Basketball

Rules

 => Any parent or fan who steps foot on the court during a game is AUTOMATICALLY EJECTED, ALONG WITH THEIR PLAYER.  

* If gender is not specificed, the rules are the same for boys and girls

GAME DAY 
  • Schedule is posted for all teams on the standings page.  You can subscribe to your schedule. It sends all games to your phone or calendar program..
  • A parent from each team will keep score and do the clock.
  • There will be two minutes between halves and a minimum of four minutes between games.  The  Courts reserves the right to alter times if games should run late with adequate warm‐up time being  allowed.  The only time a game will start early is if both coaches agree.
  • The players on the official roster sent by The Farm League are the only players allowed to participate during the season.
  • All rosters are final once the season has started. No additional late adds can be placed on that team. Teams can have up to 10 players
  • There is a 20-pt score limit difference to all final scores. 
  • All Kinder, 1st and 2nd grade level games will have their water bottles on the side line with their parents.  This is to prevent and limit water being spilled on the courts which is a safety issue..
  • Home team wears the dark side of their jersey.
  • NO OUTSIDE NOISE MAKERS such as cow bells, horns, whistles, speakers or anything similar.  Cheering & clapping are the ways to support the team and show good sportsmanship.
  • FARM LEAGUE CODE OF CONDUCT: If a coach or Parent is ejected from a game for any abusive behavior towards another parent, coach, player, or ref;  that parent AND his child will be suspended for that game plus 1 additional game. This accountability rule is in place to make the parents know if they go to far it will effect their kids, their team, and the other familes. The Farm league's goal is to make basketball a fun experience for everyone on the bench and in the stands.

COURT 
  • BOYS: Kindergarten-2nd grade play sideline to sideline, 3rd grade and up  play full court.
  • GIRLS: K-3rd grade play sideline to sideline. 4th and older play full court
LEVELS
  • Boys and girls play at all current grade levels. Players are allowed to play up a grade. 
  • EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2022 WINTER SEASON
    • Basketball Sizes: k boys and k/1 girls will use a 27.5 inch ball, 1st boys -5th and girls 2nd up will use 28.5.  boys middle school use 29.5. 
GOAL HEIGHT
  • Boys K, Boys 1st, Girls k/1, & Girls 2nd grade leagues will shoot on 8’ goals.  (sideline to sideline games) 
  • 2nd grade boys will shoot on 9' goals  (sideline to sideline games)
  • EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2022 WINTER SEASON
    • 3rd grade girls will shoot on 9' goals sideline to sideline 
  • 3rd grade boys and 4th grade girls and higher will shoot on regulation 10' goals full court games
TIME
  • Kindergarten - 2nd grade will consist of two sixteen-minutes halves.
  • 3rd grade and older games will play 4 quarters of 8 minutes each to make it close to UIL rules.  The clock will run continuously. It will stop only during time‐outs. During the last two minutes of the 2nd & 4th quarter it will stop on dead balls and fouls.     
  • If a twenty‐point lead occurs, the clock will run continuously during the last two minutes.   
  • The clock will not stop in K‐1 boys or girls games.   
PLAYERS
  • GIRLS: K/1 is 3-on-3 basketball 
  • GIRLS: 2nd is 4-on-4 basketball.
  • GIRLS: 3rd and older is 5-on-5 
  • BOYS: K is 4-on-4
  • BOYS: 1st and older is 5-on-5 
FREE THROW DISTANCE  
  • BOYS k, 1st have no free throws  Sideline throw ins only. 
  • GIRLS: no free throws until 3rd. K-2ND THROW IN'S
  • NEW 2nd grade:boys will shoot free throws from the “volleyball line” which is a distance of 8’. Ref may have to step off and mark.  The shooter may land on the line but not completely past the line for legal attempt, .   
  • 3rd grade: boys and girls from the 12' line
  • 4th grade and up: shoot from the regular free throw line. 
  • For lane purposes, the player closest to the basket may line up below the low block..
  • The shooter may land on the line but not completely past  the line
  • Fouls on Boys K & 1st & Girls k/1 & 2nd will be a throw in and reestablish play.. 
PRESSING
  • BOYS PRESSING
  • K‐2nd grade may not go past mid court..
  • 3rd grade can pick up at ½ court and press full court in the last two minutes of the game only. 
  • 4th grade and up can pick up full court.
  • Pressing if a TEN‐point lead occurs:  - All teams must drop back to half court. 
  • GIRLS PRESSING
  • GIRLS pressing rules - No pressing allowed in the elementary school divisions 5th and under.  Middle school full court press allowed once a 10 point lead occurs teams must drop back to 1/2 court 
  • Regular season games will end in a tie.  Playoffs will have a 2 minute overtime to determine a winner 

