MVCBA Leage Rules 2007/2008

Length of games
All games will consist of two 20 minute running halves. The last 2 minutes of the game ONLY will be stop time (not each half). The clock will run during free throws, unless during the last 2 minutes of the game. Each team will be allowed 2 time outs per half, with no carryovers (use them or lose them). Overtime will be 3 minutes; running time for the first two minutes, stop time for the last minute. Additional overtimes, if needed, will be the same.

Rosters are due by the first game. No change can be made to any team's roster after January 1, 2005.

Foul Shots
Foul shots are 1&1 on the 10th team foul for each half; and it remains 1&1 (2 shots will be taken only for shooting fouls and technicals). Fifth grade will be allowed to step over the free throw line as long as they don't run in. The refs may allow the sixth grade to also step over the line; however, they should be required to stay behind the line (refs call). 7th and 8th grade must stay behind the line.

All 5th and 6th grade boys and girls MUST play MAN-MAN defense (no zone defense is allowed). 7th and 8th grade can play zone or man-man defense (coaches choice).

Full Court Defense
All 5th and 6th grade boys and girls play half court defense; full court defense will be allowed for this group in the FINAL 2 minutes of the game only (not each half). 7th and 8th grade boys and girls can play full court defense at any time during the game; however, no full court pressure is allowed by any team with a lead of 15 points for 7th and 8th grade; or 10 points for 5th and 6th grade.

Fighting and poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated (by players or coaches). Anyone ejected from a game for any reason will be ineligible to participate in the next game (includes players and coaches). A second ejection in the same season will result in expulsion from the league. Taunting, foul language, baiting and booing the opponent is not part of the MVCBA code of ethics and will be dealt with by the officials.

Coaches and Parents should be setting an example for their players. Officials MUST be Respected. No foul language will be tolerated by either coaches or parents. Anyone using such language will be asked to leave the gym. It is the coaches responsibility to ensure that their parents follow these guidelines. Should the official ask a parent or coach to leave because of foul language or other behavior problems, play will stop until such time as that adult leaves the gym. Refusal to leave will result in the game being forfeited by that team.


Any questions or concerns should be addressed to the Director of your program. The Director should bring any such concerns as they deem necessary to the attention of the League Directors.

Questions concerning schedules can be directed to the John Vitulli home # 978-273-3080; FAX 686-0048; E-Mail