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NPSC's PHILOSOPHY

The Philosophy of the Northern Piedmont Sports Club (NPSC) Basketball League, which is for girls and boys ages 5-18, is to provide an atmosphere promoting fun, togetherness, learning, and good sportsmanship within a recreational setting. 

Our motto is: ATHLETE FIRST, WINNER SECOND.

In keeping with this philosophy NPSC has instituted a ZERO TOLERANCE policy.

Before, during, and after all games the following will be enforced:
  •  Players, coaches, assistant coaches, parents, and spectators MAY NOT make insulting or negative remarks, directly or indirectly, to or about opposing players, coaches, officials, or spectators or commit other acts that could be considered unsportsmanlike.
  •  Players, coaches, assistant coaches, parents, and spectator MAY NOT directly or indirectly make comments to or about the officiating crew or otherwise badger the officiating crew.
  • Players, coaches, assistant coaches, parents and spectators MAY NOT use profanity at any time. Use of profanity may get you ejected from a game, suspended from the next game or ejected from the league.
  • Officials will give one warning to a player, coach, assistant coach, parent or spectator for misconduct. Upon the second infraction the player, coach, assistant coach, parent or spectator shall be ejected from the game site.
  • Any player, coach, assistant, parent or spectator that is ejected from the game will be automatically suspended from participation in the next NPSC Basketball League game. 
  • Any person ejected from a game site shall not return to the game site following the game for any reason.
  • Failure to abide by any condition of this rule may result in forfeiture of the game and additional sanctions.
  • If there is a physical altercation between a player, coach, assistant coach, parent, or spectator and an official, such person shall be automatically ejected from the game site and shall be automatically suspended from participation in the NPSC Basketball League and may be expelled from NPSC pending review by the NPSC Adjudication Committee.

Player Participation

  1. All players must play in their own age group and division, unless otherwise approved by the age division commissioner, or the Basketball Board.  A player’s age will be determined as of January 1st of the current season’s year.
  2. Players must play on the team they are rostered to only. Players who play on a team they are not rostered on will result in a forfeit for the team they guest played with. 
  3. The coach will play each player in attendance at games the required time, unless previously discussed with the basketball coordinator. ANY PLAYER WHO HABITUALLY MISSES PRACTICES OR SCHEDULED GAMES MAY BE DENIED THE PRIVILEGE OF FURTHER PLAY OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE HIS/HER PLAYING TIME CAN RE REDUCED. If a player is released, he or she will not be able to play for any other team during the remainder of the current season, and will not be entitled to a refund from the program. Parents will be notified of this via email.
  4. The time requirements for ALL players on the team roster are as follows:
    • ALL AGES :All players must play the equivalent of two complete quarters and sit out the equivalent of one full quarter.
    • If a team has 9 players, 4 different players will receive an extra period of play
    • If a team has 8 players, every player gets an extra period of play.
    • If a team has 7 players, 5 different players will play 6 periods, and 2 different players will play 5 periods
    • If a team has 6 players,  4 different players will play 7 periods and 2 different players will play 6 periods
    • In the event a player, without prior approval of the Division Commissioner, is not allowed by his/her coach to play the minimum required time during a game, then his/her team shall forfeit that game.
    • In the event a player is allowed by his/her coach to play more than his/her maximum allowable time, he/she becomes an ineligible player and his/her team shall forfeit the game.
  5. Substitutions are not allowed at time outs unless a player is injured, has acquired 3 personal fouls in the first half or 5 personal fouls at any time in the game.
  6. If a player arrives late, however, prior to the referees stoppage of clock for substations , the are still to be played two complete quarters. If a player arrives after that point, they are required to be played the equivalent of one and half quarters. If arrival of a player occurs during half time, they are required to be played the equivalent of a quarter.
 

Ball Size and Hoop Height

Basketball Size: 

Basketball SizeAge Division
27.5Ages 5-8
28.5Boys ages 9-12
Girls ages 9-18
29.5Boys ages 13-18

Hoop Heights: 

Hoop Height Age Division
8 FeetAges 5-8
10 feet9- High School

SCORING

  1. NO GAME WILL START WITHOUT AN OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER FOR EACH TEAM  AND AN OFFICIAL TIMEKEEPER WHO WILL BE FURNISHED BY THE HOME TEAM. THESE INDIVIDUALS MUST BE ADULTS. The scorekeeper and the game officials must sign all scoring records. The first and last name of each player shall be furnished to the scorekeeper by the coaches.
  2. Failure to provide a scorekeeper and time clock keeper will cause the forfeit of a game.
  3. All players must report to the scorer’s table before entering the floor.
  4. Referee MUST sign score sheet to validate game's final score.
  5. The Referee must note on the score sheet any technical foul, intentional foul or flagrant intentional foul called during the game.

