Basketball - Basketball Rules: Players Sport & Social Group (2023)

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Being competitive on the field is applauded & encouraged in all of our leagues! It is also important to understand that there is a fine line between being competitive & being unsportsmanlike. All players and referees should treat one another with respect on the field & after the game. Everyone has to go to worktomorrow, so please keep safety & sportsmanship in mind out there!


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Every individual participating in a Players Sport & Social Group program may compete as a member of the gender that they identify with, regardless of their gender at birth. We expect all players to be respectful and honor the spirit of this policy. We are LGBTQIA+ friendly (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and other sexualities and gender identities/expressions).

We have found that open communication between teams is super helpful. If there is a situation that may raise some questions from opposing teams, captains are encouraged to have a quick conversation with our umpire/official before the game to ensure everyone is on the same page. At the end of the day, inclusivity is key.

Game Play

  1. Games will consist of two 20-minute running halves. Time will only stop for timeouts, and in the last minute of the second half. Time will not stop in the last minute of the second half if the point spread is 10 or more points.
  2. Onetimeoutper game for each team isallowed
  3. Single Bonus begins on the 7th foul. Double bonus begins on the 10th foul.
  4. A player is automatically ejected from the game if they receive two technical fouls.
  5. The league reserves the right to suspend any player that receives two technical fouls in one game, or that is ejected for a flagrant foul or unsportsmanlike conduct.
  6. Team Size: Teams can have an unlimited number of players on their roster. 4 players are needed to avoid a forfeit. In coed leagues, the normal breakdown of players is 3 males and 2 females. A game can be played with only 1 female. In this case, the team could still only have a MAX of 3 males on the court. Teams ARE allowed to play with more than 2 females on the court at a given time.
  7. Substitutions: Each team is allowed unlimited substitutions when ball is not in play. Referee must be notified of request to substitute players.
  8. Timing Violations:
    • a) Front court violation results if ball goes back into the backcourt and is re-secured.
    • b) 3-second rule: no player may remain within the free throw lane for over 3 seconds while on offense. One foot in, or on, the lanes line will constitute that player being in the lane.
    • c) 5-second rule: no player may hold or dribble in the front court while closely guarded for 5+ seconds.
    • d) 10-second rule: team gaining possession in its backcourt must progress into the front court in 10 seconds. Timing violations result in a change of possession.
  9. Throw-ins: Following a score, the opposing team may throw-in anywhere behind the end line. Following an out of bounds infraction or non-shooting foul, the ball is given to the opponent by the referee at the spot near where the violation occurred. The in-bounding player must:
    • a) Release the ball without breaking the lane of the playing court.
    • b) Release the ball (by throwing) within 5 seconds.
    • c) Not move from the designated throw-in spot. Following a technical foul free throw, the offended team receives the ball at mid court. Following an intentional foul free throw, the offended team receives the ball near the infraction.
  10. Contact: To hold, push trip or charge into an opponent is illegal contact. This must be tempered with the fact that fast movement in a restricted area will result in some physical contact. When no advantage is gained from contact, it is generally to be overlooked. a) Responsibility: The first player to establish a position on the court without contact has priority. The player moving into the path of another player when contact occurs is generally responsible for contact. Players have right to all space within their vertical base (e.g. over the back fouls) b) Fouls: Players called for illegal contact will be charged with a personal foul. Each player may accrue up to five personal fouls a game prior to disqualification. A common foul occurs away from the ball and does no affect attempted shots.
  11. Free-throws: Penalty shots are awarded as follows: a) one free throw for a shooter whose goal is successful and is fouled while shooting. b) Two free throws for a shooter whose attempted goal is unsuccessful or any intentional foul. c) One free throw plus an additional free throw (one and one) for a common foul after the bonus rule goes into effect. - if the first shot is successful, the second free throw is allowed - if the first free throw is missed, play continues d) No free throws are awarded for common fouls prior to the bonus or for double fouls e) Intentional and flagrant fouls are two shot free throws. Opponents and teammates may not touch the ball until the free throw has touched the rim. Players from either team must remain in position along the lane until the ball leaves the shooters hands. Opponents are assigned the first space from the basket on either side of the lane.
  12. Technical Foul: Technical fouls are generally committed when the ball is dead: a) disrespectfully addressing or contacting a referee. b) Unsportsmanlike language, gestures, etc. c) Delaying tactics: after a score or before a throw-in. d) More than 5 players on the court. e) Fighting/roughhousing Technical fouls will result with the offended team receiving two free throws with no other players along the lane area. The offended team will receive the ball at center court.
  13. Bonus Rule: A running tally is made as each team accrues fouls throughout the each half. When a team has more than seven fouls, one and one free throws are awarded for every common foul thereafter. Once the team reaches 10 fouls, two free throws are awarded for every common foul thereafter. The bonus returns to zero at the start of the second half.
  14. Jump Ball: Jump balls will be awarded by a tip off between each team. The tip off will take place in one of three sections on the court; center or at top of either key depending on what section there was a jump ball. The following will result in a jump ball:
    • a) the ball is held steady between two opposing players.
    • b) The ball goes out of bounds and there is uncertainty regarding last contact.
    • c) The ball settles on the basket support.
    • d) A double foul is charged.
    • e) A simultaneous free throw violation by opposing players.
  15. Traveling: A violation involving moving the feet in excess of two steps without dribbling the ball or moving the pivot foot. Traveling results in a loss of possession.
  16. Goaltending: A violation for touching a shot while it is in its downward path and above the rim, or when the ball makes contact with the backboard on its path to the basket. Appropriate points are awarded to the offended team.
  17. Uniforms: Players must wear shirts of the same color family. All T-shirts Must have numbers on the back.
  18. Overtime: If the game is tied at the end of regulation, a two-minute overtime period would be played. Foul counts are extended from the second half and one additional timeout is given to each team (in addition to any timeouts were unused). The clock only stops in the last minute of overtime and only if the score differential is single-digits. If a game is tied at the end of overtime, it is recorded as a TIE due to time/rental constraints. If a game is tied after regulation in the playoffs, an unlimited number of one-minute overtime periods will be played after the first 2-minute overtime period with the same rules as the regular overtime.
  19. During the regular season it is ok for team captains to ask players from other teams to “Sub or Fill In” open slots on game day, to avoid forfeit. In the playoffs, a player can only participate and play for one team. If a player is found playing on two or more teams in the playoffs all games are subject to forfeit.

