Urban Rec Coed Basketball Rules

CAPTAINS: you are expected to meet with the other captain prior to game time start to ensure everyone is on the same page and to open dialogue. It is YOUR responsibility to ensure YOUR teammates are playing by the rules and calling their fouls. If they are not, it is YOUR responsibility to call the fouls so the other team doesn’t feel the need or start to retaliate by also not calling fouls. If there is stress during a game, it is the job of the CAPTAINS to discuss and then manage their players.

Match/Game Rules

  1. For our 5-a-side full court leagues, a full starting lineup consists of 5 players including at least 2 women and 1 man on the floor. Teams can play with a minimum of 4 players including at least 1 woman and 1 man to avoid a forfeit. If a team has less than 4 players they will be subject to the Urban Rec Default Policy
  2. A match will consist of two 25 minute halves with a 2 minute break between halves. If games are delayed in starting, this time will be adjusted accordingly at the discretion of the supervisor.
  3. Before play, please check the area for any debris, puddles or dangerous obstacles and report these findings to your on-site staff.
  4. Any controversial play where teams are unable to determine the appropriate call due to not seeing the play, complexity of the situation, etc. can defer to the on-site supervisor. Should the on-site supervisor be unable to make a fair judgement call, the play will simply be reset. Once this is determined, the game will proceed without further discussion.
  5. UNSPORTSMANLIKE PLAY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED – Urban Rec leagues are recreational by design and sportsmanship is paramount. This is further articulated in the Urban Rec code of conduct that was signed by all players upon registering to play in any Urban Rec league.
  6. If the on-site supervisor witnesses any acts of flagrant contact, elbowing, cheap shots, or any type of aggressive play or unsportsmanlike act such as intentional contact (ie. Going for the body vs the ball), the game can be stopped and the player can be removed from the game for a minimum of 5 minutes by the onsite supervisor.
  7. Trash talking is illegal. (Trash talk is language communicated that may be offensive to the coordinator, opposing players, teams, or spectators). The coordinator has the right to determine what is offensive language. If trash talking occurs, the on-site staff will issue one warning. If it continues, the player or players will be ejected from the game.
  8. Absolutely NO CALLS PERMITTED from players not on the court OR not involved in the play. 
  9. While either OFFENSE OR DEFENSE can call a foul, only the players involved in a play should make the call. In the instance of disagreement between players making a call, the onsite supervisor can step in to resolve it in a reasonable manner.

All other standard basketball regulations apply unless otherwise mentioned in the below rules.


  1. Games start with a jump ball, with either the on-site staff or a participant, tossing the ball at center court. The team that does not win the jump ball will start with possession at the second half.
  2. Any time the offensive teams receives possession after a stoppage (ball out of bounds, foul call etc) the ball will be ‘checked in’ by the offense at the top of the key. Following the ‘check in’ the player MUST pass the ball or dribble then pass the ball. They MAY NOT score with a shot or lay up. 
  3. Players can be subbed in on the fly. No subbing ahead of the player coming off the court (for an offensive or defensive advantage). Players must sub in the back court and must be close enough distance to theoretically shake hands or high five.
  4. - Immaculata  - the three-point line is considered the green line.


  1. Urban Rec has extended the restricted area to the second hash mark from the foul line inside the key. Defensive players may not try and draw a charge inside this restricted area. CLICK HERE FOR VISUAL
  2. Full court man-to-man pressure is permitted, however—should a team lead the game by 15 points or more, the pressure must be removed & no attempts to defend the ball handler are permitted (impeding progress, trying to steal the ball, setting traps, and so on) before half court. Any infraction of this rule will result in the offending team being assessed a foul
  3. Male players may not jump to defend a shot by a female shooter. If this occurs the basket will count as 2 points.
  4. In the event of a jump ball (two opponents are both holding possession of the ball for 3 seconds), if one team won the tip off, then at the jump ball the other team would get the ball. Then switch the next time a jump ball happened.
  5. All games are self-refereed.  Any infractions will be discussed amongst the two players involved only. In the event of a foul during a scoring attempt, the ball is “checked up” from the top of the key by the team on offense.
  6. Absolutely NO ZONE DEFENSE is allowed.

Note that the above details are generic Basketball rules. The rules for each specific league may differ.