Rules and Regulations: Basketball (Schools)

Last updated: November 24, 2022

Basketball U14

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SGB 1 The London Youth Games Basketball competition will run in accordance with FIBA regulations.

SGB 1.1 Should any rules listed below contradict those outlined by FIBA, these rules will supersede those.

SGB 1.2 It will be at the sole discretion of the Competition Director as to the application of these rules, and any subsequent decision made as a result will be final.

SGB 1.3 The Tournament Organisers reserve the rights to alter or amend the playing schedule if necessary and make decisions on any matters arising during the tournament, including any matters not covered by the tournament regulations.

 SGB 2 Age Category

SGB 2.1 The following age groups and respective minimum and maximum date of births will apply to the London Youth Games Basketball Competition:

Age Category Oldest DOB Youngest DOB Likely School Year
U14 01/09/2008 31/08/2011 Year 7 – 9

SGB 2.2 Competitors are not permitted to enter this competition if they are ineligible. No exceptions will be made.

SGB 2.3 It is the responsibility of competitors/parents/teachers/SGO to ensure all competitors details are entered correctly at the time of submission, and that they are eligible to compete.

SGB 2.3.1 In the instance a competitor is found to be ineligible, the entire team will be disqualified from the competition entirely.

SGB 3 Eligibility Premier schools competing in the Basketball England Dynamik Schools competition are ineligible for the competition. The schools listed below are ineligible to compete:

U14 Girls Premier Schools U14 Co-Ed Premier Schools
Clapton Girls Academy Christ’s School
The City Academy Westminster Academy
Westminster Academy Lampton School
Harris Academy Peckham St Bonaventure
Ark Globe Academy Hayes School
Whitfgift School
John Fisher School
Trinity School
St Thomas the Apostle School and Sixth Form College

SGB 4 Squad Size Schools are permitted to enter a minimum of 5 competitors and a maximum of 12 competitors per gender.

SGB 4.1 Schools are permitted to bring all 12 competitors entered to the event on the day however only 5 will be able to take the court at any one time.

SGB 5 Kit & Equipment

SGB 5.1 Each school must provide two contrasting sets of numbered shirts. No t-shirts to be worn under numbered shirts.

SGB 5.2 Schools must supply their own basketball for warm up.

SGB 5.3 Boys match ball is Size 6.

SGB 5.4 Girls match ball is Size 5.

SGB 5.5 A visible scoreboard, and a visible clock, showing at least the timer for each period of play for the game in minutes shall be provided by the home team at every match. These facilities shall be clearly visible to both team benches.

SGB 5.5.1 Teams may agree to different provisions of this equipment in writing in advance of the match. Where agreement cannot be reached, or the home team cannot provide this equipment, the away team may assume home team status.

SGB 6 Competition Format The competition consists of four rounds. Teams play local knockout Rounds 1, 2, 3 and the winners of Round 3 qualify for the Final 4’s (semi-finals advancing to a 3rd/4th play off and the final).

SGB 6.1 Dates for Rounds 1-3 are NOT flexible, the rounds must be played on the stipulated dates as above.

SGB 6.1.1 Teams may agree to play the fixture in advance of this date in writing. Any proposal to play the match after this date must receive approval from London Youth Games and will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

SGB 6.2 All on court disputes should be adjudicated by respective officials on the day and resolved locally. London Youth Games will not overturn any on court decisions if the referees meet the minimum set out in SGB 7.1. All off court disputes are required to be sent to info@londonyouthgames.org within 24 hours of the game being played, stating clearly what regulation has been breached, a mobile number and a suitable time to call.

SGB 6.2.1 As per SGB 1.3, London Youth Games reserves the right to make decisions in regard to breaches of these regulations. Actions may include but are not limited to;

  • Reversal of result, replay of the match, dictation of when and where a match must be played.

 SGB 7 Competition Rules

SGB 7.1 For Rounds 1 and 2 the home team and the away team must each provide a Level 1 qualified referee (see here for course), which cannot be a named coach/team manager for either team. The home team must also provide a Level 1 qualified table official (see here for course) which cannot be a named coach/team manager. The away team must provide an individual to support the table official, but is not required to be qualified.

