Basketball Rules

SSC Policies

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Basketball Rules

PAN AM REC CENTER GYMNASIUM:

Alcohol, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in or around City of Austin Recreation Centers.  Ask your official or gameday coordinator about great happy hours following every game!

Only reclosable containers containing water are permitted inside the gym.

All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

ROUND ROCK SPORTS CENTER:

Alcohol, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in or around City of Round Rock Recreation Centers.  Ask your official or gameday coordinator about great happy hours following every game!

Only reclosable containers containing water are permitted inside the gym.

All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

SOUTH AUSTIN REC CENTER GYMNASIUM:

Alcohol, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in or around City of Austin Recreation Centers.  Ask your official or gameday coordinator about great happy hours following every game!

Only reclosable containers containing water are permitted inside the gym.

All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

WESTLAKE ATHLETIC COMMUNITY CENTER:

Outside food and beverages are not permitted.

Alcohol, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in or around City of Round Rock Recreation Centers.  Ask your official or gameday coordinator about great happy hours following every game!

Only reclosable containers containing water are permitted inside the gym.

All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

PLAYING AREA:

Basketball games are played on a single half-court.  Boundary lines vary depending on venue.

OFFICIALS:

The SSC will provide officials for all games.  Arguing with officials will not be tolerated.

EQUIPMENT:

The SSC will provide one regulation 29.5” game basketball for each court.  An alternate game ball may be used if agreed to by both captains.

Athletic shoes with non-marking soles are required while on the court.

The following items are not permitted:

  • Athletic braces or casts made from hard, unyielding material (unless covered on all sides and edges with at least ½ inch of closed cell slow recovery rubber or similar material)
  • Headgear containing hard, unyielding, or stiff material (including billed hats)
  • Jewelry (except for smooth wedding bands)

Special event wristbands must be covered by a sweatband or with athletic tape.

PLAYING ROSTER:

The maximum numbers of players on the court is three.  The minimum number of players is two.  The maximum number of males is two.  The minimum number of females is one.  

The minimum number of players to play an officiated exhibition game, and avoid the forfeit fine, is two.

Teams lose the ability to challenge a player’s eligibility after 15 minutes, except in the case of a late-arriving player.

FORMAT:

Each team plays two games per night during the regular season. Each game shall consist of a single 25-minute period, including any desired warm-up time.

Each team is allowed two 30-second timeouts per game. The game clock does not stop during timeouts. No timeouts shall be granted with less than three minutes remaining on the game clock.

The first team to score 20 points wins that game.  It is not necessary to win by two points.  If time expires before any team reaches 20 points, whichever team has scored more points will be declared the winner.

Regular season games can end in a tie.

SCORING:

For male shooters, buckets made from on or inside the arc count for one point.  Buckets made from outside the arc count for two points.

For female shooters, buckets made from on or inside the arc count for two points.  Buckets made from outside the arc count for three points.

When a bucket is made by a shooter with his or her feet near the arc, the referee will declare the point value aloud.  

Free throws count as one point, regardless of the shooter’s gender.  Shooters shall be awarded free throws based on the point value of the attempted shot.

TEAM POSSESSION:

Initial possession shall be determined by a single shot attempt from behind the arc.

When a team gains possession, a member of that team must possess the ball with one foot behind the arc before any scoring attempt is made.  Failure to do so will result in a violation, and the other team shall be awarded possession.

Following a dead ball, the team in possession must check the ball to the defending team prior to putting the ball in play.  The player in possession at the top of the arc is only permitted to pass the ball to begin play.  If the player in possession at the top of the arc dribbles, attempts a shot, or fails to check the ball to the defense prior to putting the ball in play, a violation will be called and the defending team awarded possession.

There is no rebounding on free throws. Once a shooter has had an opportunity to complete all awarded free throw attempts, possession shall be awarded to the opposing team, except in the case of an intentional, flagrant, or technical foul.

The ball changes possession after each scored basket.

When a jump ball occurs, possession shall be awarded to the defending team.

Stalling is not permitted.  The Referee, at his or her discretion, will initiate a ten-second count to prevent stalling and other delays in action.  If the team in possession has not attempted a shot that is successful or has struck the ring or flange at the expiration of the ten-second count, a violation will be called and the defending team awarded possession.

A player shall not be permitted to have any part of his or her body remain in the free throw lane for more than three consecutive seconds while a live ball is in control of that player’s team.

FOULS:

The Referee will record all team fouls.  Personal fouls are not recorded.  However, a player deemed to be excessively fouling will be warned and subsequently disqualified if the behavior continues.

If the fouling team has committed nine or fewer fouls, a non-shooting foul shall result in the offended team gaining possession of the ball.

If the fouling team has committed 10 or more fouls, a non-shooting foul shall result in the fouled shooter being awarded one free throw if male and two free throws if female.

If a shooting foul occurs when a shot is made, the bucket counts, no free throw attempts are awarded, and the defending team shall be granted possession.

If a shooting foul occurs when a shot is missed, shooters shall be awarded free throws based on the point value of the attempted shot.

Unless in the act of shooting, a player who is intentionally fouled shall be awarded one free throw if male and two free throws if female.  If the player is in the act of shooting, free throws will be awarded based on normal foul procedures.  The offended team shall be awarded possession following the completion of any free throw attempts.  

A flagrant foul will result in immediate disqualification of the offending player for the remainder of the night plus the following week.  Repeated flagrant fouls or other continued misconduct by any team will result in game forfeiture for the remainder of the night plus the following week.  

Unless in the act of shooting, a player who is flagrantly fouled shall be awarded one free throw if male and two free throws if female.  If the player is in the act of shooting, free throws will be awarded based on normal foul procedures.  The offended team shall be awarded possession following the completion of any free throw attempts.

A team who is technically fouled shall be awarded one free throw and possession following the free throw attempt.  Any member of the offended team may attempt the free throw.  A second technical foul will result in immediate disqualification of the offending player for the remainder of the night.  

Further actions in response to intentional, technical, or flagrant fouls, including additional suspensions and expulsion from the league, will be made at the discretion of the SSC.

PLAYOFF RULES:

For playoff games only, a tie score at the end of regulation will result in overtime.  Overtime periods are untimed.

Initial possession shall be determined by a single shot attempt from behind the arc.

The first team to score two points in any manner during the overtime period shall be declared the winner.  It is not necessary to win by two points.

Each team is allowed one 30-second timeout during the overtime period.

Any rules not specifically mentioned here follow the Hoop-it-Up guidelines on 3-on-3 play.

STANDINGS:

Teams earn three points for a win, one point for a tie, and zero points for a loss.  Teams are ranked in order based on the following criteria:

  • Total Standings Points
  • Head to Head
  • Total Points Allowed
  • Total Point Differential

DYNASTY RULE:

Everyone loves a little competition, but one team dominating a league season after season can spoil the fun for everybody.

If a team retaining more than three players has won three championships in consecutive seasons for which they have been registered, the SSC will have the option to, in its discretion, request that team to form two or more separate teams to promote parity in the league or withdraw their registration. That team will then have the opportunity to form two separate teams with each subsequent roster approved by the SSC.