It’s important to us that all girls in the league have the ability to participate in a meaningful way with the goal of having fun, making friends, building strength, endurance, and confidence while gaining basketball skills and knowledge. Although this age division has stricter rules and fewer modifications than the younger age group, the goals of equal participation at a variety of positions is still encouraged.
For the first few weeks of the season we will be hosting basketball “clinics” before breaking into teams. During the clinics we will be teaching the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, and shooting. We will differentiate the drills so those with more experience are still challenged and we will also incorporate fun games. Once we break into teams, girls will still work on the fundamentals, but they will also be introduced to team concepts (team defense, moving without the ball, inbound plays, etc.)
Important Note – All girls should bring a basketball (write their name on it). Basketballs for this age group should be a size 28.5 women’s basketball. We will have a few extra balls for those who forget or don’t have one, but we don’t have enough for everyone. There are some dribbling drills/games that will require each girl to have a ball. We also encourage bringing a water bottle. Although there is a water fountain – it can get backed up if everyone is trying to use it at once.
RULE MODIFICATIONS: 10-12 year olds
Children in this age group have longer attention spans and more mature motor skills, strength and balance than those in the younger age group. As a result, the rules for the 10-12 year olds have fewer modifications. These players will play on regulation size baskets and use regulation size balls. They will also focus on skills that require multiple tasks in one drill.
- Basket Height: 10 feet (official basketball regulation)
- Basketball size: 28.5 inch (official women’s basketball size)
- Game Structure: 5 v 5 full court games
- Practice: 60 minute practice once per week (Tuesday evenings)
- Game Play: 60 minutes total w/ 28 minutes of practice/warm-up and 32 minutes of game play (running clock; 1 time-out per half; clock stops during last 1 minute of game).
(1) Defensive Structure: Man to man with match-ups identified at the beginning of each (substitution) rotation. Coaches should work together during match-ups so that opposing players are matched appropriately based on skill-level and size. Game clock will stop during match-ups
(2) Referees: Unlike the younger division, this age group will have official referees and scorekeeping.
(3) Assigning Positons: We discourage the use of a single point guard or assigning specific positions for the entire game. As a developmental league, we encourage players to play in a variety of positions throughout the game/season.
(4) Half-time Free Throws – During the half-time break, each team (simultaneously) will have the opportunity to make as many baskets as they can from the free throw line in 60 seconds. Coaches should rebound and keep 2 balls in play to maximize shot attempts. The goal of this activity is to have a fun/friendly competition and give all players a chance to make a basket uncontested. The winning team will have 2 points added to the official score. If the competition ends in a tie then no points will be added.
(1) Travel/Double-Dribble: During the first 2 games of the season, we will ask the referees to “loosely” call travels and double dribbles. After that, the referee will call these violations as he/she sees them.
(2) Defense: At the start of the season, there will be no defense above the 3 point line. Coaches will decide at the mid-point of the season if it seems reasonable to extend the defense to half court. This may vary year to year based on the talent level of the league.
(3) No steals off the dribble: Keeping kids from stealing the ball helps the development of both the offensive and defensive player. The offensive player is able to learn how to dribble properly. The defensive player learns how to play defense without reaching/fouling. By having a no steal policy in this age group, we are making it easier to get the whole team involved.
(4) No screens on the ball: Although we do encourage teaching players how to move without the ball including setting screens, we do not allow screens on the ball. We find that players who guard the ball (and get screened) are more in danger of getting hurt than those being screened off the ball. And since we offer a no steals on the dribbler rule, the dribbler should feel comfortable moving around the court and passing without the help of a screen.
(5) Miscellaneous: The following infractions will be enforced in this age group: backcourt violations, inbounding violations, fouling out, 5 seconds on the dribbler. We will loosely call 3 second lane violation (extending it to 5 seconds).
End of Season Skills Competition:
During the final weekend of the season, we will host a “skills competition” and pizza party for all the girls in this age division. This is a way for the girls to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase the skills they learned throughout the season.
- Each team will select one volunteer to help keep score, monitor substitution times, track jump balls possessions, and time the free throw frenzy.
- All players should have equal playing time (coaches should refer to the “distribution of playing time” chart below)
- Substitutions will happen (all at once) in equal interval throughout the game (every 4 minutes).
- All coaches, players and spectators are expected to show common courtesy, good behavior and respect the public and private property that the league utilizes.
Key goals for coaches:
- Players should have a good understanding of most basketball rules and terminology by the end of the season
- Players should make their most significant improvements in the areas of (1) dribbling, (2) shooting and (3) moving without the ball
- Players should be gaining confidence and having fun throughout the season
Distribution of Playing Time Chart:
A “rotation” means a substitution rotation of 4 minutes. Each 8-minute quarter has 2 rotations of players: (1) a starting rotation for the first 4 minutes of the quarter and – (2) a substitution rotation for the final 4 minutes of the quarter.
The examples of playing time distribution are listed below. In the first example – 10 players who receive equal playing time would result in every player playing 2 quarters (half the game) or four 4-minute rotations (16 minutes).
10 Players: each player plays 4 rotations
9 Players: 4 players play 5 rotations, 5 players play 4 rotations
8 Players: each player plays 5 rotations
7 Players: 5 players plays 6 rotations, 2 players play 5 rotations
6 Players: 4 players play 7 rotations, 2 players play 6 rotations
5 Players: All players play the whole game
4 Players: The game will be forfeited by the team with 4 players, but a 4on4 scrimmage will take place between the 2 teams