SGB 7.2 FIBA regulations regarding matches are as follows and will apply to all matches:

SGB 7.2.1 Four quarters of 10 minutes stopping clock.

SGB 7.2.2 Seven minute half-time.

SGB 7.2.3 Two-minute interval between 1st and 2nd quarters and the 3rd and 4th quarters.

SGB 7.2.4 Two timeouts per team in the 1st half and 3 timeouts in the 2nd half.

SGB 7.2.5 Timeouts will be 60 seconds each in duration.

SGB 7.2.6 Four team and four personal fouls per match.

SGB 7.2.7 Substitutions must be made through the table (at any time on a dead ball).

SGB 7.2.8 Team Managers must complete score sheets with the correct details 10 minutes before the game starts.

SGB 7.2.9 No player shall dunk the ball at any time during the competition.

SGB 7.3 Match rules regarding game format (7.2.1 – 7.2.5) may be amended, but only by agreement, in writing, between the two teams prior to the match taking place.

SGB 7.4 In the event of a match tie (regardless of length as per SGB 7.3) 5 minutes overtime is played.

SGB 7.4.1 If scores remain level after this period of overtime, then sudden death free throws will occur. There is no minimum number of free throws, and sudden death applies from the first nominated shooters. All listed players from the team must shoot before any player is permitted to take a second shot.

SGB 7.5 Man to man defence is the only permissible defence allowed (i.e. no zone defence). Each game is started by a jump ball in the centre circle and begins when the ball is tapped in by one player.

SGB 7.6 As a rule, a dominant full court man-to-man defence which the opposition is incapable of outplaying must cease when the team is 20 points ahead.

SGB 7.7 Rule for the final round: teams are required to be on court ready to play their matches within 15 minutes of the scheduled time. Should teams arrive later than 15 minutes after the start of the scheduled match time, they will be required to forfeit the match, awarding a 20-0 walkover to the opposition.

SGB 8 Medals & Salvers Medals and salver will be awarded as follows:

SGB 8.1 Medals awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams per gender with the salver presented to the winners of each competition.

Basketball U16

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BBall 1 The London Youth Games Basketball competition will run in accordance with FIBA regulations.

BBall 1.1 Should any rules listed below contradict those outlined by the FIBA, these rules will supersede those.

BBall 1.2 It will be at the sole discretion of the Competition Director as to the application of these rules, and any subsequent decision made as a result will be final.

BBall 1.3 The Tournament Organisers reserve the rights to alter or amend the playing schedule if necessary and make decisions on any matters arising during the tournament, including any matters not covered by the tournament regulations.

BBall 2 Age Category

BBall 2.1 The following age groups and respective maximum date of births will apply to the London Youth Games Basketball Competition:

Age Category Oldest DOB Youngest DOB Likely School Year
U16 01/09/2006 Year 11 & under

BBall 2.2 Players participating in the U14 competition are not allowed to participate in this competition. Premier schools competing in the Basketball England Dynamik Schools competition are ineligible for this competition (please see the BBall 3 eligibility section).

BBall 2.3 Competitors are not permitted to enter this competition if they are ineligible. No exceptions will be made.

BBall 2.4 It is the responsibility of competitors/parents/team managers/local authority staff to ensure all competitors details are entered correctly at the time of submission, and that they are eligible to compete for their school.

Bball 2.4.1 In the instance a competitor is found to be ineligible, the school will be disqualified from the competition entirely.

BBall 3 Eligibility Premier schools competing in the Basketball England Dynamik Schools competition are ineligible for the competition. The schools listed below are ineligible to compete:

U16 Girls Premier Schools U16 Premier Schools
Riverside Basketball Academy Lampton School
City of London Shoreditch Park Westminster Academy
The City Academy Christ’s School
Cardinal Pole Catholic School St Thomas the Apostle School and Sixth Form College
Clapton Girls Academy St Bonaventure
Dagenham Park
John Fisher School
Whitgift School
Coombe Wood School

BBall 4 Squad Size Schools are permitted to enter a minimum of 5 competitors and a maximum of 12 competitors per gender.

BBall 4.1 Schools are permitted to bring all 12 competitors entered to the event on the day however only 5 will be able to take the court at any one time.

