League Rules & Regulations

FABA Asian American Basketball Conference League Rules

Rules are designed to provide a level playing field for the participants in our leagues and programs. The rules governing fair play are consistently reviewed.

SPORTSMANSHIP CREED

Our opponents and the officials are our guests. Help keep this a game; we are opponents, not enemies. Spectators and coaches represent their teams as do the athletes. Signs are welcome. Cheer loudly and freely, but in a positive manner.

I. Fairfax County and School Gym Regulation:

1. It is against the law to smoke inside the building and outside the school grounds. It is also against the school regulation to bring any food in the gym. Violation of the above law may forfeit our gym privilege with the county and cancellation of the league/tournament should this happen.

2. No automobiles shall be operated or parked other than in the designated parking area. Violation may result in cancellation of our permit.

II. Tournament Format:

1. Depending on the number of teams participating in a division, the division maybe divided into groups to properly schedule the games.

2. For a team to be eliminated, the team must lose twice (double elimination).

3. Drawing of lots or seeding will determine the order of the teams.

III. League Format:

1. Depending on the number of teams participating in a division, the division maybe divided into groups to properly schedule the games.

2. A total of eight regular season games plus playoff for all participating teams.

3. Seeding will determine the order of the teams in the playoffs.

IV. Team Eligibility:

1. Must be a bonafide player of Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC, Inc or a recognized team invited by Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC, Inc.   

2. Must be an organized Filipino-American/Asian American club or team.

V. Rosters:

1.  An official approved roster shall be submitted for each team entered in a FABA league/tournament.

2.  Players(s) may not be added to a roster at the game location site. 

3.  Rosters shall be submitted to the Board of Director by the date published for each sport (timelines) and must be accompanied by the following documentation:

    a.  Registration form and applicable fees for activity.

    b.  The signed copy of the Conduct Form.

4. Teams can only make changes in a roster in the beginning of the second game afterwards all roster are final.

VI. Player Qualifications:

1. All-Filipino League and Tournaments:

Must be of Filipino-American blood or heritage (born in the Philippines, or born in USA with one of the parents of Filipino ancestry, or any one of his/her grandparents of Filipino ancestry. Any doubt under this provision that results in a challenge from the opposing team shall require the player in question to present his/her proof of Filipino heritage. A passport and a birth certificate must be presented.

2. Asian/Pacific Islander American League and Tournament:

Must be of Asian/Pacific-American blood or heritage (born in Asia and Pacific Island), or born in USA with one of the parents of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry, or any one of his/her grandparents of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry. Any doubt under this provision that results in a challenge from the opposing team shall require the player in question to present his/her proof of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. A passport and a birth certificate must be presented. This will be strictly imposed to any player who is in question. If a such player can't provide the information needed, all games he played will be forfeited. No exception.

3. Must be a resident of Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. No residents of other states are allowed, unless a student of a University, College or any other Schools in the DC Metro area.

3. Must be listed in the team roster. Only the players who are in the roster form are allowed to play and he must play at least 2 regular season games to be eligible to play in the play-offs.

4. Must submit a registration/permission form before the specified deadline.

5. Must provide proof of his/her age, if question.

VII. Uniforms:

1. Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC Inc will provide uniforms for teams playing in a Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC Inc sponsored sports youth program only.

             2. Uniforms may not be altered.

             3. Every team player must wear their assigned jersey otherwise an automatic technical will be assessed to the offending party.  Officiating referees will call the technical foul when his/her team has possession. A 2 shots foul and a possession will be awarded to the opposing team. Team will be charge a team foul.

             4. Participants must tuck-in jerseys. Player(s) will be given a warning during the 1st infraction then a technical foul will be assess if player(s) continue to allow it hang and ignore. Referees will use his discretion in determining who’s who to assess. This rule only applies in all youth league/tournaments.

             5. Player(s) may not wear pants or shorts that contain belt loops or pockets during athletic contest for safety purposes. Participants may not wear any type of jewelry during warm ups or actual competition at any time.

VIII. Game Conduct:

1. Exhibiting an un-sportsmanlike conduct and initiating a confrontation is an automatic removal in a game and a suspension if it warrants. Anybody throws a punch is an automatic suspension for the rest of the season.

2. Anyone leave the bench after an altercation ensued will be an automatic one game suspension.

3. If the whole team left the bench after an altercation that team will be suspended for the rest of the season and will not be afforded a refund.

4. If both benches cleared after an altercation, both teams will be suspended for the rest of the season and will not be afforded a refund. 

5. Foul language is strictly prohibited and will be ask to leave the gym immediately.

6. Coaches, parents and spectators shall be fully responsible for all actions that take place immediately prior to, during, or immediately following any athletic contest scheduled. Yelling at and/or confronting a referee by a parent/relatives will result in a technical foul being assessed to the child’s team.

7. Only coaches and players are allowed in team bench. Anyone who wishes to sit on a team bench will be ask to leave.

8. Please respect game officials, timers and scorekeepers they are all volunteers. They have the authority to throw anybody out of the court as well as the gym.

9. All players and volunteers must leave the gym in a neat and orderly condition in the manner it was found. Please help all our volunteers to keep the gym specially the bathroom clean by policing ourselves after using and picking up your water bottles after playing.

IX. Disciplinary Action:

             1. Disciplinary action will be taken against any player, coach, team, and/or parent for un-sportsmanlike conduct, falsification of rosters, or any other acts that may be considered detrimental to Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC Inc sports program.

