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North Nashville Hoops League Rules


North Nashville Hoops League Rules
Grades 2nd - 6th
Boys & Girls

Rule Changes Effective 11/3/2016
*In an effort to unify basketball rules from the top competitive youth basketball leagues in our area we have adopted the following rules in all divisions of North Nashville Hoops.  

Goal Height: 10 feet (5th-6th grade); 9 feet (2nd-4th grade)

Ball Size: Regulation (28.5 size ball)

  1. (Game Play) A game consists of two 20-minute halves with a continuous running clock stopping on the referee’s whistle for injuries, time-outs, in the last minute of each half.

  2. (Game Play) The game begins with a jump ball and will be one minute. The second overtime will be sudden death—the first team that scores (free throw or field goal) wins. (Each team will be awarded (1) extra timeout for overtime.)

  3. (Game Play) A team must start with five players. Game time is forfeit time.

  4. (Game Play) Each team has (4) full timeouts per game. 

  5. (Game Play) Halftime is three minutes long.

  6. (Game Play) Players will foul out on their fifth foul.

  7. (Game Play) The NNH does not regulate playing time per team.

  8. (Game Play) The scoreboard will never show more than a 30-point differential.

  9. (Game Play) The bonus one-and-one free throw will be shot on the seventh foul, and the

    double bonus will be shot on the 10th foul.

  10. (Game Play) Coaches must remain in a “Coaching Box” which extends to both ends of a "teams bench. Only the head coach can stand and coach during the game. Two assistants will be allowed on the bench and he/she must remain seated during play. After one technical foul on a coach, that coach must stay seated.

  11. (Game Play) The team listed first is the home team, will wear the light colored jerseys, and will sit to the right of the score table (facing table from floor). Teams will warm up opposite their bench.

  12. (Defensive Rules) Full-court and half-court man-to-man and zone defenses are allowed. (SEE EXCEPTIONS FOR: 2nd Grade Boys, 3rd Grade Boys, 3rd/4th Grade Girls.)

  13. (Defensive Rules) No teams will be allowed to press full court when ahead by 20 points or more.

  14.  (Free Throw Rule) Free Throws will be shot from 15ft foul line. Violations on shooter will be enforced. Players will play the release of the shot.

  15. All other rules for this grade level will align with the NFHS Basketball Rules Book

Important Rules " Exceptions Per Grade Level
 
 2nd Grade Boys

Free Throw Distance:  

13.5' rather than 15'
(Small step over line is permitted after shot, officials discretion if player is gaining advantage going over the line to rebound the basketball.)  

Defensive Rules:

Full-court man-to-man and full-court zone defenses are allowed only in the last 10-min of the game.

On the 3rd Violation of this rule the offensive team will be awarded (1) technical foul shot and the ball. 

3rd Grade Boys

Free Throw Distance:  

13.5' rather than 15' 
(Small step over line is permitted after shot, officials discretion if player is gaining advantage going over the line to rebound the basketball.)  

Defensive Rules:

Full-court man-to-man and full-court zone defenses are allowed only in the second half of the game.

On the 3rd Violation of this rule the offensive team will be awarded (1) technical foul shot and the ball. 

 

3/4 Grade Girls 

 
Free Throw Distance:   

13.5' rather than 15' 
(Small step over line is permitted after shot, officials discretion if player is gaining advantage going over the line to rebound the basketball.)  

Defensive Rules:

Full-court man-to-man and Full-court zone defenses are allowed only in the last (10) min of the game.

On the 3rd Violation of this rule the offensive team will be awarded (1) technical foul shot and the ball. 



North Nashville Hoops 
Uniform Requirements

  • All teams must have matching uniforms.
  • All teams must have (2) Color options for uniforms. (Home Team-Light Color) (Guest Team-Dark Color)
  • All uniforms must have legal basketball numbers. (Legal numbers are: 0,1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 00, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55.)
  • A team member list shall not have both numbers 0 and 00. 
  • All uniforms must have at least 6" numbers on the back of jerseys.
  • Numbers are "Not" required for the front of the jerseys but are "Highly" recommended to help speed up the game for our officials.
  • No hats or headgear unless for medical or religious reasons.
  • Shorts are to be worn above the hips.
  • All jerseys must be tucked in during game.
  • Under shirts must match the primary color of the uniform being worn in game.










