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Basketball Rules

What we bring
- Basketball
- Team uniforms

What you bring
- Sneakers or basketball shoes
- Please do not wear any jewelry

Teams
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 Coed is 5v5. There must be at least 1 woman on the court at all times. If 0 females are present, then only 4 men can be on the field.
- Mens is
 4v4
- Womens is 3v3

Sub Policy
- Please refer to the league "Subs" page: http://mercerclubsports.leagueapps.com/pages/subs.
- If you do not have enough players for the evening, you may borrow players from other teams in the league. There will be a 8 point penalty for borrowing an in-league player.
- You may register a Non-Rostered Substitute player as a substitute. Non-Rostered Subs must be registered through our website prior to arriving at the field. Non-Rostered Subs will pay $10 to play (given to the league manager) and must show proof of registration to referee when arriving at the field.
- Teams that require more than two subs to field a team will automatically forfeit.  Opposing team may choose to offer players to compete in scrimmage game if desired. The opposing team will be awarded a 40-30 score.

Playoffs

- The number of teams that make the playoffs will vary by league size.  
- Regular season play identifies the teams that will make the playoffs as well as seeding for playoff schedule.  If regular season win/loss records result in a tie for a playoff spot or higher playoff seeding, the playoff tiebreaker rules are as follows:

- Head to head match ups. If still tied, then refer to:
- Highest point differential in head to head match ups - if still tied, then refer to: 
- Highest point differential through entire season.

- Substitutes within the league are not allowed during playoffs.
Registered subs must have played at least 2 regular season games with the same team in order to be eligible as subs in playoff games.

Game & Field Set-up
- Games consist of four 10 minute quarters with a running clock until the final 2 minutes of each half.  
- There is no shot clock.
- Each team can use 2 timeouts per quarter. Timeouts are for one minute and play clock begins at the end of one minute.
A coin toss will determine first possession.

Gameplay - Rules
- The ball may either be passed from one player to another, or dribbled by a player from one point to another.
- Before passing or shooting the ball, a player may only take two steps without dribbling.
- Once a player has stopped dribbling, he may not start to dribble again.
- Once the team in possession of the ball has passed the half-court line, they may not cross back over the line with the ball.

Gameplay - Scoring
- A basket scored within the arc is worth 2 points.
- A basket scored outside of the arc is worth 3 points.
- A basket scored from the free-throw line is worth 1 point.

Overtime
- Regular season games will have a 1 minute overtime limit. Game will end in a tie if it is still tied after 5 minutes.
- Playoff games will continue into an additional 3 minute overtime (if necessary).

Fouls

- A personal foul occurs when there is illegal contact between two opponents.
- A foul made on a player attempting a shot results in the awarding of the same number of free-throws as those of the shot taken (two from inside the arc, three from outside). If a player is fouled but makes the attempted shot, the shot counts and an additional free-throw will be awarded.
- In the fourth quarter, once a team has made five fouls in a period, each additional foul (on a player not attempting a shot) will result in the automatic awarding of two free-throws.


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