House and Select League Rules

All games will follow National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) rules with the following exceptions for each division:   

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Age Group/Division

Developmental

Elementary

Middle School House

High School House

Description

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

House

Select

6th Boys & MS Girls

7th/8th Boys

9th/10th Boys

11th/12th Boys

Rim Height

8’6”

9’

9’6”

10”

10’

10’

10’

10’

Free Throw Line

N/A

12’ Relaxed*

14’ Relaxed*

Relaxed*

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

Ball Size

27.5”

28.5”

28.5”

28.5”

28.5”

29.5”

29.5”

29.5”

Quarter Length

10 minute running

6 minute quarters

6 minute

quarters

6 minute quarters

6th Boys:  6 min

MS Girls: 7 min

7 minute quarters

7 minute quarters

8 Minute quarters

Defense

Man to Man Only - See Note 1

No Restrictions

Steals

No Steals

No steals – see Note 2

No Restrictions

Double Teaming

No Double Team at all

No double teaming except when dribbler is in lane

No Restrictions

Full Court Press

 

Never Allowed

Allowed only in the 4th quarter except if ahead by 10+

Select and Middle School House: 

Allowed anytime except if a team is ahead by 10 or more points

High School House:
Allowed anytime except if a team is ahead by 15+ points

Inbounds Pass

  Inbounds at half court - See Note #3

No changes to NFHS Rules

Isolation Plays

Isolation Plays are never permitted in any age group (See note 4 for definition of Isolation Play)

Quarter/Half Break

  1:00 minute break at end of first and third quarter.  3:00 Halftime break for all age groups

Timeouts

3 full timeouts (60 second timeouts) per game for all age groups

Substitutions

At quarter and half only

At the quarter break, and at a dead ball closest to 3:00 of each quarter

NFHS Rules

Substitution Exceptions

As needed for injury

As needed for injured player, player who fouled out or has excessive fouls

NFHS Rules

Overtime

No overtimes.  All games will end after four quarters of play.  Games may end in a tie.

Start of game

Game will not start with jump ball.  The visiting team will start with possession, and alternating possession rule will remain for subsequent held balls.

Duration of Game

Games must end at the designated end time on the schedule.  If necessary, running clock in 4th quarter to keep game on time.

Playing Time Rules

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Min:  50%

Max:  75%

Min:  50%

Max:  75%

Min:  50%

Max:  75%

Min:  25%

Max:  75%

Min:  50%

Max:  75%

Min:  50%

Max:  75%

Min:  25%

Max:  75%

Min:  25%

Max:  75%

Note 1 - Defensive Restrictions:  All defensive players start behind the three-point arc until first pass in front court is made First free pass only applies to passes made between half court and the foul line extended.  Passes made inside the free throw line extended are not restricted

Note 2 - No reach in steals:  When offensive player has possession looking to pass, or, is dribbling, defender cannot reach in and attempt to steal.  IF offensive player loses possession…fumbles ball, or, dribbles it off foot, etc. it is considered a loose ball and defender can steal it.

Note 3 - Inbounds pass:  All dead ball inbounds plays (not after a made basket) taken at half court; free inbounds except if inbounds pass is made below the foul line.  Inbounds must be in front court; no passes into back court.

Note 4 – Isolation Play Definition:  Isolation plays defined as a play where all offensive players except the ball handler are sent outside of the three point area during the play.  

*Definition of Relaxed Free Throw:  Player must start behind free throw line.  Momentum may carry player one step beyond line.  Player cannot run in to go after the rebound. 

Penalty for rules violations:  1st offense:  Warning Issued.  Subsequent offenses:  Team Technical Foul at Referee’s discretion