Current official rules and regulations are defined by the National Federation of State High School Associations Basketball Rules Book except where amended and superseded by these standing rules or by the bylaws of the Arcadia Youth Basketball Association. Go to www.nfhs.org for National Federation of State High School Associations information
Games will start exactly at the scheduled time and are comprised of 4 ten minute quarters. A team is allowed to play a game with as few as four players. The coach of the team with less than five players may forfeit the game if he/she chooses. In the case of a forfeit, the court may be used for practice by the two scheduled teams. The forfeited game will not be rescheduled. Games tied at the end of regulation will be completed using a 2 minute stopped time overtime period. One timeout is allowed per team. No timeouts will carry over!
Should it go into 3 OT, the first team to score wins!
Each team is allowed TWO (2) timeouts per half, and may be used at anytime during the game.
Coaches will be required to substitute at the 5 minute mark of every quarter. Each player must play 5 minutes in each quarter for the first 3 quarters. No player will be able to play an entire game without sitting out unless a team has only 5 players. Each player must sit out for 5 minutes in each half. A player may be subbed out if they are injured only (during the 5 minute required playing time). AYB staff will stop the clock to make sure everyone has entered the game for the first 3 quarters. The 4th quarter will be coaches option. Coaches will be able to substitute at their leisure depending on the game situation.
Defense begins at the half court line. A Full Court Press is permitted at the following times:
3rd-4th Grade Division- Pressing is allowed the entire game, unless team is ahead by 10 or more points.
5th-6th Grade Division- Pressing is allowed the entire game, unless team is ahead by 15 or more points.
7th-8th Grade Division- Pressing is allowed the entire game, unless team is ahead by 15 or more points.
All players will wear the uniforms provided by the league. Jewelry will not be permitted at any time during a game and should be discouraged in practice. All coaches will be responsible for seeing that their players are not wearing watches, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, or hair clips. These items pose a threat to the safety of the players wearing them and to the other players as well.