Gloucester County Basketball League
Minor: 3rd & 4th grade. To be eligible to play in the minor level, players must not turn 11 before October 1 preceding the season. Player cannot be in 5th grade or higher. Towns may elect to place 2nd grade players at this level.
Junior: 5th & 6th grade. To be eligible to play in the junior level, players must not turn 13 before October 1 preceding the season. Player cannot be in 7th grade or higher. Towns may elect to place 4th grade players at this level.
Senior: 7th & 8th grade. To be eligible to play in the senior level, players must not turn 15 before October 1 preceding the season. Player cannot be in 9th grade or higher. Towns may elect to place 6th grade players at this level.
Freshman: 9th grade. To be eligible to play in the freshman level, players must not turn 16 before October 1 preceding the season. Player cannot be in 10th grade or higher or play at the junior varsity or varsity high school level.
1.2 Division Levels
There will be three divisions for the junior and senior levels:
A Division – consists of the best players from each community selected based on a tryout.
B Division – players who are not selected for the A division but have good basketball skills.
C Division – players who have very limited basketball skills.
There must be a minimum of 5 teams in each of the above divisions. If there are not at lest 5 teams placed in a division, these teams will be combined with another division.
When a community places more than one team in the C or B divisions, every effort must be made to select the teams so they are equal in ability.
Splitting of Divisions: When there are a large number of teams in a division, the division will be split into two separate divisions as follows:
Minors play 12 games, meaning that at 13 teams, each team will play each other once. The Division will be split when there are 14 or more teams in the Division.
Juniors play 14 games, meaning that at 15 teams, each team will play each other once. The Division will be split when there are 16 or more teams in the Division.
Seniors play 14 games, meaning that at 15 teams, each team will play each other once. The Division will be split when there are 16 or more teams in the Division (adopted October 2007).
The method by which a division is split will be determined by the Executive Board.
1.3 Placement of Teams
Each community will fill out a Level Request Form to request the division in which their teams will be placed. The Executive Board will have the final say as to placement of teams within Divisions.
Teams will play only within their division. Exceptions will be determined at league meetings prior to the start of the season.
All levels within a division will play the same number of games. The number of regular season games will be as follows:
Once the schedules are distributed games can only be changed for the following reasons: (a) functions that result in the gymnasium not being available, or (b) a school function that a majority of a team’s players must attend. Any other changes will result in a $15.00 fine and an automatic loss.
1.5 League Champions
A regular season champion will be declared from the Minor Division, Junior A and Junior B Divisions, and Senior A and Senior B Divisions. A regular season champion will not be declared from the Junior C and Senior C Divisions.
****PILOT PROGRAM FOR 2014: There will be Regular Season Champion for all "C" Level teams for the 2014 season. It will be voted upon again for the 2015 season.****
1.6 Proof of Age
Proof of age must be provided by either a birth certificate or an acceptable document approved by the league. This shall be submitted with the team roster. Once a player is certified as eligible, the birth certificate is considered to be on file and will not have to be submitted again.
1.7 Team Rosters
Team rosters must be submitted at a designated league meeting. The league will supply a Roster Form that must be filled out in its entirety. Each missing piece of information will result in a $5.00 fine. Players may only appear on one team roster. Changes to rosters will not be accepted after the start of the season. If a team roster falls below eight (8) players, the town representative may submit in writing to the Executive Board a request to add a player to the roster.
Teams that do not submit a roster with the required birth certificates will not receive their schedule nor be permitted to begin their schedule games but will forfeit each game until the complete roster and birth certificates are submitted. Each forfeit carries a $15.00 fine.
Players cannot move from one team to another team once the season has begun. The only exceptions are if their team folds or if they move to a new community.
Girls are permitted to play on boys teams at the minor level and ONLY if there are no minor girls’ teams participating in the GCBL.
