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Georgia USSSA State Basketball Rules (Effective September 1, 2010)

The National High School Federation Rules and Regulations (NHSF) will apply to all
USSSA games with the following exceptions.

I.        All games will be played as follows:

  • 7th Grade and Up will consist of four 8 minute quarters.
  • 5th and 6th Grade will consist of four 7 minute quarters and will use a 28.5 intermediate size basketball.
  • 3rd and 4th Grade will consist of two 14 minute halves and will use the 28.5 intermediate size balls.

II.        No game will start before the scheduled time unless both coaches agree. There will be a minimum of a 5 minute warm-up period. Halftime will be 5 minutes unless both coaches agree to start earlier.

III.        Timeouts will be awarded under NHSF rules (3 Full / 2 Thirty Second)

IV.        Overtime:
  • 3 minutes for 3rd-6th Grade
  • 4 minutes for 7th Grade and Up

V.        The clock will stop for all whistle stoppages

VI.        Each team is responsible for their warm-up and game balls and or any other items brought into the game. USSSA is not responsible for items lost.

VII.        If a team forfeits two games by not participating; the team will be disqualified from the event and cannot participate in bracket / tournament play.

Roster Rules:

I.        Rosters are allowed a maximum of fifteen (15) players.

II.        Proof of age and grade is required for all players on roster. Acceptable proofs of age are; clean photocopies of birth certificates, adoption papers, or immigration papers. Proof of grade is a clean copy of any report card of the current school year or school document that indicates current grade level. Teams are required to have proof of age and grade upon check-in and throughout the tournament. It must be presented to USSSA representative / tournament director upon request.

III.        Coaches are responsible for the team meeting all eligibility requirements.  If a player is found to be ineligible prior to the start of a sanctioned competition, the player will be expelled and the team will continue.  After competition starts, if a player is found to be ineligible, he/she will be expelled and the team will forfeit all games in which the player’s name appeared on the official score sheet.  Coaches who falsify documents will be suspended for the remainder of the season.

IV.        No roster additions will be permitted after the team has begun play of its first tournament game within any tournament.

V.        A team may have no more than 4 bench personnel including managers or scorekeepers.  All bench personnel must have their coaching credentials visible at all times while in the bench area.

 

Georgia USSSA State Basketball Rules (Effective September 1, 2010)

 

VI.        Teams participating in the National Tournament are allowed to add three (3) additional players that were not on the roster at the time of their qualification. Players can not be added from teams that have qualified and are participating in the National Championship.

VII.        The official roster for the state tournament is set and frozen at the last qualifying tournament a team participates in prior to the state tournament.

Grade / Age Divisions:

USSSA is grade based with age parameters and limitations determined by birth dates that allow players in each division to compete against other players currently at the same grade / age level. A player may qualify under the age exception rule if they have been advanced in grade due to academic excellence or parental preference. The following guide determines all eligible ages at grade levels.

Boys & Girls

Grade

Rule

3rd Grade

Athlete must be in the 3rd grade or below for the 2010-11 school year and cannot turn 11 prior to September 1, 2011

4th Grade

Athlete must be in the 4rd grade or below for the 2010-11 school year and cannot turn 12 prior to September 1, 2011

5th Grade

Athlete must be in the 5th grade or below for the 2010-11 school year and cannot turn 13 prior to September 1, 2011

6th Grade

Athlete must be in the 6th grade or below for the 2010-11 school year and cannot turn 14 prior to September 1, 2011

7th Grade

Athlete must be in the 7th grade or below for the 2010-11 school year and cannot turn 15 prior to September 1, 2011

8th Grade

Athlete must be in the 8th grade or below for the 2010-11 school year and cannot turn 16 prior to September 1, 2011

9th Grade

Athlete must be in the 9th grade or below for the 2010-11 school year and cannot turn 17 prior to September 1, 2011

10th Grade

Athlete must be in the 10th grade or below for the 2010-11 school year and cannot turn 18 prior to September 1, 2011

11th Grade

Athlete must be in the 11th grade or below for the 2010-11 school year and cannot turn 19 prior to September 1, 2011

12th Grade

Athlete must be in the 12th grade or below for the 2010-11 school year and cannot turn 20 prior to September 1, 2011

Georgia USSSA State Basketball Rules (Effective September 1, 2010)

 

