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Rules & Regulations

Coach, please review all the rules with your parents/team prior to the season beginning.

Please read “The Code of conduct,” on the resources page on the website.
Wham jerseys must be worn and tucked in during the game. If they are not wearing a Wham jersey the athlete will not be allowed to play in the game.

No jewelry should be worn during a game or practice. Long hair must be pulled back into a ponytail. Nothing hard should be worn in the hair.

The game will consist of four 8-minute running quarters. The clock stops for time-outs and injuries.

The coach may be on the floor for kindergarten.
The coach remain at the player’s bench for 1st and 2nd Grade.

Basket HeightBall Size
K-2 Grade8 ft.Youth – 27.5”

The game will start with a jump ball.

Two 60 second time-outs per half.

Score will not be kept.

Defensive match ups may be done when needed.

All players must play at least half of each game.

Players who aren’t at practice or have discipline problems may, at the coach’s discretion, not get to play half of the game. Before the game begins, the coach must notify the child’s parents as to why they may not play half of the game.
The referees will be qualified to make the game a fun learning experience for the children.

The referee will stop play if there is a foul. The ball will be taken out of bounds. No free throws will be shot. The number of fouls on a player will not be kept, but the referee may ask a player to sit down for a short period of time if he is constantly fouling or violating other rules.

Traveling and double dribble will not be called. If a child is running with the ball, the referee will stop the child, back them up and let them begin again and instruct them to dribble the ball as they move forward.

1st – 2nd grade referee will correct the child by telling them to shoot or pass the ball. If the child then takes more than 3 steps, traveling will be called.

NO STEALING

The defense cannot touch the ball while the offensive player has control of the ball. Teach the children not to reach in and slap the ball. If they do, the referee will stop play and return the ball back to the offensive player. Remember no stealing.

No shot blocking, defensive player must have both hands straight up in the air while offensive player is shooting. The defensive players hands may touch the ball only if they are straight up and not actively trying to swing at the ball. No swinging or swatting at the ball.

The defensive players can intercept passes, pick up loose balls, and get rebounds.
There is no double teaming or trapping the ball handler. The defense cannot pick up the ball handler until they have passed half court.

Man to man defense should be taught — absolutely NO ZONE!

Teams that don’t have enough players to play a game (due to sickness, other activities, etc.) is considered a forfeit. To play the game so that all the players & other team that show up can still play, the team can field a team by adding players from another team (must be from the same division- kids from outside the league that are not signed up for the season in play, are not allowed to play). The team can also mix & match players with the opponent if the opponent agrees. The league enacted this rule to try to ensure all the kids that show up for the scheduled game get to play, even if a team is missing too many players to play the game. No matter how low your numbers, always show up to your game.

Practices are 1 hour per week in a school gym. Only enter at the time you are allotted and leave the gym promptly when it is over. Parents of children in K-2 may attend practices. Children that are not on the practicing team are NOT ALLOWED at practices or inside the building.

Coaches may not limit the size of their team. Wham will add players to teams if needed.

Coach, please review all the rules with your parents/team prior to the season beginning.

Please read “The Code of conduct,” on the resources page on the website.

Wham jerseys must be worn and tucked in during the game. If they are not wearing a Wham jersey the athlete will not be allowed to play in the game.
No jewelry should be worn during a game or practice. Long hair must be pulled back into a ponytail. Nothing hard should be worn in the hair.
Only one coach is allowed off the bench at a time. Coaches should not go onto the court during the game, they must stay in front or the side of their team bench.

High School Rules used other than variations listed on our rule sheet.

The game will consist of two 18-minute running halves. The clock stops for time-outs and injuries. Clock will be stopped on a dead ball the last 2 minutes of each half.

Basket HeightBall  Size
3-4 Grade Girls9 ft.Intermediate – 28.5”
3-4 Grade Boys10 ft.Intermediate – 28.5”

The game will start at the top of the hour. Scores will be kept. Score sheets must be filled out and each team must supply one adult for the score table. Score keepers will also keep track of the number of personal and team fouls. Score table volunteers may not be active participants during the games (no cheering or any interaction with players), violators will be asked to leave the gym.

All players must play at least half of each game. Players who aren’t at practice or have discipline problems may, at the coach’s discretion, not get to play half of the game. Before the game begins, the coach must notify the child’s parents as to why they may not play half of the game.

Two-60 second time outs per half.

Defensive match ups may be done by lining players up, so they know who they are guarding. This is only to be done at the beginning of the 1st and 2nd half. If it is needed again, it must be done by using a team timeout- 30 seconds for the timeout and the other 30 for the match up.
No free throws will be taken. A player that is fouled during the act of shooting will receive 1 point and the ball out of bounds. If the basket is made, they will receive 3 points and the defensive team gets the ball out of bounds.

After a player’s 5th personal foul, they will not be allowed to play the remainder of the game and must sit on the bench.
Double dribble and traveling violations will be enforced.

Absolutely no zone. Play man to man, no double teaming or trapping.

