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Pre-JV Basketball

Last Revised on September 25, 2018

Pre-Junior Varsity Basketball Rules 2018

1. Practice Schedule/Scrimmage Games

a. It is the responsibility of all coaches to ensure that “For the Sake of God’s Children” policies for the Diocese of Wilmington are being followed at practices and games. This includes coaches wearing CYM IDs at all practices and matches.

b. Practices, scrimmages and matches are not to be held on Sundays before noon.

c. Three (3) practices and/or scrimmages are permitted per week. Scrimmages are any match other than a CYM-scheduled or tournament match.

d. Practices are to be no longer than two (2) hours in duration.

e. It is strongly recommended that teams have at least one individual certified in CPR and one individual certified in first aid present at all practices and games. The individual may be a parent, coach or parish volunteer and the certification should be current and should have been completed by an accredited institution (i.e., Red Cross, American Heart Association).

2. Game rules – If a rule is not specifically addressed herein (or in the sections for division-specific rules), NFHS (“Federation”) rules apply.  In the event of a conflict between sets of rules, these rules control.

a. Divisions – Division A includes teams that are all or mostly 4th graders, or groups of experienced 3rd graders that should fairly play in a higher division.  Division B includes teams that are all or mostly 3rd graders, or groups of less experienced players that will benefit from more instruction and lesser competition.

i. Pre-JV is intended primarily for boys. Girls are permitted to fill out teams, but all-girl teams are expected to play in parish programs such as the IHM girls’ pre-JV league.

b. Scores & Standings – Teams do not report scores for Pre-JV games.  There are no standings and no playoffs.

c. Games are played in 4 quarters, each 5 minutes long, with a 5 minute halftime.  The clock will stop on all whistles.

d. Each team is permitted 3 full and 2 30-second timeouts per game.

e. No overtime is played.

f. No pressing is permitted.  A defending team’s players may not move beyond the “top of the arc extended.” 

i. Violation of press rules – the first violation will result in the ball being awarded to the offensive team at the spot closest to the violation.  Additional violations will result in the ball being awarded to the offensive team under their basket.

g. A player who receives a technical foul must be removed from the game.  Once foul shots are complete and play resumes, the player may reenter the game at the next stoppage of play.

h. Stalling – violations will be the sole judgment of the referee(s), and the penalty will be loss of possession.

i. Coaching Box – the coaching box will begin 28 feet from the intersection of the sideline and endline, and extend 14 feet along the sideline in front of the team bench.  However, the coaching box may not end less than 6 feet from the scoring table; in the event of smaller courts, the 14-foot length of the coaching box should be moved as necessary toward the endline.

j. Mandatory play rule – every player must sit out 1 full, continuous quarter.  Every player must play a minimum of 5 minutes, but that time does not need to be in 1 quarter.

i. Violations result in a technical foul and possession of the ball by the other team.  The individual in violation must return to the bench.  There will be an exception if a team cannot follow the play rule due to illness, injury or disciplinary action.

ii. If a team does not have 7 players present by the 3rd quarter, the team will be unable to meet these requirements.  Substitutions for the remainder of the game (for both teams) will be by agreement of the head coaches of both teams.

iii. No matter the number of players, head coaches are responsible for ensuring that all players receive meaningful playing time in each contest.

3. Equipment

a. Any player wearing metal dental appliances must wear a mouth guard.

b. The game ball for all Pre-Junior Varsity, all Junior Varsity, and girls’ Varsity, will be the women’s high school standard size basketball as defined in NFHS rules.

c. The game ball for boys’ Varsity and Intermediate/Senior divisions will be the men’s high school standard size basketball as defined in NFHS rules.

d. The home team scorebook will be the official book. Each team should keep a scorebook and both should communicate during the game to ensure the score is correct.

e. The visiting team will provide a clock operator.

f. Uniforms – each team must have shirts of the same solid color on front and back, with visible numbers.  It is recommended that teams use reversible jerseys, or have a light colored and a dark colored jersey available.

i. In the event of two teams with the same color uniforms, the visiting team will wear pinnies of a contrasting color.

ii. Wearing shirts with the sleeves ripped or cut off is not permitted.

g. Unlike NFHS rules, the CYM rule is that the color of a t-shirt worn under a uniform jersey need not be the same color as the uniform jersey, unless the official(s) reasonably conclude(s) that the differing color results in a genuine disadvantage to the opposing team.

h. Players may not wear jewelry during games.

Related Policies:

All coaches (head and assistant) in the CYM program must become thoroughly familiar with the sport specific rules for the sports he/she coaches. It is CYM policy that all sport specific rules be followed for any CYM practice and/or game. 8266