8.21 BOYS 1-2 & GIRLS 1-5 RULE EXCEPTIONS. Club rules apply with the exception of the rules stated herein.
8.22 BASKETBALL SIZE. 27.5”
8.23 GOAL HEIGHT. 8' 6"
8.24 MAN-TO-MAN DEFENSE. All Players must play Man-to-Man defense. Zone defenses are prohibited. All players must line up at half court before the start of each quarter with their coach to determine defensive assignments. During the game, the defender must be within 6 feet of the person they are guarding. If the offensive player is more than 6 feet outside the 3-point arc, the defender does not have to guard outside the 3-point arc. Defensive players may switch when a screen is set. Double teaming is prohibited unless the offensive player in control of the ball is in the 3-second lane. On a violation of Rule 8.24, the referee will stop the game and award the ball to the offensive team out of bounds.
8.25 DEFENSE INSIDE THE 3-POINT ARC. Defense outside the 3-point arc is prohibited at all times. Defensive players cannot pressure the offensive player once he has gained possession of the ball outside of the offensive 3-point arc. If the offensive team loses control of the ball outside the arc, the defensive team cannot try to take possession of the ball until it crosses inside the arc.
Because defense outside the 3-point arc is prohibited at all times, running time off the clock to gain an advantage by keeping the ball outside the 3-point line is also prohibited. Accordingly, the offensive team, while in the front court, must make an effort to advance the ball across the 3-point arc. Failure to do so within 10 seconds or continuously moving the ball back outside the 3-point arc for the purpose of delay shall be a violation, resulting in a stoppage of play and the ball being awarded to the defensive team.
8.26 OFFENSIVE PLAY. Coaches are encouraged to form offensive strategies that incorporate involvement for all players. The “spread” or “4-corner” offense with the intention of player “isolation”, whether for purposes of helping an offensive player to score or keeping an offensive player away from the basket in order to minimize the number of defensive players near the basket, is illegal. On a violation of Rule 8.26, the referee will stop the game and award the ball to the defensive team. A “spread offense” is different from the offensive team “spreading the floor”. Spreading the offensive floor followed by team movement towards the basket is sound basketball strategy and is not a spread offense in terms of “isolation”. Thus, setting up an offense in a spread position in order to begin the offensive play is not illegal.
8.27 INBOUND PLAYS. All inbound plays in the front court will take place from the sideline above the free-throw line.
8.28 FREE-THROWS. Free-throws will be taken from a line inside the foul line. At half-time, each player will shoot two free throws to insure everyone has the opportunity to shoot at the basket. The team that makes more free-throws will be awarded two points. If a team has less players than its opponent, that team will choose the player(s) who have missed the most amount of free throws during the half-time event to shoot additional free-throws until that team has shot the same amount of free-throws as its opponent. No player may shoot more than 4 free-throws during the half-time event.
8.29 GUARD POSITION RULE. All players must play at least 1 full quarter at the guard position. This entails either in-bounding or dribbling/passing the ball over mid-court in all back-court situations.
8.30 RULE INTERPRETATION. Final decisions of rule interpretations will be made by the referee. REMEMBER: WE ARE HERE FOR THE KIDS!!!!!