2. The Commissioner will decide disciplinary action that may include suspension from a particular game to expulsion from Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC Inc programs.

3. Disciplinary rulings made by the Commissioner are subject to review by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

X. Protest Rules:

1. Any judgment rendered by the referees is final and cannot be subjected to protest.

2. Any other protest must be submitted in writing to any league/tournament officials within 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game protested.

3. The opposing team must be furnished a copy of the protest.

4. The Commissioner will render the decision on any protested game.

5. An appeal can be made to the Board of Directors with the Commissioner not voting.

6. In a tournament, there will be a $100 fee for protesting an ineligible player such as overage or origin. $50 will be refunded if protest is proven to be valid and $100 is not refundable if protest is invalid.

XI. Forfeiture:

1. If a team lacks five (5) players at start time, they may begin the game with four (4) players.  However, the team with four (4) players must have their fifth player by the start of the 2nd half; and that player must be on the authorized team roster. If a team doesn't have enough players to start a game, for every minute elapsed in game time, the other team will be awarded a point for every minute.

2. Three (3) forfeit games in a season is subject to removal.

3. Any forfeiture of game a $100 fee will be assessed in 1st offense and $200 the next after. This fee must be paid before team resume playing otherwise will not be allowed.

XII. Cancellations:

         In the event of inclement weather, the League will operate under the Fairfax County Schools closing policy. This policy states that games will be cancelled only if the school is closed.  It is the coach’s responsibility to notify their players/parents.

XII. Game Format:

1. 20 minutes running time in the first half then another 20 minutes in the second half.

2. Stop clock on all team time-outs and official time-outs. 

3. Stop clock at all officials whistle in the last 2 minutes of the regulation and last minute of all overtimes.

4. A 30 seconds shot clock will be instituted in the last 3 minutes of the game to discourage teams from holding the ball to take time off the clock when leading. If the opposing team is leading by more than 9 points in the last 3 minutes of the game or anytime in between, shot clock is off.

5. Three minutes overtime and all succeeding overtimes. Team fouls situation will continue in OT and time outs cannot carry over into overtime and succeeding overtimes. All teams will have one timeout every overtime.  Sudden death in the 4th overtime, whoever score first wins.

6. Stop clock on all free throws attempts in the last 10 minutes of the second half of all semi-final and championship games.

7. Clock will be stop after a made basket in the last minute during all playoff games. 

XIV. Fouls:

1. Five personal fouls for all adult leagues/tournaments.

2. Team fouls – one on one penalty on the 7th team foul, two shot penalty on the 10th team foul per half.

3. Technical/Intentional foul is two free throws plus possession of the ball after the free throws.

3. Technical foul is counted as personal and team foul. Two consecutive technical fouls is an automatic ejection of the game.

XV. Time-outs:

1. Time-out is one minute duration.

2. Two full time-out per team in each half for a total of four. You can only carryover one time-out in the second half, if you wish not to use your allotted time-outs in the first half.

3. Coaches can call time-outs from the bench except the last 2 minutes of the game, only players on the court are allowed to call time-out.

4. An extra time-out for each team in overtime.

XVI. Spectator Seating/Safety – For safety purposes, no spectators are allowed to sit directly behind the baskets.

         Let’s all contribute to our success by playing hard but fair and in a sportsmanlike nature.  Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC, Inc relies to all their members to cooperate and follow all rules and regulations to have success in all events. Remember it is not our right to use the county gyms the county is assigning us, it is our privilege. Let’s continue to do the right thing, be responsible and enjoy what we have. 

FABA Youth League Rules

Rules are designed to provide a level playing field for the participants in our leagues and programs. Consequently, rules that may appear relaxed or strict have been written in this fashion because parents, coaches, and Board of Directors have determined that the rule, in its current form, provides the most equitable opportunity for our youth to develop athletic skills and to compete. The rules governing fair play are consistently reviewed

SPORTSMANSHIP CREED

Our opponents and the officials are our guests. Help keep this a game; we are opponents, not enemies. Spectators and coaches represent their teams as do the athletes. Signs are welcome. Cheer loudly and freely, but in a positive manner.

I.                   League Play

1.      The League will start September 27, 2015 and championship play will be on December 13, 2015. Each team will play eight (8) regular season games. Every team makes the playoff for a guarantee of nine (9) games minimum.

2.      Seeding will determine the order of the teams in the playoffs.

3.      Games will be played on Sundays.

II.                 Periods of play:

1.      Twenty (20) minute running time in the first half then another twenty (20) minutes in the other half.

2.      Stop clock on all time-outs and official time-outs

3.      Stop clock at all officials whistle in the last 2 minutes of the regulation and last minute of all overtimes.

4.      Time-outs: Two (2) – Fulls & Two (2) - 30's

5.      Team fouls – one on one penalty on the 7th team foul, two shot penalty on the 10th team foul per half.

6.      20 POINT RULE !!! IF A TEAM IS DOWN BY 20 PTS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND HALF THE CLOCK ONLY STOPS FOR TIME OUTS.

7.      A team cannot press if they are up by 20 or more points in the second half.

8.      Overtime: will be a three (3) minutes. Each team will receive one (1) full time-out. Time-out not used in regulation play will be carried over to overtime play.

9.       There will be a five (5) minute grace period for the first game of the day only.  Every team after the first game of the day should be ready to play at the posted game time. There is no make-up game unless the gym has been closed due to no fault of THE LEAGUE.