BBall 5 Kit & Equipment

BBall 5.1 Each school must provide 2 contrasting sets of numbered shirts. No t-shirts to be worn under numbered shirts.

BBall 5.2 Schools must supply their own basketball for warm up.

BBall 5.3 Boys match ball Size is 7.

BBall 5.4 Girls match ball Size is 6.

BBall 5.5 A visible scoreboard, and a visible clock, showing at least the timer for each period of play for the game in minutes shall be provided by the home team at every match. These facilities shall be clearly visible to both team benches.

BBall 5.5.1 Teams may agree to different provisions of this equipment in writing in advance of the match. Where agreement cannot be reached, or the home team cannot provide this equipment, the away team may assume home team status.

BBall 6 Competition Format The competition consists of four rounds. Teams play local knockout Rounds 1, 2, 3 and the winners of round 3 qualify for the final 4’s (two semi-finals, 3rd/4th play off and final match)

BBall 6.1 Dates for rounds 1-3 are NOT flexible, the rounds must be played on the stipulated dates as above.

BBall 6.1.1 Teams may agree to play the fixture in advance of this date in writing. Any proposal to play the match after this date must receive approval from London Youth Games and will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

BBall 6.2 All on court disputes should be adjudicated by respective officials on the day and resolved locally.  London Youth Games will not overturn any on court decisions if the referees meet the minimum set it in BBall 7.1. All of court disputes are required to be sent to info@londonyouthgames.org within 24 hours of the game being played, stating clearly what regulation has been breaches, a mobile number and a suitable time to call.

BBall 6.2.1 As per BBall 1.3, London Youth Games reserves the right to make decisions in regard to breaches of these regulations. Actions may include but are not limited to;

  • Reversal of result, replay of the match, dictation of when and where a match must be played.

BBall 7 Competition Rules

BBall 7.1 For Rounds 1 and 2 the home team and the away team must each provide a Level 1 qualified referee (see here for course), which cannot be a named coach/team manager for either team. The home team must also provide a Level 1 qualified table official (see here for course) which cannot be a named coach/team manager. The away must provide an individual to support the table official, but is not required to be qualified.

BBall 7.2 FIBA regulations regarding matches are as follows and will apply to all matches:

BBall 7.2.1 Four quarters of 10 minutes stopping clock.

BBall 7.2.2 Seven minute half-time.

BBall 7.2.3 Two-minute interval between 1st and 2nd quarters and the 3rd and 4th quarters.

BBall 7.2.4 Two timeouts per team in the 1st half and three time outs in the 2nd half.

BBall 7.2.5 Timeouts will be 60 seconds each in duration.

BBall 7.2.6 Four team and four personal fouls per match.

BBall 7.2.7 Substitutions must be made through the table (at any time on a dead ball).

BBall 7.2.8 Team Managers must complete score sheets with the correct details 10 minutes before the game starts.

BBall 7.2.9 No player shall dunk the ball at any time during the competition.

BBall 7.3 Match rules regarding game format (7.2.1 – 7.2.5) may be amended, but only by agreement, in writing, between the two teams prior to the match taking place.

BBall 7.4 In the event of a match tie (regardless of length as per BBall 7.3) 5 minutes overtime is played.

BBall 7.4.1 If scores remain level after this period of overtime, then sudden death free throws will occur. There is no minimum number of free throws, and sudden death applied from the first nominated shooters. All listed players from the team must shoot before any player is permitted to take a second shot.

BBall 7.5 Man to man defence and zone defence is allowed. Each game is started by a jump ball in the centre circle and begins when the ball is tapped in by one player.

BBall 7.6 As a rule, a dominant full court man-to-man defence which the opposition is incapable of outplaying should cease when the team is 20 points ahead. We trust that the coaches will know when too much is too much.

BBall 7.7 Rule for the final round: teams are required to be on court ready to play their matches within 15 minutes of the scheduled time. Should teams arrive later than 15 minutes after the start of the scheduled match time, they will be required to forfeit the match, awarding a 20-0 walkover to the opposition.

BBall 8 Medals & Salvers Medals and salver will be awarded as follows:

BBall 8.1 Medals awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams per gender with the salver presented to the winners of each competition.