MARA REC BASKETBALL

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Methacton-Audubon Recreation Association (MARA) Basketball Program allows the youth of the local community to participate in an organized league where they will be able to compete and acquire the fundamental skills of the game in a safe and enjoyable environment.

OUR LEAGUES

There are two aspects of the Basketball Program, the Recreation or Rec league and the Travel league. This page is dedicated to the Rec league, for more info about the Travel league click HERE.

The Rec league serves to teach the basics of the game and build on those concepts as a child progresses through the program. Equal playing time is stressed, and appropriate instruction is given at each level. Games are played against other Rec teams in the Rec league. The Travel league focuses on teaching higher level skills in a more competitive environment where equal playing time is the ideal but not always achieved. The opponents for the Travel league are against other travel teams in the area.

OUR FACILITIES

Games and practices will occur in the local schools in the Methacton School District which include Skyview, Woodland, Worcester, Eagleville and Arcola (Main and Boys). Please be mindful that no parking is permitted in the fire lanes and that the building must be evacuated immediately if a fire alarm sounds. We respectfully request that the gymnasiums be maintained in proper order to ensure continued use of these facilities.

OUR SEASON

The season will run from mid-November to March with playoffs occurring thereafter. Player evaluations and team selections will generally be held prior to Thanksgiving with team activities commencing following the holiday. Most games will occur on the weekends. There may be an occasional game on weeknights for the older divisions. The games for the Biddy division will only occur on weekends. There will be practices prior to and during the regular season. The practices will be evenly divided among the teams but will not necessarily be on a set schedule. There are playoffs at the end of the season for the Rookie-Minor to the Senior level. Players in the Biddy and Instructional Divisions will receive a participation award at the end of the season.

DIVISIONS

The Rec league consists of players ranging from the ages of 5-14. Players in the Rec league will be placed in the age-appropriate Division based upon their age as of August 1. More advanced second graders may try out for the Rookie League. Acceptance of second grade boys into the Rookie League will be limited to the number of spots available to appropriately level the number of players per team. Therefore, the number of players accepted will vary from year to year. The divisions and their general age/grade breakdown are as follows:

BOYS

BIDDY

Kindergarten (Age 5)

A Division that serves to introduce the youngest players to the game of basketball. Basic skills of dribbling, shooting and passing will be emphasized. Coaches will be allowed on the court for instructional purposes. There will be four, seven-minute quarters with a running clock. Scores will not be kept and baskets are at eight feet.

INSTRUCTIONAL

First and Second Grades (Ages 6, 7 and younger 8)

This level focuses on building elemental fundamental skills. Each game will have four 7:00 minute quarters with a running clock and the baskets are at nine feet.

ROOKIE

Third Grade (Age 8)

This level reinforces the individual fundamentals taught in the Instructional division and starts to build team concepts of offense and defensive schemes. Games have four 7:00 minute quarters with a running clock. Baskets are at ten feet for the Boys. This is the first level for where evaluations and the draft occur as well as playoffs. Referees still instruct players but begin to enforce rules more stringently.

MINORS

Fourth Grade (Age 9)

This level continues reinforcement of individual fundamentals learned in the Rookie Division and continues to build team concepts of offense and defensive schemes. Games have four 7:00 minute quarters with a running clock. Baskets are at ten feet for the Boys. Referees still instruct players but begin to enforce rules more stringently.

INTERMEDIATE

Fifth and Sixth Grades (Ages 10 and 11)

The Intermediate division solidifies the skills learned in the previous divisions. Offensive
and defensive plays become more complex. Games consist of four 7:00 minute quarters with a running clock. Fouls are called per the rules of basketball.

SENIOR

Seventh and Eighth Grades (Ages 12 and 13)

The Senior division is the highest level of basketball in the Rec program. The games are competitive and individual and team skills are reinforced and built upon. There are four 8:00 minute quarters with a running clock. Fouls are called per the rules of basketball.

GIRLS

INSTRUCTIONAL

Kindergarten and First Grades (Ages 5 and 6)

A Division that serves to introduce the youngest players to the game of basketball. Basic skills of dribbling, shooting and passing will be emphasized. Coaches will be allowed on the court for instructional purposes. There will be four, seven-minute quarters with a running clock.

Scores will not be kept and baskets are at eight feet.