III.             Forfeiting Rule

1.      If a team lacks five (5) players at start time, they may begin the game with four (4) players.  However, the team with four (4) players must have their fifth player by the start of the 2nd half; and that player must be on the authorized team roster.

2.      If a team forfeits two (2) games after the second forfeit the team will be removed from the league with no refund consideration!

3.      Any forfeiture of game, a $100 fee will be assessed in 1st offense and $200 the next after. This fee must be paid before team resume playing otherwise will not be allowed. 

IV.              Protest Rules

1.      There will be no Protest allowed involving a judgment call by a game official.

2.      Any other protest must be submitted in writing to any league/tournament officials within 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game protested.

3.      The opposing team must be furnished a copy of the protest.

4.      The President will render the decision on any protested game.

5.      An appeal can be made to the Board of Directors with the President not voting.

6.      Coaches can request a time-out for rule clarification.

V.                Eligibility / Team Roster

1.       Team roster should have at least seven (7) and no more the fifteen (15) players. Age divisions based on AAU age rules.

2.      An official approved roster shall be submitted for each team entered.

3.      Rosters shall be submitted to the President by the date published for each league (timelines) and must be accompanied by the following documentation:

a. Registration form and applicable fees for activity. 

b. Copy of Birth Certificate and Report Card.

c. The signed copy of the Waiver/Conduct Form.

4.      Teams can only make changes in a roster in the beginning of the third game afterwards all roster are final.

5.      Grade Exceptions: maximum of three (3) per team.

6.      Players on final roster must play in at least two (2) regular season games to be eligible to play in the playoffs.

7.      A player can "play up" on a team from the same and or different organization. Playing up means the player is playing in an age division that is older than his or her current age classification.

8.      Players and Coaches ejected from a game for unsportsmanlike conduct or flagrant violation of the rules will be automatically suspended for one (1) of his or her games. A player receiving a second ejection within the season will be suspended for three (3) games including playoff games. If a coach feels he or she was unjustly ejected, he or she must submit a written communication explaining the suspension.

9.      There will be no changes in the regular season or playoff schedules unless change is due to circumstances beyond THE LEAGUE control such as bad weather or gym change as deemed by staff of the various facilities.

VI.             Equipment

1.      The game will be played with regulation size basketball (29.5 for 7th Grade and up) and (28.5 for 6th Grade and below).

2.      The Home Team is listed second on the schedule. The Home Team wears White/Light uniforms for the games. Teams must wear a Basketball jersey at the least.

3.      All players must be completely equipped in the same type and color of jersey at the minimum. In case of similarity between two teams playing a game, as determined by the game official, the Home Team shall be responsible for changing jersey colors. Reversible jerseys are preferred.

VII. Cancellations

1.  In the event of inclement weather, the League will operate under the Fairfax County Schools closing policy. This policy states that games will be cancelled only if the school is closed.  It is the coach’s responsibility to notify their players/parents.

IX. Developmental Rules for ages 6-10 years old:

1. OFFICIAL'S’ DISCRETIONThe rules governing the Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC Inc Basketball League allows the officials great discretion in interpreting if the violation of a rule has taken place. The interpretation shall be based on his/her assessment of the participants’ execution of skills and abilities. However, consistency and fairness are expected.

2. ABSENT PLAYERSCoaches who have players that missed two (2) consecutive practices are not required to play that player in the upcoming game. However, if the player is allowed to dress and sit on the bench then the “SUBSTITUTIONS” rule is in effect. Any coach who decides not to play a participant using this rule must notify the parent(s) prior to game day.

3. AGEParticipants must be between the ages of 6 and 10 as of the first day of registration.

4. BASKETBALLSGames are played with a Pee Wee sized basketball Baden 110 or an equivalent.

5. FAST BREAKS – A fast break is viewed as the change of possession followed by the quick advancement of the ball before the defense has the opportunity to get back and set up. Fastbreak is not allowed. This will give both teams the time to set up offense and defense on a changed possesion.

7. FULL COURT PRESS – Any effort by the defensive team to prevent the offensive team from advancing the ball across half-court line. Development League teams are not allowed to press.

8. For ages 6-10 years old defensive team cannot extend beyond the 3-point line. It gives the offensive team an opportunity to pass around and not be pressured. It gives the kids ages 6-10 years old the chance to touch the ball. The offensive team though cannot use this rule to stall or waste time.

It should also noted that "FREEZING" (holding) the ball on offense outside of the any of the restraining lines is discouraged. Repeated violations of the spirit of these rules by a team or coach should be referred to FABA of Metro DC, Inc. Youth Coordinators.  

VIII. Participation Rule for Developmental League ages 6 to 10 years old:

These rules are designed to insure that all players participating in a youth developmental league ages 6 to 10 years old are given adequate playing time for the benefit and enjoyment of the players and families.

a.) All teams must have a maximum of 10 players.

b.) All players must play at least 2 quarters (play-offs included), the coaches will have the responsibility to make sure everybody got at least 2 quarters.

c.) Failure of a team to comply after warnings by table officials will cause the team a technical foul per infraction. The penalty will be assessed at the start of the next game. If the team violates the participation rule twice, all 2 games will be a forfeit.

d.) Participation rule does not apply in overtime.

e.) All rules will be monitor by the assigned officers and table officials during games.

