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​Georges River PSSA Basketball Rules 2023.


Each game consists of two 20 minute halves with a 5-minute half-time. Juniors play first and seniors follow.


Mandatory (bibs with numbers will suffice)

3. Balls–

Juniors- size 5, Seniors- size 6 please ensure as the home team you have the correct size basketball for each game.

4. Scoring–

(i) Each school must provide a scorer and timer for the bench. There are NO 3 pointers in PSSA Basketball (remind your students of this)

5. Scoring-

(ii) When a team gains a lead of 10 points (inc.), they MUST drop back to halfway before playing defence. Schools that do not do this may be assessed a technical foul (two free throws)

6. Scoring-

(iii) Scoring is to continue for the entire game, regardless of score.

7. Cross court-

Once a player has brought the ball over the halfway line, they are NOT allowed to go back into the backcourt. This applies to both junior and senior teams. Doing so will result in a turnover and the opposing team gains possession from halfway.

8. Players backchatting/arguing-

At teachers/referees discretion, players who are arguing with calls are to be given one warning to stop doing so. If the player continues to do so, a technical foul can be given (resulting in 2 free throws for the other team, PLUS possession from the sideline) 8. Inbounds play- players have only 10 seconds to inbound the ball whether it be from the sideline or the baseline. If a player does not inbound the ball within this time, they will lose possession. A reminder that defenders CANNOT extend their arms over the court boundary; they must have their hands straight up. Teachers/Refs are to enforce this at every inbound play.

9. Fouls-

❖ Personal fouls include any type of illegal physical contact: Hitting, Pushing, Slapping, or Holding. Players are allowed 5 fouls; after the 5 th foul, they must leave the game.

❖ Charging An offensive foul is committed when a player pushes or runs over a defensive player. The ball is turned over to the opposing team. Whilst an offensive player can use their arm to guard the ball, they cannot hit the defender aggressively.


1.Walking/Travelling. Taking more than '2 steps' without dribbling the ball is travelling. Moving your pivot foot once you've stopped dribbling is travelling.

2. Carrying/palming. When a player dribbles the ball with his hand too far to the side of or, sometimes, even under the ball.

3.Double Dribble. Dribbling the ball with both hands on the ball at the same time or picking up the dribble and then dribbling again is a double dribble.

4.Jump ball/ Possession Rule a jump ball begins the game only. If 2 players have possession of the ball at the same time, then the ball is alternatively given between the teams beginning with the team who did not win possession at the starting jump ball. This continues into the second half to start play again. It is advisable for all schools to purchase a possession arrow for the score’s bench, to assist with this.

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