2013-2014 J.O.Y. Basketball Rules

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESAN DISTRICT J.O.Y. BASKETBALL LEAGUE

GENERAL RULES

1. GENERAL

a. In order to insure a successful and meaningful Basketball season, the following guidelines have been established. It is imperative that the rules, policies and procedures of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan District J.O.Y. Basketball League are adhered to without exception. The league web site is http://athleticleague.ny.goarch.org/basketball/index.html

2. PURPOSE

a. The purpose of the League is to teach boys and girls the meaning of good Christian sportsmanship and fellowship; to provide an avenue for pre-teens to participate in an environment with their Greek Orthodox peers; to interact with youth of other churches; to respect your teammates, coaches and other league coaches and players and to learn how to play the game of Basketball as individuals and as members of a team.

3. ORGANIZATION

a. Children must be between the ages of 7 through 12 on or before December 31, 2012 to be eligible to play in the League. The League is organized into 4 divisions for boy's ages 7 through 9 and 10 through 12 and girls ages 7 through 9 and 10 through 12. The players/parents must be members of their respective community or the players must be members of their respective community's J.O.Y. program in order to participate.

Division I Boys /Girls Ages 7 through 9 born Jan/1 2004-2006

Division II Boys/Girls Ages 10 through 12 born Jan/1 2001-2003

b. A player currently participating in the J.O.Y league is not eligible to play in the G.O.Y.A. (MGOBL) league.

c. Coaches are chosen by each community but are subject to approval and/or dismissal by the League Executive Committee.

4. SCHEDULING

a. There is presently one season the Winter/Spring regular season plus the playoffs. The league schedule will be distributed at the beginning of the season.

b. Games postponed for any reason will be re-scheduled by the League Director and posted on the web site.

c. Regardless of the weather conditions, unless otherwise notified by a league official, coaches and their teams are expected to appear on the court ready to play at the scheduled date/time of the game. A team not present at its scheduled game time (10-minute rule) will forfeit the game. The Referee is authorized to cancel the game once he/she enters on to the court.

d. The referee is authorized to cancel the game once he/she steps onto the court.

e. No game will be re-scheduled without the permission of the League Director.

5. SITES

1. At the beginning of every season each participating community shall provide the League Director with gymnasium and equipment (clock/scoreboard) availability.

2. The home team, as designated on the League schedule, will provide the game ball.

3. The referee shall have the option of selecting another ball.

4. The basketball size will be 27.5 for B1 and G1 divisions and 28.5 for B2 and G2.

6. GAME PROCEDURES

a. Each game will be officiated by an experienced referee secured by the League.

b. All games will begin with the Lords Prayer and a handshake between all team players and their coaches.

c. Coaches will require team members to be at the gym site 20 minutes prior to the game to insure all games start on time.

d. Before each game, the referee shall ask the coach to see each team's first aid kit. If it is not presented to the referee at that time, the referee will issue an administrative technical. If both teams do not have first aid kits, the same procedures apply for both.

e. Each team must have a minimum of 5 uniformed players on the court at the scheduled game time, prepared to begin the game. If a team has 4 or less uniformed players, 15 minutes after the scheduled game time, the Referee must declare a forfeit and award the victory to the opposing team. Players may not be loaned between teams to avoid a forfeit. If a "loaned" player is discovered, the violating team(s) will automatically forfeit the game. If both teams have less than 5 players, 15 minutes after the scheduled game time, a double forfeit shall be declared.

f. Coaches should designate a team captain prior to each game. The team captains will conduct the opening prayer. The coaches will have their players proceed to center court for the prayer. After the game, at the Referees signal, each team must proceed to center court led by their coaches and exchange handshakes.

g. Coaches will insure that each player present shall play in the game. The league will be monitoring player playing time. If it is determined a coach is abusing this rule by having players make brief game appearances, the abuse will be brought to the coach's and community representative's attention. Further abuse may result in a meeting between the coach and league executive board to explain his/her actions.

h. Team members and the Referee are the only persons allowed on the court. In the event of an injury, the coach may assist the Referee on the court, if called by the Referee. (Except under Game Rules17 D)

i. If a game must be stopped while in progress for any reason other than a forfeit, it shall be deemed completed. The final score is the score at the point of stoppage, provided one-half has been finished. If not, the game will continue later from the point of stoppage.

j. In the event a League Referee is not available for the game, a substitute adult(s) agreed upon by both opposing coaches may be used and he/she shall have the same powers as a League Referee. If the League Referee arrives after the start of the game, he/she should take command of the game.