  20. FORFEITS: If your team forfeits a match during the season, the following rules apply:
    • First Offense: game recorded as loss and warning issued.
    • Second Offense: game recorded as loss and PSG staff reserves the right to remove team from league and playoffs with no refund for games not played.
    • Third Offense: Removal from the league and playoffs with no refund for games not played

If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game, we encourage you to call our office so as to help us schedule your opponent a game however this does not mean that your team will not receive the loss as a forfeit. All teams should bring a game ball to play with.During the regular season it is ok for team captains to ask players from other teams to “Sub or Fill In” open slots on game day, to avoid forfeit. In the playoffs, a player can only participate and play for one team. If a player is found playing on two or more teams in the playoffs all games are subject to forfeit.

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21.All leagues that have 12 or more teams will be split into a Flight A & Flight B Playoff Bracket. At the end of the season all captains are responsible for confirming their team’s end of season team record. Once playoff brackets are posted and playoff games are played the tournament seeding will not be changed. If there is an incorrect score posted for your team, the captain is responsible for notifying the league office prior to the playoffs being played.

Basketball Playoff Seeding Rules:

1) Winning percentage is used to determine place in the standings and will be used to determine playoff seeding.

2) If two teams are tied in winning percentage/game record:

a. Head to head result(s)

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b. Least amount of forfeits

c. Overall point differential (10-run max per game)

d. Earliest sign up date/time

3) If three or more teams are tied in game record:

a. Head to head game record versus all tied teams

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b. Least number of forfeits

c. Overall point differential (10-run max per game)

d. Earliest sign up date/time

FFC Gold Coast League - Roster Information

- We must submit a weekly roster for each team to FFC. The people at the front desk will check the name on the ID against your roster. Each player MUST appear on the roster to be allowed into the facility. If you plan to bring subs (which is permissible during the regular season), they must be on your roster online.

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-Spectators not on the roster are only allowed in the facility if they purchase a daily guest pass at FFC for $30. Information is available at the FFC front desk about guest passes and what is included.

Any of the above rules are subject to change at any time without notice at the discretion of Players Sports Group. 1/1/20 SB.


What are the rules of basketball player? ›

When a player has the basketball there are certain rules they must follow:
  • The player must bounce, or dribble, the ball with one hand while moving both feet. ...
  • The basketball player can only take one turn at dribbling. ...
  • The ball must stay in bounds. ...
  • The players hand must be on top of the ball while dribbling.

What are the social aspects of basketball? ›

Playing basketball helps foster a sense of community and teamwork. You may have the chance to positively interact with people from different backgrounds, which can broaden your perspective. Plus, you'll learn to play fairly and graciously regardless of the outcome of your performance.