1.8 Player Eligibility
A player is eligible if the meet all League requirements regarding age and grade. All players must be residents of Gloucester County. Exceptions may be requested in matters of custody where one parent or guardian lives in Gloucester County and the other parent or guardian does not. In these cases, the child is not required to live in Gloucester County. In order for the player to be eligible, the Town must show proof that one parent or guardian resides in Gloucester County if the child does not (adopted October 2008).
If a community/program is entering a team in the League, an athlete from that community/program should play for that team unless a release form (“waiver”) is signed and submitted to the league by the affected community.
All coaches and assistants must be at least 18 years old. Coaches will be held responsible for the actions of their players and spectators.
1.10 Proof of Insurance
Each community/organization participating in the GCBL must provide proof of insurance. A Certificate of Insurance must be submitted to the Executive Board at the same time rosters are submitted. Failure to submit such certificate will result in a $10.00 fine.
Team shirts shall be of the same solid color front and back. Numbers shall be on the back of the shirt and on the front (if possible). No players of the same team will wear identical numbers. Home teams will wear “pinnies” when jersey colors are the same as visitors. Every effort must be made to have legal numbers on the uniforms. Check the Official High School Rule Book for legal numbers.
The Minor Girls, Minor Boys, Junior Girls, and Senior Girls will use the women’s regulation basketball (28.5). For the 2011-12 Season, Junior Boys C Division will also use the 28.5 ball for a one-year pilot program. Junior Boys A and B Divisions and Senior Boys will use a men’s regulation basketball.
3.1 Regular Season Referees
Each team will pay for one-half of the cost of the officials for each game. If one or both officials do not show up for a game, the coach must notify the referee supervisor (Jim Kenney 856-933-2093). Teams will not be charged for the cost of referee(s) in this situation. The total cost for referees must be paid prior to the start of the season. No team will be permitted to play until these fees are paid.
The home team will provide the timekeeper. No one under the age of 18 will be permitted to keep time. In the event that the home team cannot provide a timekeeper who is at least 18 years of age, and the visiting team chooses not to provide a
timekeeper who is at least 18 years of age, the game will not be played (adopted November 2006).
The timekeeper must sit at the scorer’s table. If there is not an operating scoreboard, the timekeeper MUST notify both coaches when there is 4, 2, and 1 minute left on the clock in each period. The visiting team reserves the right to have someone watching the clock.
The scorekeeper must be at least 18 years of age. The scorekeeper must sit at the scorer’s table or, if not possible, as close to the scorer’s table as possible. In the event that the home team cannot provide a scorekeeper who is at least 18 years of age, and the visiting team chooses not to provide a scorekeeper who is at least 18 years of age, the game will not be played (adopted November 2006).
3.4 Scorer’s Table
The scorer’s table will be placed somewhere out of bounds. Only the referees and coaches will be permitted at the scorer’s table. No players are permitted at the scorer’s table, except for normal substitutions. There shall be a copy of these rules, supplied by the home team, placed at the scorer’s table during every GCBL game.
4.1 Game Rules
All games will be played according to official High School rules, with the following exceptions. Any changes to the High School rules will be discussed at a regular league meeting.
4.1.1 If a team is not ready to start the game within 15 minutes of the scheduled starting time, because (a) they do not have enough players, or (b) they arrive late, they will forfeit the game. This rule does not apply if the prior game runs late. Forfeits carry a $15.00 fine.
4.1.2 Names (including the first initial and last name) and numbers of all eligible players must be in the official score book five minutes before game time.
4.1.3 Length of Games:
Length of games: all levels (minor, junior, senior) will play four 10-minute quarters with a running clock, except for the last two minutes of the second and fourth quarters, and all overtime periods. At all levels, the clock will
stop for all shooting fouls; for timeouts as allowed by High School rules; and at other times as directed by the referees (such as injuries) during the entire games, but will not stop for any reason, including the ball going out of bounds and non shooting fouls, except during the last two minutes for the second and fourth quarters and all overtime periods as noted above (adopted November 2006).
For tournament games: Minors will play four 7-minute quarters with a stopped clock. Juniors and Seniors will play four 8-minute quarters with a stopped clock (adopted October 2011).
