Warwick Youth Basketball Game Rules
WYB follows HIGH SCHOOL rules - NOT college or NBA
1. 2 halfs played for all WYB games. Each half = 20 minutes.... running time with a 3-5 minute break for Halftime
*clock only stops for timeouts or an injury. Refs make sure each TO = 1 minute max
*each team gets 1 timeout per half
*clock also stops during the LAST two minutes of the game
*Coaches MUST send players to the scorers table first to get substituted in during next dead ball
2. EQUAL playing time for ALL players! Every player must be substituted fairly
*Coaches rule = take your total players present for that game & divide 200 total minutes by # of players.
*examples: if 10 players = 200/10 = 20 total minutes for each player = approx 10 minutes each half
*if only 7 players = 200/7 = 28.5 total minutes for each player = approx 14 minutes each half
*the "best" player(s) cannot play an entire half or game.... this is not travel / AAU basketball
*3rd-4th grade divisions = ONLY a Man to Man defense is allowed during the entire game
*all defensive players must stay within the 3 point arc to help offense pass the ball & develop confidence dribbling
*to help players dribble & pass more, NO Double teaming allowed in 3rd-4th grade divisions
*5th grade & older = "Man to man" anywhere within halfcourt & "Zone" defenses are allowed (2-3, 1-3-1, Box 1, etc)
*in zone defenses, refs will remind players to move around & not just sit back & pack the zone
4. 5th & older divisions = Full court press is allowed in last 2 minutes of the game
3rd-4th grade divisions = Half court press is allowed in last 2 minutes of the game ... No full court press ever
*If your team is up by 10 or more points then YOUR team cannot press
5. FOULs = Foul shots are taken when a player is fouled in the act of shooting
*for all other fouls, the ball is taken out at the side court or on the base line
*5th grade & older divisions use the regular freethrow line
*3rd-4th grade players are allowed to shoot freethrows closer but not past the bottom of the circle
*5 fouls allowed per player in 5th grade & older divisions
*6 fouls allowed per player in 3rd-4th grade divisions
6. Lane violations ("hanging out" in the lane / paint while on offense for 3 or more seconds) is called for 5th grade & older divisions
*refs will remind 3rd & 4th graders to move around & get of paint..... violations can be called in all games starting in Feb.
7. 7th grade & older divisions = after 7 team fouls, opposing team is shooting 1-1 freethrows = bonus.
*after 10 team fouls = 2 freethrows = double bonus
*7th grade & older = 3 point shots are counted.
*Both feet must be BEHIND the line while shooting. When released, if foot steps on the line or over it, it still counts
*NO 3 pointers in 3rd-6th grade divisions. Younger ages are not encouraged to "chuck" / shoot long shots
8. If the score is tied at the end of regulation:
*1st overtime = 2-minutes & team winning at end is the winner
*2nd overtime = sudden death = 1st point scored (shot or freethrow) wins the game for your team
9. Two technical fouls & you are out of the game. Tech = 2 shots & possession of the ball.
*Tech foul = Unsportsmanlike conduct towards players, coaches, or officials, taunting, baiting,
excessive arguing, swearing, etc.
*Flagrant fouls: Intentionally causing injury or harm to anyone / fighting & can be automatically ejected
ALL technical fouls will result in 2 shots to the offended team & the ball remains with the offended
team at 1/2 court. Please note: In double technical fouls, there will be no shots awarded and the
alternation possession arrow will be used.
Any parent, spectator or coach in violation of Rule 9 above will be told to leave the gym & / or building for that game.
*they may be suspended from games for longer, if WYB board decides his / her actions deserve it.