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Varsity Basketball

Last Revised on September 26, 2018

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 – applicable to both boys’ and girls’ divisions. 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 – Varsity will have C, Y, and O divisions. 

i. C Division – teams may press for the entire game, regardless of score.

ii. Y Division – teams may press at any time, however, a team with a 20+ point lead must move behind the “top of the arc extended” on defense; once the offense penetrates that imaginary line, the defense may move beyond it at will during that possession.

iii. O Division Boys – teams may press subject to the same rules as Y Division.

iv. O Division Girls – teams may not press. Defenses must move behind the “top of the arc extended,” and once an offense penetrates that imaginary line, the defense may move beyond it at will during that possession.

1. During the last 2 minutes of the 4th quarter (and overtime) full court pressing is permitted for any team with less than a 20-point lead.  A team with a 20+ point lead may not press.

v. 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.

b. Division placement - A parish/school’s 1st team is expected to play in the C division. If a parish/school asks for its 1st team to be placed in a lower division, and that request is granted, then that 1st team will not be eligible for playoffs.  A parish/school’s 3rd team can play in the Y division upon request, and following all playoff eligibility rules herein.  The 4th and lower teams should play in an O division, unless their skill level dictates otherwise.

i. A request to move a #1 team to a lower division must be accompanied by information or comments by the head coach/basketball coordinator to justify the change.  A #1 requesting to play in an O division must be accompanied by strong documentation to be considered.

ii. CYM and the division alignment committee will make the final decision on all division placements, which may not match the division(s) requested by a given team.

c. Scores must be reported to CYM by the winning team.  Standings will be kept and published regularly, in preparation for playoffs.

d. Games are played in 4 quarters, each 6 minutes long, with a 5 minute halftime.  The clock will stop on all whistles.

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

f. Overtime is played pursuant to NFHS rules.

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. There is no mandatory play rule for C and Y Divisions.  In the O Division, all suited players must play at least the equivalent of 1 quarter, unless CYM or the head coach has taken disciplinary action against the player, or in the event of illness or injury.  A violation will result in a forfeit.

3. Varsity Playoffs – single elimination playoffs, only for C and Y divisions.

a. Individual player eligibility – individual players are eligible to play for a varsity team in a playoff division if one of the following statements applies:

i. The individual’s family is registered with, and active members of, the parish that is sponsoring the team, and had such status prior to September 1st of the program year.  A parish and its pastor determine the criteria to be an active member of that parish; or

ii. The individual attends the parish school that is sponsoring the team; or

iii. The individual attends religious education classes at the parish that is sponsoring the team; or

iv. The individual meets one of the criteria in (i, ii, iii) for his or her own parish, but that parish does not have a basketball team, and so the criteria apply for the team to which the individual was assigned, provided that all affiliation rules were followed; or

v. The individual played for the same team at the JV level during 5th and/or 6th grade, or at the Varsity level during 7th grade, in either the CYM league or an in-house league sponsored by a Diocesan parish or school.

b. Team eligibility – For a team to be eligible for playoffs, the team roster may not include more than 3 individuals from category 6(a)(v) above.

i. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if a parish is not affiliated with a parish school (ex. – Holy Rosary, St. Joseph on the Brandywine), or is affiliated with a regional school (ex. – St. Mary of the Assumption), the following rules will apply for playoff eligibility:

1. The team roster may not exceed 5 individuals from category 6(a)(v) above;

2. The team roster must also have at least 5 individuals from categories 6(a)(i) and/or 6(a)(iii) above;

3. In the event the parish has more than 1 team, this exception does not apply, and the parish must follow the general eligibility rule.

c. Team placement – in the sole discretion of CYM, based on observation of team skill level, a Y division team may be moved to C division for playoffs.  In that event, C division teams will receive 2 points per win for seeding purposes, and the Y division team(s) will receive 1 point per win.

4. 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