7.PROTESTS

1. Protests will be entertained by the League for issues involving the alleged violation(s) of these Rules. All other forms of protest will not be permitted. If a protest is decided in favor of the appellant, the game under protest may be replayed in its entirety at the end of the season if the results may affect the standings.

2. The referee must sign the scorebook and write a notation that the game is under protest.

3. A completed D.A.D. Athletic League Protest Form (See Appendix VIII) must be signed by either the Team’s Head Coach or Community Representative/Athletic Director and received by the League Director within three days of the incident. If the completed Protest Form is not timely received, or completed the protest will not be heard.

4. The Protest Form is to be sent to the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Archdiocese.

5. The Youth Director will forward the Protest Form to the appropriate League Director, Chairman of the Youth Commission, and Youth Commission Athletic Delegate via e-mail.

6. The League Director will immediately convene a meeting of the League’s Disciplinary Committee who will render a decision and forward their decision to all involved parties as well as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, the Chairman of the Youth Commission, and Youth Commission Athletic Delegate.

7. An appeal of the League Disciplinary Committee’s decision can be made by submitting a completed D.A.D. Athletic League Protest Form (See Appendix VI) and mailing it together with a non-refundable $150 check made payable to the “D.A.D. Youth Office” to the D.A.D. Youth Director within five days of the League Disciplinary Committee’s decision.

8. The appeal will then be forwarded to the Chairperson of the Rules and Regulations Subcommittee.

9. The Rules and Regulations Subcommittee will evaluate the merits of the protest and render a decision.

10. Further appeal can be made through the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

8. LEAGUE STANDINGS

At the end of the season, in the event of a tie, league standings will be determined as follows:

In the event of two undefeated teams – a coin flip will govern.

In the event of a two team tie of teams with at least one loss:

- First, head to head record;

-Then, winning percentage against ALL common opponents;

-Then, winning percentage against the highest-ranked common opponent, no matter what division they are in;

-Then, coin flip

In the event three teams or more are tied –

- First, for tied teams within the same division, standings within their division using two team tiebreaker rules above where applicable. For illustration purposes, if three teams finish tied at 8-2 and two of these teams are in the same division and those teams played head to head during the season, the loser of the “head-to-head” meeting would be eliminated from the tie-breaker and the remaining two teams would settle the tie based on the two team tie-breaker rules.

-Then, head to head common winning percentage amongst the three (or more) teams

-Then, winning percentage against the highest-ranked common opponent, no matter what division they are in;

Then, coin flip

+All tie breakers will be resolved from top down (first place, then second place etc…)

+If any of the tie teams forfeited a game during the season, the non-forfeiting team will be seeded higher

9. PLAYOFFS  

The number of teams to make the playoffs will vary from year to year in all divisions.

b. The same rules during the regular season will apply to the playoffs except that in the BI/GI Division, tie games will result in overtime periods of 3 minutes, all of which shall be stop time with full court pressing and double teaming permitted in each overtime period. Each team will receive one additional time out for the overtime period in addition to timeouts it has remaining from regulation time. Player fouls and scoring totals shall also carry over to the overtime

c. All players of each team must have played at least 2 games during the regular season to be eligible to participate in the playoffs. The exception is if injury occurred to a player and was disclosed to the League Director.

10. ROSTERS

a. Each team may have up to 15 players (J.O.Y. members) on its roster.

b. If a community has a limited number of players in the 10-12 age team, it may submit a written request, to the league executive board, to transfer a nine-year-old player to the 10-12 team. If a transfer is granted, both the 7-9 team and 10-12 team rosters for that community are frozen and no additional players can be added to either team.

c. Players from non-participating league communities must be identified on the roster and their names must be submitted to the Executive Committee for review. They should play in the participating community closest to their home.

d. The Executive Committee reserves the right to spot check rosters during games and if it is determined that a player is on the court that is not on the roster, it will result in the team forfeiting that game and further disciplinary action will be considered by the Committee.

