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5-on-5 Basketball

Registration Deadline: January 14, 2015
Captain's Meeting: January 15, 2015 at 4pm or 6pm McLane Student Life Center (SLC), Room 308
Games Begin: January 20, 2015
Season Length: 6 weeks
Tournament Format: Pool Play to All-University Tournament
Location of Games: McLane Student Life Center (SLC) Gym

The following are general rules. Detailed rules can be checked out from the Campus Recreation Office. 5-on-5 basketball games will follow the rules outlined in the NIRSA Basketball Rules Book.

  • A team consists of five (5) players. Four (4) players are required to start a game.


  • The following items are required uniform pieces:
    • Opposing teams must wear contrasting colored jerseys with a visible number on at least one side. (Colored pennies will be available). These jerseys must be tucked in at all times.
    • Players must wear pants or shorts without belt loops, drawstrings, or pockets.
  • The following items are prohibited:
    • Hats with an exposed hard bill.
    • Jewelry, including watches, rings, earrings, etc. Medical information tags are allowed a long as it is taped to the skin.
  • Players will be asked by the referee to remove any illegal equipment. Failure to do so in a timely manner will result in player disqualification.
  • The following items are allowed:
    • Playbooks. The playbook may not be made of a hard material, must remain on their person and must remain hidden throughout play.
    • Knit or stocking cap, headband, rubber or cloth bands to control hair.
  • Game start time is forfeit time.
  • Games will consist of two 15 minute halves.
    • During the 1st half, the clock will not stop, except during timeouts.
    • During the 2nd half, at 2 minutes, the clock will stop for only free throws. After 1 minute, the clock will stop for every dead ball.
  • Each team will be allowed one 30-second timeout for the 1st half, and two 30-second timeouts for the second half.
  • Overtime
    • If a game ends and the score is tied, a 2 minute overtime will be played.
    • Same timing rules as last two minutes of 2nd half will apply to overtime.
    • If game is still tied at the end of overtime, a tie will be declared. Exception: A winner must be declared during the All-University Tournament. Additional overtime periods will be played until a winner is declared.
During Play:
  • Captains are the only players permitted to talk to any referee.
  • The referee's decisions are final in matters pertaining to the game.
  • Coaches are a luxury and should not be the cause of any problems. If a coach becomes a problem, he or she will be ejected from the game, and not allowed back for the rest of the season.
  • In order to enter the game, subs must check in at the score table and wait for the referee to wave you in.
    • Other team members and coaches that are sitting on the bench must stay seated.
  • The purpose of intramural basketball is to have fun, meet new people, work as a team, and develop many other worthy qualities that will benefit you for the rest of your life. Winning or losing is not why we are here. Certainly you should try to win, but don't let that effect who you are as a person. If you lose a game, your life will still proceed as usual. So have a good time out there!
  • Officiating basketball is a VERY tough job. There are dozens of difficult judgment calls that an official has to make during the course of a game, and I can promise you that they will do the best job that they can. Under no circumstances will any whining or complaining be tolerated! Just play the game, let the officials do their job, and, once again, have fun!
  • If an individual receives 5 fouls, they foul out of the game.
  • If a team commits 7 fouls in a half, the opposing team will receive the bonus and shoot a 1 and 1 for each subsequent foul the rest of the half.
  • If a team commits 10 fouls, the opposing team will shoot 2 free throws for every subsequent foul the rest of the half.
  • Technical Fouls
    • Any person charged for curse words, flagrant fouls, and any other unsportsmanlike behavior will be given a technical foul.
      • That person will then be automatically ejected from the game, and the team will receive a 1.0 sportsmanship rating.
    • The opposing team will shoot 2 free throws and get the ball back. If a team receives 2 technical fouls in 1 game, they will automatically forfeit.
All-University Tournament Eligibility:
  • In order to be eligible to compete in the All-University Tournament, teams must:
    • Win at least two (2) games.
    • Obtain a cumulative rating of B (3.0) sportsmanship ranking during the regular season.
  • Any team that accumulates a cumulative 3.0 Sportsmanship rating and ranked in the top two of their pool will qualify for the All-University Tournament.
    • Ties within a pool will be decided based on record, sportsmanship, head-to-head, then point differential.
    • Seeds for the All-University Tournament will be based on record, then sportsmanship rating, then coin-flip.

Department of Campus Recreation
One Bear Place #97100
Waco, TX 76798
254.710-SLIC (7542)
254.710.3418 (fax)

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