Washington Park District Youth Athletics, Illinois

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Washington Recreation Association

Biddy Basketball Rules – Junior League

Boys 2nd-3rd     Girls 2nd-3rd


A game will consist of four eight minute quarters with each divided into two equal periods.  At the four minute mark of each quarter, the clock will stop to allow for substitutions.  Period substitutions are not considered time outs.  The team with possession of the ball at the end of each period (four minute mark) will retain the ball to start the next period.  If the end of a period comes during a shooting foul situation, the free throws will be attempted with the rebound determining possession.  The start of each new quarter will be determined by the possession arrow.  A four or five minute break will occur at the half of each game.
All games will start at the designated time unless otherwise specified by the League Director or the League Representative.  A team must have five players to start the game but may finish with less than five in the event on an ejection, foul outs, or injuries.  Coaches may elect to play the game with fewer than five players provided the same number of players on each team takes the floor in each period.
Two time outs are permitted per game.  A continuous play clock will be used with the clock stopping for the following:  injury, officials’ time out, personal fouls, and time outs.  On a non-shooting foul, the clock will resume when the ball is put into play.  On a shooting foul, the clock will resume with player contact.  There will be no score kept in Junior League games.


Only one head and one assistance coach will be allowed on the bench during a game.  Only the head coach will be allowed to address the officials.  The officials reserve the right to remove any coach from the game that does not comply with this rule.
It is the responsibility of each coach to see that each team member present for the game is entered into the official book prior to the start of the game.  It is the responsibility of each player to register with the official book prior to entering the game.  The players must report to the scorer at the beginning of each period.
Game shirts must be worn (tucked in) in order to play.  No watches or jewelry of any kind will be allowed on the court.  Because the intent of this league is one of instruction, an equal play rule will be enforced.  No player can play more than one period more than any other and a strong effort will be made by coaches to rotate all players at the various playing positions.  The officials and the scorer’s table will monitor the number of possessions a player handles the ball.  A minimum of two possessions should be played by each player at the point guard position.  Player substitutions during the game are allowed only in the event of an injury.  In the event of an injury, the partial period will count toward the player entering the game if the time remaining in the period is more than two minutes.  Wrist bands (to be worn on both wrists) will be used to enforce the man to man defense policy.



The official bookkeeper will keep track of all periods played and number of player fouls.  Their decisions regarding these issues are final.  All calls or decisions made by league officials during the course of the game are final.  Disputes regarding rules interpretation will first be directed to the League Representative and then to the League Director.  If needed, the League Director will consult with the WRA board.  Unless otherwise noted in this document, normal “IESA” rules regarding game play will apply.
Upon obtaining possession of the ball, a team is required to complete one pass before attempting a shot.  An inbound pass is considered a pass to satisfy this rule.  A team in violation of the one pass rule will lose possession on a missed basket (with a defensive rebound).  A team in violation of the one pass rule on a made basket will be awarded the ball back with the inbound taking place at center court. Free throws can be shot from the twelve foot line for all players except a “Red” wristband.
The normal three second in the lane rule will be extended to five.  Opposing players must fall back beyond half court into a man to man defense after a defensive rebound has occurred or when the ball changes possession (possession is defined in this example as controlling the ball).  Any player tied up by a defender longer than five seconds will result in the ball being awarded to the defensive team.
Double teaming of an offensive player is not allowed except for the following situation: offensive player controlling the ball is in the lane. 
No zone defenses of any kind are allowed.  This includes “sagging” defenses in which the defensive player is more than two steps away from his offensive player.  The exception to this rule is as follows: defensive players are not required to play defense outside the perimeter of the three point line.  They must, however, remain in the area adjacent to their opponent until the play progresses into the lane.
No “wedging” screens are allowed.  A defensive player must be allowed to work thru or around a screen set by the offensive player.  A violation of this rule will result in the ball being awarded to the defensive team. 
Since the primary goal of this league is to teach man to man defense, wristbands will be worn in the following order:
            Red:                Most skilled player on the floor during the period.
            White:             Second most skilled player on the floor during the period.
            Blue:                Third most skilled player on the floor during the period.
            Yellow:           Fourth most skilled player on the floor during the period.
            Green:             Fifth most skilled player on the floor during the period.
League officials and league representatives will monitor wrist band placement and will make changes if necessary.  A player is not allowed to move more than two levels in a game. Because of the wrist band rule, open switching of any kind is not allowed.
Technical fouls will be assessed by the game officials if needed.  NEW!  A technical foul will result in the ball being awarded to the opposing team at half court.  A coach that experiences a technical foul must remain in his chair on the bench the remainder of the game.  A coach that receives 2 technical fouls will be automatically removed from the game, and he/she will be subject to review by the WRA Basketball Committee.
The WRA will require all coaches to read and sign the “Coaches Code of Conduct”. 
Questions from parents regarding league play or rules should be addressed to the coaches and then the league representative if needed.  Parents are not allowed on the court throughout the course of the game unless directed by a league official, league representative or league director to do so.  Appeals of any suspension may be made to the league director and/or the WRA board if needed.  Those appeals may be directed to the following individuals:
Revised 12-5-2011