Tips to be a good sports parent:

Encourage your child, regardless of his or her degree of success or level of skill.

Ensure a balance in your students athlete's life, encouraging participation in sports and activities while placing academics first.

Emphasize enjoyment, development of skills and team play as the cornerstones of your child early sports experiences while reserving serious competition in a varsity level.

Leave coaching to coaches and avoid placing too much pressure on your youngster about playing time and performance.

Be realistic about your child's future in sports, recognizing that only a select few will earn college scholarship let alone compete in the Olympics or sign a professional contract.

Be there when your child looks to the sidelines for a positive role model.

Let’s all contribute to our success by playing hard but fair and in a sportsmanlike nature. Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC, Inc relies to all their members to cooperate and follow all rules and regulations to have success in all events. Remember it is not our right to use the county gyms the county is assigning us, it is our privilege. Let’s continue to do the right thing, be responsible and enjoy what we have.

FABA Asian American Basketball Conference League Rules

Rules are designed to provide a level playing field for the participants in our leagues and programs. The rules governing fair play are consistently reviewed. 

SPORTSMANSHIP CREED

Our opponents and the officials are our guests. Help keep this a game; we are opponents, not enemies. Spectators and coaches represent their teams as do the athletes. Signs are welcome. Cheer loudly and freely, but in a positive manner.

I. Fairfax County and School Gym Regulation:

 1. It is against the law to smoke inside the building and outside the school grounds. It is also against the school regulation to bring any food in the gym. Violation of the above law may forfeit our gym privilege with the county and cancellation of the league/tournament should this happen.

 2. No automobiles shall be operated or parked other than in the designated parking area. Violation may result in cancellation of our permit.

II. Tournament Format:

 1. Depending on the number of teams participating in a division, the division maybe divided into groups to properly schedule the games.

 2. For a team to be eliminated, the team must lose twice (double elimination).

 3. Drawing of lots or seeding will determine the order of the teams.

III. League Format:

1. Depending on the number of teams participating in a division, the division maybe divided into groups to properly schedule the games.

 2. A total of eight regular season games plus playoff for all participating teams.

 3. Seeding will determine the order of the teams in the playoffs.

IV. Team Eligibility:

 1. Must be a bonafide player of Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC, Inc or a recognized team invited by Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC, Inc.    

 2. Must be an organized Filipino-American/Asian American club or team.

V. Rosters:

 1.  An official approved roster shall be submitted for each team entered in a FABA league/tournament.

 2.  Players(s) may not be added to a roster at the game location site.  

 3.  Rosters shall be submitted to the Board of Director by the date published for each sport (timelines) and must be accompanied by the following documentation:

    a.  Registration form and applicable fees for activity. 

    b.  The signed copy of the Conduct Form. 

 4. Teams can only make changes in a roster in the beginning of the second game afterwards all roster are final.

VI. Player Qualifications:

1. All-Filipino League and Tournaments:

Must be of Filipino-American blood or heritage (born in the Philippines, or born in USA with one of the parents of Filipino ancestry, or any one of his/her grandparents of Filipino ancestry. Any doubt under this provision that results in a challenge from the opposing team shall require the player in question to present his/her proof of Filipino heritage. A passport and a birth certificate must be presented.

2. Asian/Pacific Islander American League and Tournament:

Must be of Asian/Pacific-American blood or heritage (born in Asia and Pacific Island), or born in USA with one of the parents of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry, or any one of his/her grandparents of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry. Any doubt under this provision that results in a challenge from the opposing team shall require the player in question to present his/her proof of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. A passport and a birth certificate must be presented. This will be strictly imposed to any player who is in question. If a such player can't provide the information needed, all games he played will be forfeited. No exception.

 3. Must be a resident of Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. No residents of other states are allowed, unless a student of a University, College or any other Schools in the DC Metro area.

 3. Must be listed in the team roster. Only the players who are in the roster form are allowed to play and he must play at least 3 regular season games to be eligible to play in the play-offs.

 4. Must submit a registration/permission form before the specified deadline.

 5. Must provide proof of his/her age, if question.

VII. Uniforms:

 1. Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC Inc will provide uniforms for teams playing in a Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC Inc sponsored sports youth program only.

             2. Uniforms may not be altered.

             3. Every team player must wear their assigned jersey otherwise an automatic technical will be assessed to the offending party.  Officiating referees will call the technical foul when his/her team has possession. A 2 shots foul and a possession will be awarded to the opposing team. Team will be charge a team foul.

             4. Participants must tuck-in jerseys. Player(s) will be given a warning during the 1st infraction then a technical foul will be assess if player(s) continue to allow it hang and ignore. Referees will use his discretion in determining who’s who to assess. This rule only applies in all youth league/tournaments.

             5. Player(s) may not wear pants or shorts that contain belt loops or pockets during athletic contest for safety purposes. Participants may not wear any type of jewelry during warm ups or actual competition at any time.

VIII. Game Conduct: 

 1. Exhibiting an un-sportsmanlike conduct and initiating a confrontation is an automatic removal in a game and a suspension if it warrants. Anybody throws a punch is an automatic suspension for the rest of the season.

2. Anyone leave the bench after an altercation ensued will be an automatic one game suspension.

3. If the whole team left the bench after an altercation that team will be suspended for the rest of the season and will not be afforded a refund.

4. If both benches cleared after an altercation, both teams will be suspended for the rest of the season and will not be afforded a refund.  

