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Basketball Rules


1. The officials are in complete charge of the game. Their judgment is not to be questioned or challenged in any way.

2. The captain's of each team are the only individuals allowed to speak with the officials throughout the course of the game.

Player Conduct

1. All players are to conduct themselves in an appropriate and sportsmanlike fashion.

2. No player has the right to verbally or physically abuse officials, scorers, or other players.

3. The captain is responsible for the actions of each of his teammates. Should anyone on a team get into a fight, that player's team will forfeit their season and lose their eligibility for the playoffs.

Players Eligibility

1. All current students, faculty, staff and Fordham alumni are eligible to play. IDs must be presented when asked for.

2. Players may only participate in one co-rec team and one men's or women's team. You may not play on two men's or two women's teams. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a forfeit for each of the games the offending person was involved in.

Number of Players and Substitutions

1. There is a maximum of five players on the floor at one time. A minimum of three players may finish a game. You must have at least four players to start a game.

2. Co-rec teams must have two females on the court at all times.

3. Substitutions may only be made when there is a dead ball situation. Substitutes must notify the officials when they want to enter a game.

Start of Game and Game Time

1. A 5-minute grace period from the scheduled starting time will be allowed before a forfeit is declared. The referee's watch is the official timepiece.

2. Games are played with two 20-minute halves. It will be running time except for the last two minutes of the second half when the clock will be stopped for all dead balls.

3. Halftime will be two minutes.

4. Each team will get two 30-second timeouts per half. Timeouts do not carry over.

Overtime Games

1. There is no overtime period during the regular season. 

2. In the event that regulation play ends in a tie during playoffs, there will be a 5-minute (running time) overtime period. The second and any other overtime periods will be 2-minutes (running time) until a winner is determined.

3. Overtime periods will begin with a jump ball. Alternating possessions will be used after the tip.

4. Only one 30-second timeout may be called in overtime.

Personal Fouls

1. A player will be allowed five fouls. After receiving the fifth foul the player should remove themselves from the game.

2. Technical fouls will count as personal fouls. Two technical fouls will result in an automatic ejection.

Team Fouls

When a team commits its seventh personal foul in the half the opposing team will be in the bonus situation. The result of this will be the awarding of one and one free throws for each foul that is committed, excluding shooting fouls (two shots) and offensive fouls.

Flagrant Fouls

Any attempt to deliberately hurt or injure another player will carry the same penalty as a technical foul except the player committing the foul will be suspended for at least one league game and a maximum of the entire season.

Basic Playing Rules

1. No offensive player may remain in the foul lane for more than 3-seconds.

2. Dunking will be allowed in intramural games but any attempt to hang on the rim will result in an automatic technical foul (this is not a personal foul).

3. Only the captain may discuss an official's call.

4. Nets, wire, and other obstacles are out of bounds.