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MLBL House League Playing Time Policy

1) Each House team must play every team member at least fifty percent (50%) of the game in each game, not including overtimes. This includes all regular season games and any ensuing MLBL tournament games.

2) Coaches are encouraged but not required to have players participate with equal amounts of time in each half.

3) The following chart describes the minimum and maximums for playing time:

 

2nd Grade

3rd & 4th Grade

5th & 6th Grade

7th & 8th Grade

High School

Minimum Playing Time Per Player:

50% of game,

20 minutes of play

50% of game

12 minutes of play

50% of game

12 minutes of play

50% of game

14 minutes of play

25% of game

8 minutes of play

Maximum Playing Time Per Player:

Exception: when a team has less than 7 players

75% of game,

30 minutes play

75% of game

18 minutes of play

75% of game

18 minutes of play

75% of game

21 minutes of play

75% of game

24 minutes of play

5) Exceptions to the minimum playing time are as follows:

a) Injury,

b) Medical reason,

c) Discipline,

d) Excessive fouls.

(1) Excessive fouls are defined as follows:

(a) Two (2) fouls before the end of the first (1st) quarter

(b) Three (3) fouls before the end of the second (2nd) quarter

(c) Four (4) fouls before the end of the third (3rd) quarter

(d) Players arriving at games late or leaving early. The following guidelines will be followed for playing time should this occur:

  • Miss 1 Quarter: 3 minutes off playing time requirement
  • Miss 2 Quarters: take 1/2 of the minimum off playing time requirement
  • Miss 3 Quarters: No minimum playing time

6) Exceptions to the maximum playing time rule are as follows:

a) Team has less than seven eligible players at the start of the game

b) Team has less than eight eligible players AND one or more players have received Excessive fouls as described in (5)d above

7) Notification requirements for Playing Time Exceptions

a) For Injury or medical reasons exceptions:

(1) Coach must notify opposing coach prior to start of game (or during a timeout if the injury occurs during the game)

(2) Coach must notify the Division Coordinator in writing within 48 hours after the game

b) For discipline exceptions

(1) Coach must notify Division Coordinator 48 hours prior to game and receive approval from Division Coordinator

(2) Coach must show approval notice (e-mail) to opposing coach prior to the start of the game

c) For excessive fouls exception, or maximum playing time exception

(1) Coach must notify opposing coach during a timeout or at halftime

(2) Coach must notify the Division Coordinator in writing within 48 hours after the game

8) Enforcement of the Playing Time rules

a) All teams are required to designate one parent or the assistant coach to keep track of playing time. The parent or assistant coach may not be working at the scorer’s table

b) Team is required to keep track of the opposing team’s playing time

c) Head Coach should collect the playing time sheet and turn into the Division Coordinator as part of the game report

9) Penalties for playing time violations

a) 1st Offense – Warning issued to coach from the league

b) 2nd Offense – Team forfeits game and coach is suspended 1 game

c) 3rd Offense – Team forfeits game and coach is suspended for season

Travel and Select Teams:

Due to the competitive environment in our travel and select league games, Travel/Select players must earn their playing time. No minimum or maximums are set for the travel and select teams. More information on playing times and the commitment for the travel and select program is found in the Travel section.

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