12 Feb 2018

  1. (Criteria 1): Not a legitimate attempt to directly play the ball within the spirit and intent of the rules.
  2.  Excessive, hard contact caused by a player in an effort to play the ball or an opponent.
  3.  An unnecessary contact caused by the defensive player in order to stop the progress of the offensive team in transition. This applies until the offensive player begins his act of shooting. (new additional rule)
  4. Contact by the defensive player from behind or laterally on an opponent in an attempt to stop the fast break and there is no defensive player between the offensive player and the opponent’s basket. This applies until the offensive player begins his act of shooting.
  5. Contact by the defensive player on an opponent on the playing court during the last 2 minutes in the fourth period and in each extra period, when the ball is out of-bounds for a throw-in and still in the hands of the official or at the disposal of the player taking the throw-in.

1 June 2018

The Committee strongly encourages Clubs to direct their coaches coaching in under 14 and younger age groups to play Man to Man defence.

The only exception is when a team has no substitutions for the game.

Definition of zone defence: See diagram below:

What is a Zone Defense?

A Zone Defenseis different from a Man-to-Man Defensein that instead of guarding a player, each defender is responsible for guarding an area of the court – or zone, and any offensive player that comes into that area. Zone defenders move their position on the court (within their designated area) in relationship to where the ball moves.

Zone Defenses can adopt a variety of player alignments, such as but not limited to the below;

1-2-2 Zone3-2 Zone2-3 Zone

The shaded zones in the diagrams above indicate the area each defender is designated to guard, as opposed to defending an individual player.

Why don’t we allow Zone Defense to be played?

Whilst it is in many cases, the purpose of a No Zone Policy is simply explained, ‘to teach players correct man-to-man principles’, there are in fact a number of developmental skill objectives – both individual and team, offensive and defensive.

Zones limit an offensive teams’ ability to penetrate the key, forcing the offense to take their shots from a greater distance. In the younger age groups, it is common for players to not yet possess the strength and coordination to execute a shot attempt whilst maintaining correct shot mechanics (shooting technique).

As a result, defensive skills such as ‘closing out’ and ‘containment’ are not taught and/or adopted with any significant value until later years.

Zone defenses generally do not apply much pressure to the offensive team, therefore developing an understanding and ability of ‘ball movement’ through ‘passing’ and ‘dribbling’ can also be restricted. Whilst being able to execute this against a zone is also important, like many aspects of skill development, building blocks are often the most effective way of skill acquisition.

Adopting to play a zone in the younger age groups can also develop complacency on the defensive end. Players can often play out of stance or upright, lose court vision and not develop correct ‘boxing-out’ techniques.

What is a Man-to-Man Defense?

Given that we have defined what constitutes a zone defense and why it is important it not be played in U8-U14 competition, it’s best we also define what a Man-to-Man Defense is.

Man-to-Man Defense has each defender assigned to a designated offensive player rather than an area on the court. As a defender, you are accountable for containing (staying between your player and the basket) your designated player when he/she has the ball.

Teaching Man-to-Man Defense is often considered more complicated than coaching a Zone Defense. That is largely due to the perception that the many required individual defensive skills are more closely associated with Man-to-Man principles. Whatever the case, if you can work on teaching the following skillsets, you’re well on your way to playing an integral role in the development of your young players.

Defensive Stance –Feet should be approximately shoulder width apart, with your knees bent (knees over toes), back straight and head up. You weight should be evenly balanced on the balls of your feet and your arms should be up with palms forward.

Defensive Slides –When guarding your opponent on the move, we refer to what is called a defensive slide. Using quick, short steps (without crossing your feet over) you move your strong side / lead foot first. If you use your ‘Defensive Stance’ as a starting point, your first step see’s your stance become wider, then your second step see’s you return to balance. The aim when sliding is to stop your offensive players intended path to the basket – turn them to an alternative direction or make them pick the ball up.

Note:There are more advanced defensive movements, however we encourage the more traditional; ‘Defensive Slide’ be adopted in the early phases of development.

Man-to-Man Defensive Spacing

This is where we start throwing in team defensive concepts – these are much easier to instill as offensive spacing develops. The two go hand-in-hand and if repetition is provided during team training sessions, development will naturally occur at a faster rate.

Ball –when you are guarding the player with the ball. In your defensive stance (defensive slide if on the move) you want to maintain about an arm’s length between you and the player with the ball.

Denial –when your offensive player is one pass away from the ball. In your defensive stance, you want to be one step off your player, towards the ball. Encourage an open defensive stance, chest up the court to maintain vision on both your own player and the player with the ball.

