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Merrimack basketball League

Rules of play

 

 

  1. The Merrimack Basketball League shall consist of: 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th grade and High School boys/girls basketball/cheerleading. Divisions will be set at pre-season jamborees for those age groups with sufficient numbers.
  2. Towns participating in the league will provide a director to sit on the governing board, which will consist of: town directors/representative, president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary. Each town/school will only draw players from their own towns, school, school district or affiliated parish. Any exceptions to this will have to be approved by the current board of directors and officers.

 

  • Each town/school will be required to pay an entry fee per team, amount to be set by the board.
  • Fees will be due by January 1st of each season. If fee isn’t turned in, Risk of penalty of forfeiture of games until paid.
  • Each town/school will be required to submit a roster for EACH team entered into the league. Rosters are due prior to the first game. Any additions/deletions to roaster MUST be made on or before the January meeting so that the Board may act on them if necessary.
  • Official rosters must be turned in prior to the 2nd jamboree or Risk the penalty of forfeiture of games until roster is turned in.

 

  1. Player eligibility and restrictions:
  • A player or cheerleader must participate in ONLY one (1) class and on ONLY (1) team in this league. Exception: Cheerleaders may play one (1) team and cheer on one (1) squad Exception: MBL team may play in out of league tournaments.
  • Players rostered on a community’s school team are permitted to play in the Merrimack Basketball League if permitted by their school and/or community program.
  • Players/cheerleaders must be present and in uniform for at least 50% of scheduled games in order to play in play-off tournament (exceptions: i.e.: sick/medical approved absences). Any cheerleading squad missing a game will have one (1) point deducted for each game they have missed from their final tournament score.
  • A player or cheerleader must register and compete under one Name on one team (see above) except in the situation of relocation. Should the player or cheerleader move during the playing season, he or she may play or cheer for either team of the players or cheerleaders, BUT ONLY ONE. This choice must be made on the date he or she changes address, and the league Director should be notified and in turn must notify the other Directors/President and Secretary as soon as possible. This should all be done through his or her coach. If a player/cheerleader desires to transfer from one team to another (for reasons other than a change of address) such transfer must be done for a valid reason and DONE ON OR BEFORE THE DECEMBER BOARD MEETING OF THAT PARTICULAR SEASON.
  • Age verification of player is made by birth certificates to a Director and/or coach from such verification. Players may play up at each town discretion. THE AGE LIMITS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
  • 2nd graders only at the discretion of individual towns.
  • 3rd/4th - must be 3rd/4th grade.
  • 5th/6th - 12 or younger and in the 5th/6th grade as of August 31 of that year.
  • 7th/8th - 14 or younger and in the 7th/8th grade as of August 31 of that year.
  • If a participant is found to be ineligible during the season after the submission of rosters the player will be declared ineligible and will be moved onto a higher level and if no higher level exists, removed from the league.
  • If a team knows that they are only going to have 4 players, they may ask a coach from another team if there is a player that could fill in. It consists of equal grade or lower, a higher grade isn’t allowed to play down. This is only allowed in urgent cases to eliminate a forfeit. This will be for regular season only and will need to notify opposing coach at time of game.
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  1. Team Uniforms:
  • All teams MUST have uniforms and their uniforms MUST be numbered front and back. Official NHIAA rules governing basketball numbers will apply. (i.e. 1 2 6 7 8 9). Also, no garment worn under the shorts will extend more than two (2) inches below the bottom of the shorts.
  • Sponsored company logos will be allowed only on the back of the uniform.
  • Shirts worn under the uniform top will be of solid color and it should match the main color of the uniform.

 

  5. Forfeiture of Games:

  • Any violation of the rules set forth but the Merrimack Basketball League as to classification or eligibility constitutes ineligibility.
  • Every game after in which a player/cheerleader has been deemed ineligible but, participates constitutes ineligibility and a forfeit will be awarded to the offending team opponent automatically.
  • Failure of a team to field a 3 player squad in fifteen (15) minutes of scheduled time exclusive of weather conditions, unless mutually agreed upon by the coaches of said game ahead of time will result in a forfeit.
  • Make up games - Host team will suggest 3 make-up dates. If the dates don't work and the games can't be resolved. The decision will be brought to the board to determine whether it will be considered a tie or loss. Make-up games must be made up before the last game of the season or appeal to the board.
  • Overtime - There is NO overtime, unless there is no game after, both teams agree and also agreed by the refs. Overtime is 4 minutes.

  6. Each coach will be responsible for contacting the division coordinators after each game to submit the game scores. If  the scores aren't submitted by the following Wednesday, following the Saturday's games. Both scores will be entered  as  "0", until both scores have been submitted.

  7. Officials:

  • Each town/school will be responsible for getting refs for their scheduled games, jamborees and tournaments. The league will not pay for referees during the regular season. The league will pay for the referees for the jamborees and the playoffs.

