Playing time will be roughly equal.
Before each game, the head coach of each team will submit a player rotation list to the scorer’s table. The list will have a jersey number for each player for each of eight periods.
Players will be rotated in order.
Players will not be listed by "preference", but in order throughout the list.
There is no "saving" the best players for the last period.
If a game goes to overtime, the rotation continues in the same order as during regulation.
Substitutions will be at the end of each period only.
The head coach is responsible for enforcing this rule. Violation shall cause the scorer to stop play. The offending team will be assessed a technical foul.
Injuries / foul outs: if there is an injury or a player fouls out, the scorer will insert the next player in the rotation for the following period. That new player shall finish the period for the injured/fouled out player AND play his normal spot in the rotation. The same will be true later in the game if the same player is still injured/fouled out.
Example: A team starts the game with eight players. In the first period, players 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 start. This means that the second period players should be players 6, 7, 8, 1 and 2; third period players should be 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7; and so on. In the first period, player 1 is hurt and misses the rest of the game. Player 6 comes in to finish the first period. Player 6 still takes the floor for the second period. Since player 1 is still unavailable, player 3 (the first player "up" for the third period) takes player 1's slot in the second period AND plays again in the third period.