No shot blocking, defensive player must have both hands straight up in the air while offensive player is shooting. However, the defensive players hands may touch the ball only if they are straight up and not actively trying to swing at the ball. No swinging or swatting at the ball.
Stealing is allowed but please focus on playing good defense. Reaching and slapping will be called.

The defense cannot pick up the ball handler until they pass half court. However, full court press is allowed in the last 2 minutes of each half. No pressing allowed when a team is up by 15 or more.

Clock will be stopped on a dead ball the last 2 minutes of each half.

Five second lane violations will be called.

If the score is tied at the end of the 2nd Half, a 2-minute overtime with a running clock with one :30 timeout will be played. If an additional overtime is needed, it will be sudden death- first team to score wins.

Teams that don’t have enough players to play a game (due to sickness, other activities, etc.) is considered a forfeit. In order to play the game so that all the players & other team that show up can still play, the team can field a team by adding players from another team (must be from the same division, kids from outside the league that are not signed up for the season in play, are not allowed to play). The team can also mix & match players with the opponent if the opponent agrees. The game will show as a loss on the schedule for the team that didn’t have enough players show up, however, the game will still be played. The league enacted this rule to try to ensure all the kids that show up for the scheduled game get to play, even if a team is missing too many players to play the game. No matter how low your numbers are, always show up to your game.

Practices are 1 hour per week in a school gym. Only enter at the time you are allotted and leave the gym promptly when it is over. Schools have asked that parents and other children wait in the car during practice. Children that are not on the practicing team are NOT ALLOWED at practices or inside the building. No exceptions.

Coaches may not limit the size of their team. Wham will add players to teams if needed.

Coaches, please review all the rules with your parents/team prior to the season beginning.

Please read “The Code of conduct,” on the resources page.

Wham jerseys must be worn and tucked in at all times during the game. If they are not wearing a Wham jersey the athlete will not be allowed to play in the game.

No jewelry should be worn during a game or practice. Long hair must be pulled into a ponytail. Nothing hard should be worn in the hair.
Only one coach is allowed off the bench at a time. Coaches should not go onto the court during the game, they must stay in front or near their team bench.

 Basket HeightBall Size
5-8 Girls10 ft.Intermediate – 28.5”
5-8 Boys10 ft.Regulation Size – 29.5”

AIA High School Rules and rules listed below will be followed.

5th – 6th = NO ZONE ALLOWED – Play man to man, no double teaming or trapping.

7th – 12th = Zone is allowed.

The game will start at the top of the hour. Scores will be kept. Score sheets/book must be filled out and each team must supply one adult for the score table. Score keepers will also keep track of the number of personal and team fouls. Score table volunteers may not be active participants during the games (no cheering or any interaction with players/coaches), violators will be asked to leave the gym.

The game will consist of two 18-minute running halves. The clock stops for time-outs and injuries. Clock will be stopped on a dead ball the last 2 minutes of each half.

Full court press is allowed, except when a team is up by 15 or more.

All players play half of the game. Players who aren’t at practice or have discipline problems may, at the coach’s discretion, not get to play half of the game. Before the game begins, the coach must notify the child’s parents as to why they may not play half of the game.

If the score is tied at the end of the 2nd Half, a 2-minute overtime with a running clock with one :30 timeout will be played. If an additional overtime is needed, it will be sudden death- first team to score wins.

Teams that don’t have enough players to play a game (due to sickness, other activities, etc.) is considered a forfeit. In order to play the game so that all the players & other team that show up can still play, the team can field a team by adding players from another team (must be from the same division, kids from outside the league that are not signed up for the season in play, are not allowed to play). The team can also mix & match players with the opponent if the opponent agrees. The game will show as a loss on the schedule for the team that didn’t have enough players show up, however, the game will still be played. The league enacted this rule to try to ensure all the kids that show up for the scheduled game get to play, even if a team is missing too many players to play the game. No matter how low your numbers are, always show up to your game.

Practices are 1 hour per week in a school gym. Only enter at the time you are allotted and leave the gym promptly when it is over. Schools have asked that parents and other children wait in the car during practice. Children that are not on the practicing team are NOT ALLOWED at practices or inside the building. No exceptions.

Coaches may not limit the size of their team. Wham will add players to teams if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where do we practice?2023-03-22T21:08:23-07:00

Each week we have scheduled 1 hour of indoor gym time for team practices.  Practice locations vary each season. Coaches will determine place/day/time.

When and where are the games played?2023-03-22T21:09:20-07:00

Games are played in school gyms on Saturdays. Locations and times vary each season.

Can I watch practice?2023-12-18T13:57:20-07:00

WHAM has been asked by the schools to limit who is at the practices to the coaches and players on that team. There should always be 2 adults with the players in the gym. We ask that you please wait in your car in the parking lot. ABSOLUTELY NO OTHER CHILDREN should be at practice that are not on the practicing team’s roster.

Can I request my friend or coach during registration?2023-12-18T13:59:24-07:00

Yes, you will see the section to add a coach or friend/family member to play with. We will do our best to honor all requests, however, we can’t guarantee you will be on the same team as your friend/family or coach request. If you are a late registration requests are definitely not guaranteed and in most cases, we will have to place your child where there is a opening.