4.1.4 In the event that the score is tied at the end of regulation play, consecutive three (3) minute overtime period will be played until one team wins. The entire three minutes of each overtime period will be played with a stopped clock (adopted November 2006).
4.1.5 Minor level exceptions: At the Minor Level the foul line will be 12 feet from the basket instead of 15 feet (which must be clearly marked), and minor players will be allowed 5 seconds in the lane instead of 3 seconds.
Minor Level: No pressing is permitted during any quarter. The defense is NOT allowed to set up beyond the top of the key. The defense is allowed to extend to half court only after the offense has advanced the ball beyond the mid-court line. Teams violating this rule will be called for a violation and the ball will be taken out of bounds. If a team continues to violate this rule, the official has the authority to call a technical foul.
. A and B Divisions: Full court pressing will be permitted in the 2nd and 4th quarters of the game. For the 1st and 3rd quarters, the defense is not allowed to press the ball until the offensive player has passed the mid-court line (both the feet and the ball). The defensive player must allow the offensive player to cross the half-court line. If a pass is being made across the mid-court line, it may be intercepted.
. C Division:
. No pressing is permitted during any quarter. The non-pressing rule as described above for the Minor level will be in effect.
. A and B Divisions: Teams are permitted to press full court for the entire game.
. C Division: No pressing is permitted during any quarter. The non-pressing rule as described above for the Minor level will be in effect.
In levels that do not allow pressing at any time (Minor Division and C levels), if, during the FINAL two minutes of the 4th quarter and during all overtime periods, a coach calls a timeout when his/her own player is in the back court, the ball must then be inbounded from the mid-court line into the front court. If the ball is inbounded to a player above the key, the defensive team must allow the ball to be inbounded successfully before beginning their defense. If the ball is inbounded to a player positioned below the key, the defensive team may begin their defense immediately, including attempting to intercept the inbounds pass (adopted November, 2006).
4.1.7 3-point shots
Minors – There is no 3-point shot in this division. Any shot made beyond the 3-point line will count as 2 points.
Juniors – There is no 3-point shot in this division. Any shot made beyond the 3-point line will count as 2 points.
****PILOT PROGRAM 2014: 3 point shots will be allowed in Junior "A" boys and girls divisions only and only in a facility that is clearly and permanently marked with a 3 point line. If a Junior A game is being played in a facility without a clearly and permanently marked 3 point line, they will not be allowed****
Seniors – Shots made behind the 3-point line will count as 3 points in this division. If there is no 3-point line in a particular gym, then there will be no 3-point shots.
Postponements of regular scheduled games will be made 24 hours prior to the game, if possible. Postponements may only be in the case of INCLEMENT WEATHER, LOSS OF THE GYM, OR A SCHOOL-RELATED FUNCTION WHICH A MAJORITY OF THE TEAM”S PLAYERS MUST ATTEND, (FOR EXAMPLE, A SCHOOL GAME). No other reasons will be permitted. All canceled games must be made up. The home team will be responsible for notifying the referee assignor for both the canceled game and make-up date. Games must be rescheduled and the Commissioner notified of the rescheduled date and time within 48 hours.
In the event that a team refuses to schedule a make-up date, the team that is trying to reschedule is to contact the Division Commissioner and provide two dates when that team has a gym available. The Division Commissioner will then attempt to reschedule the game. If a team continues to refuse to play, a forfeit will be declared. Only the Commissioner or member of the Executive Board can declare a forfeit. Forfeits carry a $15.00 fine.
Any player ejected from a game for fighting will be suspended for two games. A second offense will result in the banning of the player from the League.
Any coach involved in a physical altercation with another coach or referee during the game will be suspended for the rest of the basketball season and put on a 2-year probation period, to begin when said coach returns.
Any coach involved in any other type of unacceptable behavior should be reported to the Executive Board. The Executive Board has the right to discipline as they feel necessary.