What are the 5 main rules in basketball? ›

These rules include;
  • Only five players per team on the court. ...
  • Score more than your opponent to win. ...
  • Score within the shot clock. ...
  • Dribbling advances the ball. ...
  • The offense has five seconds to inbound the ball. ...
  • The offense must advance the ball. ...
  • Ball and ballhandler must remain inbounds.
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What is the social impact of the basketball? ›

Explains that basketball has a number of positive impacts on young people, such as better attendance in school, better grades associated with good behavior, and an upward mobility orientation.

What is the most important rules in basketball? ›

Score more than the other team

To win a game of basketball, you have to score more points than your opponent. Simple. You can do so by scoring two points by scoring by getting the ball through the hoop from anywhere within the D semi-circle that surrounds the net.

What are 3 things that a player Cannot do in basketball? ›

What Not To Do When Playing Basketball
  • Shoot on your own basket: If you make it, the other team will get two points.
  • Move without dribbling: Any time you have the ball and want to move around the court, you must dribble. ...
  • Ignore your coach: Always listen to your coach.
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What is a social group in sport? ›

Social groupings and participation in sport

Participation in physical activity is influenced by social factors such as social groupings, family and friends as well as personal factors such as age, gender, disability and ethnicity.

What are the five social groups in sport? ›

Engagement patterns in physical activity and sport can differ between certain social groups. These social groups are gender, age, ethnicity, disability and socio-economic groups.

What are social factors in sport? ›

Social factors refer to socialisation with teammates, the opposition and in different environments. They can impact performance in different ways. Physical Education.

What is not allowed in basketball? ›

The ball must be held in or between the hands; the arms or body must not be used for holding it. No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping or striking in any way the person of an opponent shall be allowed.

What are the 10 fundamentals of basketball? ›

So what are the fundamentals?
  • Lay ups.
  • Shooting.
  • Foul Shooting.
  • Passing.
  • Dribbling and ballhandling.
  • Jump stops.
  • Triple threat position and pivoting.
  • Jab steps.

What are the top three rules in basketball? ›

Dr. James Naismith's Original 13 Rules of Basketball
  • The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands.
  • The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands (never with the fist).
  • A player cannot run with the ball.

What are social benefits of sports? ›

Build Self-Esteem and a Sense of Community

Team sports are said to bolster the five C's: competence, confidence, connections, character, and caring. At the heart of this is self-esteem – an increased sense of self as a result of better social interactions, stronger relationships, and higher academic performance.

Why is social important in sport? ›

Furthermore, the social nature of most sporting activities can serve to provide encouragement and support, ensuring the level of frequency and adherence required to obtain physical and psychological health benefits.

How do sports affect social interaction? ›

Social interaction through team sport teaches young people to: associate with their friends, solve and prevent conflicts, communicate and socialize better with their colleagues. Our study started from the presumption that we can improve socialization through sport team activities.

What is the most important skill for all basketball players? ›

Dribbling is a fundamental skill that all basketball players should master. This ability enables a player to move up and down the court, around defenders, and execute plays.

What are 3 interesting facts about basketball? ›

Basketball Facts
  • James Naismith, a teacher at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, is credited with inventing basketball in 1891.
  • The first “hoops” were actually just peach baskets and the first backboards were made of wire.
  • The game became an official Olympic event at the Summer Games in Berlin, Germany in 1936.

What are basketball safety rules? ›

Wear gym shoes that fit snugly, are non-skid and have high tops. Use a mouth guard, ankle braces and safety glasses. Warm up and stretch before each session. Use proper technique and follow the rules.

What are the 5 violations in basketball? ›

Excessive time taken
  • Defensive three-second violation (Illegal defense) (penalized as a technical foul)
  • Five-second rule.
  • Shot clock violation.
  • Time line violation, exceeding the time limit to reach the frontcourt (8- or 10-second violation)
  • Three seconds rule (Lane violation)

What is the hardest skill to learn in basketball? ›

Passing. Passing has to be the hardest skill to work on individually. Passing is not so much about making an accurate pass--the hard part is getting it there on time and under pressure. Yes, you need to get it there on time on target, but everyone should be able to get the ball there on target.

What is the most common violation in basketball? ›

Foul – the single most common violation in basketball is the foul. This occurs when a player uses physical force/content to gain an unfair advantage. Fouls are typically committed by defensive players, but refs may call them on offensive players as well.

What are 3 types of social groups? ›

  • Voluntary Group.
  • Involuntary Group.
  • Delegate Group.

What are the 4 main social groups? ›

Four basic types of groups have traditionally been recognized: primary groups, secondary groups, collective groups, and categories.

What is a social group example? ›

Clubs, businesses, families, circles of friends, local religious congregations, and fraternity and sorority chapters are examples of social groups. A primary group is a limited social group whose participants tend to have direct, intimate, and long-term connections.

