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Basketball 5-on-5 (Refereed)

Sport Info

What you need to know about Basketball!  

# of People on Court

5 players (minimum 1 male and 1 female).

Suggested Roster

7-10 Players

Equipment

Teams are required to bring 1 basketball to every game.  

 

Additional League Information

All teams receive:

  • Team Trophy
  • Coveted VSSC Champion Team T-Shirts!
  • Bragging rights and swagger

 

Rules

Download the full rules here: VSSC_5-on-5 Basketball_Rules

SSC Official Basketball Rules – Coed 5-on-5 (Refereed)


Score & Spirit Point Reporting

  • Game Scores (account for 75% of total points): Team captains are responsible for reporting the scores after your game by logging into your player profile and clicking on ‘My Team’ tab and selecting ‘Report Score/Spirit Points’.  Teams have a 48 hour window to report scores after the completion of the game.  Please be timely with your score reporting so league standings can remain updated for playoff positioning.
  • Spirit Points (account for 25% of total points): Spirit points are awarded to a team from their opponent after each game to encourage sportsmanship, honesty, integrity and fair play.  For more information and how to properly award spirit points, please see our section ‘All About Spirit Points’.

Standings/Schedules

  • Players can view league standings & schedules by logging into your player profile and clicking on ‘Standings/Schedule’.

Player Eligibility

  • All players must be added to the team roster by the team captain.  This process confirms that all players have electronically agreed (checked the box) to our policies and online waiver.
  • Substitute players are allowed, however they must be added to the roster (check the online waiver).  Adding a substitute player from another team in the same league is allowed, however, regular/consistent use of a substitute player in the same league is considered unsportsmanlike and not encouraged.
  • Players must play a minimum of two regular season games in a 6-10 week season, or three regular season games in an 11-14 week season to be eligible to play in a playoff game.  Players can only play for one team per league/pool in playoff games.

Defaults

  • A default will occur if a team cannot field a squad by 15 minutes after the official start time.  If a team does not meet the standard eligibility requirements, team captains must confirm the outcome prior to starting the game.  Captains may agree to waive the rules regarding minimum players.  IF IT IS AGREED THAT THE GAME COUNTS, IT COUNTS!  In the event there is a default dispute and the game was played, the SSC ruling is that the game counts.
  • In the event of a missed game due to inclement weather, games will not be rescheduled. To view our foul weather policy click here.

Rough Play & Player Conduct

  • It is recognized that incidental contact between players is inevitable – however, all players should go out of their way to avoid creating unsafe play.
  • Any unsportsmanlike conduct may result in immediate expulsion from the league.  This includes, physical or rough play, verbal abuse, damage to facility property and/or loss of facility permit.  Fighting will result in immediate expulsion from the league.  To view our Unsportsmanlike Conduct policy click here. 
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages, use of drugs and smoking at your game site before, during, or after your game is strictly prohibited.  Offenders will be asked to leave the league without refund. No Exceptions. 

Event Coordinator (EC) On-site SSC Staff

  • An EC presence is dependent on sport, season, and/or facility locations.  They are not referees, as all games are self-officiated.  They are on-site to be a neutral supporter of both teams, clarify rules, manage equipment, start/stop games, and to inform players of league news.
  • Event Coordinator may stop a game before the full time has expired due to overly aggressive play, persistent unsportsmanlike conduct or a general violation of the rules of the game.

SSC Official Basketball Rules – Coed 5-on-5 (Refereed)

Objective

  • The objective of the game is to win points by shooting the ball into the opposing team's basket. The team with the most points wins.

Game length

  • Games are comprised of two 25 minute halves with a 5 minute half time.
  • A referee will keep time.
  • Games start and end according to the official schedule
  • If games start late, games must finish at the scheduled time (e.g. 9:15pm-9:55pm).

Equipment

  • Teams are required to bring 1 basketball to every game. 
  • All courts will be set-up with nets and flip scoreboards.
  • One team must keep score (2’s and 3’s).
  • Teams should bring both light & dark coloured t-shirts to help distinguish opponents.

Players on Court, Gender Ratio and Defaults

  • Teams are comprised of 5 players on the court. 
  • Teams must play with a minimum of 1 male and 1 female on the court at all times.
  • A team can play with a minimum of 4 people, as long as the gender requirements are met. 
  • Captains may agree to waive the rules regarding minimum players and gender ratio before the game starts.

Game Set-Up

  • Games begin with a jump ball.

General Game Rules

Standard basketball rules apply to all SSC games. Notable exceptions are listed below:

  • Player substitutions may be done on any stoppage of play or immediately after a basketball.
  • Each basket scored within the three-point line counts as two points, all shots beyond the line count for three points.
  • An out of bounds ball on the end-line will be inbounds under the hoop. An out of bounds ball off the sideline will be inbounds on the sideline.
  • When the ball is tied up, possession will go to the team that has possession next.
  • Teams may call a 1 minute time-out per half if needed except in the final 10 minutes of play.
  • Three seconds in the key: If an offensive player is in the key for more than 3 seconds, the ball is turned over. No defensive 3 in the key.

Fouls & Violations

  • It is inevitable incidental contact may occur among players. However, any aggressive contact such as pushing and shoving is not allowed (you should not touch any other player with your body at any time on purpose, and should do your best to avoid unnecessary contact).
  • All standard basketball infractions are enforced (e.g. reaching-in, body contact of any kind, charging, etc).
  • Purposely obstructing an opponent's vision by placing or waving a hand in his/her eyes is not allowed.
  • A referee will call all infractions, their call is final.
  • If a foul call is made when a player is attempting a shot or layup within the 3-point line (thereby affecting the outcome), the fouled player will take 2 shots from the free-throw line for 1 point each. If fouled while attempting a 3-point shot, then the player will shoot 3 shots for 1 point each. 
  • The ball is live on the last shot.
  • If a foul call is made when a shot is attempted and that shot goes in the player will take 1 shot for 1 point, this shot is live.
  • All fouls on the ground will award possession on the baseline.
  • Intentional fouls are not condoned by the league.
  • If an offensive player charges a defensive player, who’s feet are planted, the defensive team will be awarded possession under the hoop.

Playoffs

  • A game can end in a tie during the regular season. 
  • Playoff games should only be 50 minutes in length in anticipation of needing the extra time to settle a tie. 
  • In the playoffs, a game that is tied at the end of regulation time is decided by a three-minute overtime period. If the game is still tied after the overtime, the next basket will win. 
  • Team playoff position:  Ties in the standings will be broken first by head-to-head play. If there are more than 2 teams that are tied, all the teams must have played each other in order for the results to go to head-to-head. Otherwise, least points against, then +/-, then most points for will determine the placement in that order.
  • The SSC office will update the playoff schedule once all scores have been submitted and after the last regular season game.  Please do not assume the time/location of your playoff game until team names have been posted into the schedule. 

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