5. Foul language is strictly prohibited and will be ask to leave the gym immediately.

6. Coaches, parents and spectators shall be fully responsible for all actions that take place immediately prior to, during, or immediately following any athletic contest scheduled. Yelling at and/or confronting a referee by a parent/relatives will result in a technical foul being assessed to the child’s team. 

7. Only coaches and players are allowed in team bench. Anyone who wishes to sit on a team bench will be ask to leave. 

8. Please respect game officials, timers and scorekeepers they are all volunteers. They have the authority to throw anybody out of the court as well as the gym.

9. All players and volunteers must leave the gym in a neat and orderly condition in the manner it was found. Please help all our volunteers to keep the gym specially the bathroom clean by policing ourselves after using and picking up your water bottles after playing. 

IX. Disciplinary Action: 

             1. Disciplinary action will be taken against any player, coach, team, and/or parent for un-sportsmanlike conduct, falsification of rosters, or any other acts that may be considered detrimental to Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC Inc sports program. 

 2. The Commissioner will decide disciplinary action that may include suspension from a particular game to expulsion from Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC Inc programs. 

 3. Disciplinary rulings made by the Commissioner are subject to review by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

X. Protest Rules:

 1. Any judgment rendered by the referees is final and cannot be subjected to protest.

 2. Any other protest must be submitted in writing to any league/tournament officials within 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game protested.

 3. The opposing team must be furnished a copy of the protest.

 4. The Commissioner will render the decision on any protested game.

 5. An appeal can be made to the Board of Directors with the Commissioner not voting.

 6. In a tournament, there will be a $100 fee for protesting an ineligible player such as overage or origin. $50 will be refunded if protest is proven to be valid and $100 is not refundable if protest is invalid. 

XI. Forfeiture:

1. If a team lacks five (5) players at start time, they may begin the game with four (4) players.  However, the team with four (4) players must have their fifth player by the start of the 2nd half; and that player must be on the authorized team roster. If a team doesn't have enough players to start a game, for every minute elapsed in game time, the other team will be awarded a point for every minute. 

2. Three (3) forfeit games in a season is subject to removal.

3. Any forfeiture of game a $100 fee will be assessed in 1st offense and $200 the next after. This fee must be paid before team resume playing otherwise will not be allowed. 

XII. Cancellations: 

         In the event of inclement weather, the League will operate under the Fairfax County Schools closing policy. This policy states that games will be cancelled only if the school is closed.  It is the coach’s responsibility to notify their players/parents.

XII. Game Format:

 1. 20 minutes running time in the first half then another 20 minutes in the second half.

2. Stop clock on all team time-outs and official time-outs.  

3. Stop clock at all officials whistle in the last 2 minutes of the regulation and last minute of all overtimes.

4. A 30 seconds shot clock will be instituted in the last 3 minutes of the game to discourage teams from holding the ball to take time off the clock when leading. If the opposing team is leading by more than 9 points in the last 3 minutes of the game or anytime in between, shot clock is off.

5. Three minutes overtime and all succeeding overtimes. Team fouls situation will continue in OT and time outs cannot carry over into overtime and succeeding overtimes. All teams will have one timeout every overtime.  Sudden death in the 4th overtime, whoever score first wins.

6. Stop clock on all free throws attempts in the last 10 minutes of the second half of all semi-final and championship games.

7. Clock will be stop after a made basket in the last minute during all playoff games.  

XIV. Fouls: 

 1. Five personal fouls for all adult leagues/tournaments.

 2. Team fouls – one on one penalty on the 7th team foul, two shot penalty on the 10th team foul per half.

 3. Technical/Intentional foul is two free throws plus possession of the ball after the free throws.

 3. Technical foul is counted as personal and team foul. Two consecutive technical fouls is an automatic ejection of the game. 

XV. Time-outs:

 1. Time-out is one minute duration.

 2. Two full time-out per team in each half for a total of four. You can only carryover one time-out in the second half, if you wish not to use your allotted time-outs in the first half.

 3. Coaches can call time-outs from the bench except the last 2 minutes of the game, only players on the court are allowed to call time-out.

 4. An extra time-out for each team in overtime.

XVI. Spectator Seating/Safety – For safety purposes, no spectators are allowed to sit directly behind the baskets.

         Let’s all contribute to our success by playing hard but fair and in a sportsmanlike nature.  Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC, Inc relies to all their members to cooperate and follow all rules and regulations to have success in all events. Remember it is not our right to use the county gyms the county is assigning us, it is our privilege. Let’s continue to do the right thing, be responsible and enjoy what we have. 

 

FABA Asian American Basketball Conference League Rules

Rules are designed to provide a level playing field for the participants in our leagues and programs. The rules governing fair play are consistently reviewed.

SPORTSMANSHIP CREED

Our opponents and the officials are our guests. Help keep this a game; we are opponents, not enemies. Spectators and coaches represent their teams as do the athletes. Signs are welcome. Cheer loudly and freely, but in a positive manner.

I. Fairfax County and School Gym Regulation:

1. It is against the law to smoke inside the building and outside the school grounds. It is also against the school regulation to bring any food in the gym. Violation of the above law may forfeit our gym privilege with the county and cancellation of the league/tournament should this happen.

2. No automobiles shall be operated or parked other than in the designated parking area. Violation may result in cancellation of our permit.

II. Tournament Format:

1. Depending on the number of teams participating in a division, the division maybe divided into groups to properly schedule the games.