11. COURTS AND EQUIPMENT

a. The home team will provide the scorekeeper for each game. The home team will make its best efforts to provide a mature/experienced person to maintain the scorebook and scoreboard.

b. The Scorers table is the ultimate authority on all statistical aspects of the game.

c. The home team coach for the last game of the day is responsible for assuring the gym is left clean. All coaches are encouraged to monitor their players and spectators on the issues of garbage disposal, respect for gym property and equipment, crowd behavior and bathroom cleanliness.

12. UNIFORMS

a. The proper uniform in the League for each team is a reversible numbered matching team jersey, if undershirt is worn it must be white, matching shorts, matching socks and sneakers. A uniform infraction(s) will result in an administrative technical foul assigned to the coach.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT: Players who normally wear glasses have two options a) not wear glasses while playing b) must use safety (sport) goggles while playing. Players with braces must wear a mouthpiece. An athletic support is optional.

b. Players may not wear hats, earrings, necklaces, other jewelry or anything that may injure any player. Long hair should be either tied back or a headband should be used. Players with casts of any type are not permitted to play.

c. Players will not be allowed to play if they are not in proper uniform, which includes the safety equipment.

13. REFEREES

1. The referee has discretionary power from the time he/she enters the court to the time he/she leaves the court.

2. The referee must check that the team bench is occupied by the coaches and players.

3. Referees will caution players, coaches, parents or spectators if there are unsportsmanlike outbursts. The referee has the option to stop the game or have one or both teams forfeit.

4. The referee has similar power on evicting players, coaches, parents or spectators from the premises.

5. Conduct by spectators of any age, which is considered unsportsmanlike, may result in eviction from the spectator's area including the gym and the game being forfeited by one or both teams.

6. The referee has the final word in all situations on the court.

14. EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE PROCEDURES

a. First Aid Kit. See Section 6 (d). The coach is responsible for providing a First Aid Kit to all games and practices.

b.Use common sense when rendering first aid. For trauma, use a cold pack to the affected area. Any player bleeding must be removed from the court and cannot re-enter the game until the referee inspects said player.

15. COACHES RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE LEAGUE

1. A Coach shall be a non-player and be at least 25 years of age.

2. An Assistant Coach shall be a non-player and who is at least 19 years of age or older and approved by the Proistameno.

3. Anyone wishing to coach must fill out an “Application to Coach” form and have it approved and signed by their Proistameno. This must be presented to the League Director no later than the first League Meeting.

4. All coaches must attend a pre-season training session and meeting organized by the League and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Failure to attend a pre-season meeting may result in disqualification to coach.

5. Exceptions to the age requirements can be made by application through the Rules and Regulations Subcommittee.

6.It is the coaches responsibility to present to the League Director:

a.A player roster

b.Proof of baptism

c.A waiver form signed by the players parent and if necessary, a doctors note stating that the player has no health issues that would prevent him/her from playing basketball

d.A letter from the President/Priest of the community or a copy of the policy declaratory page that an insurance liability policy is in effect for the respective community.

E. Coaches are expected to dress in a manner respectful to the league and the churches they represent

16. TROPHIES

Each player will receive a plaque/trophy for participating in the league.

17. GOVERNING RULES

The league rules are governed by the National High School Federation Basketball Rules unless modified in their application by the league rules.

17. THE TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

1. In an Orthodox Christian athletic environment, we strive to uphold a Christian example of behavior on and off the court or field.

2. The Team Sportsmanship Award is to be presented to one team in each League division, in recognition of its participants (both Coaches and Athletes) exemplary conduct during the course of the regular season.

3. At the end of each season, each Head Coach will be asked to cast one ballot for the team in their respective division they feel is the most deserving of this honor, other than their own.

4. An appointed Steering Committee member, selected by the Director, will collect the results.

5. In case of a tie, the League Director will select the winner unless the League Director’s home parish is involved, in which case the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry will select the winner.

