The YMCA Rules of Procedure

The Coach's Notebook

3.01 Authorities & Responsibilities

3.01.1 The rules contained herein shall govern all leagues and participants of the YMCA Advanced Skills Basketball League in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the YMCA Advanced Skills Charter and By-Law's. All competition shall be governed by the rules stated herein unless the rules of a specific competition determine otherwise. 

3.02 Health and Liability Policies

3.02.1 It is mandatory that coaches be advised of any known health problems or physical limitations of their players when they receive their team roster. 

3.02.2 Coaches will be issued a first aid kit prior to the teams first practice. This kit will be on hand at all practices and games. Ice packs available in YMCA Sports Dept. 

3.02.3 All YMCA Advanced Skills Volunteer Head Coaches are required to have participated in a coaches certification class. This class will be held at the YMCA facility. All coaches are required to complete a volunteer coaching application and agree to background checks. Final approval will be made by the YMCA Sports Executive Board. 

3.03 Player Registration 

3.03.1 Players residing within the Municipality of Anchorage and it's surrounding suburbs are eligible to participate in the YMCA Advance Skills Basketball League. 

3.03.2 Players eligibility will be in accordance with the rules of the YMCA Advanced Skills League. All players must be properly registered in the YMCA Advance Skills Basketball League before participating in any practices and games. A player will be considered properly registered when a properly completed YMCA Advance Skills registration form, payment and proof of age have been filed with Anchorage Community YMCA. Financial Scholarships for those meeting the qualification requirements set by the YMCA are available. Applications for financial assistance must be made prior to the start of the season. 

3.03.3 Proof of age and statement of grade must be provided at the time of registration unless it is already on file with the Anchorage Community YMCA. A birth certificate or any other record specified by the Anchorage Community YMCA will be acceptable. 

3.03.4 All individuals intending to participate in Advance Skills evaluation sessions must provide proof of age at the time of the evaluations. 

3.04 League Structure 

3.04.1 The YMCA Advance Skills Basketball League will be composed of five separate divisions for boys and girls as described in 

3.04.2. Age and playing criteria will follow that set by the YMCA Youth Sports Coordinator and YMCA Executive Sports Board. 

a. At the start of the season, to be eligible to participate in the twelve and under, boys and girls cannot turn 13 before May 1 of the following year. 

b. At the start of the season, to be eligible to participate in the 13 and under, boys and girls cannot turn 14 before May 1, of the following year. 

c. At the start of the season, to be eligible to participate in the 14 and under, boys and girls cannot turn 15 before May 1, of the following year. 

d. At the start of the season, to be eligible to participate in the 16 and under, boys and girls cannot turn 17 before May 1, of the following year. 

e. At the start of the season, to be eligible to participate in the 18 and under, boys and girls cannot turn 19 before May 18 of the following year. 

f. While not advised by the YMCA Sports Executive Board, a player may play in a older age division, but no player may play in a younger position. 

g. Participants are not allowed to play in two Advanced Skills age divisions. Participants are not allowed to move to move to a different Advance Skills team once on a submitted roster for a specified team. 

h. A player may not play in the YTBL and Advance Skills Team. There will be no dual participation between YTBL and Advance Skills players. 

3.05 Team Structure and Player Assignments 

3.05.1 Teams will be formed by a coaches individual roster selections as well evaluation/draft process. Each coach will be allowed to choose 11 (eleven) players for their roster. All coaches will automatically place their child on the roster if they choose. Coaches must have a core team of at least 5 (five) players prior to tryouts. On days to be announced, players wishing to try out for the Advance Skills League must attend Work-out and Try-out sessions if held. Coaches with openings on their team will be allowed to fill their rosters from their respective age level Try-out session participants. Any additions made to teams after this point must be made from try out session participants. Selections will be made by a draft process. Players not drafted onto teams may be placed into the YMCA/Tesoro Youth Basketball League in the Junior Wolves, or Lady Dribblers divisions should this option be chosen and age and/or grade requirements met. 

3.05.2 Public notification of location and time of workout and tryout sessions will be announced by the YMCA in writing at least five days in advance. 

3.05.3 Each team must have a minimum of 10 (ten), and maximum of 11 (eleven) players on the offcial roster. Once rosters are full and frozen, any changes that occur must be approved by the YMCA Sports Coordinator and Sports Executive Board. If the tryout list does not contain any candidates, additions may only be made from currant participants of Junior Wolves or Lady Dribblers Leagues. 

3.05.4 Players must play at least one half of the regular season games to be eligible for any post season tournament play as well to be considered for the All-star voting. 

3.06 Coaching Staff

3.06.1 The official coaching staff of a team will be no more than 1 head coach and 1 assistant coach. Additional assistants may be used. Assistant coaches must be named by the immediate Friday prior to the workout sessions, or after the 10-player roster has been established and all players have properly registered. 