2. For a team to be eliminated, the team must lose twice (double elimination).

3. Drawing of lots or seeding will determine the order of the teams.

III. League Format:

1. Depending on the number of teams participating in a division, the division maybe divided into groups to properly schedule the games.

2. A total of eight regular season games plus playoff for all participating teams.

3. Seeding will determine the order of the teams in the playoffs.

IV. Team Eligibility:

1. Must be a bonafide player of Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC, Inc or a recognized team invited by Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC, Inc.   

2. Must be an organized Filipino-American/Asian American club or team.

V. Rosters:

1.  An official approved roster shall be submitted for each team entered in a FABA league/tournament.

2.  Players(s) may not be added to a roster at the game location site. 

3.  Rosters shall be submitted to the Board of Director by the date published for each sport (timelines) and must be accompanied by the following documentation:

    a.  Registration form and applicable fees for activity.

    b.  The signed copy of the Conduct Form.

4. Teams can only make changes in a roster in the beginning of the second game afterwards all roster are final.

VI. Player Qualifications:

1. All-Filipino League and Tournaments:

Must be of Filipino-American blood or heritage (born in the Philippines, or born in USA with one of the parents of Filipino ancestry, or any one of his/her grandparents of Filipino ancestry. Any doubt under this provision that results in a challenge from the opposing team shall require the player in question to present his/her proof of Filipino heritage. A passport and a birth certificate must be presented.

2. Asian/Pacific Islander American League and Tournament:

Must be of Asian/Pacific-American blood or heritage (born in Asia and Pacific Island), or born in USA with one of the parents of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry, or any one of his/her grandparents of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry. Any doubt under this provision that results in a challenge from the opposing team shall require the player in question to present his/her proof of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. A passport and a birth certificate must be presented. This will be strictly imposed to any player who is in question. If a such player can't provide the information needed, all games he played will be forfeited. No exception.

3. Must be a resident of Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. No residents of other states are allowed, unless a student of a University, College or any other Schools in the DC Metro area.

3. Must be listed in the team roster. Only the players who are in the roster form are allowed to play and he must play at least 2 regular season games to be eligible to play in the play-offs.

4. Must submit a registration/permission form before the specified deadline.

5. Must provide proof of his/her age, if question.

VII. Uniforms:

1. Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC Inc will provide uniforms for teams playing in a Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC Inc sponsored sports youth program only.

             2. Uniforms may not be altered.

             3. Every team player must wear their assigned jersey otherwise an automatic technical will be assessed to the offending party.  Officiating referees will call the technical foul when his/her team has possession. A 2 shots foul and a possession will be awarded to the opposing team. Team will be charge a team foul.

             4. Participants must tuck-in jerseys. Player(s) will be given a warning during the 1st infraction then a technical foul will be assess if player(s) continue to allow it hang and ignore. Referees will use his discretion in determining who’s who to assess. This rule only applies in all youth league/tournaments.

             5. Player(s) may not wear pants or shorts that contain belt loops or pockets during athletic contest for safety purposes. Participants may not wear any type of jewelry during warm ups or actual competition at any time.

VIII. Game Conduct:

1. Exhibiting an un-sportsmanlike conduct and initiating a confrontation is an automatic removal in a game and a suspension if it warrants. Anybody throws a punch is an automatic suspension for the rest of the season.

2. Anyone leave the bench after an altercation ensued will be an automatic one game suspension.

3. If the whole team left the bench after an altercation that team will be suspended for the rest of the season and will not be afforded a refund.

4. If both benches cleared after an altercation, both teams will be suspended for the rest of the season and will not be afforded a refund. 

5. Foul language is strictly prohibited and will be ask to leave the gym immediately.

6. Coaches, parents and spectators shall be fully responsible for all actions that take place immediately prior to, during, or immediately following any athletic contest scheduled. Yelling at and/or confronting a referee by a parent/relatives will result in a technical foul being assessed to the child’s team.

7. Only coaches and players are allowed in team bench. Anyone who wishes to sit on a team bench will be ask to leave.

8. Please respect game officials, timers and scorekeepers they are all volunteers. They have the authority to throw anybody out of the court as well as the gym.

9. All players and volunteers must leave the gym in a neat and orderly condition in the manner it was found. Please help all our volunteers to keep the gym specially the bathroom clean by policing ourselves after using and picking up your water bottles after playing.

IX. Disciplinary Action:

             1. Disciplinary action will be taken against any player, coach, team, and/or parent for un-sportsmanlike conduct, falsification of rosters, or any other acts that may be considered detrimental to Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC Inc sports program.

2. The Commissioner will decide disciplinary action that may include suspension from a particular game to expulsion from Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC Inc programs.

3. Disciplinary rulings made by the Commissioner are subject to review by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

X. Protest Rules:

1. Any judgment rendered by the referees is final and cannot be subjected to protest.

2. Any other protest must be submitted in writing to any league/tournament officials within 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game protested.

3. The opposing team must be furnished a copy of the protest.

4. The Commissioner will render the decision on any protested game.

5. An appeal can be made to the Board of Directors with the Commissioner not voting.

6. In a tournament, there will be a $100 fee for protesting an ineligible player such as overage or origin. $50 will be refunded if protest is proven to be valid and $100 is not refundable if protest is invalid.

