WEST BOCA BASKETBALL–LEAGUE RULES
(Revised August 2015)
West Boca Basketball League, Inc.
1) High School Rules. Except as noted below, Florida High School rules apply.
2) Length of Games. For all age divisions except the 5-6 year olds, 7-8 girls, 9-10 girls, 7 boys, 8 boys, 9 boys, 10 boys and 16+ boys divisions, the length of games is six minute quarters with a stop clock in effect. Half time will be three minutes for all age divisions.
For 5-6 year-olds, there will be 6-minute quarters utilizing a running clock. The clock stops only for technical fouls and time outs.
For the 7-8 girls, the 9-10 girls, the 7 boys, 8 boys, 9 boys, and 10 boys divisions, there will be 8-minute quarters utilizing a running clock. The clock stops only for technical fouls and time outs, except that it will be a stop clock during the final minute of the fourth quarter. In the 16+ boys division, quarters will be 7 minutes with a stop clock in effect.
3) Jump Ball/Alternating Possession. Games start with a jump ball, and thereafter possession will alternate. Whenever the rotation rules require a split third quarter or split fourth quarter, possession is maintained by the team with possession of the ball at the end of the first half of the split quarter. The game officials shall determine an appropriate time to stop play at the approximate mid-point of the third period (and fourth period for younger age groups where split fourth periods apply due to rotations) so that teams can rotate their players.
4) Time Outs Allowed. In all age groups there will be four full time outs per game. Unused time outs during regular play do not carry over to overtime.
5) Overtime. Games tied at the end of regulation play result in an additional two-minute overtime period. In the event the game is still tied after the first overtime, a second two-minute overtime results, and so on, until a winner is decided. For age groups where coaches’ choice does not apply in the fourth quarter, the first overtime utilizes the first quarter rotation, the second overtime has the second quarter rotation, etc. Each team gets one time out per overtime period with no carryovers. Overtime is treated as an extension of the fourth quarter, thus rules which apply in the fourth quarter would apply in overtime (for example, in younger age groups, full court defense would only be allowed in the final minute of overtime).
6) Fouls. Players foul out on the fifth personal foul. Technical fouls charged to a player also count as a personal foul. If a technical foul is charged to a team’s coach, it also counts as a team foul. On the seventh team foul of the half, the bonus (one and one) is in effect. On the tenth team foul of the half, all fouls are two-shot fouls.
For the 5-6 co-eds, 7 boys, 8 year-old boys, and 7-8 girls, free throws are attempted from the volley ball end line inside the free throw lane. For the 9 boys and 9-10 girls divisions, foul shots are attempted from an imaginary line crossing the free throw lane between the hash marks closest to the standard free throw line. For the 5-6, 7 boys, 8 boys, and 7-8 girls groups at halftime, free throws are shot (two per player) and the accumulated made free throws are added to the team’s point total prior to the start of the third quarter(subject to a maximum difference of five additional points). When there is a different number of players on each team, the coach whose team has fewer players assigns one extra free throw to each of the lowest players in his rotation as necessary to equalize the total free throws attempted (after all other players have finished).
NOTE: The 7 yr old Boys division, the 8 yr old boys, and the 7-8 yr old girls shall include the awarding of 5 bonus points to any team which, during a game, has five different players score a field goal (or two successful free throws during the course of play). The points shall be awarded immediately upon reaching this team goal. This rule applies only once per team per game and also applies during any overtime periods. No team shall benefit from these half time free throws by more than a five-point differential when comparing to the opponent’s total.
FOR THE 5-6 CO-EDS, 7 BOYS, and the 7-8 GIRLS DIVISIONS, free throws will only be awarded after a team reaches the double bonus (10 fouls in a half) or when there is an Intentional or Technical foul. The clock will stop during free throws in the 7 boys and 7-8 girls divisions. For all other foul situations, the ball will be awarded to the team whose player was fouled at the spot closest to the foul.
One coach for each team is allowed on the court for guidance in the 5-6, 7 boys, 8 boys, and 7-8 girls divisions. Coaches in the younger divisions who exercise the option to coach on the court must remain near the sidelines to avoid endangering the players. In all divisions, a maximum of two coaches are allowed on the bench(including the coach on the floor for the 5-6 ,7 boys, 8 boys, and 7-8 girls divisions) with the team players. A violation of this rule is a technical foul.
ALL COACHES PARTICIPATING IN WBB MUST HAVE PASSED A BACKGROUND CHECK AND BE APPROVED BY LEAGUE ADMINISTRATION BEFORE INTERACTING WITH PARTICIPANTS IN ANY FORM OF LEADERSHIP ROLE, INCLUDING SITTING IN THE BENCH AREA DURING GAMES OR LEADING DRILLS DURING PRACTICES OR GAMES.