3.06.2 The YMCA Sports Executive Board will be responsible for collecting and soliciting interest from coaches for the various age groups. The committee will then review and make final selections. Each interested coach will be evaluated by the following criteria: 

A. Experience. Coaches must have at least 3 years experience as a head coach in a established youth program, coaching approximately the same age group. 

B. Responsibility. Coaches must have clearly demonstrated through their past experiences that they are responsible individuals concerning their involvement with other basketball programs. 

C. Rapport, Communication, and Cooperation. Coaches must have the abilities to develop a good rapport with any number of individuals and groups, the community, offficials and fellow coaches. Supporting evidence to illustrate this ability may be in form of recommendations, references, or other testimonies. 

D. Leadership. Coaches must be able to demonstrate diligence, enthusiasm, honesty, and professional pride in their individual coaching efforts. Must be able to teach and enforce the YMCA philosophy as it pertains to the rules and spirit of competition. 

E. Organization. Coaches must possess good organization and supervision of assistants, and care of equipment. 

3.06.3 Applicants for the head coach positions will submit the following information: 

a. Completed YMCA coach applications including appropriate documentation to verify experience. 

b. References as required by the Sports Executive Board. 

c. Any and All other documents as determined by the Sports Executive Committee. 

d. Applicant agrees to background security check. 

3.06.4 In addition to the responsibilities in section 3.07 and 3.08, coaches are also responsible for the following: 

a. Ensure that either the head coach, and or a authorized assistant coach are present for all practices and games. 

b. Arrive at least ten minutes before practice and remain at the practice facility until all players have left the facility with a parent or guardian. 

c. Notify parents/players of practice and game times and any changes that may occur in the schedule of practice or games. 

d. Maintenance and return of assigned equipment at the end of the season. 

e. Clean-up of practice and game facilities after teams use. 

3.07 Practice 

3.07.1 All practice times and locations will be assigned by the YMCA Sports Director and the YMCA Volunteer Head Coach. Teams are not to be in practice gyms at any time other than the times assigned to them except as authorized by the YMCA Sports Department. All teams will be given 1 practice per week at no more than 1 1/2 hours. After all YMCA Basketball League practice times have been dispersed, teams may receive a second practice time at an elementary school, space allowing. If a team practices a second time per week before second practice times are assigned, the team will lose their first gym time assigned by the YMCA. If a team practices a third time per week after second practice times are assigned, the team will lose their second gym time assigned by the YMCA. 

3.07.2 Players are not to arrive more than 10 minutes early to practice and/or loiter at the practice facility before or after scheduled practice times. 

3.07.3 Players will be kept in gym at all times during practice. If they need to use the restroom or to get a drink, they will be sent one at a time or with a adult supervisor. 

3.07.4 No one other than players and parents are allowed in the practice facility without permission from coaches. Brothers, sisters, or friends are not to attend practices. 

3.07.5 Locker room facilities are not provided at practice or game facilities. Players should dress for practices and games at home. All players should bring their indoor (non-scuffing) shoe to practice and change into them before entering playing floor area. Restroom and stage facilities at schools are not to be used as dressing rooms. 

3.07.6 Use of gym facilities other than those necessary for practice, i.e. chinning bars and ropes are strictly forbidden. 

3.07.7 The use of alcoholic beverages and all tobacco is forbidden in all practice and game locations. Zero tolerance will be strictly enforced. 

3.07.8 The YMCA Sports Director will be notified 24 hours in advance of any practice cancellations. 

3.07.9 Failure to abide by these rules or the rules stated on the Anchorage School District gym permit will result in a written and or verbal warning from the YMCA Sports Director to the coach after the first violation and suspension of the team from further participation after the second violation. Revocation of the facilities permit by the Anchorage School District may occur after a single violation. 

3.08 General Rules of Conduct 

3.08.1 Each coach shall be responsible for his/her conduct of the players, team assistants and parents. It is the responsibility of each coach to ensure that the actions of the team, on and off the court, do not bring disrespect upon the league. All rules of conduct apply to before and/or after a game, in or around practice and game facilities. 

3.08.2 Coaches may provide direction to their teams on the point of strategy, technique, and positioning from the sidelines provided that: 

a. The tone of voice is informative and not harangue or abusive. 

b. Profanity or profane gestures are not used. 

c. Disruptive behavior of any kind is incited. 

The penalty for any of the above will be: A warning from the referee or gym supervisor. (First offense) 

a. After the second offense, the violator will be ejected from the game and facility. 

b. Extreme violations, as judged by the game referee, or gym supervisor, will result in immediate ejection from the game and gym. Such violations include but are not limited to: 

1. Attempting to strike, or striking of player, referee, administrator, gym supervisor, coach, or spectator. A zero tolerance policy will be enforced. 

