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2nd Grade Boys Rules

2nd Grade Boys Division Rules

(Updated 11/29/18)

GAME SETUP.  Play will be 5 on 5 with 9-foot goals on a full-size court. All games will be played with a 27.0" basketball. Teams must have 5 players to begin play. One coach from each team may be on the court to coach their players. Home team should wear red and visitor should wear black.

SCORE KEEPING.  Score keeping is allowed, but win loss records will not be maintained by LTYA.

REFEREES.  All games will be officiated by one paid on-court referee. The referee will call fouls, out-of-bounds violations, enforce defensive restrictions, and keep the time for the quarters. The coaches, from the sidelines, should diligently encourage their players to follow the defensive rules, including the guarding of players with the same-colored wrist bands.  Coaches should discuss skill as related to wrist band color and agree to color designation before the game begins.

TIMING.  Games consist of four 10-minute periods (continuous clock) with play stopped every 5 minutes on dead balls to allow for substitutions. There is no need for time outs except for injury or other emergencies. Half time is 3 minutes.  Games should be ended at 10 minutes prior to the next game's official start time, regardless of whether the current game is completed. The 4th quarter should be shortened if a game is running past its time.

PLAYING TIME.  All players must play an equal amount of "half-periods." If the number of players on a team does not allow for equal playing time, one or more players may be required to play one half-period more than the player with the least amount of half-periods played. A player may not play two half-periods more than another player on the same team. Playing time shall be distributed as follows:

# of Players

at Game

Playing Time


5Players play 4 half-periods each

4 Players play 5 half-periods each


8 Players play 5 half-periods each


5Players play 6 half-periods each

2Players play 5 half-periods each


4Players play 7 half-periods each

2Players play 6 half-periods each


5Players play 8 half-periods each


Each team must assign a parent from their team as a monitor to record players entering the game at the start of each quarter and half-quarter. Coaches are responsible for checking with the monitors at half time and at the start of the 4th quarter to ensure that they are on track to correctly substitute. If a player leaves the game, due to injury or other circumstance, early in the half-period (first 2 minutes), the playing time should be recorded for the substituting player. If the player leaves the game late in the half-period (second 2 minutes) the playing time should be recorded for the player leaving the game. If player is not able to return to the game, the remaining players should play an equal amount of time according to the rules set out above. If the player can return to the game, he/she should play an equal amount of time as normal.

OFFENSE:   When inbounding the ball after a score or substitution, the coach MUST evenly rotate the players bringing the ball up the court.

Progression Rule: During the first four weeks of games, picks or screens are NOT allowed.  Any violation results in a change of possession.  During the remainder of the season, picks or screens ARE allowed but will be strictly enforced.  This will allow coaches ample time to teach proper offensive and defensive techniques.  ALL moving screens are FOULS.

FRONT-COURT DEFENSE.  Defenders must play man-to-man defense. Coaches MUST coordinate with each other before each game to match players by talent level.  Coaches MUST make every effort to allow players of equal playing levels and/or height to guard each other.  Defenders must stay within arms reach of the offensive player he is guarding.  Two defenders can "switch" when 1) they are "picked" or "screened" (picks and screens are only allowed in the second half of the season only) or 2) an offensive player has clearly beaten his defender and is driving to the basket. Help defense is encouraged but the player needs to release as soon as the defender recovers, but double-teaming is not allowed.  All defensive violations will result in the stoppage of play and the ball being returned to the offense at the point where the violation occurred. Once the ball has been returned to the offense, play should resume as normal. Repeated abuse of defensive rules by a coach should be reported to the coordinator and may result in that coach being suspended for one or more games.

DEFENSE RESTRICTIONS.  In order to avoid overly physical games, and to teach players proper defensive position, the following restrictions are placed on defensive play: 1) Defenders may not steal the ball from an offensive player who is dribbling or holding the ball, but players may steal balls that are being passed to another offensive player or a loose ball that has left the control of an offensive player; 2) Blocked shots are allowed, but only when the defender is between the offensive player and the basket (no blocks from behind or the side), the defender's feet are on the ground and both the defender's arms are held high above their head. All defensive violations will result in the stoppage of play and the ball being returned to the offense at the point where the violation occurred. Once the ball has been returned to the offense, play should resume as normal.

