ARC- Royal League Guidelines


 (Revised 1/23/13) 

 1. All teams have to bring copies of birth certificates, school ID’s with picture, and report cards to all games. Any player who is challenged and does not have all the materials will not be allowed to play in the game. 

 2. Rosters have to be completed before a team’s first game. If a team shows up for their game without a roster on file, that team’s coach will have to fill out a roster before the game begins. The game will not begin until the coach completes the roster form. Any late additions to the roster may be made by calling the ARC office and providing the roster information by Wednesday of the week prior to his first game, which will enable him to be added to the score sheet. No player may be added to a roster or score sheet at game time. A player may be added to the roster up to and including the fourth week of league play. No players may be added after a team has played four games. All players must be added to the roster before they can play in the league. Any use of a player not on the roster will result in an automatic forfeit. A player must have played in at least three (3) games to be eligible for the play-offs. If a player was injured, you must have played one game to be eligible for play-offs. At each game, a team’s score sheet will be compared to a team’s roster to confirm that all players are registered. Additional players can only be added to the roster by the Wednesday prior to their first game. 

 3. Starting with the ARC-Royal Fall League, League Directors Chris Wright and Shawn Simon will determine where teams should be placed. The first week of league play will be the week to evaluate all teams and make appropriate placements. If a team enters the league after the first week, that team will be placed in a regular division until an evaluation can be made. Divisions will be offered from 8U/2nd grade through High School. If the League Directors determine that there is a difference in the talent level of a division, they will set up a second division in that age/grade group for teams that are not able to compete with the stronger teams in the division. If a team wins a championship in any division for two consecutive times in dominating fashion, that team will be moved up to the next age/grade division. A player can play on as many teams in a division as he wants for league play, but can only play on one team in the playoffs in that division. A player can play on teams in as many different divisions as he wants, as long as he is eligible for those divisions. Age is based upon September 1, 2013. However, a team is allowed 3 grade exceptions. For example, if an 8-year old turns 9 before September 1, 2013 but is in the second grade, he is considered a grade exception, and he is eligible for the 8U/2nd division. Conversely, if a player is in the third grade, but does not turn 9 until after September 1, 2013, he would still be eligible for the 8U/2nd by virtue of his age. In the high school divisions, players cannot play in a division lower than their age or grade. For example, if a player is a freshman (9th grade) or sophomore (10th grade) then they can play in any high school division in the league, (Frosh/Soph, JV, or Varsity). If a player is a junior (11th grade) in high school, they can only play in the JV or Varsity divisions. If a player is a senior (12th grade), they can only play in the Varsity division. 

 4. If a team forfeits a game it will be given a choice of paying a $100 fine payable by the following Tuesday to get back on the schedule, or losing a game on the schedule the following Sunday to the team whom it forfeited. If a team forfeits a second time, it will be dismissed from the league without any refund. If you sign up for the league, please make the commitment to play every game, and do not forfeit. There will be NO refunds once the league begins. Any use of ineligible players is an automatic forfeit. If a team is found to have used ineligible players by the League Directors at any time, that team will be assessed a forfeit, even though their team was not challenged by their opponent prior to the game. Simply put: If an ineligible player is used, whether due to ignorance or otherwise, that team will have to forfeit all games in which the player played, whether he was challenged or not. If a team commits a second offense, all games will be forfeited, and the team will be disqualified from the play-offs. The third offense will result in the team’s dismissal from the league. If a team objects to these rules, it may leave the league, but there will be no refund. Do not use ineligible players or your team will pay the penalty. If you cheat, you lose. 

 5. Games will consist of 20-minute running time halves. Stop time will be used for the last 2 minutes of the game if there is less than a 10 point differential in the score. If the differential goes below 10, stop time will again be used. 3 full time-outs per game will be allowed. The first overtime will consist of 3 minutes, with 2 minutes of running time, and one minute of stop time, with an additional time-out given to each team. All additional overtimes will follow the same structure as the first overtime. 

 6. No pressing in the Future Stars (5 – 7 yrs old). Teams ahead by 20 points or more at any point in the game must play defense behind half court. First offense: Warning, Second and all additional offenses: 2 shot technical. The coach of the team losing by 20 can allow the press to continue if they choose to. IVY League Only (8U). Pressing will be allowed if both coaches agree. 

 7. Girls’ teams will play boys rules, since no shot clock will be used. For example, if a player is closely guarded for five seconds on a held ball or dribble, it becomes a violation and the ball is turned over the other team. The 10-second backcourt rule is also in effect. Girls may play on the same team as boys, but can no longer play one year down in a division. Girls must play in their own age group if they play with boys’ teams. 

 8. The league fees are $775 for 7 games, $725 for 6 games, and $675 for 5 games. The league fees are to be decided and paid for in advance before a team begins play in the league. League play will consist of at least 7 games. All teams in the youth divisions and the top four teams from each high school division will be involved in the single elimination play-offs. Individual awards will be given to all players on the teams that finish first and second in the youth divisions and first in the high school divisions. There will be no make-up games. If a team enters a league in the second week of play, $50.00 will be deducted from their league fee, and they will play 6 games. If a team enters the league in the third week of play $100.00 will be deducted from their league fee, and they will play 5 games. No teams will be allowed to enter the league after the third week of play. 

 9. If two teams are tied, the first tie-breaker is head-to-head. If more than 2 teams tie, a point differential among the teams tied will be applied (The maximum that you can beat a team and still gain an advantage is 15 points). The score of all forfeits shall be 2-0. 

 10. All teams will use a regulation size basketball, except for the teams in the FUTURE STARS, IVY LEAGUE, PAC 10, SEC, & BIG 10, who will use a size 28.5 basketball. All divisions are allowed to use a regulation size basketball if both coaches agree before the start of the game. 

 11. There will be an admissions charge each league day of $7 for adults, $3 for seniors & students, and children under 6 will be free. A person is considered a senior at age 60. Coaches need to make parents aware of admission charges. 

 12. Good sportsmanship and behavior must be displayed by all players, coaches, and parents at all times. Parents or coaches are not allowed to taunt the opponent’s players. ARC reserves the right to demand a proper conduct of sportsmanship and have those who violate good sportsmanship removed from the gym. Any player receiving a technical foul will be removed from the game, and will have to sit out three minutes before he can return to the game. A participant or spectator who gets ejected for fighting will not be allowed in the gym for the team’s next game. In all other concerns not covered by these guidelines, high school rules will be followed. Any coach who gets ejected from a game cannot enter the gym for any of the team’s games during the next week of play. If a coach gets ejected more than once in a single season, they will not be able to return for the remainder of that season. 

 13. A strong effort will be made to discourage requests for schedule changes after a schedule has already been made. The schedule makers will accept requests prior to the start of the league, but once the league has begun, no more requests will be accepted. The schedule maker always tries to make it possible for a coach who coaches multiple teams to be able to coach all of his teams. However, requests for certain times and particular gym locations will be attempted to be accommodated, but cannot be guaranteed. The league runs from 9am to 9pm at various gym locations in the Valley, and that should be understood by all who participate. After the schedule has been made, and a team must request a change, that team will be asked to pay a fee of $100 to make that change if it can be done. The team that is affected by the change will be given a credit of $50 for the next session if they agree to the change. If ARC makes a mistake in the schedule and has to make a change, then ARC will give a credit of $50 per team for the next session to all teams affected by the change. Thus, it is hoped that there will be NO schedule changes after the schedule has been made. 

 14. Any refusal to comply with the above 13 rules may result in a team’s dismissal from the league with NO refund.