Elite Hoops League Rules

***Rule Change Effective 8/27/2015 : "All Divisions" Free Throws- All players are allowed to enter the lane upon the shooters release. 

Elite Hoops
Kindergarten
Coed 
Developmental League

This division will strictly be a training League. They will play 3 on 3 to gain more playing time with less distraction on the court. This will be the only coed division. No post
season tournament for this division. 
Ball Size:          27.5” (Junior Ball)
Goal Height:    8' or lower


  • The home team will sit to the right of the score table (facing table from court). 
  • A jump ball will NOT occur to start the game.  The visiting team will get the ball first out of bounds to begin the game play.
  • The game consists of four(4) 8 minute quarters with a continuous running clock stopping only for a referee’s whistle for injuries.
  • Halftime is two(2) minutes in duration.
  • One coach from each team will be allowed on the side court while the clock is running. Coaches must stay within two feet of the sideline only and may not touch the ball, the players or otherwise assist in any way except verbal instructions. Coaches may not interfere with the Referee’s or the flow of the game in any way.
  • Only half-court man-to-man defenses are allowed. There will be no switching of defenders. After an offensive player, with the ball, has entered the free throw lane area, the defense is free for any player to guard him/her. (Defensive players cannot “camp out” in the middle of the lane.)
  • There will be no double teaming or trapping. Back court guarding will not be allowed. When the referee’s feel that there is a double team, trapping violation or back court violation, they will blow the whistle; warn the players & the same team will retain the ball.
  • The defense must allow the offense space to bring the ball into the front court.
  • A player will foul out on their 6 foul.
  • Officials are asked to be lenient if a player travels or if double dribbling occurs. If a player “gains an advantage on the play”, the Official will call a walk which will result in a turnover.
  • Screens and picks are legal. Referees have the judgment call if a screen is an illegal or moving screen. If this occurs, the players will be warned & the same team will retain the ball.  Hands must be across mid-section for boys & across chest for girls.
  • Players that begin the quarter are expected to play the entire quarter unless injury or lack of desire persist.  All players must play one complete quarter & sit one complete (2) quarter per game.




Elite Hoops
1/2 Grade
Boys & Girls

Developmental League

They will play 4 on 4 to gain more playing time with less distraction on the court.  This structure allows more players to develop with less players on each team and more space on the court.  This division is separated by gender.
Ball Size:                          27.5” (Junior Ball)
Goal Height:                    8'
Free throw distance:    12' rather than 15’ (players will not be penalized if they cross the line)

  • The home team will sit to the right of the score table (facing table from court). 
  • A jump ball will occur to start the game. 
  • The game will consist of four(4) 8 minute quarters with a continuous running clock, stopping only for a referee’s whistle for injuries, free throws, time-outs and in the last minute of each half.
  • Halftime is two(2) minutes in duration. 
  • Each team will have 2 timeouts per half. Unused timeouts do not carry over to the second half or overtime. No additional timeouts are given in the overtime period. 
  • Coaches must remain in the coach's box. The length of the team's bench is considered the coaches box. Only one coach may stand while the clock is running. 
  •  Only half-court man-to-man defense is allowed. There will be no switching of defenders. As an offensive player, with the ball, is approaching the lane, a help side defender may “help” as long as both feet remain in the lane. This is strictly a judgment call for the referee. (Defensive players cannot “camp out” in the middle of the lane.)
  • There will be no double teaming or trapping. Back court guarding will NOT be allowed. When an Official feels there is a double team, trapping violation or back court violation, they will blow the whistle and a violation will be given. If a team receives three violations in one half, the opposing team will be allowed to shoot a one shot technical free throw and will also get to take possession of the ball. At each subsequent violation per half, the opposing team will be allowed to shoot a one shot technical free throw and receive the ball.
  • The defense must allow the offense space to bring the ball into the front court.
  • The offensive team will have 10 seconds to get the ball across mid-court. After 10 seconds it will result in a turnover to the opposing team.  
  • A player will foul out on their 5 foul.
  • If a player travels or if double dribbling occurs, it will be called by the Officials and the ball will be turned over to the opposing team.  
  • Officials will enforce a lane violation after a player has been in the lane for 5 seconds. 
  • Screens and picks are legal. Referees have the judgment call if a screen is an illegal or moving screen. If this occurs, the ball will be turned over to the opposing team. Hands must be across mid-section for boys & across chest for girls.
  • Each player will be required to play two (2) complete quarters in each game. In addition, each player will be required to sit out one (1) complete quarter in each game. If a team has only 6 players, there is no mandatory playing requirement for either team. (There is NO substitution until the fourth quarter unless a team only has 6 players.)
  • Isolation plays or clearing out to allow one player to go one-on-one will not be permitted. This is a violation, resulting in a turnover.