All coaches are strongly encouraged to play all their players the equivalent of one quarter or more, with the exception of injury or disciplinary reasons.
5.2 Injured Players
Coaches must inform the other team prior to the game when they have a player who is injured or is being disciplined. These players cannot play in this game once the opposing coach has been informed.
5.3 Court Rules
Home coaches are to inform the visiting team and the referees of any court rule changes. Such changes may include (1) back court line, (2) out-of-bounds lines, and (3) foul line for Minor level games. Foul lines must be clearly marked with masking tape or by some other means.
The coaches are responsible for the behavior of their spectators. The home coach, as well as the referee, has the right to remove any spectator who is causing a problem. No spectators will be allowed on the court at any time, including between quarters and between games.
If a coach wishes to bring an issue before the Executive Board, he/she must complete a complaint form and forward this form to the Commissioner within 48 hours of the incident. The coach must provide as much information as possible.
The Executive Board has the right to appoint a Commissioner who would review all complaints submitted and make recommendations to the Executive Board.
5.6 Reporting Game Scores
The winning coach of each game must report that score to the GCBL website, www.gcbball.com, within 48 hours of the game. Failure to report scores carries a $5.00 fine for each occurrence.
6.1 Seeding for Postseason Tournament
Only Minor, Junior A, Junior B, Senior A, and Senior B Divisions will be eligible to participate in the tournament. There will no tournament for the Junior C and Senior C Divisions.
At the end of the regular season a seeding meeting will be held to determine which teams will participate in the tournament. Only those teams with representatives present at this meeting will be seeded for the tournament.
The Executive Board, along with the Division Commissioners, will place teams in appropriate brackets based on (a) record (b) scores (c) other factors as determined by the Executive Board.
Teams are not required to participate in the tournament.
In the event that two teams are tied with the same win/loss record, the first tie breaker will be head-to-head competition. If the teams did not play each other during the regular season, then their seeding will be determined by a flip of a coin or a drawing. If three teams are tied, the seeding will be determined by a drawing.
6.2 Tournament Games
These will be held at the conclusion of the season. Towns able to host playoffs must have a schedule of gymnasium availability schedule at the seeding meeting. Senior tournament games must be played in a regulation high school gym.
6.3 Referees – Tournament
Minor, Junior, and Senior level teams will use two paid referees. Each team will pay for one referee for each game in which they participate. Payment will be made to the referee assignor.
7. Registration Costs, Bonds, Scheduling Fees, and Fines
7.1 Registration Costs
Each team will pay a registration fee to play in the League. The cost will be determined at the October Meeting.
Each town/organization will pay a bond fee. The cost will be determined at the October meeting. Any outstanding fines will be deducted from the bond. At the conclusion of the season, towns may elect to be refunded the bond money or roll it over to the next season.
7.3 Scheduling Fees
A scheduling fee will be charged to cover the cost of developing the schedule. The cost will be determined at the October meeting.
No representative at League meetings
$15.00 per occurrence
Changing games without authorization
$15.00 per occurrence
$15.00 per occurrence
Missing information on a League roster
$5.00 per occurrence
Not reporting game scores
$5.00 per occurrence
Failure to submit Certificate of Insurance on time
All fines will be deducted from the organization’s bond. If the amounts total more than the posted bond, the League will invoice the organization’s treasurer. All fines must be paid prior to the seeding meeting or no teams from the organization will be eligible to participate in the tournament.
8. Mercy Rule
During the 2009 Season, the GCBL determined that a rule governing sportsmanship should be instituted. The rule shall govern “running up the score” as follows:
8.1 Run-up scores
It shall be determined for investigative purposes that a score is excessive if one team scores 30 or more points over what another team scores.
The Commissioner of the affected Division shall conduct an investigation that includes but is not limited to:
Interview with each Coach involved in the game in question.
Interview with the Referees from the Game.
Interviews with other parties that may have pertinent information regarding the situation.