Help –when your offensive player is two passes away from the ball. Again in your defensive stance, you want to be on split line (an imaginary line length ways down the middle of the court). This discourages the offensive team to penetrate the key but also allows enough time for you to ‘close out’ should the ball get quickly passed to your direct opponent.

Close Out –when the ball is passed to your offensive player, you must move towards them quickly and in a low stance (balanced). Your first 1-2 steps are long, your last several are short and quick as you throw your hands up to deter a shot. Because you are already in a low stance, you are able to shift into a defensive slide without losing balance.

Man-to-Man Rules and Rotations

There are so many concepts available to adopt when it comes to man-to-man rules and rotations, we won’t confuse the intent of this document by diving too deep. When introducing man-to-man defense to young basketball players in a team environment, we encourage you to utilize the Shell Drill as your main teaching base. Below is a link to a video showing a basic execution of Shell Drill; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9GWqQI-XVM

1 June 2018

  1. All coaches of a junior domestic team that has players, either regular or likely fill in’s, under the age of 18 will require a Working With Children (WWC) check and a completed Basketball Victoria statutory declaration. This includes:
    1. Teams in the Under 21 and Under 23 age groups where they have regular players or likely fill in players, who are under 18 years of age but do not include coaches who are themselves under the age of 18.
    2. Coaches who are also parents or close relatives of players in the team are not exempt and must also complete a WWC check and statutory declaration
    3. The only exemptions that are recognized by Basketball Victoria, and therefore Melbourne East Basketball Association, are sworn members of the Victoria Police Force, on receipt of a photo copy of their current police photo ID card and registered Victorian school teachers, on receipt of a photocopy of their current teacher’s registration card.
    4. In addition to coaches all junior domestic club committee members and members of the Junior Domestic Competitions Committee must also undergo a WWC check or provide a copy of one of the above listed alternatives.

1 June 2018

The Junior Domestic Committee has passed a motion that to perform the duties of a scorer for any of the Junior Domestic Competitions Monday to Saturday (inclusive) an individual MUST be a minimum of 15 years of age and be a competent scorer.

This rule is in line with the Victorian Basketball Scoretable Association.

Each team shall provide one competent bench official (scorer or time keeper) for each game in which the team is engaged.   This scorer cannot be a coach.  Failure to do so will result in a 2  point penalty to be applied at half time.

The Team listed as “home team” (first team listed on the Electronic Scoring System (ESS) or scoresheet) shall do visuals. The “Away team shall be on scoresheet or ESS. If both scorers agree, roles can be swapped.

1 June 2018

  1. Correct uniforms shall consist of uniform colour shorts, base colour (or coloured panels) of singlets and numbers (piping is not considered part of the uniform). Players wearing shorts of the style known as “bicycle shorts” are deemed to be out of uniform. For safety reasons, pockets are not permitted in shorts and no protruding jewelry may be worn. Hair is not permitted to be worn in plaits.Natural, Acrylic andGel nails are deemed a suitable length as long as they cannot be felt or seen over the top of the finger and that they are rounded and not sharp in any way. If the referee deems the nails to be too long, the player will not be allowed on court unless the nails are cut or taped. This is the decision of the referee and their decision is final.
  2. Numbers 0-68 and 70-99 are permitted for all junior competitions.
  • The penalty for incorrect uniform shall be the awarding of two (2) game points to the opposing team for each player taking the court in incorrect uniform with a maximum of ten points.FOR GRADING GAMES ONLY, R1-6,there is NO PENALTY to be applied when a (00) singlet is worn by a player waiting for a new uniform.
  1. A club shall apply (to the Competition Committee) for registration of the colour and design of its uniform. The Committee shall draw up a list of clubs where the uniform registered indicates a clash of colour between two or more clubs. Refer List at Venues.
  2. When teams from two clubs with the same or similar colours meet in a game, the “home” team shall be obliged to change to alternative coloured singlet’s or tops. The “home” team shall be the first named team on the fixture and score sheet. If the “home” team refuses to change to an alternative colour – see Rule Uniforms(VI).
  3. When two teams of the same club meet in a game, (e.g.: AB1 v AB2) it is the club’s responsibility to provide another colour uniform for one of the teams. Failing this, the first named team on the fixture and score sheet shall be deemed to be the “home” team and shall change to alternative colored singlet’s or tops.
  • Where a team is required to change to an alternative colour under (IV) or (V), and refuses to do so, that team will forfeit the game 10-nil. The premiership points in such cases will be three points to nil.