Elite Hoops 
3/4 Grade 
Boys & Girls

Recreational League

They will play 4 on 4 to gain more playing time with less distraction on the court.  This structure allows more players to develop with less players on each team and more space on the court.  This division is separated by gender.
Ball Size:                        28.5” (Women's Ball)
Goal Height:                    9'
Free throw distance:    15’ (players will not be penalized if they cross the line, unless an advantage is gained.)

  • The home team will sit to the right of the score table (facing table from court).  
  • A jump ball will occur to start the game. 
  • The game will consist of four(4) 10 minute quarters with a continuous running clock, stopping only for a referee’s whistle for injuries, free throws, time-outs and in the last minute of each half.
  • Halftime is two(2) minutes in duration. 
  • Each team will have 2 timeouts per half. Unused timeouts do not carry over to the second half or overtime. No additional timeouts are given in the overtime period. 
  • Coaches must remain in the coach's box. The length of the team's bench is considered the coaches box. Only one coach may stand while the clock is running. 
  • Half-court man-to-man or zone defense is allowed. Switching of defenders is allowed. As an offensive player, with the ball, is approaching the lane, a help side defender may “help” as long as both feet remain in the lane. This is strictly a judgment call for the referee. (Defensive players cannot “camp out” in the middle of the lane.) Man to Man defenses are encouraged at this level but not required.
  • There will be no double teaming or trapping outside of the lane. Back court guarding will NOT be allowed for the entire game. No Pressing. When an Official feels there is a double team, trapping violation or back court violation, they will blow the whistle and a violation will be given. If a team receives three violations in one half, the opposing team will be allowed to shoot a one shot technical free throw and will also get to take possession of the ball. At each subsequent violation per half, the opposing team will be allowed to shoot a one shot technical free throw and receive the ball.
  • The defense must allow the offense space to bring the ball into the front court.
  • The offensive team will have 10 seconds to get the ball across mid-court. After 10 seconds it will result in a turnover to the opposing team.  
  • A player will foul out on their 5 foul.
  • If a player travels or if double dribbling occurs, it will be called by the Officials and the ball will be turned over to the opposing team.  
  • Officials will enforce a lane violation after a player has been in the lane for 5 seconds. 
  • Screens and picks are legal. Referees have the judgment call if a screen is an illegal or moving screen. If this occurs, the ball will be turned over to the opposing team. Hands must be across mid-section for boys & across chest for girls.
  • Each player will be required to play two (2) complete quarters in each game. In addition, each player will be required to sit out one (1) complete quarter in each game. If a team has only 6 players, there is no mandatory playing requirement for either team. (There is NO substitution until the fourth quarter unless a team only has 6 players.)
  • Isolation plays or clearing out to allow one player to go one-on-one will not be permitted. This is a violation, resulting in a turnover.


