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Coed Basketball Rules


Number of players: Maximum: 5; Minimum: 4.

1. The basic rules are those set forth in the NCAA basketball rule book.

2. Rule adjustments are such:

A. Duration of the game - two 20 minute halves, running time with stopped clock during the last two minutes of the last half on dead balls.

B. Half time - 5 minute duration

C. Time outs - one of 1 minute in duration per half (not accumulative).  One of 30 seconds in duration in the overtime period (not sudden-death).

D. Overtime - one 2 minute period with stopped clock during last minute.  If ended in a tie score, shall be followed immediately by a sudden-death period in which the first team to score one or more points shall be declared the winner.

3. Substitutions - Free substitution with no gain of an unfair advantage.

4. Jump balls - will be handled by alternating the ball to teams at the sideline.

5. Fouls - There is no foul shooting during the game.

A. Personal fouls - Six personal fouls equals disqualification.

1) Against a shooter who:
a. makes the shot - count the basket and defense gets possession under the basket.
b. misses the shot - shooter gets possession at mid-court.
2) Against a non-shooter:  ball awarded to offended team at nearest sideline.
3) During the last two minutes of the last half of regul-ation time and during the last minute of overtime, all fouls will be one-and-one only if no points were scored on the foul.

4)A foul can only happen if
1) The player is in bounds or

2) The player is in possession of the ball

B. Technical fouls - Three removes a player or coach from the gym. (Automatic two points plus ball to the offended team at mid-court. Additionally, if a foul is flagrant, the offender(s) will be ejected from the game.

6. Team - Coed teams consist of three women and two men, or three men and two women. A team may play with as few as four players. However, at no time may the number of male players on the court exceed the number of female players by more than one player.

7. Play - Men CANNOT block women's shots at any time. If a block is attempted, the basket counts. Men CANNOT steal the ball from a woman who has possession or is dribbling.  Men may steal a pass.

8. Equipment - A men's basketball will be used.

9. Protests - All protests must be made in writing and presented to the Dow office according to IM Protest Rules #38-41 in the IM Handbook.

10. Participation rules - All teams are expected to follow IM Rules #25-30 which means that the team must be dressed and ready to play (lineup properly recorded) at game time.  Running shoes and black soled shoes will NOT be allowed on the gym floor.  You must wear basketball or tennis shoes or you will not be allowed to participate.  Socks or bare feet will not be allowed.

11. Sportsmanship rules - IM Rule #36 will be strictly enforced.  Rosters will be checked regularly.  Fighting or any other unsports-manlike action will NOT be tolerated!

Roster addition forms may be done online at the IM page to or there are forms in the DOW.

12. Hope & IM rule - Any player, non-player team personnel, or spectator under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be asked by the IM supervisor to leave the Dow Center.  

13. Additional players may be added UP TO game time on the day of your scheduled event.  Roster additions forms are in the Dow Center main office, the IM Office, and on the IM website to (

14. To reschedule, you must contact Kristen Morrison or Dr. Anne Irwin (x7956) AT LEAST 48 hours prior to the scheduled event, or forfeit.

15. One NO SHOW or two forfeits will put your team on probation.  Once on probation, either one additional no show or one forfeit will remove your team from competition.