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Basketball league rules 2020-2021

1. Organisation

The League is organised and delivered by Warwick Sport in partnership with the University of Warwick Basketball Club. The League will be managed by the Warwick Sport Sports Engagement Officer. The Engagement Officer and the League Activator will have the final say on all matters of the league. The Warwick Sports Engagement Officer is Eugene DeVille & the League Activator is Matthew Bardsley.

2. Squads

  1. The Squad may consist of between 7 to 20 players (maximum of twelve players per match)
  2. All players must sign up online to take part in the league and allow for track and trace (Covid). Captains are responsible for ensuring all players are registered before competing.
  3. Random spot checks will take place throughout the season to ensure all players are registered.
  4. Teams failing to register players may be removed from the league.
  5. At least four players must be present in order to play a match.
  6. Players who wish to play for more than one team must register with both teams and it is up to the player’s discretion who they play for should the two teams play together
  7. A points system will operate to restrict the number of University of Warwick Basketball Club players on court at any one time. First team players regarded as 4 points and second team players as 3 points. A maximum of 7 points may be reached.

3. General Rule

  1. Matches will consist of 2 x 10 minute halves on the Lakeside Courts. At the current moment in time, court markings are not present at lakeside, do take this into consideration prior to registering your team. Courts will be marked using cones/throw down markers.
  2. In general, the FIBA 2018 Official Basketball Rules apply, but the clock runs continuously (see 3c) and free throw and timeout rules are given below (see 3d-e).
  3. The clock is continuous. If there is a major stoppage (what defines this is down to the officials’ discretion), then the clock stops until play begins again. In the final 2 minutes of the game, if the difference between the two teams is 5 points or fewer, the clock should be stopped on every dead ball and score.
  4. Fouls in the act of a missed shooting attempt result in 1 point (2 for a three pointer) and possession being reversed. If the shot is made, 3 points (4 for a three pointer) are awarded. After 4 team fouls in a half, every non-offensive foul results in 1 point and possession being reversed (this includes on the 4th foul also). Technical and unsportsmanlike fouls award 1 point and possession, regardless of whether the team have 4 fouls in a half or not.
  5. Each team may take a total of one 1 minute-long timeout for the duration of each half.
  6. 3 points shall be awarded for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss.
  7. A team forfeits a game if they fail to turn up to play without adequate notice (see rule 3i). A team that misses more than one game will be penalised by docking 3 points per game.
  8. The game shall also be forfeited if the team breaks any of the rules in section 2 above.
  9. 96 hours’ notice is required for cancellation or rearrangement of fixtures. If it is not possible for matches to be rearranged this will result in a draw. Cancellations after this deadline will automatically result in 15-0 win to the opponent.
  10. A point will be deducted from a team for each minute they are late. If a team turns up 10 minutes late they automatically lose the game 15-0 but can continue to play the game as a friendly.

4. Fixtures

  1. Fixtures for the term will be uploaded to the Facebook group
  2. If a team cannot make a fixture they must inform the organisers as soon as possible and at least 96 hours before the match (e.g. The preceding Monday by 7pm). If teams pull out of fixtures without adequate notice then the match will be forfeited to the opposition (rules 3f and h apply) as a 15-0 win.
  3. The date, time and location of fixture can only be changed with the permission of the League organisers.
  4. Results will be entered by the league activator, not team captains.

5. League Position

League position shall be decided upon:

  1. Total League Points obtained
  2. Points difference
  3. Matches won
  4. Head to head record between the two teams tied.

6. Disputes

Disputes shall be put to the League organisers and resolved (in partnership with the Sports Engagement Office). Issues arising on the court shall be handled by the activator (Matthew Bardsley, Matthew dot Bardsley at warwick dot ac dot uk) and should be reported to the League Organiser: Eugene DeVille (Eugene dot deville at warwick dot ac dot uk) – Warwick Sport.

7. Results

The Basketball Activator is responsible for updating the league table. This should be done within 48 hours of the game taking place.

8. Conduct

Should a team, or players from a team, indulge in any actions that are deemed by the officials to be detrimental to the good spirit of the league, then the officials are entitled to take whatever action is deemed appropriate. This may include, but is not limited to, suspension of players, loss of points or exclusion from the competition. Such penalties are subject to the approval of the League Organisers, whose decision is final.

Covid-19 Guidance

Prior to leaving your house to take part in the league, all individuals should go through a process of self-screening on a match to match basis. Please check that you:

  • Do not have symptoms of a high temperature (feeling hot, feeling cold, shivers and/or feeling under the weather).
  • Do not have a new or persistent cough.
  • You do not have a loss of taste or smell.
  • You have not been in contact with a person with suspected Covid-19 within the past 14 days.
  • You have not been advised to self-isolate due to a third party from another setting (i.e. school) that has been infected with Covid-19. No one within your household has Covid-19 symptoms as outlined above, which would require the whole household to go into isolation as guided by the UK Government.
  • You have not returned from a foreign country in the last 14 days that the UK Government requires people to quarantine on return – A non-travel bridge as defined by the UK Government.

Once you have successfully gone through the process of self-screening and are able to compete, we ask that you:

  • Arrive at Lakeside ready to compete. This to avoid the use of the changing rooms at the Sports Hub (minimise congregation).
  • You will be required to complete an individual screening form and have your temperature taken upon your arrival. You may be refused entry should any answers return positive.
  • Maintain social distancing whilst entering Lakeside.
  • Sanitise your hands.

During the Game, we ask that you:

  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid congratulatory touches e.g. high 5s
  • Sanitise your hands at each break in play e.g. during time-outs, between quarters and when being substituted on or off.
  • No sharing of towels.
  • No sharing of water bottles/food. Water bottles should be clearly labelled with the individuals name on.

After your game has finished we ask that you:

  • Sanitise your hands.
  • Leave the venue maintaining social distancing and following the Sports Hub one way system.


If you have any questions on the league contact eugene dot deville at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Good luck and enjoy everyone.