Grade School Basketball Tournament Guidelines

  • Players participating must be in grades 5-8.  All children of your congregation—boys or girls, day school, home school, and public—are welcome to play.  NOTE THE EXCEPTIONS BELOW.
  • The teams will be co-ed and each team must have at least one girl/boy on the playing floor at all times. NOTE EXCEPTIONS BELOW.
  • Teams are organized into three groups: A—7th-8th grade; B—5th-6th grade, C—5th-8th grade.
  • Playing quarters will be six minutes, stop-time, following the WIAA (Wisconsin) high school rules unless otherwise noted in these guidelines.
  • Games will be played every hour.
  • There will be a 5 minute half-time period.
  • No press!  Initial front court pressure may begin once the ball has passed the blue line (10 foot spike line for volleyball).  Once the offense has penetrated this blue line, the defense may pressure the whole front court.  The area between the half court line and blue line is not a “free zone” for the offensive team.
  • Press exception—Any team may press in the final two minutes of the game.  However, the team ahead may not press if ahead by 7 points or more.
  • No zone defense.
  • All teams must have numbered uniforms of some type.  If possible, no two players should have the same number.
  • No player shall participate on more than one team.
  • The basketball used in the games will be a 28.5 women’s basketball ball.
  • EXCEPTIONS—In unusual circumstances, exceptions to the above guidelines may be granted with the approval of the tournament directors.