2. Making loud and lewd or abusive comments to a player, referee, administrator, gym supervisor, parent, coach, or other spectators at close quarters. The YMCA Sports Executive Committee and/ or Anchorage Community YMCA reserves the right to take additional actions as necessary. The YMCA Sports Executive Committee and/ or Anchorage Community YMCA reserves the right to enforce, and take action in all situations even if the gym supervisors/ and or referee were not able to give warning. Zero tolerance of coaches and official abuse will be enforced. 

3.08.3 Coaches, teammates, and spectators may encourage and cheer for players provided that: 

a. No disruptive mechanical or electrical devises are used. 

b. The tone of voice is not harangue or abusive. 

c. Derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, coaches, players or spectators are not made. 

d. Profanity is not used. 

e. Comments or gestures incite, in any manner, distinctive behavior of any kind. The Penalty for the above actions will be: The referee or gym supervisor will give a verbal warning to the coaches. If the offender is either a player or a spectator or parent, the coaches will be responsible for informing the offender of the warning and consequences of further offenses. After the second violation. the violator will be ejected from gym. 

Extreme violations as judged by the referee or gym supervisors, will result in immediate ejection from game and/or gym. Such violations include but are not limited to: 

a. Fighting or threatening players, coaches, spectators, and administrators. 

b. Vandalism or Damaging behavior to the gym or game facilities. 

c. The YMCA Sports Executive Board and/or Anchorage Community YMCA reserves the right to take any and all additional action necessary. 

3.08.4 Coaches, players, and spectators will not make comments or gestures to the referees except when coaches communicate with referees during time outs, between quarters, and before or after games. Such violations include, but are not limited to physically or verbally assaulting a referee or threatening a referee. 

3.08.5 While the YMCA does not encourage receiving of technical foul, it is understood that it sometimes occur. All coaches, players, and parents will be allowed 3 unsportsmanlike technical fouls per basketball season. On the 4th unsportsmanlike technical foul of the basket ball season issued to a coach, player, or parent, that coach, player, or parent will then serve an automatic consecutive 2 game suspension. Any coach, player, or parent receiving another unsportsmanlike technical foul during the basketball season will be issued an automatic and immediate 1-year suspension from the date of the infraction. 

3.08.6 Any improper physical contact or threat of the same directed at an official, YMCA employee/volunteer, parent, spectator before, during, or after a YMCA Advanced Skills game will be served with an automatic and immediate 3-year suspension from the date of the infraction. 

3.08.7 A coach, player, or spectator being ejected from a game will serve an automatic and immediate consecutive 2 game suspension. Coaches and players may attend practices. However a coach or player may attend games not in uniform, and not in the bench area. The spectator may not attend 2 consecutive games. 

3.08.8 A coach, player, or spectator being disqualified from two separate games will serve an automatic and immediate 2 year suspension from date of last disqualification. 

3.08.9 A player receiving an unsportsmanlike technical foul will sit out of the game for a total of 5 (five) minutes from the time the infraction occurred. The score keeper will record the of the infraction. The player may re-enter the game at the first dead ball after the 5-minute penalty has elapsed. 

3.08.10 A coach receiving an unsportsmanlike technical foul will then be issued with a seat belt rule as stated in the National Federation Rules. The YMCA will try and provide proper seating arrangements at all games for the coaches. If there are no chairs at the game site it is then the coaches responsibility to act accordingly not to receive any subsequent technical fouls. 

3.09 General Rules of Play 

3.09.1 The rules for the YMCA Advance Skills Basketball League shall be current with the National Federation of High School Association. With the exception of rules modified by the YMCA Sports Executive Board. 

3.09.2 Players wearing orthopedic casts, air splints, or metal splints will not be eligible to participate in practices and/or games, until injury is healed completely. 

3.09.3 Prior to the start of any game the scorekeeper will determine the playability of the gym facilities. Once the contest has commenced, the referee shall be the sole judges of the acceptability of the play area. 

3.09.4 Each team regardless of conditions, must be present at the designated starting time with a minimum of 5 players unless the YMCA Sports Director or their designee has postponed the game. Failure to abide by this rule will result in a forfeit by the team delaying the start of the game. After a forfeit has been called, teams may compete in a scrimmage, using available players, during the remaining scheduled game time. For liability issues and reasons, the officials will not be used for any scrimmage. 

3.09.5 A team mav lose the right to play in the league if more than two forfeits occur during regular season. Rescheduling of games will be avoided at all costs due to gym availability. 

3.09.6 The playing court will be the same for all divisions. The Anchorage Community YMCA will be responsible for securing all gymnasiums for use. All games will be played on full sized gyms. 

