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BEVERLY HILLS BASKETBALL LEAGUE YOUTH BASKETBALL RULES AND PROCEDURES

OBJECTIVES OF THE LEAGUE

  • To inspire our youth.
  • To teach and practice the ideals of good sportsmanship, character, teamwork and fairplay.
  • To teach the game of basketball and emphasize fundamentals and team achievement.
  • To develop Double Goal Coaches.
  • To provide a means for parents and adults to participate and interact with their children.
  • To recognize that the welfare of the children will always remain first and foremost and free of adult glory.
Divisons School Grade as of Sept. Basket Height Ball Size
Boosters K,1 8' Youth
Rookies 2,3 9' 28.5
Minors 4.5 10' 28.5
Majors 6.7 10' 29.5
Seniors 8,9 10' 29.5
Super Seniors 10,11 10' 29.5
Girls - Rookies 2,3 9' 28.5
Girls - Minors 4,5 10' 28.5
Girls - Majors 6,7 10' 28.5
Girls - Seniors 8,9 10' 28.5

Every new participant may be required to submit proof of age verification during the registration process.

  1. Each team shall consist of a minimum of eight (8) and a maximum of ten (10) players.
  2. All players in the Minor, Major, Senior and Super Senior Divisions must go through the skill ratings process held prior to each season.
  3. Rating forms for players shall be kept confidential.
  4. All players shall reside within the boundaries set up by the league.
  1. Eligibility:
    1. The head coach and assistant coaches must be over the age of 21. Coach’s mentors can be 18 years of age.
    2. All coaches must register online. All coaches must be approved by the Board of Directors.
    3. All coaches must attend all required meetings.Assistant coaches/mentors must attend if the head coach is unavailable.
    4. All coaches must attend the annual Positive Coaching Workshop and be certified as a Double Goal Coach.
  2. Responsibility:
    1. One or more approved coaches must attend all practices and games.
    2. A coach or assistant coach may not appoint a substitute coach under any circumstances. If a substitute coach or assistant coach is required, the Division Director must be notified by the head coach, no less than three (3) days prior to the game at hand. There shall be no substitute coaches unless approved by the Division Director or the Commissioner of the BHBL.
    3. The coach or team administrator must inform all parents of the season schedule, practice times and locations, game times and other league information and requirements.
    4. The head coaches are responsible for parents and players conduct. Poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated and may result in ejection,suspension, dismissal from the league, or other appropriate discipline. Please refer to the BHBL Playing Rules.
    5. All coaches are required to become certified Double Goal coaches in accordance with the Positive Coaching Alliance.
  3. Ethics:
    1. Coaches shall never criticize players in front of spectators.
    2. Coaches shall develop a positive rapport with the team and parents.
    3. Coaches shall teach and develop good sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play.
    4. Coaches shall emphasize fundamentals and team achievement.
    5. Coaches and everyone connected with the teams and the league shall never use abusive or profane language.
    6. Coaches shall never threaten in any way or physically harm or abuse any player at any time for any reason. This type of behavior will not be tolerated and at the discretion of the BHBL, will result in ejection, suspension and/or dismissal from the BHBL, or other appropriate discipline.
  1. All players in the Minor, Major, Senior and Super Senior Divisions who register must participate in the league’s skill ratings day. These players shall go through the skill rating process every year and submit to the league’s draft, if held. All coaches children shall be rated. Every registrant will play in the BHBL, space permitting. Registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis.
  2. The skill rating process shall be conducted by a committee selected by the league’s Board of Directors.
  3. The team selection committee if necessary, shall be present at the skill rating day.
  4. All players are to be rated according to their skill level. A rating will be given to each player for each drill. The ratings will be the result of a consensus from the team selection committee.
  5. All player skill rating forms must remain confidential.

1.Booster Division

Each season, every team is assembled by the division directors. In the Booster Division, we entertain and accept player’s requests as to who they would like to play with during the season. It is the league’s intention to try to accommodate all requests in the Booster division. However, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be granted. To the extent feasible, the league will attempt to assemble an even number of kindergarten and first grade teams. This way, we can have the kindergarten teams play against each other and the first grade teams play each other for a more balanced approach during the games.

2. Rookie Division

Each season, every team is assembled by the division directors. In the Rookie division we entertain and accept player’s requests as to whom they would like to play with during the season. It is our intention to try to accommodate all requests in the Rookie division. However, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be granted. To the extent feasible, the league will attempt to assemble an even number of second and third grade teams and an even number of boys and girls teams. This way, we can have the same grade and same gender teams play against each other for a more balanced approach during our games.

3. Minor, Major, Senior and Super Senior Divisions

Each season, the teams are assembled using a player skill rating system, together with a draft format. The division directors will rate each player and together with the prior season’s coaches player ratings, provide this information to the coaches for the draft.The leaders in each division will review the team allocations and may make any adjustments that would benefit team parity and division competitiveness.

The league has a primary focus to create parity amongst all teams in each division. Depending on the player selection system used, the selection committees will use their best efforts to execute and maintain this standard.

The BHBL reserves the right to change the team selection method used for any particular division in order to design and maintain the most equitable b lance of talent on each team in every division.

  1. All referees shall be High School certified
  2. (except Booster Divison).Referees shall be provided for all games.
  3. A game may be played with one (1) referee on the court.

