Basketball (Female) - Technical Package

Technical Packages for the NLGames are developed by the Provincial Sport Organization governing each respective sport. Questions should be directed to the Technical Chairperson as noted in Section 1 below, or to the SportNL Games Coordinator Patti Thorne by email or phone 709-576-4629.

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Open to NLBA members only. Athletes must be registered and in good standing with the NLBA and their registered clubs. All teams must be registered with the NLBA under the club format and all fees must be paid prior to admission to the regional playdowns deadline date. Athletes must have competed in at least one basketball competition in the past 2 years.

14U. Players born in 2004, 2005 or 2006.


Male Team
12 male athletes. Minimum team size 8.

Female Team
12 female athletes. Minimum team size 8.

Male Team
1 male coach. 1 male manager. If coach is female an extra male staff position may be added for athlete supervision.

Female Team
1 female coach. 1 female manager. If coach is male an extra female staff person may be added for athlete supervision.

Coaches must be Learn to Train (Trained) Basketball and be at least 19 years of age as of March 1, 2018. Managers must meet the same age requirements but no certification is required.

Each competing region must hold a regional qualifier for affiliated clubs teams to determine a representative from each region. Regional Playdowns will be held in mid-late November, 2017. Please contact the Technical Chairperson or visit the NLBA web page for information on hosting and regional playdown dates.

St. John’s North – Bill Hurley
Mount Pearl South – Jerry Rice
Avalon – Lyndon Pike
Eastern – TBD
Central – Brian Cooke
Western – Tom Stewart
Labrador – Travis Ford
Host – TBD

Each regional team must be registered with the Host by February 8, 2018 through an online registration system that will be provided by the Host.

One coach or staff representative from each region and each sport is required to attend the following meetings in the Host region at the commencement of the NLGames:

Coach / Manager General Meeting – date, time and location to be confirmed
Chaired by SportNL and including brief presentations from the Host Committee – will cover logistical information on transportation, accommodations, food services, entertainment, venues, etc.

Sport Technical Meeting – date, time and location to be confirmed
Chaired by the Technical Chair of your sport – will cover sport-specific technical information for your competition.

This event is sanctioned by the NLBA whose rules govern this competition.

Basketball is a SECOND HALF Sport in the 2018 NLGames from March 14 – 18.

Final schedules will be posted on in February after regional teams are selected and registration is completed.
Division A (Teams 1, 3, 6, 8) Division B (Teams 2, 4, 5, 7)

Day 1

8:30am1 v 8
10:00am3 v 6
11:45am4 v 5
1:15pm2 v 7
3:00pm1 v 6
4:30pm3 v 8
6:15pm2 v 5
7:45pm4 v 7

Day 2

8:30am6 v 8
10:00am1 v 3
11:45am5 v 7
1:15pm2 v 4
3:00pm4th Division A vs 4th Division B (7th and 81h place)
4:30pm3rd Division A vs 3rd Division B (5th and 6th place)
6:15pm1st Division A vs 2nd Division B (Semi- Final)
7:45pm1st Division B vs 2nd Division A (Semi-Final)

Day 3

8:30amBronze medal game (non-winners of semi-finals)
10:15amGold medal game (winners of semi-finals)
12:00pmMedal presentations

Elwood High Gymnasium
Xavier Junior High Gymnasium

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be presented to the first, second and third place teams respectively.


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Teams must have a minimum of eight (8) players to a maximum of twelve (12) at the start of the tournament.
Teams will default a game if they cannot floor a five person line-up at any point during the game, including overtime.
Teams defaulting games under 15.2 must play the game to ensure all teams compete in the scheduled games. The game will be automatically awarded to the team able to floor a complete team. No protest is required to enforce this rule.
Each game will consist of four (4) eight (8) minute periods. Half time will consist of a ten-minute break after the 2nd period.
Overtime will be a 4-minute stop time period with a jump ball to start.

In the final period of a game and when a team is up by 20 or more points the clock will switch to running time. The convener and both coaches has to approve / agree to switch to running time in the final period. The clock will continue to stop for all time outs and free throws only. If a team reduces the score to 15 points or less the stop clock rule will be re-instated.
Three- (3) point rule IS in effect for the games. The distance will be 6.25 meters and this will be used for both male and female participants.