XI. Forfeiture:

1. If a team lacks five (5) players at start time, they may begin the game with four (4) players.  However, the team with four (4) players must have their fifth player by the start of the 2nd half; and that player must be on the authorized team roster. If a team doesn't have enough players to start a game, for every minute elapsed in game time, the other team will be awarded a point for every minute.

2. Three (3) forfeit games in a season is subject to removal.

3. Any forfeiture of game a $100 fee will be assessed in 1st offense and $200 the next after. This fee must be paid before team resume playing otherwise will not be allowed.

XII. Cancellations:

         In the event of inclement weather, the League will operate under the Fairfax County Schools closing policy. This policy states that games will be cancelled only if the school is closed.  It is the coach’s responsibility to notify their players/parents.

XII. Game Format:

1. 20 minutes running time in the first half then another 20 minutes in the second half.

2. Stop clock on all team time-outs and official time-outs. 

3. Stop clock at all officials whistle in the last 2 minutes of the regulation and last minute of all overtimes.

4. A 30 seconds shot clock will be instituted in the last 3 minutes of the game to discourage teams from holding the ball to take time off the clock when leading. If the opposing team is leading by more than 9 points in the last 3 minutes of the game or anytime in between, shot clock is off.

5. Three minutes overtime and all succeeding overtimes. Team fouls situation will continue in OT and time outs cannot carry over into overtime and succeeding overtimes. All teams will have one timeout every overtime.  Sudden death in the 4th overtime, whoever score first wins.

6. Stop clock on all free throws attempts in the last 10 minutes of the second half of all semi-final and championship games.

7. Clock will be stop after a made basket in the last minute during all playoff games. 

XIV. Fouls:

1. Five personal fouls for all adult leagues/tournaments.

2. Team fouls – one on one penalty on the 7th team foul, two shot penalty on the 10th team foul per half.

3. Technical/Intentional foul is two free throws plus possession of the ball after the free throws.

3. Technical foul is counted as personal and team foul. Two consecutive technical fouls is an automatic ejection of the game.

XV. Time-outs:

1. Time-out is one minute duration.

2. Two full time-out per team in each half for a total of four. You can only carryover one time-out in the second half, if you wish not to use your allotted time-outs in the first half.

3. Coaches can call time-outs from the bench except the last 2 minutes of the game, only players on the court are allowed to call time-out.

4. An extra time-out for each team in overtime.

XVI. Spectator Seating/Safety – For safety purposes, no spectators are allowed to sit directly behind the baskets.

         Let’s all contribute to our success by playing hard but fair and in a sportsmanlike nature.  Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC, Inc relies to all their members to cooperate and follow all rules and regulations to have success in all events. Remember it is not our right to use the county gyms the county is assigning us, it is our privilege. Let’s continue to do the right thing, be responsible and enjoy what we have. 

FABA Youth League Rules

Rules are designed to provide a level playing field for the participants in our leagues and programs. Consequently, rules that may appear relaxed or strict have been written in this fashion because parents, coaches, and Board of Directors have determined that the rule, in its current form, provides the most equitable opportunity for our youth to develop athletic skills and to compete. The rules governing fair play are consistently reviewed

SPORTSMANSHIP CREED

Our opponents and the officials are our guests. Help keep this a game; we are opponents, not enemies. Spectators and coaches represent their teams as do the athletes. Signs are welcome. Cheer loudly and freely, but in a positive manner.

I.                   League Play

1.      The League will start September 27, 2015 and championship play will be on December 13, 2015. Each team will play eight (8) regular season games. Every team makes the playoff for a guarantee of nine (9) games minimum.

2.      Seeding will determine the order of the teams in the playoffs.

3.      Games will be played on Sundays.

II.                 Periods of play:

1.      Twenty (20) minute running time in the first half then another twenty (20) minutes in the other half.

2.      Stop clock on all time-outs and official time-outs

3.      Stop clock at all officials whistle in the last 2 minutes of the regulation and last minute of all overtimes.

4.      Time-outs: Two (2) – Fulls & Two (2) - 30's

5.      Team fouls – one on one penalty on the 7th team foul, two shot penalty on the 10th team foul per half.

6.      20 POINT RULE !!! IF A TEAM IS DOWN BY 20 PTS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND HALF THE CLOCK ONLY STOPS FOR TIME OUTS.

7.      A team cannot press if they are up by 20 or more points in the second half.

8.      Overtime: will be a three (3) minutes. Each team will receive one (1) full time-out. Time-out not used in regulation play will be carried over to overtime play.

9.       There will be a five (5) minute grace period for the first game of the day only.  Every team after the first game of the day should be ready to play at the posted game time. There is no make-up game unless the gym has been closed due to no fault of THE LEAGUE.

III.             Forfeiting Rule

1.      If a team lacks five (5) players at start time, they may begin the game with four (4) players.  However, the team with four (4) players must have their fifth player by the start of the 2nd half; and that player must be on the authorized team roster.

2.      If a team forfeits two (2) games after the second forfeit the team will be removed from the league with no refund consideration!

3.      Any forfeiture of game, a $100 fee will be assessed in 1st offense and $200 the next after. This fee must be paid before team resume playing otherwise will not be allowed. 

IV.              Protest Rules

1.      There will be no Protest allowed involving a judgment call by a game official.

2.      Any other protest must be submitted in writing to any league/tournament officials within 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game protested.