6. The award shall be an 8-inch by 10-inch plaque, or as close to this size as possible.

GAME RULES

1. GAMES WILL CONSIST OF FOUR 6 MINUTE QUARTERS IN THE BI/GI DIVISIONS and 7 MINUTE QUARTERS IN THE BII/GII DIVISIONS.

2.THERE ARE NO TIES IN THE BII/GII DIVISION. THERE IS A THREE MINUTE OVERTIME AT THE END OF REGULATION TIME IN CASE OF A TIE, ALL FOULS, TIMEOUTS AND SCORING, CARRY OVER INTO THE O/T PERIOD. AN ADDITIONAL TIMEOUT SHALL BE AWARDED TO EACH TEAM FOR EACH O/T PERIOD.

3. FULL COURT PRESSING IS PERMITTED FOR THE ENTIRE GAME IN THE BII/GII DIVISION. EXCEPTION: IF A TEAM IS LEADING BY 15 POINTS OR MORE, PRESSING IS NOT PERMITTED.

4 PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF EACH GAME, EACH TEAM WILL BE GIVEN 5 MINUTES TO WARM UP AND HALFTIME WILL LAST 4 MINUTES

5. EACH TEAM WILL PROVIDE THE SCORER WITH A COPY OF ITS ROSTER, WHICH STATES EACH PLAYERS NAME, JERSEY NUMBER, TEAM NAME, COLOR AND COACHES FOR THE TEAM.

6. ALL GAMES WILL BE REFEREED. THE REFEREES WILL ALLOW SUBSTITUTIONS AT THE STOPPAGE OF PLAY ONCE A PLAYER IS AT THE SCORER'S TABLE. THE SCORERS TABLE MUST BE FREE OF SPECTATORS.

7. THERE WILL BE ALTERNATE POSSESSION AFTER GAME-OPENING JUMP BALL. EACH OVERTIME PERIOD WILL BEGIN WITH A JUMP BALL AND ALTERNATE POSSESSION THEREAFTER.

8 FOULS WILL BE POSSESSION ONLY UNLESS IN THE ACT OF SHOOTING, WHICH WILL CONSTITUTE TWO SHOTS. A TECHNICAL FOUL IS COUNTED AS A FOUL. A LANE VIOLATION WILL BE CALLED DURING FOUL SHOTS IF PLAYER(S) ATTEMPT TO REBOUND THE BALL PRIOR TO THE BALL HITTING THE RIM

9 BEGINNING WITH THE TENTH TEAM FOUL IN EACH HALF, TWO SHOTS WILL BE AWARDED FOR ANY FOUL.

10 TIMEOUTS- 4 FULL TIME OUTS (ONE MINUTE). TIME OUTS ACCUMULATE FOR THE ENTIRE GAME.

11 TALENT LEVELS MAY VARY FROM PLAYER TO PLAYER. THE LEAGUES INTENT IS TO ENCOURAGE TOTAL TEAM INVOLVEMENT. THUS, ANY ONE PLAYER WILL BE LIMITED IN SCORING TO A MAXIMUM OF 20 POINTS IN THE BI/G1 DIVISION AND 30 PTS IN THE BII/GII DIVISION. 

BI/G1 CLARIFICATION: ONCE 20 POINTS ARE SCORED, THE PLAYER WILL BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE PLAYING BUT ANY FIELD GOALS SCORED WILL NOT BE COUNTED ON THE SCOREBOARD. HOWEVER, FOUL SHOTS WILL COUNT. (IF A PLAYER HAS 19 PTS. AND SCORES A FIELD GOAL THE 21ST. POINT WILL COUNT). PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE COACHES, REFEREE AND SCOREKEEPER TO MONITOR THE POINTS SCORED BY EACH PLAYER. IF A PLAYER SCORES MORE THAN 20 POINTS AND IT IS DISCOVERED AFTER THE FACT, NO POINTS WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM THE SCORE AT THE TIME OF DISCOVERY, HOWEVER THE PLAYERS FIELD GOAL BASKETS THEREAFTER WILL NOT COUNT.