 

  8. Advertisements:

  • A town is allowed to post game information in the papers, but no scores if more than a 20 point spread. Only win/loss should be indicated and follow mercy-rule, no large spread games mentions with scores.
  • All other information from the game is allowed. 

 

  9.Jamboree:

  • Two jamborees will be held at the beginning of each season with the purpose of properly seeding each team in a division for equity and competitive play. 

 

  10. Cheerleading:

  • All cheerleaders MUST be accompanied by their coach or an adult at all games.
  • There will be no jeering or shouting at free-throw shooters or opposing player at any time. Nor will jeering or shouting at other cheerleaders be considered acceptable behavior.
  • Cheerleading teams may participate in the annual League Tournaments only if they have participated in at least 50% of their regular season games. Cheerleading teams must cheer at least one game per week.
  • Additional information concerning cheerleading will be provided in another document.
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  • 11. Mercy Rule.
  • The Mercy Rule will be implemented when a team is ahead by 20 points and at this time there will be a 30 second "REF" timeout to allow the coaches to explain to the players that the Mercy Rule is in effect.
  • The team that is ahead by 20 cannot press and defense must be within the 3-point arc. Three point shots will not be counted. A minimum of three (3) passes must be made before a shot. If a shot is made before the three (3) passes the shot doesn't’t count. There are to be no break away for the team that is up by 20.
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  12. Assistant coaches aren’t allowed off the bench only for time outs, even when head coach gets a technical. An              assistant may fill in if the head coach isn’t present. –

 

  13. All tournament dates and schedules will be set on a yearly basis by the league.

 

  14.  Guards, casts, braces and compression sleeves must meet the following guidelines:

  • ‚Äča. A guard, cast or brace made of a hard and unyielding substance, such as, but not limited to, leather, plaster, plastic or metal shall not be worn on the elbow, hand, finger/thumb, wrist or forearm; even though covered with soft padding.
  • b. Hard and unyielding items (guards, casts, braces, etc.) on the upper arm or shoulder must be padded with a closed-cell, slow recovery foam padding no less than ½” thick.
  • c. Knee and ankle braces which are unaltered from the manufacturer’s original design/production are permitted and do not require any additional padding/covering.
  • d. A protective face mask may be worn and made of hard material, but must be worn molded to the face with no protrusions.
  • e. Must be worn for medical reasons.

 

  15. Playing Rules

A. 3rd/4th boys/girls basketball

1. Quarters will be 6 minutes.

2. Each player must have equal playing time and equal sit time per game including playoffs.

3. Basket height will be 8.5 feet where available.

4. Youth Ball - size 5 - 27.5 balls.

5. Foul shots 13 ft or 1 giant step.

6. No back court defense.

7. Mouth guards are mandatory.

8. Three-point shots will be scored.

 

B. 5th/6th boys/girls basketball

1. Quarters will be 8 minutes.

2. Standard NHIAA playing rules will apply for games.

3. Three-point shots will be scored.

4. Each player must have equal playing time and equal sit time per game. -  Except (4A)

4A. Equal playing time will not be in effect for the A Team ONLY. Per town discretion.

4B. Playing time is a minimum of 8 minutes per player, per game, in playoff games.

5. Boys/Girls- size 6 - 28.5 balls.

6. Mouth guards are mandatory.

7. Basket height is 10'.

 

C. 7th/8th boys/girls basketball

1. Quarters will be 8 minutes.

2. Standard NHIAA playing rules will apply for games.

3. Three-point shots will be scored.

4. Each player must have equal playing time and equal sit time per game. - Except (4A)

4A. Equal playing time will not be in effect for the A Team ONLY. Per town discretion.

4B. Playing time is a minimum of 8 minutes per player, per game, in playoff games.

5. Boys - size 7 - 29.5 ball / Girls - size 6 - 28.5 balls.

6. Mouth guards are mandatory.

7. Basket height is 10'

 

D. High School Basketball

1. Quarters will be 8 minutes.

2. Standard NHIAA playing rules will apply for games.

3. Three-point shots will be scored.

4. Each player must have equal playing time and equal sit time per game - Except (4A)

4A. Equal playing time will not be in effect for the A Team ONLY. Per town discretion.

4B. Playing time is a minimum of 8 minutes per player, per game, in playoff games.

               5. Boys - size 7 - 29.5 ball / Girls - size 6 - 28.5 balls.

6. Mouth guards are mandatory.

7. Basket height is 10'

 

Revised 09/15/04

2nd revision 10/13/04

3rd revision 11/17/05

4th revision 09/03/08

5th revision 11/14/12

6th revision 10/01/14

7th revision 03/02/16

8th revision 01/16/2017

9th revision 11/13/17

10th revision 11/15/17

11th revised 10/02/18