Can my child play up a grade?2023-03-22T21:13:33-07:00

Your child may play up a grade but never down. To make putting teams together easier, please register for the grade you would like your child to play in.

How are teams formed?2023-03-22T21:14:29-07:00

We start by forming teams by coach and friend requests. After that we always try our best to keep you as close to home/school as possible. However, nothing is guaranteed, everything depends on the number of kids that sign up in your area.

How many players per team?2023-03-22T21:15:47-07:00

Minimum of 6 players. Teams do not exceed 10 players per team so every player can receive a fair amount of playing time. Each player is to play at least ½ the game. If a player misses practice before a game, play time is up to the coach but has to be discussed with parents before game.

Is there a discount for coaches?2023-12-18T14:07:04-07:00

Yes, a onetime/per season discount will be refunded back after the 2nd game of the season. Coaching is not guaranteed.
*Discount will not be applied until the full amount of registration has been paid.
*If you have any unpaid fees from other seasons you will not be allowed to coach in future seasons.

Can I bring in a team?2023-03-22T21:17:10-07:00

Yes, but you are not allowed to limit the size of your team. If WHAM needs to place an athlete on your team, you are required to take them. Remember we are a recreational league not club.

Can I coach more than 1 team?2023-03-22T21:18:04-07:00

Yes, we have many coaches that have 2 or more teams. Just know that we try our best to make accommodations for the head coaches so you will have at least 1 hour in between games. We suggest always having an assistant coach if anything comes up. It is very hard to change schedules with so may having multiple teams.

I have a team that I coach outside of Wham; can I make a time request for games?2023-03-23T11:58:20-07:00

Because we have so many coaches that have 2 or more teams inside of Wham it is very hard to also include obstacles outside of Wham. We cannot make the schedule or make changes for anything outside of Wham.

What are the age divisions?2024-03-14T13:16:16-07:00

Kindergarten – Coed

Girls Division – 1st/2nd grade, 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade & 7th/8th grade.

Boys Division – 1st/2nd grade, 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade & 7th/8th grade.

High School Division

*Divisions, depending on numbers may be combined differently. For example, Kindergarten/1st grade or 2nd/3rd grade. If 2nd is combined with 3rd they will go by 2nd grade rules (there will not be a tournament if 2nd & 3rd are combined). We will not combine more than two grades for Kindergarten-4th grade.

*For older boys divisions if numbers are low divisions may be combined differently or multiple grades may be combined. For example, 5th-7th grade, 6th-7th grade, 8th-10th grade, 7th-10th grade.

*If numbers are low, grades may be coed.

Is there a tournament?2023-12-18T14:13:41-07:00

There is tournament play for 3rd grade – 8th grade. Winners of the tournament will receive an award.
*If 2nd and 3rd grade are combined there is no tournament for that age division. They will play by 2nd grade rules.

How long is the season?2024-03-14T13:17:55-07:00

The seasons are 7-8 weeks long. For 3rd grade – 12th grade, the first 6-7 weeks consist of regular season games and the final weeks are playoffs. You will be guaranteed 7-8 games K – 12th grade.

What is included in the registration?2023-12-18T14:17:04-07:00

Each player will receive a reversible jersey and a basketball.

What are the basketball heights and ball sizes?2024-03-15T10:50:33-07:00
Basket HeightBall Size
K-2 Grade8 ft.Youth – 27.5”
3-4 Grade Girls9 ft.Intermediate – 28.5”
3-4 Grade Boys10 ft.Intermediate – 28.5”
5-8 Girls10 ft.Intermediate – 28.5”
5-8 Boys10 ft.Regulation Size – 29.5”
What does my player need for practice & game days?2023-11-28T16:44:35-07:00

Each player should bring the uniform/basketball provided, basketball shoes and water.

Can I get a refund?2023-11-28T16:45:32-07:00

Absolutely NO REFUNDS! Please see the refund policy on the resources page.

Do you have a payment plan?2023-12-18T14:04:29-07:00

Yes, you can set that up at the end of registration before payment. A deposit is required.
*If you have a failed payment, late fees will be applied if not paid before the end of the season that your child played in.
*If you have any unpaid fees, you may not coach and your child will not be allowed to play in the next season till unpaid fees are paid in full.
*If you are unable to make a payment, please email Ann Forsgren at daforsgren@cox.net
*If you have a financial hardship please email Ann Forsgren at daforsgren@cox.net —-scholarships are available.

I am coaching this season and will have low numbers for a game. What do I do?2024-03-15T10:52:34-07:00

Teams that don’t have enough players to play a game (due to sickness, other activities, etc.) is considered a forfeit. In order to play the game so that all the players & other team that show up can still play, the team can field a team by adding players from another team (must be the same division). The team can also mix & match players with the opponent if the opponent agrees. The game will show as a loss on the schedule for the team that didn’t have enough players show up, however, the game will still be played. The league enacted this rule to try to ensure all the kids that show up for the scheduled game get to play, even if a team is missing too many players to play the game. No matter how low your numbers are, always show up to your game.

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