In-House Basketball Rules


Updated 10.6.17


Rules for in-house basketball are same as Maryland Public High School Rules with exceptions set forth below.


Jewelry: Medical Alert items are the only type of jewelry allowed. Piercings MUST be removed and CANNOT be tape or bandaged.


Game Time:  Games will consist of four, 10 minute quarters. A running clock will be used for the 1st & 3rd periods. A running clock will be used for the 2nd & 4th periods until the final 2 minutes during which the clock stops at all regular times. The clock stops for all time outs. Half time should be 3 minutes long. Games are scheduled back-to-back so coaches are responsible for starting on time.


Overtime:  Regular Season – NO overtime will be played. End of the Year Tournament- teams will play a full 3 minutes stop clock period. If a game remains tied after overtime, the teams will play additional 3 minute sudden victory overtime periods until one team wins. Each period starts with a jump ball.


Time Outs:  Each team will get two time outs per game to be used at the coaches’ discretion during the   first and/or second half. End of the Year Tournament – each team will be allowed 1 time out, regardless of time outs used during regulation, for all overtime played.


Defense:  Mandatory Man-to-Man defense will be played during the 1st & 3rd quarters. During the 2nd & 4th quarters as well as any overtime, coaches may choose. Officials will stop play for illegal defense. Multiple infractions can result in a technical foul.


Back Court Pressure:  

3rd/4th Grade division:

Back court defense will be allowed for the last minute of 2nd & 4th quarters and the last minute of overtime.

5th/6th Grade division:

Back court defense will be allowed for the last 5 minutes of the 2nd & 4th quarter and during overtime.

7th/8th Grade division:

Back court defense will be allowed during the 2nd & 4th quarters and during overtime.  


NO back court pressure allowed by teams leading by ten (10) or more points.


When back court pressure is NOT allowed, teams must allow the player with the ball to cross half court.


Defense in Key:  

3rd/4th Grade division:

Half-court defense, except when back court pressure can be applied, must be played from the top of the three point arc extended to the basket or as designated by the officials when there is no three point arc. This does not imply that the defending team must stay below the three point arc extended; only until the ball crosses the plane of the 3-point arc or designated line.


All divisions:

Any team leading by ten (10) or more points must pull defense inside the top of the 3-point Arc extended until the ball crosses the plane of the 3-point arc extended. If there isn’t a 3-point arc, then defense must drop below foul line extended. Repeated violations of this rule can result in a technical foul.


Backcourt Violation:  10 seconds to cross half court.  Backcourt violations will be enforced.


Basketball Size:  7th – 8th grade boys use a men’s regulation size ball.  All other divisions will use a 28.5 women’s regulation ball.










In-House Basketball Rules


Free Throws: Players can enter the lane upon release of the ball with the exception of the shooter and the players behind the 3pot arc.  


3rd/4th Grade division:

Shooters are allowed one step in from foul line on the middle or high school courts and may land over the line.

5th/6th Grade division:

Shooters can step over the foul line after they shoot, but cannot use that as an advantage to get a rebound on a missed shot.


3 Point Shots:  In effect for 7th -8th grade division ONLY.


SCORING – Standard scoring applies. 

3rd/4th Grade division ONLY: when a team is up by 20 or more points, any additional points scored by that team will be recorded in the scorebook only until the differential returns to less than 20. Additionally, ALL jump balls will be awarded to the team down by 20 or more points until the differential returns to less than 20.


SCORE TABLE – NCRC Basketball is recruiting high school volunteers to man the clock and scorebooks. If there aren’t any volunteers scheduled, coaches will be responsible for getting a responsible individual to run the scoreboard &/or clock for the game. The scorebook is responsible for recording individual and team fouls as well as the running score for BOTH teams. Coaches are to bring a score sheet with a roster in NUMERICAL ORDER to every game.


Playing Time: 

Substitutions will be made every 5 minutes. At each 5 minute interval during the game, the referees will stop play at an opportune time (clock will stop) and ALL players on the bench must be substituted into the game. No other subbing is allowed except under the following circumstances:

·                     A player is injured or sick

·                     A player is in foul trouble (3 or 4 fouls in the 1st half, 4 fouls in the second half). A player in foul trouble should still receive at least minimum playing time. Learning to play with fouls is part of the game.