ROOKIE-MINOR

Second and Third Grades (Ages 7 and 8)

This level reinforces the individual fundamentals taught in the Instructional division and starts to build team concepts of offense and defensive schemes. Games have four 7:00 minute quarters with a running clock. Baskets are at nine feet for the Girls. This is the first level for where evaluations and the draft occur as well as playoffs. Referees still instruct players but begin to enforce rules more stringently.

INTERMEDIATE

Fourth and Fifth Grades (Ages 9 and 10)

The Intermediate division solidifies the skills learned in the previous divisions. Offensive
and defensive plays become more complex. Games consist of four 7:00 minute quarters with a running clock. Fouls are called per the rules of basketball.

SENIOR

Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grades (Ages 11, 12 and 13)

The Senior division is the highest level of basketball in the Rec program. The games are
competitive and individual and team skills are reinforced and built upon. There are four 8:00 minute quarters with a running clock. Fouls are called per the rules of basketball.

TEAM SELECTION

Evaluations will occur prior to the selection of teams during a draft process to distribute the talent evenly throughout the league for Rookie-Minor through Senior divisions. Requests for selection to a certain team will not be honored as it may the hinder the attempt to compose teams of similar quality. There are no evaluations for the Biddy and Instructional divisions. Teams will be created based upon player demographics such as school, neighborhood, car-pooling, etc. Special requests will be granted when possible for these divisions and may be noted during the registration process. Any requests which occur after registration may not be honored based upon whether teams have already been selected and the number available slots on a particular team remaining.

REGISTRATION

Registration will begin in mid-September and will close two weeks prior to evaluations for the Rookie-Minor to Senior Divisions. Players will still be able to register until midnight the Saturday prior to evaluations but will be placed on a wait list. If there are slots available in that division, the player will be moved from the wait list to the active registration on a first come, first serve basis. There will be a $50 fee if a player is moved from the wait list to the active registration list. Once all slots are filled in a particular division, no further players will be moved to the active registration list. There will be no registration after midnight on Saturday the week prior to evaluations for the Rookie-Minor to Senior Divisions.

For the Biddy and Instructional divisions, registration will occur in a similar manner with the same process and timing.

Rules Non-Refereed Divisions

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MARA Basketball Rules
Biddy Boys (Kindergarten); Instructional Girls (Kindergarten and 1st Grade); Instructional Boys (1st and 2nd Grade)
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Coaches should explain to their parents at the beginning of the season the structure of the league. Please remind your parents that while we pay for our gym time, we are expected to keep the school facilities the way they were left by the school staff. Parents must supervise their other children during all sessions. Children are not permitted to play unsupervised in the hallways. Also, only coaches are permitted to bring basketballs into the gym. A parent or guardian must be present for all games and
practices.

1. Playing/Sitting Rule
• Games are to be played 5 on 5.

• Coaches must make every effort to ensure that all players play half of the game if a team is composed of 10 players or less and equal playing time if 11 players or above for all kids.

• Coaches are encouraged to discuss before the game any strategy with respect to the team composition that will start the game. This can be done so that coaches can match up players of the same relative skill to provide for a fair and balanced yet competitive game. Coaches should consider starting different kids in various games throughout the season.

2. Game Time
• There will be a 20-minute practice prior to the game. This time should be utilized to teach fundamentals (dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense).

• Games will last 24 minutes and will be divided into two 12 minute halves.

• Running clock except for on court injury or mass substitutions to set up offenses or defenses.

• The final 10 minutes are designated for skills competition (dribbling relays, shooting competition to 5 or 10 points, etc.)

3. Jump Balls
• Alternate possession on jump balls after the start of the game.

4. Fouls
• There are no official fouls, but proper basketball rules should be taught and loosely enforced as the season progresses. There are no free throws during the games but they can be used as a competition at the end of the game.

5. Defenses:
• A zone 2-3 defense will be played.
• There is no man-to-man defense.
• The defense will not extend beyond the foul line and no press defense is allowed.

6. Offense:
• The offense will hold the ball on change of possession until the defense is able to set up then proceed.
• There are no fast breaks.

7. Basket Height:
• For Biddy Division: Baskets are to be set at 8 feet.
• For Instructional Division (Girls): Baskets are to be set at 8 feet.
• For Instructional Division (Boys): Baskets are to be set at 9 feet.

8. Basketball Size:
• For Biddy Division: Basketball size is 27.
• For Instructional Division (Girls): Basketball size is 27.
• For Instructional Division (Boys): Basketball size is 28.5.

