Youth Baseball, Softball and Baseball League in Lowell, MA (Highlands). Highland Sports Association (HSA) is dedicated to excellence in providing a quality baseball and softball program for youth aged 4-16

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Basketball league rules (Rev. 11/19)

  1. NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF WATER IS ALLOWED IN THE GYM.
  2. The coaches will identify and agree on two volunteers (one for the scoreboard and another for the scorebook) prior to the beginning of the game.
  3. No full-court press. This rule applies only once per offensive possession (i.e., if the ball goes behind the press line AFTER it has already crossed it, the defense is allowed to defend over the line). For Age 5-6 and Age 7-9 leagues the press line is the top of the key. The offense has 5 seconds to get it from half court over the press line. For Ages 10-12 and 13-17, the press line is half court. A full-court press is allowed during the last 2 minutes of the half and the game, but only if a team is up by less than 20 points.  Delay of game will be called for continued press violations.
  4. All players will play at least half of every game. No Exceptions.
  5. No jewelry, barrettes, earrings, or casts allowed on courts.
  6. Two 20-minute halves with a 2 minute overtime period, if necessary.  Running time, except for the last 2 minutes of the half and game (and overtime).
  7. 2 one minute timeouts per team, per half (and per overtime period).
  8. After 5 personal fouls the player is disqualified.
  9. Upon the 7th team foul per half the fouled player shoots 1 and 1.
  10. Upon the 10th team foul per half the fouled player shoots 2 free throws.
  11. Intentional/hard fouls will result in ejection and 1 game suspension (or possible expulsion from league).
  12. Any coach ejected from a game will also serve a 1 game suspension (or possible expulsion from the league).
  13. Any coach not adhering to the equal play rule is subject to a 1 game suspension (or possible expulsion from the league).

 

Age 7-9 Division Basketball League Rules

  1. NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF WATER IS ALLOWED IN THE GYM.  No jewelry, barrettes, earrings, or casts allowed on courts.

  2. Prior to the start of every game, the coaches from each team will confer with the referee about the division/league rules.  Our referees work for multiple leagues and in multiple age divisions, so they will not necessarily be familiar with the rules below.  The coaches are responsible for knowing the league rules and explaining them to the referee prior to the beginning of each game (similar to going over “ground rules” prior to baseball games).  If a referee forgets to enforce or incorrectly applies a league rule (like the "no full-court press" rule below) or tries to enforce a rule we do not have (such as defensive 3 seconds), he or she should be politely corrected by the coaches.

  3. Prior to the beginning of the game, both coaches will identify and agree on two volunteers (one for the scoreboard and another for the scorebook).

  4. All players who arrive on time for the game must play AT LEAST HALF of every game.  The only exceptions to this rule are for injury, fouling out, or a player's refusal to re-enter the game.  Coaches, not referees, are responsible for enforcing this rule.

  5. No full-court press.  Defenses must stay behind the top of the key.  The offense has 5 seconds to get the ball from half court over the “press” line at the top of the key (which may be imaginary, depending on the gym).  This rule applies only once per offensive possession (i.e., if the ball goes back behind the press line AFTER it has already crossed it, the defense is allowed to defend over the line).  A delay of game will be called (1 warning followed by technical fouls) for violations of the press rules.

  6. Both zone and man-to-man defenses are permitted.

  7. Games will consist of two 20-minute halves with one 2-minute overtime period, if necessary.  Games still tied after one overtime will result in a tie, except in the playoffs, when successive 2-minute overtime periods will be played until a team wins.

  8. Most of the game will be “running time,” meaning that the clock will only stop for team or official timeouts.  However, during the last 2 minutes of each half (and for all of any overtime), regular clock stoppage rules apply.

  9. Each team gets 2 one-minute timeouts per half (and per overtime period). Timeouts do not carry over from the prior half.

  10. A player is disqualified from the game after committing 5 personal fouls.  The scorekeeper is responsible for tracking personal fouls and for alerting the referee when a player has committed 5 fouls.

  11. Upon the 7th team foul per half the fouled player shoots 1 and 1.  The scorekeeper is responsible for tracking team fouls and for alerting the referee when a team should be shooting 1 and 1.

  12. Upon the 10th team foul per half the fouled player shoots 2 free throws.  The scorekeeper is responsible for tracking team fouls and for alerting the referee when a team should be shooting 2.

  13. Intentional/hard fouls will result in ejection and 1 game suspension (or possible expulsion from league).

  14. Any coach ejected from a game will also serve a 1 game suspension (or possible expulsion from the league).

  15. Any coach not adhering to the playing time rule (Rule No. 4 above) is subject to a 1 game suspension (or possible expulsion from the league).