Defense

  • K & 1st boys grade have wristbands for required man to man coverage
  • K/1 & 2nd grade girls willl wear colored wrist bands for girl to girl coverage 
  • 3rd grade girls level no traps allowed 
  • Coaches can not stall and/or  switch wrist bands to create matchups.  Refs will give 1 warning and then a SHOOTING foul will be called on the player in question . It will count  towards their 7 fouls
ZONE
  • BOYS: Is Allowed 2nd grade and older 
  • GIRLS: Is allowed in 3rd grade, ALL GIRLS K-2ND WEAR ARM BANDS AND ARE GIRL TO GIRL COVERAGE
PICKS
  • are allowed 3rd grade and older, boys and girls 

LANE VIOLATIONS
  • 2nd grade and under will have no three‐second‐lane violation.   
  • 3rd grade will use a five‐second‐lane violation.   
  • 4th grade and up will use the three‐second‐lane violation.   
  • Scores will be adjusted to a maximum of 20 point difference. We do not have mercey rules to end games early. We want teams to continue to play and coaches realize this is the max score difference to be posted. 
FOULS AND TIME OUTS
  • Teams will be allowed three time‐outs per game to be used at any time.  These timeouts will be for  thirty seconds.  Teams will be issued one additional time‐out for the overtime period.  Previous time  outs remaining will carry over to overtime periods.  - In the event that a team is leading by 20 or more points, The Courts strongly emphasizes that the  team leading not use remaining time outs unless it is for substitution purposes or in cases of  emergency.    
  • For BOYS AND GIRLS 3rd grade and up, a player with 6 fouls is out of the game. 2 technical founds and a player is out of the game. If a parent is ejected from a game the player is also removed immediately.
  • For 3rd grade and up, all standard UIL rules apply with all fouls
  • NEW 2022 K-2nd boys and girls.  To prevent on purpose fouls and control the game players can foul out. A player with 7 fouls is out of the game. 2 technical founds and a player is out of the game. Fouls are inbound pass
PLAYOFFS - BOYS
  • All teams make the playoffs.  Teams can opt out of the playoffs.
  • Playoffs are the week after the regular season ends single elimination tournament.  Teams may play 3 games in a day
  • In case of overtime, the first overtime period will consist of two minutes.  The second overtime  period will be a sudden death format.  The first team that scores will be the winner..
  • We have A and B brackets for the single elimination playoff tournament. Teams with 6 or more loss's will be placed in B.
  • A game can only be protested for illegal rosters or rules quesiton.  Not judgement calls.  A game must be "played under protest"  coaches must notify the ref they are playing the game under protest during the game. A game can not be protested after the game is over. 
  • TOURNAMENT SEEDS
  • Playoff seeds are decided by win-loss record. If there is a tie in the record then we look at head-to-head, points allowed then points scored. If teams have a different number of games, loses is the first factor then head-to-head
  • The TFL has the right to remove any coach, parent, or player during the season due to issues within in the league or their team for either behavior, rules violations, or safety.
MATCHUP BOWL GAME WEEKEND - GIRLS

BCS Championship, Cotton bowl, Orange Bowl, AND NOW TFL BOWL!    On the final weekend for girls divisions (all sports), we match up teams with like-level records for their bowl games.  In these divisions we have teams with a wide range of abilities and we want to make the finals fun and competitive for all teams.  Teams can still opt out, however we have seen the participation increase alot with these schedules.  Coaches will be emailed towards the end of the season to confirm participation.  Teams will have 2 bowl games. The bowl weekend will be the weekend following the last regular season games.