Reston Youth Club: Rules/Policies

Summer Games Rules and Policies for 2021

This document is intended as a general guide to the RYC Basketball Rules and policies, as well as player, coach and/or spectator responsibilities. It is for informational use only. From time to time, the RYC Basketball Board reviews its policies, procedures and rules and will make revisions based on the need for and desirability for change. Any policy, procedure or rule outlined in this document may be modified at any time by the Board without advance notice. Additionally, depending on the circumstances of a particular situation, the RYC Basketball Board remains free to decide in all cases whether to apply the policies expressed herein to any particular set of circumstances. By registering your child to play in the RYC Basketball league or yourself to coach, you agree to become aware of the information contained in the manual and abide by it.

Reston Youth Club Basketball is a summer league that focuses on developing skills, engaging in healthy competition and exhibiting positive sportsmanship at all times. All rules and league decisions foster these developments.

  1. Eligibility
  2. Registration & Fees
  3. Roster Guidelines
  4. Team Practices
  5. Season Scheduling
  6. Game Day
  7. Playoffs
1. Eligibility
  1.1 All players are eligible to play for only one division and one team per summer.
  1.2 Eligibility for participation in a given age bracket is determined by a players age on June 14th 2021.

Division Eligibility
Future Stars Beginners: Boys & Girls age 5 - 9
9U Boys & Girls age 9 & Under
11U Boys age 11 & Under
WNBA Girls age 10 - 13
13U Boys age 13 & Under
JV Boys age 15 & Under
Varsity Boys age 18 & Under AND Class of 2021 or younger
League commissioners have the right to place a player in a division based on their skill level.

2. Registration & Fees - All individual/team registrations must be submitted prior to league participation.
  2.1 Individual ("Free Agent")
  • In order to avoid being placed on the waitlist, please have all individuals registered by May 10th, 2021.
  • All individuals must be evaluated by the league in order to be placed on a team.
    Please refer to the Evaluation tab to see the evaluation dates, time slots, and policies.
  2.2 Team Registration
  • All team registrations must be submitted by May 17, 2021.
  • Team rosters must have between 10 and 15 players by May 17, 2021.
  • Teams can begin the registration process with at least 4 players. Team will have until May 17th to bring the roster up to 10 players or RYC will add players to your roster.
  • Players on a team registered roster cannot attend an evaluation.
  2.3 Waitlist Placement
  • Players placed on a team from the waitlist will have 24 hours from receiving the placement email to submit payment/documents or RYC will place the next player in line on the waitlist.
Free Agent/Team Fee Schedule
All fees must be paid prior to the start of the season.
Category Paid by April 18th, 2021 Paid after April 18th, 2021
In County Out of County In County Out of County
Individual/Free Agent $115 $145 $125 $155
Team $1100 $1400(max) $1200 $1500(max)
There will be a $20 processing fee for refunds before June 1st, and NO Refunds AFTER JUNE 1st.
Individual placement after Registration deadline will include a $20 processing fee.
Team placement after Registration deadline will include a $50 processing fee.

3. Roster Guidelines
  3.1 All evaluated Free Agents will be assigned to teams by June 1, 2021.
  3.2 The league reserves the right to add players to any team.
  3.3 Roster changes can only be made with league approval. Failure to receive league approval will result in forfeiture of violated games.

4. Team Practices
  4.1 Teams will have at least 1 practice per week beginning in June.
  4.2 Practice day(s) and times will be at the discretion of the coach based on player availability.
  4.3 Due to indoor gym space limitations, most practices will be held at an outdoor court.

5. Season Scheduling
  5.1 Matchups: The league reserves the right to match-up teams based on skill/record for best possible competition after the season starts. The goal is to have as many competitive games as possible throughout the course of the season.
  5.2 Schedule Changes: The league cannot guarantee that schedule requests can be accommodated. All teams are expected to be able to play Monday - Friday between 5:30 - 10pm. Except for an emergency, a schedule change request must be made at least 48 hours in advance, and must be approved by the league. A change will be considered only if less than five players can make the game. If a coach can not attend a game, there must be an alternate adult present to coach the team.
  5.3 The league reserves the right to modify the game times & final weeks scheduling based on competitive play and playoff implications.
  5.4 Schedule Updates: Check this website after 4:00 p.m. on a daily basis for up-to-date schedule information.

  5.5 Do NOT print/save your schedule: As much as we would like the schedule set once published, changes can happen.
It is best to bookmark your team's schedule by following these steps on the website:
Schedule > Select your Division > Select your Team > Click "Printable Schedule".
This is the page to bookmark as it will always reflect the latest schedule.

6. Game Day
  6.2 Teams will not have access to the inside of the building any earlier than 10 minutes before gametime.
  6.3 At the end of each game, all players, coaches and parents/team managers MUST immediately exit the gym.
  6.4 Jersey: Players are required to wear the official league shirt for league play. An acceptable replacement of a like-colored shirt will be allowed.
  6.5 Team Bench:
  • One adult coach must be present at each game.
  • Only one coach per team can stand during a game.
  • Players not in the game must remain seated on the bench at all times.
  6.6 Table Assignments: A Team Manager from each team will keep track of the game at the score table.
  • Clock
  • Game Book
  6.7 A team must have four (4) eligible roster players to begin a game at tipoff time. A forfeit will result if a team has fewer than five eligible players by the end of halftime.

Game Clock Rules
Game Clock Clock Stops Halftime Playing Time Minimum
15-Minute Halves Free Throws
Final Minute of Halves/OT
2 Minutes
10 Minutes
Timeouts: 4 Total (2 - 30 sec; 2 - Full)
1st OT: 2 Minutes 2nd OT: 1 Minute 3rd OT: Sudden Death

  6.8 Backcourt Defenses
  • 9U - No Backcourt Defense in the first half or if up 10+ points.
  • 11U / WNBA / 13U / JV / Varsity - No Backcourt Defense if up 10+ points.
  6.9 Player/Team Fouls
  • A player will be “fouled out” once they have 5 personal fouls.
  • "Bonus" (1 & 1): Seventh Team Foul of the half.
  • "Double Bonus" (2 Shots): Tenth Team Foul of the half.
  • Technical Foul (2 Shots + Possession): A player or coach who receives two technical fouls in a game will be ejected and will have to serve an additional one game suspension.
  • FLAGRANT FOULS WILL RESULT IN PLAYER AND/OR TEAM SUSPENSIONS. A player who commits a flagrant "T" will be immediately ejected from the game and face a minimum of a one game suspension. A team that commits two flagrant fouls in a game will forfeit the game and face the possibility of league suspension. A second incident by a player or team will result in suspension or expulsion from the league.
  6.10 SPORTSMANSHIP: Adults are expected to set an example for the league. Anyone not able to control their language, behavior, or show good sportsmanship will:
  1. Be warned.
  2. Receive a technical foul.
  3. Be ejected and suspended for at least one game.
  4. Lose the privilege of coaching/attending games.
7. Playoffs
  7.1 Player Eligibility: Players must play at two regular season to be eligible for the playoffs.
  7.2 Playoff Seeding Tie Breakers
  1. Total Wins
  2. Head-To-Head
  3. Least Points Allowed (Average based on non-forfeit games)
  7.3 Team Eligibility/Seeding
  1. Teams that forfeit two games without proper league notification will be ineligible for the playoffs.
  2. The league reserves the right to adjust a team's seeding and/or playoff brackets based on regular season performance (i.e. strength of schedule; unbalanced schedule; dominance in a division; etc.)