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Rockland County CYO Rules 2016‐2017

(updated 11/11/16)




This change from last year is still in effect:


 Bonus situation begins with the 7th team foul, which will be the “one and one” bonus. On the 10th team foul the two shot bonus will be used.




1. No three (3) point shot.

2. Time periods = two (2) twelve (12) minute halves – five (5) minute halftime.

3. In all girls’ divisions, Rookie, Bantam and Small Fry, the official smaller ball will be used.

4. The foul line for Rookies, Novices, Gidgets, Bantam, Small Fry, Cadet’s and Debs should be twelve (12) feet from the backboard. However the full key will be utilized to determine the three (3) second violation.

5. Pressing rules


No pressing in the 3rd grade divisions until the last minute of the game only.

Regardless of the score. This rule has been added so that the winning team is unable to run out the clock in the back court

3Rd graders are permitted to play only man to man defense. The defense must be at foul line extended, on courts smaller than a high school size court and no closer than the top of the key on a high school size court for the defender guarding the point, while the offense gets the ball over half court. Once the ball is established on the front court, either by pass or dribble, the defense is permitted to pick up their assigned man. Help line defense is permitted at the discretion of the referee.


Rockland CYO had decided that 3rd grade games will, in the event of a tie after regulation, play one 3 minute overtime period. During this overtime teams will only be allowed to press in the last minute of the overtime. If the game is tied after the overtime period the game will end in a tie.

This rule will only apply to the 3rd grade level for both boys and girls.



Pressing is permitted in grades 4 and 5 for the final 2 minutes of each half.

 In 4th and 5th grades, defense begins after the ball has been established on the offensive front court. This means a player must be across the mid court line with possession of the ball either by dribbling or a pass, prior to being picked up by a defender.

 When a team is fifteen (15) points ahead in any game, it will be illegal to use any front court press. Failure to comply with this rule after a warning may result in a technical foul.

. When the no press rule is in effect, whether the 15 point rule or the level rule, the defensive team must back up to the foul line extended, until the ball is crossed and settled in the offensive front court.

**This means when a team cannot press, all defensive players must fall back to the foul line extended until the offensive team has the ball established in the front court. At that time all players may use the entire front court to play defense.

6.  Four (4) timeouts are permitted during the game. There will be no penalty for illegal numbers on the uniforms, or for contrasting colors of shirts worn under the uniforms. Contrasting shirts must be uniform throughout the team.

7. Dunking is not permitted in any CYO divisions. This includes both warm-ups and games.

8. Team players and up to two (2) coaches only may SIT on the bench. Only HEAD COACH may stand.

9. No shot clocks will be utilized.

10. All uniforms must have parish/school name printed on the front. A team can wear any color t-shirt under their uniform, but everyone on the team has to be wearing the same color.

11. Players must remove all jewelry and hair accessories prior to the beginning of the game. Players are not permitted to wear tape over any jewelry (including earrings). Players either REMOVE ALL JEWELRY and HAIR ACCESSORIES or THEY DO NOT PARTICIPATE in the game.

12. Players are not permitted to wear sneakers with lights, springs or wheels.

13. A player or coach that is ejected from a game will be suspended one game for the first offense and will face possible expulsion on the second offense. A written report is to be sent to the Assigner immediately after the game.

19. Players involved in a fight will be suspended for two (2) games and depending on the severity of the incident, may face expulsion. Second offense will result in immediate expulsion. A written report is to be sent to the Assigner immediately after the game.

14. A coach involved in a fight will face immediate expulsion upon immediate consultation with the Pastor, the Moderator, and the County Coordinator. A written report is to be sent to the Assigner immediately after the game.

15. It is the home team’s responsibility to keep the clock and the scorebook whether at their gym or a neutral site. Parishes, schools are responsible to train adults how to do the clock. At no time is a minor permitted to be responsible for the clock for any game.

16. Scorebooks must be filled out with all potential players, both first and last names and the scorebook is to be signed by both officials prior to the start of the game.

17. In all divisions the free throw lanes may be occupied as follows: a) In the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Boys and Girls and 6th grade girls division the bottom box of the key will be filled when shooting free throws; b) In the 6th grade Boys, 7th, 8th and High School Boys and Girls divisions, the first marked lane space (the lane space adjacent to the end line) shall not be occupied.

Rockland CYO 3rd grade defense rules


1. man to man defense is the only defense allowed to be played.No double teaming.


2. On an inbounds pass the defense CANNOT double team a player and must guard the player taking the ball out.


3. The defense must be at foul line extended and no closer than the top of the key (on bigger courts) while the offense gets the ball over half court. A pass from the back court to the front court cannot be stolen. If the pass is made to the wings or top of key. Any pass that goes from the backcourt directly to the low post can be stolen.


4. Once the ball settles in the front court, meaning the offensive player has the ball and both feet in the front court, the defense can pick up all the way up to half court.