8.3 Report to the GCBL Executive Board
The Commission shall report to the GCBL Executive Board either in writing or verbally within 7 days of the incident being reported.
8.4 GCBL Executive Board Action
The GCBL Executive Board shall within 48 hours of the Commissioner’s Report determine if the incident is a violation of the Sportsmanship Policy to no “run up” the score. If a violation has occurred, the Executive Board will execute a penalty in accordance with section 8.5 of this rule.
8.5 Penalties for unsportsmanlike action “Running up the score”
If a Coach is determined to have violated this rule, the Executive Board may take the following actions:
First offense: Written warning to Coach and Organization Representative as well as a one-game suspension of the Coach if deemed warranted by the severity of the infraction.
Second offense: Automatic one-game suspension. Additional penalties as deemed appropriate by the Board may also be assessed.
Third offense: Automatic exclusion from Divisional Playoffs. Additional penalties as deemed appropriate by the Board may also be assessed.
Players, Coaches, Officials, Parents and Spectators are to conduct themselves in a manner that "Honors the Game" and demonstrates respect to other Players, Coaches, Officials Parents and Spectators. In Becoming a member of the Gloucester County Basketball League, an individual assumes certain obligations and responsibilities to the game of basketball and it's participants. The essential elements in this "CODE of CONDUCT" are HONESTY and INTEGRITY. Those who conduct themselves in a manner that reflects these elements will bring credit to the sport of basketball, themselves, their team and Organization. It is only through such conduct that our sport can continue to earn and maintain a positive image and make its full contribution to youth sports. The Gloucester County Basketball League supports the following behaviors for those who participate or are involved in any way with our League. the following essential elements of the "CODE of CONDUCT" must be followed:
· Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the game and must be taught at all levels and developed both at home and on the court during practices and games.
· The value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair play and the skills of the game should always be placed above winning.
· The safety and welfare of the players is the primary importance.
· Coaches must always be aware of the tremendous influence they have on their players. They are to strive to be role models in dealing with young people as well as adults.
· Coaches should always demonstrate positive behaviors and reinforce them to the players, parents, officials and spectators alike. Players should be specifically encouraged and positively reinforced by coaches to demonstrate respect for themselves, teammates, opponents, officials and spectators.
· Players should always demonstrate positive behavior and respect toward teammates, opponents, coaches officials, parents and spectators.
· Coaches, players, parents and spectators SHALL demonstrate the utmost respect for officials and reinforce that respect to players/teammates. Coaches SHALL educate their parents as to the important role of the officials and reinforce the ideal of respect for the official to players/teammates.
· Grievances or misunderstandings between coaches, officials, parents spectators or other parties involved with the sport should be communicated through the proper channels and procedures, never on or near the court in view of spectators or players.
· Officials are professionals and are therefore expected to conduct themselves as such and in a manner that demonstrates total impartiality, courtesy and fairness to all parties.
· Spectators involved with the game must never permit anyone to openly or maliciously criticize, badger, harass or threaten an official, coach, player or opponent.
· Coaches must be able to demonstrate a solid knowledge of the rules of the game and should adhere to rules in both letter and spirit of the game.
· Coaches should provide a basic knowledge of the rules to both players and spectators within their program. Attempts to manipulate rules in an effort to take unfair advantage of an opponent or teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct are considered unacceptable conduct.
If ANY Spectator is removed from an event, that Organization will pay a fine of One Hundred dollars($100.00) to the GCBL. All fines must be paid prior to the Playoffs/Tournament or that Organization will not be allowed to participate. If during the Playoffs/Tournament it must be paid prior to the beginning of the following season or that Organization will not be allowed to participate in the GCBL.
Violations of the above listed CODE of CONDUCT may result in criminal charges under New Jersey Criminal Statue, but not limited to, 2C:12-1, 2C:33-2 or 2C:33-2, some of which carry enhanced fines and penalties.
NO "COW BELLS", "AIR HORNS", "BLOWERS" and/or any other artificial noise maker or sound amplifier will be allowed at any GCBL game or event.