FOULS & FREE THROWS.  Fouls will be strictly enforced. Free throws are not awarded for any fouls called. Instead, the team who was fouled is awarded the ball at the point where the violation occurred and play is resumed as normal. All effort should be made by the on-court coaches to keep the players in control. Players should be taught not to reach around or over the back of other players. Coaches should stop the game and instruct their players if they feel the player is not in control or fouling repeatedly. A coach should sit a player who continues to commit fouls that are excessive in nature or in number. Flagrant intentional fouls will result in the player not being allowed to play the remainder of the game, and may result in suspension.  

BACK COURT DEFENSE.  Teams must use front-court defense only (center line to goal) for the entire game. If no center line is marked, coaches should instruct defensive players to back-up beyond the halfway mark before picking up their player. The coaches on the court should call out for the defensive players to back up on defense if they are guarding in the back-court. Teams must advance the ball past mid-court in approximately 10 seconds. The 10-second rule is enforced, offensive players may not wait in back-court to set up their offense or to stall the clock.  Failure to advance the ball after the warning will result in a turnover. Once a team has crossed over half-court, players can not dribble into back-court.

  Double-dribbling and traveling will be enforced. In these cases, there is a change of possession.

3-SECOND & 5-SECOND VIOLATIONS.  3-Seconds in the key, 5-Seconds to in-bound the ball, and the 5-second "closely guarded" rules will not be enforced.

OUT OF BOUNDS.  Wherever out-of-bounds lines are marked, it will be enforced. When a player or the ball is clearly out of bounds, play should be stopped and the ball awarded to the other team. Where no out-of-bounds lines are marked, the wall, bleachers, or nearest object should be considered out of bounds

ALTERNATING POSSESSION.  Home team will have the first possession of the game. Possession will alternate after tie-ups and at the end of the 10-minute quarters, but not at the end of the half-quarter substitution periods. After half-quarter play stoppage, the ball should be returned to the team who possessed the ball when time was called for substitutions.

ISOLATION PLAYS.  Plays intended to isolate one offensive player so that player may attempt to "beat” their defender and make a move to the goal without being challenged by other defenders, will not be allowed.  Coaches violating the intent of this rule will be subject to discipline by the LTYA Basketball Board.

  There is not an end-of-season tournament for this grade level.

GYM ETIQUETTE.  Non-marking sneakers are required at all practices and games. Food and drink (including water bottles) of any kind are not allowed in the school. Post game snacks are discouraged and are not allowed inside the schools. All players and coaches should be at the gym 10 minutes before game time. Players and siblings should not play in or roam around the school hallways or bathrooms. All LTISD school equipment should be left as is and not sat or climbed upon. Siblings or players from other teams will not be allowed on the court during other teams' games (this includes during half time and time outs).  Parents, coaches, and players should respect LTISD-appointed gym monitors and obey any instructions given by them. 

One head coach and one assistant coaches are allowed on the bench.  No non-coaching parents are allowed to sit on or be near the team benches unless there is an injury.

Parents should refrain from yelling at or openly criticizing a player, referee, or coach. Any misconduct by parents should be reported to the grade coordinator, basketball commissioner, or LTYA office, and will be reviewed by the LTYA Basketball Board. Misconduct may result in suspension as permitted by LTYA.

  Coaches are the foundation of our league. Players and parents rely on coaches to give each child a positive, learning experience. Coaching is a privilege that can be revoked at any time. Coaches must abide by the Code of Conduct agreed to during registration. Specifically, coaches should refrain from yelling at or openly criticizing a player, referee, coach or parent. Coaches should strive to enforce the "spirit" of the rules instead of stretching rules to their limits. Any misconduct by coaches should be reported to the grade coordinator and will be reviewed by the LTYA Basketball Board. Misconduct may result in suspension and/or loss of coaching privileges across LTYA sports.

You have taken on the responsibility as a BASKETBALL TEACHER.  You are accepting the position under the following terms: "Coach to Coach" not "Coach to Win."  Kindergarten through second grade basketball in the LTYA is solely to learn the fundamentals of the game and to create an encouraging, fun learning experience.

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