Rules for 5/6 Rec Basketball

Updated Tuesday January 2, 2018 by USR Basketball Association.

Saddle River Valley Basketball

5th and 6th Grade Basketball Rules


  • 10-minute periods-running time except during the last 2 minutes of

the game when clock stops on all whistles.


  • Each player must sit out a minimum of ½ of 1 quarter in each half of a game. Thus, unless a team has 5 players or less, a player cannot play more than 3 full quarters of a game. Coaches should make very attempt to sit their best players at the same time in order to giver lesser-skilled players a chance to compete on an equal basis. Should a game go into overtime, the bench should be substituted at the midpoint of OT, but that is the only requirement.


  • Please remember that this is a REC basketball game, not travel. Please try your best to give your weakest players more than the minimum playing requirements. They’re not going to improve by only playing half of every game. They’re paying the same fees as your best players and deserve a chance to play as much as anyone else.


  • At the 5:00 mark of each period, the clock will stop and everyone on the bench will be substituted. No substitutions at any other time in the period except for injury or for a player who has played the first portion of the period. Each period stands alone.


  • No defense in the backcourt (pressing) is allowed except within the last 2 minutes of the 1st half and the game. If a team is ahead by 10 points, pressing must stop. A team may continue backcourt defense if/when lead is less than 10 points. Team that is losing by 10 points can press.


  • A team leading by 20 points at the beginning of the 4th quarter will remove its 2 best players from the game. Players may return if lead becomes less than 20 points but only at the 4:30 minute mark of the 4th quarter.


  • 3-point baskets are allowed.


  • A player fouls out on the fifth personal foul.


  • Each team is allotted 4 timeouts per game. 1 Timeout is added for overtime.


  • In the event of a tie at the end of 4 periods, a 3-minute overtime period(s) will be played.


Either coach can send game results to Brian Deane at ( Please give your team’s name, opponent’s team name, grade level, date and score. Please report forfeits as well.

Each team should provide a parent to either run the scoreboard or keep the scorebook.

Gym time is at a premium. If a team cannot field 5 players at the start of a game, a forfeit will be declared. In a situation where a team only has 5 players and one or more player’s fouls out, the player(s) will be allowed to remain in the game so the team has 5 players on the court. Any subsequent fouls after the fifth foul will result in a technical foul – 2 free throws and the team fouled retains possession of the ball. If it is known in advance that a team cannot play, please call your grade commissioner so we can inform the referees.


If a team knows it will only have 5 or fewer players, it may call up a player(s) so that the team will have 6 players available. 5th-6th grade teams may only call-up 4th grade players. The called up player(s) must play at least half the game but cannot play more than regular team members.  You

cannot use a player from another team in your age group.


Please try to keep all the kids in the gym during games. We want to avoid any mischief or vandalism in the schools. Make sure all clothing, water bottles, etc. are removed from the gym after games and practices. Be cooperative with the referees. For the most part they are high school and college kids and they will make their share of mistakes. Good luck and enjoy the season.

If a player receives a technical foul, they will get a warning.  After a second technical foul, that player will be suspended from the next game.