National Basketball Rules: AAYSC followsThe National High School Federation Rules and Regulations (NHSF) with the following exceptions.
All games will be played as follows:
• Middle and High School (Grades 7 thru 12) – two sixteen minute halves and will use a regulation size basketball (intermediate size ball for Women).
• (Grades 3 thru 6) – two fourteen minute halves and will use the 28.5 intermediate size ball.
Start Time: No game will start before the scheduled time unless both coaches agree. There will be a minimum of a 5 minute warm-up period. Halftime will be 5 minutes unless both coaches agree to start earlier.
Timeouts: will be awarded under NHSF rules (3 Full / 2 Thirty Second)
Overtime: (Grades 3 thru 6) 3 minutes for Grade School, (Grades 7 thru 12) 4 minutes for Middle and High School
Clock: The clock will stop for all whistle stoppages
Technical Fouls: Two (2) direct technical fouls during a game on a player, coach, or team representative will result in their ejection from that game and the next game of the tournament. Fighting and gross unsportsmanlike behavior can be more than one game and is at the discretion of the Tournament Director and / or State Director.
Suspensions: from AAYSC activities shall be governed by AAYSC.
Equipment Responsibility: Each team is responsible for their warm-up and game balls and or any other items brought into the game. USSSA is not responsible for lost items.
Forfeits: If a team forfeits two games by not participating; the team will be disqualified from the event and cannot participate in bracket / tournament play.
Roster Maximum: Rosters are allowed a maximum of fifteen (15) players.
Proof of Age:Proof of age and grade is required for all players on roster. Acceptable proofs of age are; clean photocopies of birth certificates, adoption papers, or immigration papers. Proof of grade is a clean copy of any report card of the current school year or school document that indicates current grade level. Teams are required to have proof of age and grade upon check-in and throughout the tournament. It must be presented to USSSA representative / tournament director upon request.
Roster Additions: No roster additions will be permitted after the team has begun play of its first tournament game within any tournament.
National Tournament Roster Additions:Teams participating in the National Tournament are allowed to add three (3) additional players that were not on the roster at the time of their qualification.
AAYSC is grade based with age parameters and limitations determined by birth date, that allow players in each division to compete against other players currently at the same grade / age level. A player may qualify under the age exception rule if they have been advanced in grade due to academic excellence or parental preference. The following guide determines all eligible ages at grade levels.
Boys & Girls:
Divisions of Play:
USSSA Basketball offers five divisions of play
Protest: All roster protest must be filed in writing accompanied by a $100.00 protest fee (refundable if the protest is valid) with the Tournament Director within one (1) hour of the conclusion of the protested game. If the protest is valid, the protested team forfeits all previous games. Upon protest, teams must provide proof of eligibility. (See roster rules for acceptable proofs of age and grade).
Mercy Rule: Once a team is leading by 30 points anytime in a game, the clock will continue to run. The only time the clock will stop is for injuries or timeouts. If the lead falls below 20 points, the clock will again be stopped for all whistle stoppages.
Concussions: Upon becoming aware that a participant of a team has received a suspected concussion (or has been struck in the head area with any significant force), the Coach will not allow that person to participate in any AAYSC sanctioned event and if occurring during a AAYSC sanctioned event, shall have that person removed from play of that event. Upon becoming aware that a participant has received a suspected concussion (or has been struck in the head area with any significant force), a referee or tournament director will have that person removed from the court of any AAYSC sanctioned event. Without a written medical clearance from a licensed medical doctor to return to play, such persons will not be allowed to play in a AAYSC sanctioned event. The medical written consent must be presented to the State Director and retained permanently by the AAYSC State Director. Any coach, who allows a participant back in a AAYSC sanctioned event without first obtaining the required written consent, may be suspended by the State Director for up to one year and upon request of the State Director, may be suspended for a longer duration by the AAYSC disbarment committee.
Notes: Area and State Tournaments have the authority to modify local playing rules to accommodate local circumstances. All teams participating in the National Tournament must adhere to National Rules outlined above.