3rd Grade Ballers League Rules

Basketball Rules for 3rd Grade Boys


3rd Grade

  • Every team plays 5 regular season games and 2 playoff games.
  • First game is February 5, Finals are April 2
  • Time
  • Tipoff at 10:00am OR 5:00pm SHARP.
    • All players are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tipoff in order to warm up and practice with your team.
  • Games have four 7 minute quarters with a 2 minute half time.
  • Clock runs continuously, and only stops for whistles with less than 1 min left in the 2nd quarter and 2 min left in the 4th
  • The clock stops on free throws until the player receives the ball on the 2nd free throw (unless under 1 minute of 2nd quarter or 2 minutes of the 4th quarter)
  • There is one, 3 minute overtime per game, after the 3 minutes if it is still a tie game ends in a tie.
  • 4 timeouts per game. 2 per half. Does NOT carry over.


  • Each team has 7 players.
  • NO player may be substituted if a player quits, ejected, or suspended from the league.
  • Coaches must make sure that each player plays at least 50% of every game.
  • We play 5 on 5. If one team only has 5 players, game is played 4 on 4. If one team only has 4 players or less, we’ll start the clock but wait for a 5th If the first period ends before the 4th player arrives then that team forfeits. For every 2 minutes that were run off waiting for the 4th player, the opposing team will be awarded a technical foul.
  • Games may not be delayed to wait for a missing player.
  • Players MUST wear their jerseys to every game. If they have no jersey they cannot play. NO EXCEPTIONS!!
  • Coach CANNOT be on the court while coaching. A warning will be given by the referee, after the warning, a technical foul will be given to the coach.


  • We are playing with 2 pointers only NO 3’s
  • Free throws count as 1 point. Free throws are taken from the foul line

Fouls and Penalties

  • Players are allotted 6 personal fouls. After that, a technical foul will be allotted.
  • Shooting fouls result in 2 free throws.
  • Free throw violations will be strictly enforced.
  • Non-shooting fouls are inbounded from the sideline or behind the basket, according to where the foul took place.
  • After 7 Team Fouls all fouls are 2 shots (this resets for 2nd half)
  • Can advance the ball to half court for in bound if you call timeout.
  • You have 5 seconds to inbound the ball.
  • There is a penalty for being in the paint for more than 5 Seconds. Referee will give a warning but after that it will be loss of possession.
  • Loss of possession if a player is holding the ball without moving for 5 seconds.
  • No Press. You can’t press or play defense outside of the 3 point line. The first press violation will result in a delay of game penalty. All subsequent violations are deemed technical fouls and a 10 second clock runoff.
  • -Substitutions must be made from the table; the player should be waiting at the table to get in at next whistle
  • – FULL COURT PRESS is allowed when:

-Under 2 minutes in the game

  • NO intentional fouls. We must teach our kids what “trying to foul”.
  • NO FOUL LANGUAGE-Not permitted and Ref will assess a technical foul.
  • A technical foul results in a personal foul and a team foul.
  • Any player or coach receiving two technical fouls in a game will be ejected from the game, and will be suspended for their team’s next game.
  • Technical fouls are penalized two foul shots by a player on the offended team, selected by the coach, and possession of the ball.
  • Three technical fouls assessed to one team, regardless of the reason, will immediately cause the game to be forfeited. The team will leave the gym immediately.
  • Any coach receiving a total of 3 technical fouls in a single season will be suspended from coaching for the remainder of that season.
  • Any parent on the sideline deemed acting inappropriate will be asked to leave the gym.

Playoff Seeding

  Quarterfinals will be 3 vs 6 & 4 vs 5. # 1 seed & # 2 seed will have byes to the semis and will play a scrimmage game against each other.
  • Semifinals matchups for will be seed 1 Vs seed 4 and seed 2 Vs seed 3. 
  • Semifinal winners will play in the championship; There will be no consolation games for the losing team
  • Seeds will be ranked in following order: Record>Head to head>Point differential.


  • Any Player that acts unsportsmanlike, the ref can assess a technical foul to that player’s team.
  • Dads and spectators are required to stay on the side of the court designated by the chairs setup.
  • Scorekeepers/referees have final say in game matters. Please respect their authority and teach the kids to respect their authority.
  • Trophies will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place teams.