Sportsmanship and good conduct are our first priorities. Disrespect towards players, coaches, parents, or officials will not be tolerated. Behavior which is not acceptable during the school day is not acceptable in PYB. Those showing negative behaviors - players, coaches, parents, fans - will be immediately asked to leave the building and may be removed from the program. Officials are in charge of both the court and the stands. They are encouraged to stop play and correct inappropriate behavior. They are to end games early if inappropriate behavior continues. All inappropriate behavior should be reported to PYB for immediate action.
We break teams up by grades. Third and fourth grades play by "junior" rules. Fifth and sixth grades play by "senior" rules. First and Second-graders play scrimmages/skills on Sundays.
The home team shall have a parent assist the scoreboard operator by keeping a manual backup (handwritten) scorebook. Scorers shall not keep points by individual player so as to discourage players from "checking their stats". A coach may be the volunteer for his or her team, but shall sit with the other volunteer the entire game and shall not act as a coach before or during the game, including timeouts.
PYB is a "fair play" league. Each player plays about the same amount of a game. PYB takes this very seriously. This rule does not apply to travel games.
Coaches will assist during substitutions to try and match up players by skill level. PYB believes that it is more important to give players a competitive challenge while on the court than it is to give a team a competitive advantage in the game.
Teams shall use varsity girls, 28.5-inch basketballs provided by the league.
Sportsmanship will guide the interpretation of these rules. Examples include the following:
Coaches and officials are encouraged to give advice to players on both teams about what they are doing right or wrong while they are on the court.
Referees will interpret the rules keeping in mind the age and skill level of the players involved and the length of the season. Second graders will double dribble, fourth graders will camp out in the paint, but life will still go on. At the lower-age divisions, one should expect a stoppage in play, but not a turnover, especially early in the season. In the senior division, these violations will be called as turnovers from a very early point in the season. These will be in the referee's sole discretion and announced to both teams.
Everyone should encourage players to line up and shake hands after every game.
Coaches and players should not be "taking advantage" of the rules. Examples would include intentionally fouling a shooter, double-teaming the ball handler, or stalling at the end of the game.