9. Fan Conduct: As noted above the MARA league is an instructional recreation community program and no abuse of players, coaches, opposing fans or property is permitted. Foul and abusive language by anyone will not be tolerated. Anyone who violates these rules will be subjected to removal from the game for the first violation and banned from further participation in the league after the second violation without appeal.

MARA -revised July 2021

Rules Refereed Divisions

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MARA REC Basketball Rules

Boys Divisions: Rookie Boys (3rd Grade); Minor Boys (4th Grade); Intermediate Boys (5th and 6th Grade); Senior Boys (7th and 8th Grade)

Girls Divisions: Rookie-Minor (2nd and 3rd Grade); Intermediate Girls (4th and 5th Grade); Senior Girls (6th, 7th, and 8th Grade)
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Coaches should explain to their parents at the beginning of the season the structure of the league.
Please remind your parents that while we pay for our gym time, we are expected to keep the school facilities the way they were left by the school staff. Parents must supervise their other children during all sessions. Children are not permitted to play unsupervised in the hallways. Also, only coaches are permitted to bring basketballs into the gym. A parent or guardian must be present for all games and
practices.

1. Playing/Sitting Rule (Regular season)
• Coaches must make every effort to ensure that all players play half of the game if a team is composed of 10 players or less and equal playing time if 11 players or above for all kids during the regular season.
• Coaches are encouraged to discuss before the game any strategy with respect to the team composition that will start the game. This can be done so that coaches can match up players of the same relative skill to provide for a fair and balanced yet competitive game. Coaches should consider starting different kids in various games throughout the season. Coaches should not attempt to slot higher skilled players against lesser skilled players to gain an advantage.
• If a team has 10 players or less, each player must play one full continuous quarter from start to finish in the first half. Each player must check in with the official scorekeeper at the beginning of each quarter.
• Each player must sit one full continuous quarter from start to finish in each game. (e.g. player sits the entire 2nd quarter). Exceptions: Please note that coaches have the flexibility to substitute a player if they are injured and have to come out of the game or if they become severely winded because of a medical condition (e.g. asthma) and it is in the best interest of the safety of the child to take them out of the game. These types of situations are not frequent occurrences. When a substitution is required for safety purposes, the rules above can be waived. The coach should use a substitute player of a similar skill level where applicable. However, the expectation is that if the child can come back in the game safely after a short rest, he/she should go back in for the player that was used to substitute for him/her.
• If a team has 11 players or more, each player must play 3 “half quarters” per game. Two of these “half quarters” must be in one half and one must be in the other half. Total playing time would be a minimum of one and a half quarters. The rule regarding playing one full continuous quarter is waived in this situation. It is recommended that players who play one and a half quarters in one game play two full quarters the next game.

2. Playing/Sitting Rule (Playoffs)
• Everyone must play at least one complete, continuous quarter, barring injury or illness. Each player must check in with the official scorekeeper at the beginning of each quarter. Players must arrive before start of second quarter, otherwise playing time is at the discretion of the coach.
• Everyone must sit at least one complete, continuous quarter.
• In the playoffs, if a team has less than six players or a team does not adhere to the playing time rules, the game will be declared a forfeit.
• Note: Every child should play at least 1 ½ quarters during each playoff game barring illness or injury.

3. Game Durations:
• Boys Rookie Division: Four seven-minute quarters.
• Boys Minor Division: Four seven-minute quarters.
• Boys Intermediate Division: Four seven-minute quarters.
• Boys Senior Division: Four eight-minute quarters.
• Girls Rookie-Minor Division: Four seven-minute quarters.
• Girls Intermediate Division: Four seven-minute quarters.
• Girls Senior Division: Four eight-minute quarters.
• Two minutes between quarters and five minutes between halves.
• Running clock except for personal fouls, timeouts, or referee discretionary stoppage and for the last one minute of each quarter. During the last minute of each quarter, the clock stops at each whistle.
• No overtime periods in regular season games.
• In playoffs, a three-minute overtime period will be used for the first over time, and a two- minute overtime period thereafter until a winner is determined.

4. Basket Heights:
• All Boys Divisions: Baskets will be set at 10 feet.
• Rookie-Minor Girls Division: Baskets will be set at 9 feet.
• Intermediate and Senior Girls Divisions: Baskets will be set at 10 feet.

