Jersey Basketball League
2020-2021 BASKETBALL SEASON RULES
JBL rules will be NJSIAA high school rules for both BOYS & GIRLS with the following changes
4th Grade (All Divisions)
*4th Grade ALL Divisions Boys & Girls will play four 8-minute quarters with normal stop clock, per NJSIAA rules
4th grade only, all levels - No Packed Paint Zone defenses
Active zone defenses will be allowed, as it teaches both the defensive and offensive players movement with and without the ball
The objective of this is to get the young player opportunities to learn man to man defense, the basis for all other defenses.
It also helps negate size issues and opens the game up to all players. Packing in the paint teaches nothing.
1st offense - A warning is given to the team and coach. We would encourage the coach to remind his players of both rules.
2nd or future offenses - the official will award a two shot technical foul on the coach. Please do not forget that 2 technical fouls disqualify the coach and earns a one game suspension.
3-point shots in 4th grade division are allowed.
4th ALL Divisions Boys & Girls – there is No violation if they step over the line on free throws. They must start behind the line.
*It is a violation if the free throw shooter steps over the line and gets a rebound on the missed free throw, unless the ball is first touched by another player.
5th, 6th, 7th & 8th ALL Divisions Boys & Girls – It is a Violation if they step over the line on a free throw.
Exception - *5th grade girls - feet can go over the line as long as its not an intentional jump to gain distance or advantage
4th Grade - ALL Divisions Boys & Girls can only press in the last 2 minutes of the 4th Quarter
5th Grade - Gold Division Boys are allowed to press the entire game. Gold division Girls are allowed to press the 4th Quarter
Girls & Boys Silver & Bronze Divisions can only press in the last 4 minutes of the 4th Quarter
6th Grade - Gold Division Boys are allowed to press the entire game. Gold division Girls are allowed to press the 2nd Half
Girls & Boys Silver & Bronze Divisions can only press in the 4th quarter
7th- Gold Division Boys & Girls are allowed to press the entire game.
Girls & Boys Silver & Bronze Divisions can only press in the 2nd Half
8th Grade - All Divisions Boys & Girls are allowed to press the entire game
4th & 5th Grade - ALL Divisions Boys & Girls: Mandatory substitution in both the 1st & 2nd quarters. See Mandatory Substitution Rules
6th-8th Grade - All Divisions Boys & Girls: Free substitution entire game
MANDATORY SUBSTITUTIONS - 4th and 5th Grades
To assure all players are being used during the game, the rules will be as follows:
5 players play the first four minutes of the quarter.
The officials will stop the game at the 4-minute mark of that quarter (as game flow dictates). Teams are then required to substitute 5 new players
The substitutes must be ready to enter when summoned by the officials. This is not a time out.
If the players are not ready to enter, the officials will assess a delay of game warning and at any subsequent delay of games will be assessed a technical foul
Player’s that play the first 4 minutes of the 1st quarter, can NOT play in the second 4 minutes of the 1st quarter, but they can play in the first or second four minutes of the 2nd quarter. Similarly, player’s that play in the 2nd 4 minutes of the 1st quarter can play in the 1st or 2nd four minutes of the 2nd quarter.
If a team has more than 10 players –The additional players can be substituted during the first 4-minute interval or second 4-minute interval of each quarter, but the substitutes can only play in one 4-minute interval per quarter
If a player is injured or picks up a 3rd foul in the 1st or 2nd quarter, the coach shall be allowed to substitute with a player who has not played in the quarter or only played 2 minutes or less in that quarter.
If a team has less than 10 players – No subs in the first half of the quarter unless a player is injured or picks up a 3rd foul in the 1st or 2nd quarter.
The Coach with less than 10 players will choose which player(s) that will not be allowed to play in the second 4-minute interval of the quarter.
This is done to avoid the conflicts that arise from the opposing coach singling out a single player.
This choice may remain constant or it can be changed each quarter. No player can play more than 2 consecutive 4 min intervals in the 1st half.
The player(s) chosen must be inserted during the next 4-minute interval of the quarter.
*Common courtesy and sportsmanship dictate that everyone plays evenly in the 1st half and a team does not leave its top players in during the 2nd 4-minute interval when you have less than 10 players.
MINIMUM PLAYER RULES
It is recommended that all 4th - 5th grade teams have a min of 10 players on their roster.
However, games may be played in which one or both teams have less than 10 players.
If a team has less than 7 players at the gym the game must be played, but it is recorded as a forfeit.
Any game with less than 8 players – the game will be played under Free Substitution Rules
6th - 8th grades – 5 players are needed to start a game (since there is free substitution, there is no player minimum to start and play games)
UNIFORMS: at least a T-Shirt (matching all players) with numbers
*Recommended w/ proper basketball numbers on front & back. (Legal Numbers start or end with 0-5)
If undershirts are worn, they must match predominant color of the jersey or the offending player(s) may not be permitted to enter the game until they are properly dressed.
