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BAS i The BUCS Basketball Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, and the FIBA (Federation Internationale de Basketball) Rules of the Game.

BAS ii In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

BAS iii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the FIBA (Federation Internationale de Basketball) Rules of the Game, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.
 



BAS 1 Fundamental principle: The game must take place Notwithstanding the regulations contained herein, all participants are required to use their best endeavours to ensure that all fixtures; (a) take place and (b) are completed. It is not possible to deal in these regulations with each and every circumstance that could arise which might affect BUCS fixtures, but participants (including match officials) are expected at all times to regard this principle as a prime consideration.

BAS 1.1 If a team considers its interests to have been harmed by the application of this principle, they are at liberty to play under protest and use the standard BUCS appeals process.

BAS 2 Affiliations All institutions/teams and players competing in the BUCS Basketball Team Championships must affiliate to their respective National Governing Body (NGB) as per the requirements of the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document. Failure to affiliate institutions/teams or players to the relevant NGB by the deadlines stated in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document will result in sanctions being imposed as outlined in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document and the possibility of further disciplinary action.

BAS 2.1 Players must be able to present their individual licences at each fixture should they be requested to do so. Players unable to evidence their licensing at a fixture should be noted on team sheets but are able to play, however, any institution found to have fielded players without the appropriate licensing in place will face sanctions as outlined in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document.

BAS 3 Minimum number of players for a fixture to start The minimum number of players required for a fixture to start will be 5.

BAS 4 Shirt numbering Allowable shirt numbers will be 00, 0, and any number from 1 to 99.

BAS 5 Balls

BAS 5.1 For all Men’s fixtures the ball shall not be less than 74.9cm and not more than 78cm in circumference (size 7). It shall not weigh less than 567g and not more than 650g.

BAS 5.2 For all Women’s fixtures the ball shall not be less than 72.4cm and not more than 73.7cm in circumference (size 6). It shall not weigh less than 510g and not more than 567g

BAS 6 24-second shot clocks 24-second shot clocks shall be required in all Men’s and Women’s Premier and Tier 1 league matches and Championship and Trophy knockout matches. There shall be no requirement for 24-second shot clocks in any other matches; this responsibility shall lie with the referees.

BAS 6.1 Failure to provide a 24 second shot clock for Men’s and Women’s Premier and Tier 1 league matches and Championship and Trophy knockout matches will result in a £100 fine per instance of this breach for the home team. Away teams cannot claim a walkover or play under protest or appeal, as the match can still go ahead timed by the officials.

BAS 7 Match officials Match officials should be appointed as per Appendix 5 (‘BUCS Match Officials Requirements’).

BAS 8 Results

BAS 8.1 In all league matches points awarded will be; 3 points for a win and no points for a loss.

BAS 8.2 As per the FIBA rules of play there shall be no drawn result in a basketball game.

BAS 8.2.1 Should the teams be tied at the end of normal time, then a period of 5 minutes extra time will be played. If the teams are still tied at the end of this extra period of 5 minutes, additional periods of 5 minutes extra time shall be played until a winner is determined.

BAS 8.2.2 The exception to this rule shall be promotion/relegation fixtures played as part of playoff formats involving either 2 or 3 teams. (See REG 13.5)

BAS 9 Scoresheets In the case of any rule breach by either team, the home team must be able to produce the official scoresheet of each match to the BUCS office when requested (White copy only).

BAS 10 Additional Premier League/Championship and Tier 1/Trophy specific requirements

BAS 10.1 Playing facilities must be booked for an appropriate length of time to allow for the full conclusion of the match. BUCS recommends that at least 2 hours of court time are booked. Institutions failing to book sufficient time will be considered to have defaulted on the match if for any reason there is insufficient time to bring the fixture to a conclusion.

BAS 10.2 Facilities should be of an appropriate quality for matches and should comply with NGB regulations for matches of this standard. Ideally, all matches should be played on courts to FIBA specification in terms of court size, run-off areas, player safety, lighting, floor surface and visibility of court markings.

BAS 10.3 A fully working and easily visible scoreboard must be provided showing the match score and time remaining in each period.

BAS 10.3.1 Failure to provide a fully working and easily visible scoreboard will result in a £100 fine per instance of this breach for the home team. Away teams cannot claim a walkover or play under protest or appeal, as the match can still go ahead timed by the officials.

BAS 10.4 Host institutions should ensure that there is an appropriate level of medical/first aid cover available either at or within close proximity to the courts. In the latter case, the home captain or coach should be aware of how to summon assistance swiftly. Ideally, medical support will be available during the match courtside.

BAS 10.5 All Premier League/Championship teams must have their institution name on the front of their playing vest for all matches. Failure to comply will result in a £50 fine per reported incident.

The FIBA regulation dealing with the specifications for the institution name on the playing vest is:

The name or the badge/symbol of the club or country must appear on the front of the shirts as follows:

i.    Above the advertising.
ii.    If the written text comprises one (1) line, the letters shall be a maximum of 8cm in height. If the written text comprises two (2) lines, the letters on each line shall be a maximum of 6cm in height.
iii.    The badge/symbol must not be smaller than 100cm² nor larger than 200cm² and shall be a maximum of 10cm in height.
The institution name can be shortened if required – e.g. LSBU (London South Bank University)

BAS 10.6 Regular spot checks will be carried out during the course of the season to verify teams’ licences and facilities are meeting the BUCS Basketball sport specific regulations.

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