There will be no jump balls, except at the start of the game and overtime. The “Alternate Possession Arrow” will be used and will be awarded to the team losing possession of the opening jump.
There will be one (1) time out per period and two (2) in the 4th period. There will be no carry over of time outs at the end of each period. One time out for each overtime period. No carry overs.
Zone presses are not permitted. “Man to Man” pressing is permitted anywhere on the court. There will be no pressing permitted (by the team leading) if there is more than a twenty (20) point spread.
Are permitted anywhere on the court, outside of the normal scoring range (usually around the 3-point line). Once a team sets their offence (in the scoring range) Appendix “A” comes into effect. Only man to man defense is permitted in the defensive end.
Scoreboard not to show more than a 20 (twenty) point spread. The minor officials (scorekeeper) will register an accurate score on scoresheet.
Teams will shoot free throws on the 5th team foul in each period.

15.13 Tie Breaking System

Two way ties
For first place team – the team that won the game when the two teams in question played each other will be awarded first place.

For second place – the team that won the game when the two teams played each other will advance.

Three way ties
Shall be determined by “point spread;” that is, the points against subtracted from points scored.

For first and second place – point spread between each of the three teams will determine which team is awarded first and second place.

Any ties that remain after these calculations have been carried out, using only those games involving the three teams tied, shall then be determined by point spread taking into account all games played within the division involving the teams still tied.
All teams participating shall have proper uniforms and numbers properly fixed (00-99). Proper uniforms are defined as a top of the same colour, properly numbered and shorts of the same colour. Teams are asked to have a back-up set of uniforms in case of conflict. If there is a conflict the home team on the schedule must change. Failure to comply may result in the disqualification of individuals and/or teams.

In all other cases FIBA Rules will apply.

Over the past the NLBA have attempted to define the man to man defence in such a way that it would not hinder the development of the sport and the participants at the offensive end of the court. While the rule has remained the same the “weak side concept” was too subjective to identify by our officials and some coaches. The rules outlined below have been cultivated to achieve our goals outlined above regarding the offensive end of the playing court. They may not be perfect, however the will be constantly reviewed annually by our Minor Committee. It should be noted the committee has dedicated an immense amount of time to the development of the NLBA Minor Rules and have discussed the “Man to Man Defence Rule” at length, for many hours. If you are unclear as to the overall concept of the rules listed below please feel free to contact the Provincial office for further clarification.
Man To Man Defence: (When a team is in the scoring area; usually inside the 3-point line)
1) Court Regions: The defensive court will be divided into three regions in the offensive end of the court as outlined in Figure 2. Two regions will extend from the sideline to the Key area and the third will include the area between the key outline and up through the top of the three-point line. There will be a BUFFER AREA just outside of the key area on both sides. See Figure 1.
2) Weak Side Position: If the basketball is located on either wing region the defenders located on the opposite side of the ball (weak side) must have at least 1 foot outside of the clearly marked key area. See Figures 3 & 4. If the ball is located in the middle of the court the defence is permitted to be in any position. See Figure 5.
3) Buffer Area (3-feet outside the wing side of the key)-If the offensive player on the weak side is inside the Buffer Area the defender is permitted to have both feet in the key area to defend against the cut or the possible post up by the offensive player. See Figure 6 or 7. If the offensive player on the weak side is outside the Buffer area the defender must have at least one foot outside the key. See Figure 8 or 9.
4) Ball Penetration: Once “Ball Penetration” (passing, shooting or dribbling) occurs from the ball side, the opposite side defenders (weak side) are permitted to help. Ball Penetration is defined as:
a. The offensive player dribbling past the defender.
b. Passing the ball into the post area.
c. Shooting the ball.
5) These rules apply only when the basketball is in scoring range, not when the offensive team crosses centre- court.
6) Failure to comply with the above rules will result in two warnings from the officials and then two free throws and the ball for each subsequent act.


Sport policies have been updated as of June 2016 and are available at:

NLGames Sport Policies (June 2016)