1.The league’s reputation can be affected by the negative actions of one or more persons affiliated with BHBL, on or off the court. Players, coaches, parents, board members, referees, scorekeepers and spectators all share in the responsibility of displaying proper behavior at all times. Quarreling and arguing over playing regulations, referee calls or administrative issues can only create a negative impact on the children. The BHBL was developed for the benefit of our youth. Adult leaders are role models for the kids.

2.The BHBL enforces a ZERO TOLERANCE policy towards any form of unsportsmanlike behavior by anyone associated with the BHBL.

a. PLAYER CONDUCT

Unsportsmanlike conduct or disrespect for the opposing team, game officials and scorekeepers, will not be tolerated. Unsportsmanlike conduct will be judged at the discretion of the referees and the Board of Directors of the BHBL. Players will refrain at all times from arguing with the referees and scorekeepers. The game referees will be instructed to eject any player from the game for abusive, harmful or unwarranted disruptions. If a player is ejected from a contest because of unsportsmanlike conduct, the team will be assessed a two (2) technical foul penalty and that player will automatically receive a one game suspension. If a player is ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct a second time during the season, the player will be dismissed for the balance of the season.

No fighting will take place at or during any BHBL event. Any player involved will be immediately ejected from the game and suspended for the next game, or if the game is completed, shall be suspended for the next two (2) games. Additional discipline may be taken at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the BHBL. Players shall never threaten or physically harm or abuse any player at any time for any reason. This behavior will not be tolerated, and at the discretion of the BHBL, will result in ejection, suspension and/or dismissal or other appropriate discipline from the league. All decisions will be handled by the Board of Directors of the BHBL.

The BHBL reserves the right to discipline any participant or spectator who, in it’s discretion, violates the rules, procedures or spirit of the BHBL.

b. COACHES CONDUCT

Each coach will be totally responsible for their own conduct and the conduct of their players and spectators. Absolutely no abusive or vulgar language will be tolerated towards players, game referees, scorekeepers and league officials. Unsportsmanlike conduct or disrespect for the opposing team, game referees, scorekeepers and league officials will not be tolerated. Coaches will refrain at all times from arguing with the referees and scorekeepers. Referees will be instructed to eject any coach from a game for abusive or unwarranted disruptions. Unsportsmanlike conduct will be judged at the discretion of the referees and the Board of Directors of the BHBL. No smoking or alcoholic beverages will be permitted in the playing areas and those areas adjacent to the playing areas. If in the judgment of the referees, any coach unnecessarily or excessively harasses the referees or scorekeepers, the referees shall have the discretion and the right to remove any and all coaches at any time during a game from the sideline and require the coaches to sit on the team’s bench for the duration of the game. If a coach receives one (1) technical foul in any single game, they shall be removed from the sideline and be required to sit on the team’s bench for the duration of the game. If a coach is ejected from a contest for unsportsmanlike conduct, the team will be assessed a two (2) technical foul penalty and that coach will automatically receive a one (1) game suspension. If a coach is ejected from a game for unsportsmanlike conduct a second time during the season, the coach will be dismissed from the BHBL for the balance of the season. No fighting will take place at or during any BHBL event. Coaches shall never threaten or physically harm or abuse any player, referee, scorekeeper or league official at any time for any reason. This behavior will not be tolerated and will subject the individual to the BHBL’s zero tolerance policy and will result in an immediate dismissal from the league and other appropriate discipline from the BHBL. All such decisions will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the BHBL.

c. SPECTATORS CONDUCT

It is imperative that appropriate sportsmanlike conduct be a requirement of all spectators at all times. No swearing or harassment at game referees, scorekeepers, players and officials will be permitted. Spectators shall at no time use signs, gestures or degrading comments toward opposing coaches, players, other spectators, referees, scorekeepers or administrators. Any BHBL official may request that any spectator violating this rule of conduct vacate the facility immediately. If the offending spectator refuses to leave the facility, the basketball game will be suspended until the spectator vacates the premises. If the referees assess a technical foul against the spectators of a team, it shall be charged to that team’s coach.

d. ADMINISTRATORS CONDUCT

All administrators of the BHBL shall be required to follow and enforce the rules, regulations and philosophy of the BHBL. By virtue of their position of responsibility, all administrators of the BHBL will be held to uphold the highest standard of conduct at all times.

The geographic boundaries for participation in the BHBL shall be established by the Board of Directors.

1. It is the coach’s responsibility to make sure his/her players are properly supervised at all practices and games. Players are not allowed to use equipment or facilities without the permission of the BHBL and the direct supervision of an authorized BHBL administrator or coach.

2. SAFETY OF PLAYERS

It is the coach’s responsibility to:

1. Determine that each player is properly suited and wearing proper footwear;

2. Be sure the playing area is in a safe condition ;

3. Be aware of the general health and physical condition of the players and take these observations into consideration when making decisions concerning athletic participation.

4. This could be the first time some of the players have played organized basketball. Coaches should take the time to explain to all players the risks involved in playing basketball.

1.The Board of the BHBL and the Division Directors will determine how many teams from each division (Minors, Majors, Seniors and Super Seniors) will participate in the playoffs. The BHBL will determine the playoff format for each division.   The BHBL shall determine the playoff rules for each division.