RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR SENIOR BASKETBALL
1. No one under sixty years of age may participate during the designated times for senior basketball at any of the open gym facilities.
a. Community Center Rules specifically state that permitting anyone under 60 years of age to participate will eliminate the facility from the senior use provision and immediately reclassifies the gym as “open gym” for the general public.
b. Exception: Those who have played in previous years but who have not reached their 60th birthday will be granted an exemption to the 60+ rule. Said exemption will apply only to those who qualified under the prior 50+ rule of years past.
c. Children or siblings of eligible members who have reached their 40th birthday and registered at the registration desk are always welcome to play.
B. PLAYER GUIDELINES
1. A player eligibility board will be utilized to list players’ names in the order they arrive at each gym and place their cards in the appropriate position on the board. This procedure will be in place at Bauer Drive, Thomas Farm, and Dacek Centers
a. The procedure at each center is on an honor system as to the order in which one arrives at the site.
b. If a respected participant, however, while waiting in the parking lot for the gym to open, has created a priority list in the order of arrival, that list has preference over one’s memory.
2. A player may withhold his card until ready to play. Said player’s name will not appear on the board until ready. A player withholding his card does not have precedence over a player arriving and placing his name on the list. Again, a player is not present until his name appears on the board.
C. COURT RULES & PROCEDURES
1. If there are 2 courts being used, the court farther from the entry door will be designated as Court #1
2. The first game will begin when two teams of five players have been selected and an entry pass by the thrower-in has been completed.
a.The first game will be played to 10 baskets even if players will be waiting to play. All subsequent games will be played to 8 baskets.
b.If sixteen or more players are present and ready to play, games of 4 vs 4 on each court will be played. The sixteen players must be present before the first game of 5 vs 5 begins. If no players waiting and ready to play when the game begins, the games will be played until one team scores 10 baskets.
D. WHEN PLAYERS ARE WAITING TO BEGIN GAME 1
ON COURT #2
1. If the game on court #1 begins and a minimum of 8 players are not present to begin a game on court #2, court #2 players practice until the completion of the game on court #1
a. As soon as 8 players are available on court #2, a game will begin. Court #2 may not selectively determine they wish to play with players who are ending a game on court #1 and delay
b. If court #2 does not have 10 players participating when the game on court #1 is completed, the 9th and 10th players listed on the bottom of the player eligibility board for court #1 will move to court #2 as their 9th and 10th players.
c. If additional players have not been added to the eligibility board, court #1 will continue with 8 players and section (b.) above will apply at the completion of their game.
E. REPLACED PLAYERS/EXCHANGING COURTS
1. It is permissible if players on opposite courts wish to exchange positions, however, both players must agree. Badgering and creating ill will not be tolerated. A player resorting to these tactics will be summarily asked to leave the gym.
2. Both players exchanging positions, if the positions are identical, will simply switch spots. If the 2 players do not have identical positions, they will both move to the bottom position on the court they moved to
3. To play when a game is ready to begin, (not in the gym, on the phone, etc.) said player’s card will be moved to the bottom of the list and the next player on the board ready to play will move up.
F. PLAYING RULES
1. All held ball or other major disagreements that cannot be resolved will result in initiating the alternating possession procedure.
2. If a team is charged with a violation or a foul, with the exception of an out of bounds violation, the team. In control at the time of the violation will check the ball at the top of the key. There is no change of possession.
3. Unfortunately, phantom calls are part of the senior basketball culture. “Live with it.”
4. Player disagreements and aggressive unsporting behavior over the score, fouls, or rough play that results in one or more players using abusive or profane language, or causing unusual delay, will result in removing that player(s) card from the board for the remainder of the day with the said player subject of probation and/or suspension
Finally, please remember to bring a white and a dark-colored jersey.
WE ARE HERE TO GET EXERCISE, HAVE FUN, AND ENJOY THE CAMARADERIE OF SENIOR BASKETBALL!