1. High School Rules

    • IHSSA and IGHSAU will be used except as noted below:
  2. Basketball

    • The 28.5″ basketball will be used in all games.
  3. Game Times
    • All games divided into two 20 minute halves.
    • All games will be played with a running clock and have a four-minute halftime.
    • Clock will stop for each dead ball situation when 2 minutes are left in second half and only with a 10-point or less lead. Otherwise clock will continue to run.
    • Boys and girls games will start with a jump ball with alternate possessions following.
  4. Overtime
    • If the score is tied at the end of regulation, there will be two 2-minute overtimes, if necessary. If the score remains tied at the end of the first overtime, a second 2-minute overtime will be played. If the score remains tied after a second overtime, the game will be counted as a tie. Clock will stop with each dead ball with 1 minute left in each overtime.
    • Each team will be allowed one 30 second timeout in overtime. No carryover.
  5. Time-outs
    • Each team will be allowed two 1-minute timeouts per half. No carryover.
    • Players and/or coaches of the team in control of the ball may request a timeout. There will be times, in the regular course of the game, that the official will not be able to hear the coach call a timeout. In this case, the coach must have a player on the floor gain the attention of the official to request a timeout.
  6. 3-point field goals
    • 3-point field goals will be allowed in all grade divisions for both girls & boys.
  7. Fouls & Free Throws
    Entire Game—Straight Rules
    • After the 7th team foul has been committed, we will shoot one-and-one.
    • Each made free throw will be worth 1 point.
    • After the 10th team foul, 2 bonus shots will be given, worth 1 point each.
    • On a missed 3-point shooting foul, 3 free throws will be allowed, worth 1 point each.
    • On a made 3-point shooting foul, 1 free throw will be allowed, worth 1 point.

    Additional Rules

    • The free throw line for 2nd, 3rd & 4th grade boys, and 3rd, 4th & 5th grade girls will be set at 12′. All other divisions will shoot from the regular distance.
    • Intentional fouls will result in 2 free throws and possession of the ball.
    • Flagrant fouls will result in the player becoming ineligible for the remainder of the game.
    • Players are allowed five (5) personal/technical fouls during the game.
  8. Full Court Pressing & Zone Defense
    • 2nd & 3rd grade boys and 3rd & 4th grade girls will NOT be allowed to press or play any type of zone defense!
    • Man-to-man defense will be enforced at all times. A warning will be issued an then an illegal defense technical will be called. This will result in 2 free throws worth 1 point each and possession of the ball.
    • All other boys and girls grades may play a zone and press* at any time during the game
      • *Full court press is NOT allowed when a team is leading by 10+ points.
  9. Uniforms
    • Reversible shirts are encouraged.
    • Legal number include: 1–5, 10–15, 20–25, 30–35, 40–45, 50–55.
  10. Officials
    • All scheduled games will have 2 officials.
  11. Coaches
    • Only team players and a maximum of 2 coaches will be allowed to sit on the bench during games. All other individuals must sit in the stands.
    • Coaches will be allowed to stand only to motivate and coach the players in a positive manner! If an official asks you to sit down, you must comply! Failure to do so will result in an immediate technical foul.
  12. Technical Fouls

    Iowa Gym Rats has adopted the following for all coaches and players:

    • First Technical = Warning
    • Second Technical = Immediate removal from the game.
    • Third Technical = Individual will be banned from the Iowa Gym Rats League for the remainder of the season.

    This is not per game but rather each season.

  13. Game Balls
    • Game balls will be provided by Home Team.


Special Rules for:

2nd & 3rd Grade Boys
2nd, 3rd & 4th Grade Girls

  • 9′ basket rims will be used for the 2nd girls & boys, 3rd girls & boys, and 4th grade girls divisions.
  • Free throw distance will be set at 12′ for all 5 divisions.
  • In order to develop necessary offensive skills, player-to-player defense will be employed exclusively. No “stealing the dribble” will be allowed. Stealing will be allowed on the pass only. This is necessary in order to develop dribbling skills and build confidence in some of the younger players. Officials will watch for stalling that may result from this rule. A 5-second closely guarded turnover may be called if there is no effort to advance the ball. This does not include a player who has lost control of his/her dribble. It will be the discretion of the official whether the player has maintained control. A defensive player may not be the cause of lost control, due to swiping at the ball while the offensive player is dribbling.