Rules and Regulations
Best of the Best basketball
4th Grade or under Division- A player must be in the 4th grade as of October 1, 2015 and can be no older than 11 on August 31, 2016.
5th Grade or under Division- A player must be in the 5th grade as of October 1, 2015 and can be no older than 12 on August 31, 2016.
6th Grade or under Division- A player must be in the 6th grade as of October 1, 2015 and can be no older than 13 on August 31, 2016.
7th Grade or under Division- A player must be in the 7th grade as of October1,2015 and can be no older than 14 on August 31, 2016.
8th Grade or under Division- A player must be in the 8th grade as of October 1, 2015 and can be no older than 15 on August 31, 2016.
2. Players on Multiple Teams
(a) Players may play in two divisions within the same named organization if all eligibility requirements are met.
(b) Players may not play on two teams within the same age/grade division
3. Team Roster Limit
Team rosters will be limited to 15 players per team.
4. Length of Games ***
4th, 5th, and 6th grades will play 14 minute halves
7th & 8th grades will play 16 minute halves
There will be a running clock except during timeouts and shooting fouls until the last minute of each half when the clock will stop on every whistle.
5. Length of Overtime
Length of Overtime- First overtime will be 2 minutes with clock stopping on each whistle the last minute of overtime- KEEP 2ND OVERTIME AS POSTED!
6. Length of Half-Time
Length of half-time will be 5 minutes.
7. Timeouts- Each team is allowed 2 per half!
4th-7th will use a 28.5″ official women’s ball and the 8th grade will use the 29.5″ official men’s ball.
All Divisions will use 10 foot height baskets.
9. Running Clock Rule
At the time a team gains a lead of 20 points or more on his/her opponent,the clock will
continue to run(except for time outs,technical fouls,injuries or emergencies). The clock
starts when the ball is legally touched after a dead ball is in-bounded. The clock reverts
back to stop clock if the trailing team brings the point difference to twenty points or less.
10. Pool Play Tiebreaker Rule
After completion of pool play, ties will follow the following tiebreaker rules :
(a) If two teams are tied,head-to-head competition between the two teams will determine
(b) If more than two teams are tied,the point differential of the teams involved in the tie are totaled. Teams are ranked according to the sum of the point differential with the highest number ranked first,the second highest number ranked second,etc. Teams receive a maximum of +15 points for a win and a maximum of -15 points for a loss(this includes forfeits).
(c) If two teams are tied after the application of (b),the tie will revert to (a).
(d) If more than two teams are tied after the application of (b),the point differential of the teams not involved in the tie are added and the results are recalculated.
(e) If two teams are tied after the application of (d),the tie will revert to (a).
(f) If more than two teams are tied after the application of (d),then a total defensive
point system will be used. Example:Team A is 2-1 with wins of 55-31 & 63-44 and a loss
of 63-55. Total defensive points are 138. The same procedure is repeated for the
remaining teams. The team with the lowest points allowed will be ranked first,the
team with the second lowest points allowed will be ranked second,etc. If two teams
remain tied after the defensive points are calculated,the tie will revert to (a).
11. Conduct of Participants
The conduct of players and coaches should be above reproach on and off the court. Any
misbehavior or misconduct,on or off the court,will be subject to individual and/or team
disqualification from an event. Additional penalties could apply.
12. Coaches Responsibility
Each coach will be responsible for all members of his/her team at all times,including all
parents and spectators representing their team.
13. Unsportsmanlike Disqualification
A team and/or player is subject to immediate disqualification from a AYBA tournament for any conduct deemed inappropriate,unacceptable,unsafe and/or abusive by the tournament staff. This includes,but is not limited to,defacing and/or destruction of rental Homes, hotels, restaurants or playing site property,trashing team bench area, fighting, unsportsmanlike play and/or conduct or ineligible players. Any disqualification is the sole decision of the tournament officials. An ejection of any player,coach,parent or spectator will result in a one game suspension and up to dismissal from the event. A second ejection within the same event will result in suspension from the tournament. No refunds will be issued in the event of a disqualification.
14. Equipment Items
Basketballs,drinks,towels,etc.may not be allowed at the gym sites. Check with the tournament host to determine acceptable or restricted items for gym site. AYBA and/or the gym sites are not responsible for any items lost or stolen.
15. Bench Decorum
Only eligible players plus a maximum of three non-players(this includes coaches, statisticians, ball boy/girl and any other staff)may be on team’s bench.
(a) Violation of this rule will result in a warning. The Coach will have 1 minute to clear the
bench of persons not eligible to sit on the bench.
(b) Team statistician and/or scorers are not allowed to sit at or behind the official scorer’s
Official protests must meet all of the following criteria :
(a) Upon alleged infraction,protest must be communicated at the time of the infraction to
the official scorer’s table by the Head Coach(Assistant Coach if Head Coach is not
(b) Upon completion of the game,the protest must immediately be communicated to the
Site Director by the Head Coach(Assistant Coach if Head Coach is not present).
(c) A written protest must be delivered in person by the Head or Assistant Coach to the
Tournament Headquarters within two hours of the completion of the game. E-mails or
or fax copies will not be accepted. A $100.00 cash fee must be delivered at the same
(d) Protests pertaining to an official’s judgement call will not be considered. Protests in
which a potential rule infraction has occurred may be considered only if the infraction
has a direct impact on the outcome of the game.
(e) A committee will consider all protests and make every effort to provide a ruling prior
to the team’s next game.
(f) Successful protests will result in a refund of the $100.00 protest fee. Unsuccessful
protests will result in forfeiture of $100.00 protest fee.
17. Tournament Director
The Tournament Director has the right to change or amend any rule at any time.
18. Age Verification
A copy of grade cards/birth certificates must be brought to the tournament. The coach must have them available in case of a protest. A protest of a player must be done in writing and accompanied by a $ 100.00 cash deposit. Coach of the player in question will then be required to show copies of grade card/birth certificate. If the coach is unable to produce proof of player’s grade and age within 15 minutes of being asked the player in question will be declared ineligible and his team will forfeit the previous game. If protest is denied, the $ 100.00 deposit will be donated to the host school of tournament