3.09.7 The basket height will be the same for all divisions. All league games will play on courts with 10-foot baskets. 

3.09.8 The free-throw line will be the same for all divisions. 

3.09.9 All boy's leagues will use a #7 men's basketball for league play and all girl's leagues will use a #6 women's basketball for league play. 

3.09.10 In all leagues everyone will play at least 8 minutes of each game during the season. The only exception will be for disciplinary problems or sickness. Prior to the game, the coaches must notify the parent of the player, officials, scorekeeper and opposing coach if a player will not play the required 8 minutes of the game. To ensure all players will receive their minimum of 8 minutes, the game will run as follows: Teams must play one five-player unit during the first four minutes of the first quarter and a second, completely different unit during the second four minutes of the first quarter. The second quarter will follow the same exact same substitution pattern format, assuring each player on a 10-member will play a minimum of 8 minutes of each game. The five-player lineups will be the same for each four minutes unless a team has less than ten players. If a team has eleven players on the roster, the eleventh man must play an equal time as rest of team members. (All 8 minutes of the third quarter for example) 

There are no substitution restrictions during the second half. Penalty for improper substitutions will be a bench technical foul to the team that improperly substituted a player or players. Teams with 9 or less players will be permitted to use a player or players from the first four minutes for the second four minute unit. If a player has three or more fouls by or before the second quarter, he or she maybe substituted. If the YMCA receives information that a specific coach is not playing everyone at least 8 minutes of every game, and has not reported anything to the coaches, parents, referees, or scorekeepers, these following sanctions will be implemented: 1st Infraction- A verbal or written warning will be issued to the coach(es). 2nd Infraction- The coach/team will be penalized by having to play each person that shows up for the game 1 uninterrupted quarter per game for the remainder of the season. 

3.09.11 A team must have nine players in attendance of the game in uniform and in the score book at the 4-minute mark of the first quarter. PENALTY: The opposing team to the team in violation of the minimum number of players will receive three points per player below the nine player minimum. Late arrivals not listed in the book will not be allowed to participate in the game. Injured or disciplined players may sit on the bench but will not be in uniform. 

3.09.12 Should both teams have less than nine players, the team with the greater number of players will receive three points per player only for the difference in the number of players below the nine player minimum. If both teams are equally below nine players, neither team will receive points at the 4-minute mark. 

3.09.13 All divisions will play a eight minute running clock for all 4 quarters. The clock will stop at the 4-minute substitution mark for the 1st and 2nd quarters and for every whistle during the last 1 minute of each quarter. The clock will stop at the 4-minute substitution mark at a dead ball closest to the 4-minute mark occurring between 4 minute-30 second and 4 minutes. If there is no dead ball during this thirty second time period, the clock will stop at the first dead ball after the 4 minute mark or first basket, which ever comes first. The only other time the clock will stop is for free throws, time outs, and any officials time out. 25 point rule- Any team reaching a twenty five point lead, and holding it, in the second half will result in a running clock that will only stop on timeouts called. The clock will not stop on fouls and free throws during this time. The regulation clock will be reinstated if the losing team gets back within 15 points. If a player will be making a foul shot and the clock may run out during the foul shot attempt, the score keeper will shut off the clock as not to interrupts the shot. The clock will turn on immediately following the shot attempt. 

3.09.14 There will be 1 minute between quarters and five minutes at half time. All teams will receive 3 time-outs per game. 

3.09.15 If at the end of regulation the score is tied there will be one 3-minute overtime period. If the score is tied after the first overtime period, an additional will be played. In the second overtime period the first team to score three points will be declared the winner. Each team will be given a additional time-out for each overtime period. 

3.09.16 The YMCA will provide a gym supervisor that will keep track of time, score and fouls. 

3.09.17 Defensive rules and lane violation: In all leagues you may play any type of defense, as the coach deems appropriate. Zone defenses, Trap defenses, and Full-court traps are allowed. All leagues will play with a 3 second lane violation. 

3.09.18 All players will wear the full YMCA uniform to be eligible to play. This includes the proper color shirt under their jersey. No white T-shirts or non YMCA uniforms are allowed. 

3.09.19 Dunking is not allowed at any games site or practice site. Dunking results in a unsportsmanlike technical foul with immediate ejection from the game. Any dunking done before during or after a game may result in a 2-game suspension. 

ADVANCED SKILLS 

Penalty point grid to determine the number of points added to team with the greater number of players at the 4-minute mark. 

TEAM A
No. Players
TEAM A
No. Players
Pts Awarded
at 4 Minute Mark
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
8
8
8
8
7
7
7
6
6
5
10
9
8
7
6
5
9
8
7
6
5
8
7
6
5
7
6
5
6
5
5
0
0
3
6
9
12
0
3
6
9
12
0
3
6
9
0
3
6
0
3
0