Standings

Standings will be kept based on the following; 
  1. Wins
  2. Head to Head
  3. Points Against
Tie Breakers will be determined by the following; 
  1. Head to Head
  2. Record against common opponents

Age Specific General Rules

Ages 5-6: 
  1. There will be once a week practices for 60 minutes for this age division
  2. Saturday Session will be spent as a 40 minute scrimmage with a running clock  
  3. Coaches will be allowed on the court with the players instructing them during the scrimmage.
  4. No referees will be provided for this age group.
  5. There will be no official time clock or score keeping.
  6. There is no pressing or trapping. (Definition of Pressing: Having the player pressure the ball and trapping)
  7. Teams must play zone only defense, inside the 3-point line. Teams must play a "soft defense" until the offensive team gets the ball past the top of the key.
Ages 7-8
  1. There will be two shot fouls taken from a 12-foot foul line, to an 8-foot high goal. 
  2. There is no pressing or trapping outside the 3-point line. (Definition of Pressing: Having the player pressure the ball and trapping)
  3. Each team is allowed 4 time outs per game. 
  4. Substitutes will be only allowed at or around the four minute mark of each quarter. Coaches should try to stop play when appropriate either 30 seconds before or after the 4 minute mark.  Stopping the game during the middle of a play or fast break to bring in substitutions should be avoided.  A player may be substituted for if he/she sustains an injury at anytime during the game, acquires 3 personal fouls in the first half or  acquires 5 personal fouls at any time in a game. 
  5. Teams must play zone only defense, inside the 3-point line. Teams must play a "soft defense" until the offensive team gets the ball past the top of the key.
  6. There will be four (4) eight minute quarters with a running clock stopping only for:
    • Shooting fouls; clock will be stopped once a shooting foul is called. 
    • When player is shooting two foul shots the clock is stopped on the first shot and started once the referee hands the player the ball for the second shot.
  7.  There are no overtime periods.
  8. A player will foul out after his/her 5th personal foul.
  9. No official score will be kept for this division.
  10. No Championship will be held for this division.
Ages 9-10
  1. Foul shots will be taken from a 12-foot foul line, to a standard 10-foot goal.
  2. There is no pressing allowed in the back court at anytime during the game.  The offensive team must be allowed to pass the ball into the front court.
  3. Each team is allowed 4 time outs per game: an additional one in each 3 minute overtime (Over time is for playoff and championship games only). 
  4. Substitutes will be only allowed at or around the four minute mark of each quarter. Referees should try to stop play when appropriate either 30 seconds before or after the 4 minute mark.  Stopping the game during the middle of a play of fast break to bring in substitutions should be avoided.  A player may be substituted for if he/she sustains an injury at anytime during the game, acquires 3 personal fouls in the first half or  acquires 5 personal fouls at any time in a game. 
  5. A player will foul out after his/her 5th personal foul.
  6. There will be four (4) eight minute quarters with a running clock stopping only for:
    • Shooting fouls; clock will be stopped once a shooting foul is called. 
    • When player is shooting two foul shots the clock is stopped on the first shot and started once the referee hands the player the ball for the second shot.
    • If player is fouled after a made basket clock is stopped during the foul shot and started after made shot or ball hits rim.
    • During the last 2 minutes of each half the clock is stopped for dead balls.
    • During an overtime period (playoffs or championships), the clock will continue to run and stop only on foul shots.
  7. This division has the option of playing zone defenses, or man-to-man defenses.
Ages 11-12
  1. Foul shots will be taken from the standard 15-foot foul line, to a standard 10-foot goal. 
  2. Pressing is allowed during the last two minutes of the 2nd and 4th quarters.
  3. Each team is allowed four time-outs per game, an additional one in each 3 minute overtime. 
  4. Substitutes will be only allowed at or around the four minute mark of each quarter. Referees should try to stop play when appropriate either 30 seconds before or after the 4 minute mark.  Stopping the game during the middle of a play of fast break to bring in substitutions should be avoided.  A player may be substituted for if he/she sustains an injury at anytime during the game, acquires 3 personal fouls in the first half or acquires 5 personal fouls at any time in a game. 
  5. A player will foul out after his/her 5th personal foul. 
  6. There will be four (4) eight minute quarters with a running clock stopping only for: 
    • During shooting fouls; clock will be stopped once a shooting foul is called.
    • When player is shooting two foul shots the clock is stopped on the first shot and started once the referee hands the player the ball for the second shot.
    • If player is fouled after a made basket clock is stopped during the foul shot and started after made shot or ball hits rim. 
    • During the last 2 minutes of each half the clock is stopped for dead balls.
    • During overtime clock (playoffs and championship only) will continue to run and stop only on foul shots.
  7. This division has the option of playing zone defenses, or man-to-man defenses. 
Ages 13- High School
  1. Foul shots will be taken from the standard 15-foot foul line, to a standard 10-foot goal 
  2. This division will play two (20) minute halves with a running clock.
  3. Pressing is allowed only during the last 2 minutes of each half.
  4. Each team is allowed four time-outs per game, and an additional one in each 3 minute overtime (overtime is in playoffs or championships only). 
  5. Substitutes will be only allowed 30 seconds before or after the 5, 10, and 15- minute marks of each segment of the half. Stopping the game during the middle of a play of fast break to bring in substitutions should be avoided.  A player may be substituted for if he/she sustains an injury at anytime during the game, acquires 3 personal fouls in the first half or acquires 5 personal fouls at any time in a game. 
  6. A player will foul out after his/her 5th personal foul. 
  7. The clock is stopped: 
    • During shooting fouls; clock will be stopped once a shooting foul is called. 
    • When player is shooting two foul shots the clock is stopped on the first shot and started once the referee hands the player the ball for the second shot. 
    • If player is fouled after a made basket clock is stopped during the foul shot and started after made shot or ball hits rim.
    • During the last 2 minutes of each half the clock is stopped for dead balls.
    • During overtime clock will continue to run and stop only on foul shots.
  8. This division has the option of playing zone defenses, or man-to-man defenses.

Contact

Northern Piedmont Sports Club
365 W. Shirley Ave 
Warrenton, Virginia 20186

Phone: 540-347-9972
Email: [email protected]

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