·                     *A team that only has 7 or less players; players can be subbed as needed.

·                     2nd half – all players on the bench at halftime do not have to start the next half to allow coaches new line up combinations.

Rosters of 7 or more players

v All players must play a minimum of 2 - 5 minute sessions PER HALF.

v All players must sit at least one 5 minute session PER HALF.

*Rosters of 6 or 7 players

v All players must sit at least one 5 minute session.


During the last five (5) minutes of the game and overtime period(s), players can be subbed freely as long as all playing time requirements have been met.


The intent of each coach should be to provide as even as possible playing time for all players on your team. Please understand that this is in-house rec council basketball and the most important aspects are learning the game and having fun.





In-House Basketball Rules


Technical Fouls:  The team not in violation is awarded 2 points and possession of the ball. Any player or coach receiving 2 technical fouls in a game will be ejected from that game.

However, if a player or coach receives any technical foul related to overly aggressive behavior or fighting, they can be ejected from the game at the discretion of the referees.


PLAYER EJECTIONS – in the event of a player receiving 2 technical fouls, or being ejected from a game, that player will be given a one game suspension. This suspension will be served at the next game the child is present for and will be completed by sitting on the bench out of uniform. This is to show to referees that they are not allowed to play. THE PLAYER MUST BE PRESENT FOR THE GAME OR THE SUSPENSION WILL BE MOVED TO THE NEXT GAME.

If a player is ejected twice in a season, the NCRC Basketball Board will determine whether further suspension will apply or if they play will be removed from the program. No refunds will be issued. Players may not be allowed back the following year.


Coaching Technical Fouls: ALL bench technical fouls will be applied to the HEAD COACH.

·         Upon receipt of their first technical foul, a coach must stay seated for the remainder of the game.

·         A coach that is ejected from a game for aggressive or egregious behavior will be removed from the program.

·         A coach receiving 2 technical fouls in a game will be suspended for the teams next game played.

·         A coach accumulating 3 or more technical fouls during the season will have their status reviewed by the NCRC Basketball Board for potential removal.


The NCRC Basketball Board reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any coach for inappropriate behavior.


Head Coaches:

·         Are the only people who can address the officials in an appropriate manner.

·         Are responsible for their bench’s behavior.

·         Are asked to remind their team’s parents of appropriate behavior.

·         Are responsible for knowing and adhering to the rules.

·         Should not address the other team’s coaches, players or fans (compliments are ok) during the game.


Assistant Coaches: 

·         Only 1 coach may stand at any time during the game. Assistant coaches will remain seated unless the head coach is seated.

·         At no time will an assistant coach address the referees or other teams’ coaches or players (compliments are OK) during the game.  

·         Inappropriate assistant coach behavior will result in a HEAD COACH technical foul. However, the officials and NCRC Basketball Board members reserve the right to remove the assistant coach from the gym for excessive behavior.

·         The NCRC Basketball Board has the right to suspend or dismiss an assistant coach for aggressive and/or persistent inappropriate behavior.


Remember, you as coaches are responsible for your behavior and the behavior of your coaches, players and parents. Demand good sportsmanship from your team and yourself. Do not argue with or yell at the referees.  Talk positively with them during a time out if you have questions about a call. Do not yell at or demean the other teams’ coaches or players. Keep your parents under control.



·         Cheer in a positive manner.

·         At no time is it appropriate for parents/fans to address the players, coaches, or OFFICIALS in a negative manner.

·         If there is a question regarding the calling of the game, please present your question to your HEAD COACH and they will ask the officials.

·         If you have a concern about the behavior of a player, coach, official or fan, please address those concerns to the NCRC Basketball board, Please be as specific as possible.

 The following rules apply to EVERYONE (players, coaches, fans, and officials), at ALL gyms, practices & games. Use of the gyms is a privilege and can be revoked at any time!


There is NO FOOD OR DRINKS ALLOWED IN THE GYMS – please instruct your players to keep their water bottles out in the hall.  We are all responsible for policing the gym while we are there. YES, this includes your coffee!


Keep all children off of the stages, off of closed bleachers, from running/ playing in the hallways, and other inappropriate areas (i.e., under the bleachers). Children should be supervised at all times.