Grit Basketball League – Rules

A player can only be on one roster per season.

Each team will play a 10 game regular season. Playoffs will begin following the regular season. Each team will play at least one playoff game.

Games will begin promptly at the scheduled start time. If a team only has 4 players present at game time, they must play with those 4. If a team does not have 4 players present at 10 minutes past the scheduled game time, they will forfeit game.

Games will consist of two 20 minute halves

Clock will run except for (i) the final two minutes of the first half and the second half (unless a team is up by 20 points or more), (ii) an injury occurs that requires stoppage of the game for longer than a normal stoppage (up to officials’ judgment), or (iii) a timeout is called.

Timeouts. Each team will be provided with two one minute timeouts per half. Unused timeouts do not carry over between periods. If overtime is played, each team is provided with one timeout per overtime period.

Overtime: If teams are tied at the end of regulation, a two minute overtime period will be played. In overtime, the clock stops during the final 30 seconds. If teams are tied at the end of the first overtime, they shall play a second two minute overtime period. In the second playoff overtime, the clock stops during the final 30 seconds. If teams are tied at the end of the second overtime, they shall play a third two minute overtime period. In the third playoff overtime, the clock stops during the final 30 seconds. If teams are tied at the end of the third overtime, they shall play a sudden death (first point wins) overtime period.

Jerseys. All players on all teams must wear Grit numbered reversible jerseys. Team Manager will provide Grit with the full roster of players, complete contact information for each player, a signed Waiver for each player, and the jersey size for each player. Grit will randomly select a number for each player. Jersey information and payment for jerseys must be provided to Grit prior to start of league play so that jerseys can be ordered and provided by Grit. Players will not be permitted to play without their officially issued Grit jersey. A home team will be designated for each game (white uniform side) and an away team will be designated for each game (black uniform side).

Game Basketball. Each team is required to provide an official sized basketball for each game. If teams do not agree on which game basketball to use, each team’s ball will be used for one half of game.

Free Throws. On free throws, players may enter lane after ball leaves the shooter’s hand (on release).

Rosters. All teams must submit a completed roster prior to their first game. Rosters must have a minimum of 5 players and a maximum of 15 players. Players may be added to your roster prior to the start of your 4th regular season game. For adult leagues, each player on the roster must be at least 18 years old. This rule relates to Grit’s liability insurance and can only be waived by Grit Director. Officials are not authorized to waive this rule unless receiving written notice from Grit Director. All games played without a submitted roster will be forfeited. Teams must have at least four players on the court to play. Any team that drops to three players will forfeit game and game shall be stopped.

Team Managers. Each team shall designate one Team Manager before the game begins for each game. The designated Team Manager (and only such Team Manager) shall be responsible for all interaction with the officials. Team Managers may discuss rule interpretations but may not discuss judgment calls. Team Managers are required to be respectful towards officials. Team Managers do not have the right to question judgment calls or to speak to officials in a rude or disrespectful way. Breaking this rule will result in a technical foul. Team Managers are responsible for ensuring that all players and spectators who are with their team behave in an appropriate manner. Breaking this rule will result in a technical foul. Team Manager is responsible to disclose the full name of any player assessed a technical foul or is ejected. The game will not resume until this information is disclosed. If a Team Manager refuses to disclose a player’s information after the game, Team Manager will be assessed a technical foul and will not be permitted to play in future games until the name is disclosed.

Scoring/Scorebook. Officials may correct mistakes made by scorekeepers. If a team requests a scoreboard correction and no mistake is found, that team will be charged with a timeout. If that team does not have any available timeouts, that team will be assessed a technical foul.

Team Manager is required to fill out the scorebook at the score table prior to each game. Each player’s first and last name and their jersey number must be entered into the scorebook. Only players present will be listed in the scorebook at the beginning of the game. Players arriving late may be added to scorebook without penalty. Players may not enter the game until they are entered into the scorebook.

The running scorebook (kept at scorer’s table) will be official score and will contain official foul counts.

Teams are encouraged to closely monitor scoreboard and to keep their own scorebook.

Team Manager shall alert the officials immediately if any errors occur. If Team Manager alerts an official to an error (that requires a clock stoppage) and no error is found, that team shall be assessed a timeout.

Jump Balls/Change of Possession. Jump balls will only be used to begin game and to begin all overtime periods. All other jump ball situations (including half time) will be determined by alternating possessions. An official shall handle ball after every whistle.