8) Three Point Rule. Three point shots count for three points only in ages 9 and over.
9) Illegal Defenses. Restrictions on defenses apply in all age divisions as follows:
– 5-6 Division – Defense must have both feet within the paint during the entire game; a technical foul will be called for stalling(determined at the officials’ discretion).
– 7 Boys Division – Defense must have both feet within the blue line extended to the free throw line laterally. The offense must enter the ball into the free throw lane at least every 10 seconds once the ball is in the front court. Failure to do so is a violation.
– 8 Boys Division- Defense must have both feet within the three-point line throughout the game EXCEPT that defense will be allowed to extend to half court in the final minute of the game. The offense must enter the ball into the free throw lane at least every 10 seconds once the ball is in the front court; failure to do so is a violation.
– 9 Boys Division – Defense within the three point line in the first half and to half court in the second half, EXCEPT that full court defense is allowed in the final minute of the game. In the first half, the offense must enter the ball into the free throw lane at least every 10 seconds once the ball is in the front court; failure to do so is a violation.
– 10 Boys Division – Half court defense only throughout the game EXCEPT that full court defense is allowed in the final minute.
– 11 and 12 Boys Divisions – Half court defense only throughout the game, EXCEPT that full court defense is allowed in the final minute of the game.
– 13 Boys Division – Half court defense in the first half, full court defense the entire second half for the first five games of the regular season. Full-court defense for the entire game starting with the sixth game through the playoffs.
– 14-15 Boys and 16+ Boys – Full court defense the entire game.
– 7-8 Girls—Defense inside the blue line extended for the entire game (see 7 boys).
– 9-10 Girls—Defense inside the 3-point line in the first half. Half-court defense in the second half EXCEPT that full court defense is allowed in the final minute of the game. In the first half, the offense must enter the ball into the free throw lane at least every 10 seconds once the ball is in the front court; failure to do so is a violation.
– 11-12 Girls – Half court defense throughout the game EXCEPT that full court defense is allowed in the final minute of the game.
– 13+ Girls—Half court defense in the first half and full court defense in the second half for the first five games of the regular season; As of the sixth regular season game and for remainder of the season, full court defense will be allowed for the entire game.
FOR ALL AGE GROUPS, each team shall receive two warnings and thereafter a technical foul will be called for each violation of the defense restriction rules. This rule also applies in games where a team has developed a lead of 15 or more points and has been informed that their defense is restricted. In the event a basket is scored as the result of illegal defense, the points shall not count. If they are counted incorrectly, the error must be identified and points removed as agreed upon by the Division Coordinator and Game Officials prior to the start of the next quarter or the basket will count. For all age groups where defensive restrictions apply, the offensive throw-in following a time-out during the last half of the fourth quarter must go into the front court(except during the last minute, if full-court defense is allowed). The officials must warn the players of this rule prior to the throw-in and if the player fails to inbound the ball to the front court, it is a violation. If the official fails to warn the player, there is no penalty if the ball is inbounded to the backcourt.
10) Minimum Number of Players. In order to begin a game, a team must have at least five players dressed and ready to play no later than five minutes after the scheduled starting time. Failure to comply with this rule results in a forfeit. A team may finish the game with as few as three players.
11) Practices. Coaches should conduct one or two practices per week. Practice sites must be in Boca west of the Turnpike– maximum allowable length of practices is 90 minutes. Prior to the first game, teams may practice as frequently as the coaches and players wish. Violation of practice parameters can lead to game forfeits or coach suspensions. No coach may require extra payments from a parent/player in reference to practices. Practices may not be held at any facility that is used by the league for regular season games. Refer to Coaches’ Manual for practice sites.
12) Player Substitution. Players who must be replaced for any reason (fouling out, injuries, etc.) during their rotation must be substituted for by mutual agreement between the opposing coaches. Coaches need to remember this is a recreational league and reach a quick decision OUT OF EARSHOT of the players. The substitute then plays in his regular rotation as well as filling in for the injured player. If a player continues to be unable to play when the substitute is scheduled to play in a subsequent regular rotation, then both coaches will agree on a subsequent replacement. If the opposing coaches are unable to agree on a substitute within a reasonable period of time, the Division Coordinator shall select a substitute. In all instances when a player leaves the game (due to any reason other than an injury where the player must receive urgent medical care), that player must remain in uniform on the bench with his team. Removing one’s jersey after being disqualified from further participation is a technical foul.
13) Player/Late Arrival. In ages 10 and under, players arriving after the start of the game but prior to the start of the second quarter shall be inserted into the lineup at the start of the second quarter with penalty of a technical foul assessed directly to the player. The Head Coach of the team will be allowed two minutes at the end of the first quarter to redo his rotation sheet, with the understanding that the players from the first quarter must remain in slots 1-5(in any order) in the rotation. In age groups 11 and over, any player arriving after the start of the game may not play at all during that game. Coaches and Division Coordinators may not override this rule by agreement in ages 11 and over and late arriving players entering the game illegally will cause a game forfeit. This rule is meant to reinforce arrival at the game at least 20 minutes before the official starting time.
