Ball Size
3/4th Boys and Girls – 27.5
5/6th Boys and Girls – 28.5
7/8th Girls – 28.5
7/8th Boys – 29.5

I. General Rules

  1. There will be four (4) quarters of 10 minutes.
  2. A running clock will be used at all times except for the last 30 seconds of the 1st half and last 2 minutes of the 2nd half if the score differential is 10 points or less.
  3. Any overtime periods will be 2 minutes, stop clock. 3rd overtime will be sudden death unless championship game.
  4. Every player must play a CONSECUTIVE 10 MINUTE QUARTER in the FIRST HALF to fulfill playing time requirements. If a team has more than 10 players than everyone must have played by the end of the 3rd quarter instead. Free substitutions are allowed for the players who have met the condition. You will keep track of this on your scoresheet. If a challenge to a team is made and the tournament director can prove that the minimum playtime requirement was not met, then the violating team will forfeit the game.
  5. There are free substitutions allowed during dead balls once the players being subbed have met rule #4 (clock will not stop, review rule #2)
  6. Every player must play in each game. (see rule #4 above)
  7. Any defense is allowed throughout the game. For 3rd and 4th grade no defense until the ball crosses the attack line (volleyball line) in the 1st half only. Note not all gyms have a volleyball line, if that is the case attack line will be specified by the referees prior to the start of the game.
  8. Each team is allowed 2 time outs per half. No carryovers. 1 time out per team per OT period.
  9. There will be a mercy rule if a team leads in the 4th quarter by 20 points or more. At that time, the team leading must play defense within the attack line. The team can go back to play any defense if their lead is down to 15 points.
  10. One and one bonus free throws will be shot on the 10th team foul of each half. There will be no double bonus.
  11. Technical fouls will result in an automatic one game suspension and any ejection will result in a suspension for the remainder of the tournament.

II. RECAP of Rules:

  1. Every player must play each game
  2. Every player must play a consecutive 10 minute quarter in the first half.
  3. One and one bonus free throws shot on 10th team foul, no double bonus.
  4. Two timeouts per half, no carryovers. One timeout per team per overtime period.
  5. Running clock used at all times except last 30 sec of 1st half and 2 minutes of the 2nd half if score differential is 10 points or less.


  1. This is a fun and recreational level school basketball tournament and we must remember this is to be a positive experience for all involved.
  2. Please highlight school spirit, teamwork, fun.
  3. Professional referees. Volunteer coaches.
  4. Good luck and have fun!