3.      The opposing team must be furnished a copy of the protest.

4.      The President will render the decision on any protested game.

5.      An appeal can be made to the Board of Directors with the President not voting.

6.      Coaches can request a time-out for rule clarification.

V.                Eligibility / Team Roster

1.       Team roster should have at least seven (7) and no more the fifteen (15) players. Age divisions based on AAU age rules.

2.      An official approved roster shall be submitted for each team entered.

3.      Rosters shall be submitted to the President by the date published for each league (timelines) and must be accompanied by the following documentation:

a. Registration form and applicable fees for activity. 

b. Copy of Birth Certificate and Report Card.

c. The signed copy of the Waiver/Conduct Form.

4.      Teams can only make changes in a roster in the beginning of the third game afterwards all roster are final.

5.      Grade Exceptions: maximum of three (3) per team.

6.      Players on final roster must play in at least two (2) regular season games to be eligible to play in the playoffs.

7.      A player can "play up" on a team from the same and or different organization. Playing up means the player is playing in an age division that is older than his or her current age classification.

8.      Players and Coaches ejected from a game for unsportsmanlike conduct or flagrant violation of the rules will be automatically suspended for one (1) of his or her games. A player receiving a second ejection within the season will be suspended for three (3) games including playoff games. If a coach feels he or she was unjustly ejected, he or she must submit a written communication explaining the suspension.

9.      There will be no changes in the regular season or playoff schedules unless change is due to circumstances beyond THE LEAGUE control such as bad weather or gym change as deemed by staff of the various facilities.

VI.             Equipment

1.      The game will be played with regulation size basketball (29.5 for 7th Grade and up) and (28.5 for 6th Grade and below).

2.      The Home Team is listed second on the schedule. The Home Team wears White/Light uniforms for the games. Teams must wear a Basketball jersey at the least.

3.      All players must be completely equipped in the same type and color of jersey at the minimum. In case of similarity between two teams playing a game, as determined by the game official, the Home Team shall be responsible for changing jersey colors. Reversible jerseys are preferred.

VII. Cancellations

1.  In the event of inclement weather, the League will operate under the Fairfax County Schools closing policy. This policy states that games will be cancelled only if the school is closed.  It is the coach’s responsibility to notify their players/parents.

IX. Developmental Rules for ages 6-10 years old:

1. OFFICIAL'S’ DISCRETIONThe rules governing the Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC Inc Basketball League allows the officials great discretion in interpreting if the violation of a rule has taken place. The interpretation shall be based on his/her assessment of the participants’ execution of skills and abilities. However, consistency and fairness are expected.

2. ABSENT PLAYERSCoaches who have players that missed two (2) consecutive practices are not required to play that player in the upcoming game. However, if the player is allowed to dress and sit on the bench then the “SUBSTITUTIONS” rule is in effect. Any coach who decides not to play a participant using this rule must notify the parent(s) prior to game day.

3. AGEParticipants must be between the ages of 6 and 10 as of the first day of registration.

4. BASKETBALLSGames are played with a Pee Wee sized basketball Baden 110 or an equivalent.

5. FAST BREAKS – A fast break is viewed as the change of possession followed by the quick advancement of the ball before the defense has the opportunity to get back and set up. Fastbreak is not allowed. This will give both teams the time to set up offense and defense on a changed possesion.

7. FULL COURT PRESS – Any effort by the defensive team to prevent the offensive team from advancing the ball across half-court line. Development League teams are not allowed to press.

8. For ages 6-10 years old defensive team cannot extend beyond the 3-point line. It gives the offensive team an opportunity to pass around and not be pressured. It gives the kids ages 6-10 years old the chance to touch the ball. The offensive team though cannot use this rule to stall or waste time.

It should also noted that "FREEZING" (holding) the ball on offense outside of the any of the restraining lines is discouraged. Repeated violations of the spirit of these rules by a team or coach should be referred to FABA of Metro DC, Inc. Youth Coordinators.  

VIII. Participation Rule for Developmental League ages 6 to 10 years old:

These rules are designed to insure that all players participating in a youth developmental league ages 6 to 10 years old are given adequate playing time for the benefit and enjoyment of the players and families.

a.) All teams must have a maximum of 10 players.

b.) All players must play at least 2 quarters (play-offs included), the coaches will have the responsibility to make sure everybody got at least 2 quarters.

c.) Failure of a team to comply after warnings by table officials will cause the team a technical foul per infraction. The penalty will be assessed at the start of the next game. If the team violates the participation rule twice, all 2 games will be a forfeit.

d.) Participation rule does not apply in overtime.

e.) All rules will be monitor by the assigned officers and table officials during games.

Tips to be a good sports parent:

Encourage your child, regardless of his or her degree of success or level of skill.

Ensure a balance in your students athlete's life, encouraging participation in sports and activities while placing academics first.

Emphasize enjoyment, development of skills and team play as the cornerstones of your child early sports experiences while reserving serious competition in a varsity level.

Leave coaching to coaches and avoid placing too much pressure on your youngster about playing time and performance.

Be realistic about your child's future in sports, recognizing that only a select few will earn college scholarship let alone compete in the Olympics or sign a professional contract.

Be there when your child looks to the sidelines for a positive role model.

Let’s all contribute to our success by playing hard but fair and in a sportsmanlike nature. Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC, Inc relies to all their members to cooperate and follow all rules and regulations to have success in all events. Remember it is not our right to use the county gyms the county is assigning us, it is our privilege. Let’s continue to do the right thing, be responsible and enjoy what we have.

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