14) Mandatory Rotation Schedule. Rotation of players will be in effect for all regular season and tournament play and is as follows: Each player will play a minimum of a quarter and a half (9 minutes). After the end of the first and second quarters and after the first half of the third quarter there will be a rotation. The fourth quarter is coaches’ choice (except 5-6, 7 Boys, 8 Boys, 9 Boys, 10 boys, 7-8 Girls, and 9-10 girls, where the rotation continues into the fourth quarter). If a team only has five or six players, special rules apply for substitution. Coaches should refer to the Rotation forms in the Coach’s folder distributed prior to the start of the season. In West Boca Basketball, three or four extra minutes of playing time for two or three of the top players can make an enormous difference in the competitiveness of a game. Participation is a critical element of the league’s success and rotation rules are established to ensure relatively equal participation by all team members. WBB asks the support of all Coaches in balancing playing time for the benefit of all participants.
Coaches receive a set of rotation sheets prior to the start of the season. Rotation sheets must be turned in prior to the beginning of each game to the Division Coordinator. All players must report to the scorer’s table before entering the game. It is the responsibility of both coaches to ensure that rotations are being followed. It is not “tattling” to point out that the opposing coach failed to keep the rotation. Neither coach is empowered by agreement with each other to break these rules. Violation of the rotation rules is a technical foul on the first violation and a game forfeit on the second. If for any reason a game is continued despite a second technical foul due to rotation violations, the game will be forfeited retroactively at a later date when discovered and confirmed. On the third violation of the rotation rules by a coach during a season, the Disciplinary Committee or Executive Director will make a determination as to whether that coach is allowed to continue as a coach in this league.
Depending on the number of players, the 5-6, 7 Boys, 8 Boys, 9 Boys, 7-8 Girls and 9-10 Girls, may follow a “half-quarter” split rotation in the 3rd and 4th quarters. These divisions are subject to a special rule concerning “late arriving” players which is incorporated herein by reference. The Rotation Schedule submitted by coaches must include the jersey numbers at a minimum, not just player names.
WHEN QUARTERS ARE SPLIT INTO TWO “HALVES” DUE TO THE ROTATION, THE TEAM IN POSSESSION ENDING THE FIRST HALF OF THE QUARTER RETAINS POSSESSION TO START THE SECOND HALF OF THE QUARTER IF THEY DO NOT SHOOT.
15) Appeals. Appeals of outcomes of all games, regular season or tournament, must be brought to the attention of the league Executive Director or, in his absence, the Division Coordinator WITHIN FIVE MINUTES AFTER THE END OF THE GAME. A determination is then made as to the rules violation on which the appeal is based and whether or not the outcome will be changed. All decisions made by the Executive Director in consultation with the officials for the game are final. If for any reason the rules are unclear with respect to the appeal so that the Executive Director does not feel comfortable making a decision, then the rules committee shall be called for a special meeting to discuss the case and make a decision. In general, the rules committee shall govern all game outcome appeals which cannot be settled by reasonable interpretation of these rules. Judgement calls by game officials or rotation violations which are not discovered/exposed until after a game is completed are NOT grounds for an appeal.
16) Height of Basket. 8- foot height for the 5-6 age group, 7 Boys, 8 boys and 7-8 Girls age group; 8 and ½ foot height for the 9 boys; 9 foot height for 10 boys, and 9-10 Girls. All other age groups will be at the standard 10-foot height.
17) Coaches, Uniforms and Age Requirement.
a) All Head Coaches are required to wear an official coach’s shirt supplied by the league. Violation of this rule is a technical foul at the beginning of the game on the Coach and is also a team foul. IF A HEAD COACH IS NOT WEARING HIS COACH’S SHIRT, THE ASSESSMENT OF A TECHNICAL FOUL MUST OCCUR AT THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME; IT MAY NOT BE ASSESSED AT ALL LATER. An approved assistant coach or approved temporary volunteer is exempt from this rule if the head coach is not at the game. Assistants may purchase and wear a coach’s shirt if they desire but are not required to do so. ALL COACHES SHOULD REFRAIN FROM WEARING CAPS OR HEAD GEAR OF ANY KIND.
b) All head coaches must be at least 21 years of age and be unpaid volunteers.
c) Each head coach must adopt and enforce, to the best of his/her ability, these rules. All head coaches must read and agree (electronically) to the league mission statement and coach’s agreement before drafting or coaching a team.
d) Coaches whose child/children are in West Boca Basketball get priority to coach.