Regular Season - 1 three-minute period, followed by 1 one minute, then tie.
One time out per team in the 1st overtime that can be carried to the 2nd if not used.
Playoffs - 3 min overtimes until winner. One time out per team per overtime period. No carry over.
GRADE & AGE REQUIREMENTS
Players on the 8th grade team must be in the 8th grade or below.
Players on the 7th grade team must be in the 7th grade or below.
Players on the 6th grade team must be in the 6th grade or below.
Players on the 5th grade team must be in the 5th grade or below.
Players on the 4th grade team must be in the 4th grade or below.
*If a player is questioned as to his/her grade. The team must provide proof of grade (i.e. report card)
♦ Total Points (3 points for a win, 2 for a tie, and 1 for a loss) – This system encourages playing all games
♦ Total Wins
♦ Head to Head
♦ Points Allowed
In case of a 3 way or greater tie
♦ Wins among the tied teams vs each other
♦ Head to Head
♦ Points Allowed
BASKETBALL SIZING - All game balls must be leather or synthetic leather
Girls All Divisions and Boys 4th Grade – 6th Grade (28.5)
Boys ALL 7th & 8th Grade Divisions use standard NJSIAA regulation ball.
TEAM ELIGIBILITY – All Exceptions must be pre-approved by JBL
Teams must be comprised of players from only one town and players must be town residents or go to school in the town.
For religious teams, the players must be members of that church/synagogue and are not eligible to play for their own town team or any additional organization, if applicable.
Teams that are feeding into the same regional high school would be able to enter a combined team. Both towns’ recreation directors would have to approve this arrangement the JBL
Placement of the team will be at the discretion of the JBL.
AAU or Teams created that bypass town programs are ineligible to play in the JBL without the Advisory Boards approval.
Rosters with player’s name, address, grade, school, date of birth, & Emails must be submitted to the JBL prior to the 1st game of the season.
Rosters are limited to 15 players.
Exceptions for adding a player who moved into your town during the season when the roster is full or to replace an injured player will be considered on an individual basis by the JBL.
If a player does not live in your town or go to school in your town, they are not eligible to play in your town, unless Regional HS or religious organization rules apply and are approved by JBL.
*Any exceptions to the above needs approval by the JBL. Do not assume it is ok, if that player was on your team last season.
CODE OF CONDUCT VIOLATIONS (Posted on JBL website)
Ejections from games - Game Officials will report all ejections to the JBL immediately after the game.
1st Offense – If any individual player, coach, timekeeper, scorer, or spectator is ejected from a game, that person will not be allowed to attend or participate in the next game.
2nd Offense – That person(s) will be suspended for the next 5 games.
3rd Offense – Results in that person(s) suspension from the League indefinitely.
All ejections will be reviewed by the JBL. Depending on the severity, additional games may be added
GAME CANCELLATION POLICY (please see game cancellation policy, for a full version)
Forfeit system to insure all/most games are played or not cancelled at last minute.
Do not accept a game change from your opponent without league approval
4/1, 4/2, 5/1, 5/2 system of recording games to be scheduled. All games need to be rescheduled or forfeits can be issued to offending party
Once the schedule is published, and the grace period has passed, any changes other than weather or school closings will need to be approved by both the town’s travel director and the JBL.
Opposing coaches are not to be called to change games until directed to by the JBL.
Unless a change is approved, if a team cannot play at the scheduled time, the result will be a forfeit. - If an approved change is made, if an immediate reschedule date/time is not agreed upon, the game date will be moved to 5/1 or 5/2.
All games must be rescheduled within 2 weeks of the approved cancellation.
If a game is scheduled for 4/1, and it is not rescheduled, both teams can receive a Forfeit.
If 5/1, the home team will, and 5/2, the visiting team will.
ALL TEAMS SHOULD CONTACT THE JBL WITH ANY GYM ISSUES
Teams should refrain from postponing games on the schedule for other than weather related reasons or school closings.
Postponed games need to be rescheduled within 2 weeks of the postponement. If the home team cannot secure gym time, the game should be played at the opposite site. A 4/2 date and PPD will be entered for a game cancelled to school closing due to weather.
Games not played are subject to forfeiture after a review by the JBL
Each team is to pay 1 official a $60 game fee prior to the start of the game. If only one official is present, they will collect both fees.
Failure to pay an official will result in a forfeit with associate fines.
REPORTING OF GAME RESULTS
JBL officials will enter the game scores.
Coaches are to contact the JBL within 48 hours of the game to report any discrepancies or a score not entered.
After 48 hours, all scores are final