Elite Hoops
5/6 Grade
Boys
Ball Size:                    28.5” (Women's Ball)

Goal Height:          10'
Free Throw Distance: 15’  


  • The home team will sit to the right of the score table (facing table from court). 
  • A jump ball will occur to start the game.
  • The game will consist of two(2) 20 minute half's, this will be a running clock. The clock will only stop for TO's, injury or last minute of each half. 
  • Halftime is two(2) minutes in duration. 
  • Each team will be allowed four(4) timeouts per game.  (2) Full Timeouts (2) 30 Second Timeouts
  • Coach’s must remain in the coach's box. The length of the team's bench is considered the coaches box. Only one coach may stand while the clock is running. 
  • There will be no guarding, trapping or double teaming in the back court in the first half & the first 10 minutes of the second half.  In the last 10 minutes of the game, full court man to man or zone defense will be permitted. There are no regulations on front court defenses in either half.   Illegal back court defenses in the first half & first ten(10) minutes of the second half will result in violation.  If a team receives three violations in one half, the opposing team will be allowed to shoot a one shot technical free throw and will also get to take possession of the ball. At each subsequent violation per half, the opposing team will be allowed to shoot a one shot technical free throw and receive the ball. 
  • In the last 10 minutes of the game, each team will be allowed to full court press as long as one team is not leading by more than 10 points. The team with the 11 point lead will not be permitted to full court press. 
  • The offensive team will have 10 seconds to get the ball across mid-court. After 10 seconds it will result in a turnover to the opposing team.     
  • A player will foul out on their 5 foul.  
  • If a player travels or if double dribbling occurs, it will be called by the Officials and the ball will be turned over to the opposing team. 
  • Officials will enforce a lane violation after a player has been in the lane for 3 seconds. 
  • Screens and picks are legal. Officials have the judgment call if a screen is an illegal or moving screen. If this occurs, the ball will be turned over to the opposing team. Hands must be across mid-section for boys.
  • Substitutions will be allowed anytime the clock is stopped or a stoppage in play occurs.

 

Elite Hoops
7-9 Grade
Boys
Ball Size:                        29.5” (boys)

Goal Height:                   10'
Free throw distance:    15’

  • The home team will sit to the right of the score table (facing table from court).
  • A jump ball will occur to start the game.
  • The game will consist of two(2) 20 minute half's, this will be a running clock. The clock will only stop for TO's, injury or the last minute of the each half. 
  • Halftime is two(2) minutes in duration. 
  • Each team will have 2 timeouts per half. Unused timeouts do not carry over to the second half or overtime. No additional timeouts are given in the overtime period. 
  • Coach’s must remain in the coach's box. The length of the team's bench is considered the coaches box. Only one coach may stand while the clock is running.  
  • This Division will be allowed to play man to man or zone defense for the entire game.
  • In the second half of the game, each team will be allowed to full court press as long as one team is not leading by more than 10 points. The team with the 11 point lead will not be permitted to full court press.  
  • The defense must allow the offense space to bring the ball into the front court, with the exception of the second half, where full court pressing is allowed.
  • The offensive team will have 10 seconds to get the ball across mid-court. After 10 seconds it will result in a turnover to the opposing team.      
  • A player will foul out on their 5 foul.
  • If a player travels or if double dribbling occurs, it will be called by the Officials and the ball will be turned over to the opposing team. 
  • Officials will enforce a lane violation after a player has been in the lane for 3 seconds. 
  • Screens and picks are legal. Officials have the judgment call if a screen is an illegal or moving screen. If this occurs, the ball will be turned over to the opposing team. Hands must be across mid-section for boys.
  • Substitutions will be allowed anytime the clock is stopped or a stoppage in play occurs. 
  • We asked that each coach gets each player in the game as often as possible . There is not a mandatory playing requirement for this division.
  • Foul language, referee complaints and any form of showing frustration, including but not limited to pushing, elbowing, etc. will result in ejection. Two ejections will result in a ban from the Elite. This is a judgment call by the referee & we will support them 100%.