Failure to comply with (b) and (c) of this rule may result in immediate removal from participation in the league.
18) Game Uniform – West Boca Basketball Uniform
Players are required to wear their West Boca Basketball uniform jersey and shorts. Straight black shorts, or black shorts with a small white or colored logo, will be considered an acceptable alternative to League shorts, but ALL SHORTS with STRIPES are in violation of this rule and will cause a technical foul to be assessed. If a violation of this rule is brought to the attention of the referee prior to the point where a player is entering the game for the first time, one technical foul will be assessed to any team having one or more infractions, and this will be counted as a team foul for the first half. If the infractions are identified for players who are starting the game, the game will begin with the administration of free throws. If both teams have an infraction, the technical foul penalties offset and the game will begin with a jump ball. The Division Coordinator may override this rule if the problem was a league problem in providing the uniform.
19) Mercy Rule
Any team having a lead of 15 points (20 points in 16+ Boys Division) or more must relax their defense to the next more-restricted area (from full court to half court, or from half court to three point circle, etc.)until the lead is 10 or fewer points. The first violation of this rule will result in a warning to the coach and the second violation of this rule during a game will constitute a technical foul. In all age groups, if a team holds a 20 point lead or more at the beginning of or any time during the fourth quarter, a running clock shall be employed until the game ends or the lead is 10 or less points.
20) Prohibited Conduct. West Boca Basketball, Inc. maintains a recreational league with an emphasis on participation and good sportsmanship. Any person participating in league activities in any capacity, including but not limited to players, coaches, assistants, officials, parents or spectators, must conform their conduct to the league’s objectives in order to participate in league activities. Any person participating in league activities in any capacity, including but not limited to players, coaches, assistants, officials, parents or spectators, who engage in unsportsmanlike conduct in any manner, including but not limited to physical abuse, verbal abuse, intentional destruction of League or school property, flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct, cursing or fighting, may be removed from the premises of the practice or game or any other league activity or from participation in the practice or game or any other league activity by the team’s Coach, the officials, the Division Coordinator, or the Executive Director in consultation with the team’s Coach. Coaches shall not address the opposing coach for any reason once the game has begun, unless the communication is with the supervision of the Division Coordinator or game officials.
21) ANY PLAYER RECEIVING A TECHNICAL FOUL IN ANY AGE GROUP WILL BE REQUIRED TO LEAVE THE GAME FOR TWO MINUTES OR UNTIL THE END OF THE PERIOD IN WHICH THE TECHNICAL FOUL OCCURRED, WHICHEVER IS LESS. GAME OFFICIALS AND DIVISION COORDINATORS ARE ASKED TO HELP ENFORCE THIS RULE, BUT HEAD COACHES SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS REQUIREMENT WHICH IS DESIGNED TO AVOID PLAYER EJECTIONS.
22) Any violation of this section of the rules which does not result in ejection from a game may still result in a suspension from participation in league activity until further notice and at the discretion of the Disciplinary Committee. Any player or coach who receives two technical fouls or one flagrant foul during one game is automatically ejected from the game and suspended for the next following game without appeal. IN THE EVENT A HEAD COACH IS EJECTED FROM A GAME AND THERE IS NO ASSISTANT COACH AVAILABLE TO COACH THE TEAM, THE GAME SHALL BE IMMEDIATELY FORFEITED BY THAT TEAM. Further penalties may also be administered based on a review of the incident by the Disciplinary Committee.
23) The referee, or Division Coordinator must notify the Disciplinary Committee, preferably in writing on the day of the event, of any ejection or other violation of this section of the rules. An ejected player is treated as an injured player for rotation purposes. If a head coach is removed from a game, his or her assistant or a volunteer may take their place. Any violation of this section of the rules which did not result in an ejection from a game may still result in the following:
Step 1 – Suspension from WBB League activities due to inappropriate conduct;
Step 2 – Informal or formal decision by Disciplinary Committee communicated to such party, including a notice that said party has the burden to request, in writing, a meeting with the Disciplinary Committee to provide grounds for an appeal of the decision.
Step 3 – The Disciplinary Committee may agree to schedule, at the committee’s sole discretion, a hearing in front of the Disciplinary Committee which the coach, parent and/or player may attend (if requested by the player’s parent or coach). The Disciplinary Committee may take such action as it deems appropriate, including but not limited to, suspension or permanent ejection from the league.
24) In order to promote good sportsmanship, all players in all divisions are required to line up at the conclusion of each game to shake hands with their opponent. Violators of this rule will be issued one warning and a second violation will lead to suspension and disciplinary action.
COACHES MAY NOT OVERRIDE THESE RULES DURING GAMES THROUGH MUTUAL AGREEMENT.
25) Copies of Rules. A copy of these rules is available to any player or parent of a player upon request.
Revised August 2015