Age Requirements To Play Down A Grade Division

Grade for the 2010-2011 School Year

Grade Requested to Play

Birth Date Requirement

4th Grade

3rd Grade

Born on or After September 1, 2001

5th Grade

4th Grade

Born on or After September 1, 2000

6th Grade

5th Grade

Born on or After September 1, 1999

7th Grade

6th Grade

Born on or After September 1, 1998

8th Grade

7th Grade

Born on or After September 1, 1997

9th Grade

8th Grade

Born on or After September 1, 1996

10th Grade

9th Grade

Born on or After September 1, 1995

11th Grade

10th Grade

Born on or After September 1, 1994

12th Grade

11th Grade

Born on or After September 1, 1993

Divisions of Play:

USSSA Basketball offers three divisions of play

  • Div I – Elite Teams
  • Div II – Competitive Teams
  • Div III – Recreation or developmental teams

Uniforms

  • Player jerseys must have numbers on both the front and back.  Numbers may be from 00-99.  Minimum size of numbers of shall be 4” on the front and 6” on the back.
  • Teams must have dark and light jerseys.
  • Home team wears light and visitors wear dark jerseys.

Protest

  • All roster protest must be filed in writing accompanied by a $100.00 protest fee (refundable if the protest is upheld) with the Tournament Director PRIOR to protested game. If the protest is valid, the protested team forfeits all previous games. Upon protest, teams must provide proof of eligibility. (See roster rules for acceptable proofs of age and grade).
  • All non-roster protest must be filed in writing within one (1) hour of the conclusion of the contest and must be accompanied by a $100.00 protest fee (refundable if protest is upheld). Official’s calls are not grounds for a protest.
  • Tournament Directors rulings on protest are final.

Georgia USSSA State Basketball Rules (Effective September 1, 2010)

Mercy Rule:

Once a team is leading by 30 points anytime in a game, the clock will continue to run. The only time the clock will stop is for injuries or timeouts. If the lead falls below 20 points, the clock will again be stopped for all whistle stoppages.

Tie- Breakers:

  • Two Teams Tied: Head-to-head result.
  • Three or more teams: Point Differential System will be used. Teams will receive a point differential per game up to a maximum of plus 15 points for a win and a maximum of minus 15 points for loss. The team with the highest point total will win the tiebreaker and the second highest number will be seeded second, etc. If two teams are tied with points, then revert back to head-to-head. The team not involved in the tiebreaker will have its games eliminated. If the teams are still tied, the team with the fewest points allowed in ALL games played in pool play wins. A forfeit is scored as a 15-0 game.

 

Sportsmanship and Unsportsmanlike Conduct Procedures

  • Players, coaches, team representatives, spectators, and all other persons connected directly or indirectly with a team, as well as contest officials, shall adhere to the principles of good sportsmanship and the ethics of competition before, during and after all contests in which they participate and/or attend. Each participating team and its head coach shall be held strictly accountable for unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of its players, coaches and spectators.
  • An player, coach, team representative or spectator who commits an act of malicious and hateful nature toward a contest official, opponent or any other person attending a tournament shall be guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • If contestants participate in a bench and/or a bleacher-clearing fight, both teams will be suspended for the remainder of the tournament.
  • Two (2) direct technical fouls during a game on a player, coach, or team representative will result in their disqualification for the next game of the tournament. Fighting and gross unsportsmanlike behavior can be more than one game and is at the discretion of the Tournament Director and / or State Director.
  • The player, coach, team representative, or spectator that is disqualified during the course of the game must immediately leave the competition area where he/she is not visible to the athletes, officials, or other spectators and must not have any further contact with or give instruction to athletes or other members of their staff for the remainder of the contest.
  • A player, coach, team representative or spectator that is suspended may not be present in the competition area during the game.

Georgia USSSA State Basketball Rules (Effective September 1, 2010)

Notes:

  • Georgia USSSA State Basketball rules have been slightly modified from the USSSA national rule to accommodate local circumstances.  All teams participating in the National Tournament must adhere to National Rules.
  • There must be a minimum of five (5) teams per division for the National Tournament to be played. If less than five teams, all teams will be moved to Div I for tournament play.
  • Coaches of high school age teams playing in National Tournaments certified by the NCAA must be registered and certified by the NCAA in advance of the Tournament. Team Rosters must be entered on the NCAA site. (Visit www.ncaa.org for guidelines and deadlines to insure compliance on live period events). NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL REQUIREMENTS ARE MET.
  • All players participating on high school age teams playing in NCAA certified events must attend the mandatory educational seminar held during the event.
  • All- Tournament / M.V.P. / Hustle awards are determined by the tournament staff. Coaches are allowed to make recommend players from all teams except their own.  All recommendations must be submitted prior to leaving the event.
  • Coaches are given (3) passes and credentials at check-in. Any coach allowing unauthorized use of these credentials will be disqualified from the event and subject to further disqualifications by USSSA.
 
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