of the players bringing the ball into play.)
  • Offensive players are allowed up to 5 seconds in the key.
  • No 5-second closely guarded calls are made at this level.
  • An official scorekeeper will keep score and other necessary game statistics.
  • Referees are encouraged to undertake an instructional approach to calling the game, and will use appropriate discretion when calling traveling, over & back, illegal dribble, 5-seconds in the key, etc.

West Linn/Wilsonville 4th Grade Boys and 4th Grade Girls

  • An intermediate size ball (28.5") will be used.
  • 10-foot basket height.
  • Games consist of four 8-minute running quarters. The clock stops for all timeouts, match ups, and free throws that happen during the last 2 minutes of quarter.
  • Zone defenses are not allowed.
    • No defensive player may intentionally guard an area instead of an opponent. The defense cannot ignore one or two offensive players. The defense may not "pack the middle."
    • First violation: warning, second: two shot technical on coach.
  • Offense isolation plays are not allowed
  • No double teaming a player unless that player is in the key.
  • Free throws are shot from 2 feet in front of the normal line. Shooters may cross the line as they shoot, but may not move toward the basket for a rebound until the ball hits the rim.
  • Backcourt defending is not allowed. If a team is illegally backcourt guarding, they receive two warnings. Subsequent calls are administrative technical(s) not charged to any player or coach.
  • At this level only, the defense must allow the offensive player with the ball to have both feet across midcourt before the defender can get into defensive position. (Referees may ask the defense to "back-up" a sufficient distance before the defense is "initiated" in order to help allow the development/confidence of the players bringing the ball into play.)
  • Offensive players are allowed up to 5 seconds in the key.
  • No 5-second closely guarded calls are made at this level.
  • An official scorekeeper will keep score and other necessary game statistics.
  • Referees are encouraged to undertake an instructional approach to calling the game, and will use appropriate discretion when calling traveling, over & back, illegal dribble, 5-seconds in the key, etc.

All Leagues 5th Grade Boys

  • Intermediate size ball (28.5") will be used.
  • 10-foot basket height.
  • 6-minute quarters with stop-time. Overtimes are 2 minutes. Max one OT.
  • Zone defenses are not allowed.
    • No defensive player may intentionally guard an area instead of an opponent. The defense cannot ignore one or two offensive players. The defense may not "pack the middle."
    • First violation: warning, second: two shot technical on coach.
  • Offense isolation plays are not allowed
  • Teams may back court guard only in the 4th quarter and in overtime, as long as they do not have a lead of 15 or more points. Once the ball crosses the mid-court line, high school rules are played in the frontcourt including 5-second closely guarded. If a team is illegally backcourt guarding, they receive one warning. Subsequent calls are administrative technical(s) not charged to any player or coach.
  • Any player yelling at an opponent may be considered unacceptable conduct by the referees. The first violation shall result in a team warning. The ball will be awarded to the opponents for a spot throw in. A second violation is considered unsportsmanlike conduct resulting in a team technical foul. This includes free throws.
  • Time outs = two 60 seconds and two 30 second
  • Overtime = If after regulation score is equal and time permits there will be a single 2 minute stop-clock period. Time Outs do not carry over; each team receives one-30 second time out.

*** All officials will operate under the current rules of the National Federation of High School Associations with the following modifications and exceptions. Any situation not covered under the written rules will be decided by the game officials. Their decision is final.

All Leagues 6th Grade Boys and 5th/6th Grade Girls

  • Intermediate size ball (28.5") will be used.
  • 10-foot basket height
  • 7 minute quarters with stop time. Overtimes are 2 minutes. Max one OT.
  • Zone defenses are not allowed.
    • No defensive player may intentionally guard an area instead of an opponent. The defense cannot ignore one or two offensive players. The defense may not "pack the middle."
    • First violation: warning, second: two shot technical on coach.
  • Offense isolation plays are not allowed
  • Teams may back court guard only if they do not have a lead of 15 or more points. Once the ball crosses the mid-court line, high school rules are played in the frontcourt including 5-second closely guarded.
  • Any player yelling at an opponent may be considered unacceptable conduct by the referees. The first violation shall result in a team warning. The ball will be awarded to the opponents for a spot throw in. A second violation is considered unsportsmanlike conduct resulting in a team technical foul. This includes free throws.
  • Time outs = two 60 seconds and two 30 second
  • Overtime = If after regulation score is equal and time permits there will be a single 2 minute stop-clock period. Time Outs do not carry over; each team receives one-30 second time out.

*** All officials will operate under the current rules of the National Federation of High School Associations with the following modifications and exceptions. Any situation not covered under the written rules will be decided by the game officials. Their decision is final.

All Leagues 7th and 8th Grade Boys and 7th/8th Grade Girls

  • Regulation ball (29.5") for 7th and 8th grade boys, intermediate ball (28.5") for 7th/8th
  • 10-foot basket height.
  • 7-minute stop-time quarters. Overtimes are 2 minutes. Max one OT.
  • Zone defenses are not allowed.
    • No defensive player may intentionally guard an area instead of an opponent. The defense cannot ignore one or two offensive players. The defense may not "pack the middle."
    • First violation: warning, second: two shot technical on coach.
  • Offense isolation plays are not allowed
  • Teams may back court guard only if they do not have a lead of 15 or more points. Once the ball crosses the mid-court line, high school rules are played in the frontcourt including 5-second closely guarded.
  • The score will be publicly kept on the scoreboard at all times.
  • Any player yelling at an opponent may be considered unacceptable conduct by the referees. The first violation shall result in a team warning. The ball will be awarded to the opponents for a spot throw in. A second violation is considered unsportsmanlike conduct resulting in a team technical foul. This includes free throws.
  • Time outs = two 60 seconds and two 30 second
  • Overtime = If after regulation score is equal and time permits there will be a single 2 minute stop-clock period. Time Outs do not carry over; each team receives one-30 second time out.

*** All officials will operate under the current rules of the National Federation of High School Associations with the following modifications and exceptions. Any situation not covered under the written rules will be decided by the game officials. Their decision is final.

Parent Rules and Regulations

  • This is a recreational league designed for the kids to enjoy themselves and learn how to play the game. Do not take games seriously; let the kids have fun. Cheer positively from the stands. Do not address referees, other players, and other coaches or game officials in any manner. Try this approach. After games and practices ask your child, "Did you have fun?" not, "Did you win"
  • Do NOT yell at the referees. It accomplishes nothing and only shows your poor sportsmanship. Our young people are just beginning their careers as referees, just as your children are beginning their careers as players. Young players make mistakes, and young referees make mistakes. If you are unwilling to take the whistle and call the game yourself, limit you're critiquing of referees to yelling at your TV set.
  • Be positive. Acknowledge good plays and hustle. Do not coach your child from the stands. Your advice will often be at odds with what the coach is trying to get the team to do, and will confuse your player
  • Help the coach. Drop off and pick up your player on time. Stick around to help if possible, especially if the coach is alone with the players.
  • Let your player know you are having fun, watching them have fun. Smile!
  • Know the rules and regulations. This is not the NBA, nor the NCAA. We have altered high school rules with grade-appropriate changes. The league encourages everyone to become familiar with the rules. Yelling about rules and not knowing what they are is the easiest way to look silly to everyone.
  • Once again, DO NOT coach from the stands. It will only confuse and frustrate your player, reducing their fun and yours. Additionally, don't blame losses on officials. It sets a poor example. Leave the game in the gym and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
  • Let the players make mistakes. It is how they learn.
  • Please remember to focus on each individual's effort, not outcome.