Is basketball a social activity? ›

As a very social sport, playing basketball helps kids develop their communication and social skills. They learn how to talk to others, make new friends and it gives them an understanding of the different abilities of other people. Most importantly through playing basketball kids learn that being active is fun.

What are the basic social groups? ›

Primary groups are those in which individuals intimately interact and cooperate over a long period of time. Examples of primary groups are families, friends, peers, neighbors, classmates, sororities, fraternities, and church members. These groups are marked by primary relationships in which communication is informal.

Is a sports team a social group? ›

Sports teams are meaningful social groups with parallels to many other kinds of groups across various situations. For example, they contain established and new group members, have a team history and future, contain a team leader (team captain), and compete on a regular basis.

Is a sport a social activities? ›

Sport enhances social and cultural life by bringing together individuals and communities. Sports can help to overcome difference and encourages dialogue, and thereby helps to break down prejudice, stereotypes, cultural differences, ignorance, intolerance and discrimination.

What are key social factors? ›

In addition to genetics and lifestyle choices, many social factors interact to determine the health of an individual and community. Together, social factors that influence our health (income, education, social connections, and housing) account for up to 40% of what keeps us healthy.

Can you lift your teammate in basketball? ›

According to the NBA rulebook, it is not illegal for one player to climb onto his teammate's shoulders and play as one unit. This is a potentially game-changing discovery and I look forward to many accolades rolling in as I revolutionize basketball.

Why is 9 not allowed in basketball? ›

No jersey number can end in 6, 7, 8, or 9.

Those digits require two hands to sign, which complicates things for referees.

What are 6 basic basketball skills? ›

6 Basketball Skills Your Child Will Develop at a Sports Clinic
  • Dribbling. Dribbling the ball is one of the fundamentals of playing basketball. ...
  • Passing. Basketball skills also include the essential team sports move: passing. ...
  • Shooting. ...
  • Agility. ...
  • Teamwork. ...
  • Self-Discipline. ...
  • A Great Learning Opportunity.
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What are 4 major skills you need to learn before playing basketball? ›

The fundamentals of basketball include skills such as footwork, dribbling, shooting, and passing, which basketball players need to learn to play the game of basketball.

What is the 5 second rule in basketball? ›

A five-second closely guarded violation may be called against an offensive player with the ball when that player is guarded closely for five seconds or more, and does not pass, shoot, or dribble within that time.

What are the social benefits of a team? ›

Teamwork enables employees to socialize, discuss openly, and have conversations beyond work. Working together creates bonds, this then results in creating a sense of belonging and uplifts overall morale.

Why is social so important? ›

Benefits of Socialization:

Better mental health – it can lighten your mood and make you feel happier. Lower your risk of dementia – social interaction is good for your brain health. Promotes a sense of safety, belonging and security. Allows you to confide in others and let them confide in you.

How do you describe social connection through sports? ›

Sport creates conversations by providing a common ground, and a unified sense of purpose. A love of the game and the passion brought to the field forges bonds between players. Heroes are created in sport and can become positive role models for the team and wider community.

What is the relationship between sports and social class? ›

For example, the upper class is more inclined to play non-contact sports such as golf or tennis, while the middle and lower classes tend to play sports that focus on teamwork, toughness and risk-taking such as football or boxing. These rougher sports are called prole sports. Some sports are also associated with wealth.

What is illegal use in basketball? ›

A: There is an illegal use of hands signal. This is applied after a foul where there is contact by the defense using the hands by making illegal contact with an opponent which could include making contact with the hand on some part of their opponents body, excluding the hand.

What is Rule 4 in basketball? ›

The team on offense must bring the ball across the midcourt line within 8 seconds.

What does basketball Rule 7 mean? ›

7: Shot Clock. Section I—Definition. The 'shot clock' shall refer to the timing device that displays a countdown of the time within which the team possessing the ball must attempt a field goal. The shot clock shall start at 24 seconds unless otherwise provided in Rule 7.

What is a common violation in basketball? ›

Foul – the single most common violation in basketball is the foul. This occurs when a player uses physical force/content to gain an unfair advantage. Fouls are typically committed by defensive players, but refs may call them on offensive players as well.

Is clapping in basketball illegal? ›

Technical Foul, Taunting, player yells at opponent after made basket Technical Foul, Taunting, player claps in opponent's face. “This is an example of a Technical Foul for unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting.

What is an illegal 3 in basketball? ›

It is assessed when a member of the defending team spends more than three seconds in the free throw lane (also called the key, the 16-foot lane, or "the paint") while not actively guarding an opponent.

Can you foul someone without the ball? ›

A personal foul committed by the offensive team during a throw-in shall be an offensive foul, regardless of whether the ball has been released. Contact which occurs on the hand of the offensive player, while that part of the hand is in contact with the ball, is legal.


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