BII/GII CLARIFICATION: ONCE 30 POINTS ARE SCORED, THE PLAYER WILL BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE PLAYING BUT ANY FIELD GOALS SCORED WILL NOT BE COUNTED ON THE SCOREBOARD. HOWEVER, FOUL SHOTS WILL COUNT. (IF A PLAYER HAS 29 PTS. AND SCORES A FIELD GOAL THE 31ST. POINT WILL COUNT). PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE COACHES, REFEREE AND SCOREKEEPER TO MONITOR THE POINTS SCORED BY EACH PLAYER. IF A PLAYER SCORES MORE THAN 30 POINTS AND IT IS DISCOVERED AFTER THE FACT, NO POINTS WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM THE SCORE AT THE TIME OF DISCOVERY, HOWEVER THE PLAYERS FIELD GOAL BASKETS THEREAFTER WILL NOT COUNT.
 

12 ANY TECHNICAL FOULS CALLED AGAINST A PLAYER WILL RESULT IN THAT PLAYER BEING REMOVED FROM THE GAME FOR AT LEAST THREE MINUTES. A TECHNICAL AGAINST A COACH RESULTS IN A WARNING. A SECOND TECHNICAL FOR A PLAYER OR COACH IN THE SAME GAME WILL RESULT IN EJECTION AND A ONE GAME SUSPENSION. ANY SUBSEQUENT TECHNICAL FOR A PLAYER OR COACH WILL CONSTITUTE EXPULSION FROM THE PROGRAM. (3 TECHNICALS IN THE SEASON). TWO ADMINISTRATIVE FOULS SHALL CONSTITUTE ONE TECHNICAL FOUL FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS RULE

13. A PLAYER MUST LEAVE THE GAME AFTER FIVE PERSONAL FOULS.

14 DURING GAMES, THE TEAM BENCH WILL BE EXCLUSIVELY OCCUPIED BY UP TO TWO COACHES, (THE COACH (ES)/ASSISTANT COACH, TEAM SCOREBOOK KEEPER, AND TEAM PLAYERS AND LEAGUE OFFICIALS. THE HOME COURT OFFICIAL OR REFEREE WILL DIRECT PARENTS, RELATIVES AND SPECTATORS WHERE THEY CAN VIEW THE GAME.

15 ALL COACHES ARE CHARGED WITH BEING FAMILIAR WITH BOTH THE GENERAL RULES AND GAME RULES OF THE LEAGUE AND OF EXPLAINING SAME TO THE PLAYERS.

16. ALL MADE FIELD GOALS THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE GAME SHALL COUNT FOR TWO (2) POINTS. THERE ARE NO THREE (3) POINT FIELD GOALS.

17. 7-9 YEARS OLDS:

A) A PLAYER CANNOT BE DOUBLE-TEAMED WITH OR WITHOUT THE BALL.

B) GAMES MAY END IN A TIE. (EXCEPTION- PLAYOFFS)

C) THE FREE THROW LINE WILL BE MOVED APPROXIMATELY 3 TO 4 FEET CLOSER TO THE BASKET HOWEVER PLAYERS SHALL LINE UP NORMALLY.

D) A COACH WILL BE PERMITTED ON TO THE COURT MOMENTARILY TO POSITION HIS PLAYERS

E)FULL COURT PRESSING AND DOUBLE TEAMING WILL BE PERMITTED THE LAST 2 MINUTES OF THE GAME.

F) A PLAYER BRINGING UP THE BALL MUST BE PERMITTED TO CROSS OVER THE HALF COURT LINE BEFORE BEING COVERED BY THE OPPOSING PLAYER

G)THE FOLLOWING VIOLATIONS SHALL BE MODIFIED:

1.) THREE SECOND VIOLATIONS SHALL BE MODIFIED TO 5 SECONDS.

2) THE 5 SECOND INBOUND PASS VIOLATION WILL BE INCREASED TO 10 SECONDS.

3) THE 10 SECOND BACK COURT VIOLATION WILL BE INCREASED TO 15 SECONDS (BRING THE BALL UP PAST THE HALF COURT LINE).