Dunking Policy. Dunking is allowed in games, however, players may not hold onto the rim. Players holding onto rim will be assessed a technical foul. Dunking is not allowed during warmups or in any other non-live situation. Any player caught dunking during warmups or in any other non-live situation will be assessed a technical foul in such player’s next game. This includes dunking after a whistle, or during a stoppage in game.

Fouls. Any player who is assessed five personal fouls will be removed from game (fouled out). A technical foul is considered a personal foul. For example, a player who receives four personal fouls and one technical foul has fouled out. A player shooting a three point shot when fouled shall receive three free throws.

Technical Fouls. All technical fouls are 2 shot fouls plus ball at mid-court. Any players who receives 2 technical fouls in a game will be ejected from the game and will be suspended for a minimum of 1 game. Any player who receives 3 technical fouls during the season shall be expelled for the remainder of the season including playoffs. Any player who receives their 3rd technical foul during the final game will be ineligible to participate in the first 3 games of the next season. Any misinformation about a technical foul may result in a team expulsion. The following shall be considered misinformation: (i) refusal to provide scorer’s table with offending player’s name, (ii) lying about name of a player who received a technical foul, and (iii) attempting to play with a player who has been expelled from a season.

Flagrant Fouls. A flagrant foul may be a personal or technical foul of a violent or savage nature, or a technical non-contact foul which displays unacceptable conduct. It may nor may not be intentional. If personal, it includes, without limitation, striking, kicking, kneeing, elbowing or attempting to injure. A player who receives a flagrant foul shall be ejected from game and will serve a minimum one game suspension (could be more significant consequences in tournament director’s sole discretion). A flagrant foul shall also count as a technical foul. Refunds will not be given to expelled players.

Player Conduct. Because Grit is a family friendly facility which aims to provide a welcoming environment for all players and spectators, the following actions may result in a technical foul:

(a) Use of profanity.

(b) Complaining about or questioning an official’s call by a player other than Team Manager.

(c) Persistent complaint about judgment calls by any player (including Team Manager).

(d) Abusive or profane language by a spectator (team technical shall be assessed and spectator shall be evicted from premises).

The following actions shall result in a technical foul, double technical (ejection) or flagrant foul:

(a) Use of profanity toward an official or an opposing player.

(b) Making a comment that is personal in nature to or about an official or opposing player.

(c) Any attempt to bait, taunt or otherwise instigate an opposing player.

(d) Any attempt to physically intimidate an opposing player or an official.

Any physical contact with an official will result in ejection from league and notification of authorities.

The officials’ jurisdiction begins from the time a player arrives at Grit premises until the player physically leaves Grit premises (including parking lot). Actions that occur before, during and after games are all subject to a technical foul, flagrant foul or ejection.

No alcohol or tobacco (in any form) is permitted to be on-site at Grit premises.

Fighting. Any player who is ejected for, or found to be fighting will be ejected from game and may be ejected from league for the remainder of season (including playoffs). Grit will use a strict definition of fighting, and shall impose the penalty for fighting for any of the following:

(a) Throwing a punch (regardless of whether the punch landed or not).

(b) Slapping or pushing a player’s face or head area.

(c) Grabbing or pushing a player during an altercation (exception: trying to restrain a player from your own team).

(d) Any violent physical act on another player outside of the actions allowed in basketball (throwing a player to court).

(e) Any player who leaves bench while an altercation is happening shall be considered to be fighting (exception: if an official asks players to help to restore order).

(f) Officials have right to halt and to discontinue any game if it is believed that allowing a game to continue may result in a fight or an out of control situation.


Officials for Grit basketball leagues are contracted from an outside officials’ organization and are not Grit employees. Officials are expected to treat players in a professional/respectful manner and to uphold the rules and policies set forth herein.

Grit contracts for two officials per game and intends to play each game with two officials.

If one official is unavailable, a game may be officiated with one official and will be considered to be an official game.

If neither official is present, teams may decide to proceed as follows: (i) solicit a volunteer to officiate game and the volunteer official will be paid the official’s fee, (ii) play a self-officiated game (teams will split officials’ fee), or (iii) declare game a non-contest, so that neither team’s standings are affected (teams will split officials’ fee). If options (i) or (ii) are agreed upon, the game must be played to completion unless an official arrives to complete the game (game shall not be restarted). After a game has begun, it is considered an official game and will not be replayed.

Any team that consistently exhibits poor sportsmanship may be eliminated from league with a forfeiture of all fees. Officials and teams shall report all poor sportsmanship to Grit Director.

Any rule not listed herein shall be governed by Western Pennsylvania High School Rules.

If you must forfeit, please inform Grit as soon as possible.

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League Champions will receive Championship T-Shirts and a paid entry into the next league session.