5. Jump Balls: Alternate possession on jump balls after center jump at the start of the game.

6. Timeouts:
• Four timeouts per game for each team, consisting of two 20-second timeouts and two full 60 second timeouts.
• For playoffs, one full 60 second timeout added for each overtime period.

7. Lane Violations:
• Rookie Boys and Rookie-Minor Girls: A lane violation will be called after player stays 5 seconds in lane.
• All other divisions: A lane violation will be called after player stays 3 seconds in lane.

8. Fouls / Foul Shots:
• On the seventh team foul of a half, the offended player will shoot a one-and-one.
• On the tenth team foul of a half, the offended player will shoot two foul shots.
• Players fouled in the act of shooting always shoot two free throws on a missed shot and one free throw on a made shot.
• Player is ejected on his fifth foul.
• The free-throw shooter may step on the foul line after his shot without causing a violation.
• Senior Divisions (Boys and Girls) Only: The free-throw shooter must remain behind the foul line while shooting.
• If the shooter chases the free throw before it strikes the rim it is a violation, resulting in no point and a turnover.

9. Defenses:
• Rookie Boys, Minor Boys, Rookie-Minor Girls, Intermediate Girls:
o During the first half, a team must play a zone defense extended no further than the three point line extended line. Coaches are asked to use good judgment such that all teams get a fair chance for ball movement on offense and an ability to score.
o No fast breaks during the first half. The defense will be given three seconds to get back after which the offense can advance. (Whether defense is set or not).
o During the second half, a team may play any half-court defense.
o Controlled fast breaks are allowed. A pass may not go more than two lines, i.e. foul line and center court. Player stealing ball from point position may proceed to basket if path is un-impeded.
o If there is less than one minute left in the game, the defending team may extend defense beyond half-court after the ball is in-bounded, but they must start from behind the half-court line prior to the in-bound pass if a ball is to be inbounded. If the ball remains in play such with a defensive steal or rebound, then the previous offensive team (now on defense) may remain in the zone and not have to retreat back to half court.
o Also see Mercy Rule
• Intermediate Boys
o During the first half, a team may play any half-court defense
o During the second half, a team may play any defense up to 3/4 court press (opposite three-point line extended)
o In the fourth quarter, the defending team may extend defense beyond 3/4 court after the ball is inbounded, but they must start from behind the 3/4 court line prior to an in-bound pass. If the ball remains in play such with a defensive steal or rebound, then the previous offensive team (now on defense) may remain in the zone and not have to retreat to 3/4 court.
o Also see Mercy rule below.
• Senior Boys and Senior Girls:
o All defenses allowed (normal basketball rules)

10. Mercy Rule
• Rookie Boys, Rookie-Minor Girls, and Intermediate Girls Divisions: If a team is winning by 10 points, they are not allowed to press, and the defense must fall back behind the foul line.
• Minor Boys and Intermediate Boys Divisions: If a team is winning by 12 points or more, they are not allowed to press, and the defense must fall back into either a zone or a man-to-man defense behind the foul line.
• Senior Boys and Senior Girls Divisions: If a team is winning by 15 points, they are not allowed to press and must fallback into either a zone or a man-to-man defense behind the half court line.

11. Fan Conduct
• As noted above the MARA league is an instructional recreation community program and no abuse of players, coaches, referees, opposing fans or property is permitted. Foul and abusive language by anyone will not be tolerated. Anyone who violates these rules will be subjected to removal from the game for the first violation and banned from further participation in the league after the second violation without appeal.

12. Final Words:
• Except for rule changes, the PIAA Basketball rules govern play.
• Keep in mind the MARA basketball league is an instructional recreation community program. Be lenient in technical violations by players of lesser abilities, i.e. minor traveling, “touch fouls”, etc. During the first half of the season, referees will be more lenient and may even provide the kids some basic instruction.
• Only the head coach may stand during the game and address the referee. All other assistant coaches must remain seated during and not address a referee. Failure to comply will result in a technical foul and resulting penalties
• There will be no abuse of referees tolerated. A coach, player or parent who protests a call will be warned. If a technical foul is issued to a coach or player, they must leave the gym immediately. That individual will then serve a one game suspension where they will not be allowed to be present in the gym. If a second technical foul is given to a coach or player in the same season, they will be removed from that game and the program without appeal for the remainder of that season. If an individual receives a third technical foul in their MARA career, they will be permanently banned from the program.

MARA -revised July 2021

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