Girls' Youth Basketball & Intro To Basketball: Local Rules & Guidelines

Monday, October 26
2015 Little Panthers Rules/Guidelines

1. Practices for the 2nd/3rd program will be held at Great Lakes Elementary Schools and will begin the week of October 26. Practices will be once a week at either 6:00pm or 7:15pm, Monday or Thursday. Two teams per time frame could be practicing at each site, if necessary. A select few open slots may be available for practice, if wanted. Contact Darrin or Amanda to make those arrangements. Games will be on Saturdays at beginning at 9:30am or 10:25am and on Mondays at 6:30pm or 7:25pm. All games will be at Great Lakes Elementary or Boys & Girls Club North Side Facility and will begin on November 7.

2. Practices for the 4th/5th program will be held at Harbor Lights Middle School or Macatawa Bay Middle School and will begin the week of October 26. Practices will be once a week at either 6:15pm or 7:30pm, Monday or Thursday. Two teams per time frame could be practicing at each site. A select few open slots may be available for practice, if wanted. Contact Darrin or Amanda to make those arrangements. Games will be on Saturdays at beginning at 9:45am or 10:40am and on Mondays at 6:30pm or 7:25pm. All games will be at Great Lakes Elementary or Boys & Girls Club North Side Facility and will begin on November 7.

3. Potential coaches for this program will have to fill out a volunteer application form which will be provided at the coaches meetings. This will authorize us to do background checks. A copy of your driver’s license is also required so as to do a background check. You must also view a concussion video and download a sanctioned certificate. More details will be given at the coaches meeting.

4. The goal of this program is for these young ladies to have safe, instructive, and fun opportunity to learn the game of basketball. Coach them at practice and support them during games. Don't over-coach these young ladies and take away from what is supposed to be a learning experience. Let them have fun and you have fun, too!

5. All members of the team are expected to play, approximately, the same amount of time. Teams will feature 8-10 players so you'll need to be creative. Please do the best you can to even out playing time from game to game. All leagues will play a traditional 5-on-5 format.

6. Do NOT argue/make comments about the referees in front of your team. This takes the responsibility off the players and places it where it doesn’t belong … on the teenage officials. The site supervisor will handle ALL problems with the officiating. You will NOT criticize the officials directly. If this happens you will be dealt with by the league director and head varsity coach. Any discipline will be at the discretion of the league director and the varsity coach.

7. Only half-court, man-to-man defense is allowed. There is some subjectivity here. A person dribbling hard up the court after a rebound can have a defender running beside without the rule being broken. Similarly, when dribblers attack the basket and are stopped by a second defender (good help side defense), this is not an infraction. In short, "run and jump" double team defenses and zone defenses will not be allowed.

8. Free throws will be awarded for shooting fouls. Please include proper free throw alignment in your practices. 2nd/3rd players may move up in front of the free throw line, if needed. We would prefer 4th/5th to shoot from the line, but may be moved up if the officials deem it necessary.

9. For 2nd/3rd Grade ONLY…there will be no stealing of the basketball off of the dribble. This means that when an offensive player is dribbling a defender is not allowed to take the ball away. This will encourage players and aid coaches in developing better ball handlers. If the ball is being passed while the offensive team is in the frontcourt, then stealing is allowed.

10. For 4th/5th GRADE ONLY… Stealing will not be allowed for the first three games of the season upon conclusion of those games, we will review whether to keep this rule as is or to allow stealing at some point when teams are in the respective frontcourts.

11. The most difficult calls for the referees to make come with the traveling and double dribble rules. Referees will be talking to players about double dribbles and traveling during games. Initially they may not call all of these violations. By two to three games into the season, no double dribbles will be allowed and all obvious violations of the traveling rule will be called.

12. There will be four 8 minute quarters. The clock will stop for every four minutes for substitutions (this is not a time to talk with your players). The clock will restart after one minute.

13. You will have a one-minute break between quarters with a 3-4 minute break at halftime. The clock will not wait for teams slow making their substitutions!

14. Each division will play seven games.

15. Scores will be kept at all levels of play, but they will not be tallied over the course of an entire game nor displayed on site. Rather, the scorekeeper that will be provided will keep score with a provided score sheet with each quarter starting over at 0-0. This allows us to get a feel for what possible changes or direction we need to consider for this program

16. Make sure that your team's players, parents, family, and friends understand that all school rules apply when going to games and/or practices. This is non-negotiable. Also, make sure that as the months get colder and wetter please make sure you dry off before entering the gym. This way we won't have any water on the floor when games are in progress.

17. Make sure your team warms up outside the gym until the game before yours is complete. Also, all fans must sit in the provided bleachers. No one will be allowed to roam the gym, school, or grounds when this program is in session. Watch your child/friend/family member play basketball and let the coaches do their job

18. Have fun, be supportive, and enjoy this great game!!