Grace Upward basketball has some unique rules that we wanted to outline here. This will allow parents, coaches and referees to all be on the same page with regards to game play.

 

Rules for 1-2 Grade Boys and Girls
Rule Explanation of Rule
Basket Height 8 Feet
Ball Size 28.5 Inches (intermediate)
Court Games are played on 1/2 court with 2 baskets
Game consists of six, 6-minute segments with an 8 minute halftime. Substitutions are only made at the end of each segment This keeps games to approximately one hour
Score is not kept Young Athletes at this age should focus on skill development and not the score
No 3-second violations  
No backcourt violations  
No backcourt defense is allowed This allows for players to bring the ball into the offensive court.
All Defense is man to man Must use Upward substitution system. Players will wear colored wrist bands and must defend the opponent with the same color wristbands
Coaches are allowed on the court Coaches should instruct at encourage their players at all times
No shooting fouls or foul shots This allows for continuous game play
No stealing off the dribble or a held ball. Stealing is allowed for passes This allows for continuous game play
Out of Bounds, Double Dribble and Traveling violations are all called. Turnover results These are basic basketball rules that players should learn. Coaches and referees are encouraged to explain all violations.
   
Rules for 3-4 Grade Boys and 3-5 Grade Girls
Rule Explanation of Rule
Basket Height 9 Feet
Ball Size 28.5 Inches (intermediate)
Court Games are played on full court
Game consists of six, 6-minute segments with an 8 minute halftime. Substitutions are only made at the end of each segment This keeps games to approximately one hour
Score is kept Young Athletes at this age should learn how to handle winning and losing after competitions. This translates into life lessons.
3-second violations are called Players should understand the concept of offensive movement
Backcourt violations  
No backcourt defense is allowed This allows for players to bring the ball into the offensive court.
All Defense is man to man Must use Upward substitution system. Players will wear colored wrist bands and must defend the opponent with the same color wristbands
Coaches are allowed to walk the sidelines Coaches should instruct at encourage their players at all times
No stealing off the dribble. Stealing is allowed for passes and a held ball. This allows for continuous game play
Double Dribble and Traveling violations are all called. Turnover results These are basic basketball rules that players should learn. Coaches and referees are encouraged to explain all violations.
Shooting fouls result in 1 point awarded, possession turns over. Lining up for foul shots wastes too much game time.
Rules for 5-6 Grade Boys
Rule Explanation of Rule
Basket Height 10 Feet
Ball Size 29.5 Inches (full size)
Court Games are played on full court
Game consists of six, 6-minute segments with an 8 minute halftime. Substitutions are only made at the end of each segment This keeps games to approximately one hour. Upward Substitution rules are still used
Score is kept, Standings will be kept  
Backcourt defense is allowed Pressure stops once a team is up 15 points.
Man-to-Man and Zone defenses are allowed  
Coaches are allowed to walk the sidelines Coaches should instruct at encourage their players at all times
Full stealing is allowed.   
   
Rules for 7-8 Grade Boys and 6-8 Grade Girls
Rule Explanation of Rule
Basket Height 10 Feet
Ball Size 29.5" for boys, 28.5" for girls
Court Games are played on full court

Boys games consist 2 20 minute stop time halves

Girls play 4 7-minute stop time quarters

 
Score is kept, Standings will be kept  
All Standard NFHS Rules apply to the game  
Backcourt pressure is allowed  
Man-to-Man and Zone defenses are allowed  
Foul shots for all shooting fouls 1 and 1 and Bonus foul shots
Players have 5 fouls in a game Players can foul out of a game
Free Substitution at any stoppage Boys must play 1/3 of the game. Girls should play 1/2 the game.

 

If you have any questions about the Upward rules, please find a referee and ask for clarification. We hope you enjoy the year.