Rules and Regulations

Spoon’s Summer Basketball League is designed for youth to have fun, become more educated in the sport of basketball, and to become a better citizen and give back to the community.  The Spoons rules listed below are the backbone of the league. They have been carefully thought out and structured to benefit the individual player, not the parents or coaches.


PIAA high school rules are in affect except for the following:

  1. Start Time - There will be no grace period, all games will start at its scheduled time unless the previously game went into overtime. Warm-ups can begin once the previous game ends and may last until start time of scheduled game. 

  2. Game Duration - Each game will consist of two (2) periods, or halves. Each game is scheduled for 45 minutes (includes game time and breaks) and this time should not be exceeded, unless dictated by the game outcome.
    1. 9-10 age group will play 12 minute half - 3 minute halftime

    2. 11-12 age group will play 12 minute half - 3 minute halftime

    3. 13-14 age group will play 14 minute half - 5 minute halftime

    4. 15-16 age group will play 16 minute half - 5 minute halftime

  3. Timeouts - Two (2) time outs. Timeouts cannot be carried over from the first half to the second half. Second half timeouts can be carried over into overtime

  4. Running Clock - The clock will only stop for the following situations

    1. on a coach’s time-out;

    2. official time-outs;

    3. if the ball leaves the court area for any reason;

    4. the clock will also be stopped during the final two (2) minutes of the 4th quarter of the game for all dead balls and shooting fouls. In the event of overtime play, the “4th quarter of the game” rules for stopping the clock will be applied to the extra period.

  5. Tie Game - If the game is tied, overtime period of 3-minutes will be played until winner is declared.

  6. Game Score - Score will be kept in all divisions for all scheduled games and post-season. The standings will be used to seed the end of the year tournament for these divisions.

  7. Team Assignment - Each player is assigned to a team. Players may only practice and play games with the team they are assigned.


  1. Weather Cancellations - Games will be cancelled if the temp is above 90 degrees or it will rain for the duration of the game. (CHECK WEBSITE) 

  2. Coach's Son Option:The head coach's son can be his first pick, or he can leave his son's name in the draft.

    The assistant coach's son(s) are not automatically on his team, the player must become part of the draft.

  3. Water Breaks - Water breaks will be given when necessary (this is not a time to set plays). Coaches who are observed coaching during water breaks will be assessed a TECHNICAL FOUL WITHOUT A WARNING.

  4. Player's Jersey - No player will be permitted to play unless the player is wearing his/her team jersey. It is the responsibility of the player to keep up with his/her jersey. Parent/coach cannot purchase new jersey if lost or stolen. Players must have basketball shorts to play, NO JEANS will be allowed.

  5. Discipline - If the coach has disciplined a player, the coach must report to league officials the reason for the discipline and parents must be informed in writing with a copy sent to the League  (PO Box 1171 Erie, PA 16512)

  6. Profanity - First time, the player will be asked to leave the game but remain on the bench.  The second time player will be removed from the League and not allowed to sit with the team. Written notification will be sent to the parent from the League and the coach is responsible to contact the parent.
  7. Disrespecting Officials -

    1. Any player showing disrespect to an official and receive a technical foul, removed from the game and remain on the bench for the remainder of the game.  If disrespect continues, the player will be removed from the team and parent notification will be sent.

    2. Any coach showing disrespect to the officials will receive a technical foul and must leave the bench area.  Any threats of harm to the officials, the League will file charges with the Erie Police Department.

    3. Parents and Spectators who shows disrespect to officials  will be ask to leave the park area, East 19th Street (Spoon’s Lane) between French and Holland Streets.  Any threats of harm, charges will be brought on behalf of the League.
  8. Attendance - If a player shows up late to a game, without prior notification to the head coach, the coach may take the following actions:

    1. beginning of the first half but prior to the second, the coach is still obligated to play him/her the required 2 mins. 

    2. after the second period has begun, the coach is under no obligation to play him/her the required 2nd half.

    3. The coach must inform the officials, scorekeeper, and the opposing team’s coach of the arrival of their “tardy” player and the action(s) they will take.


  1. Coaches and assistant coaches may stand to direct their players, but must remain within the designated bench area. They may not go out onto the playing surface at any time, except during warm-ups, half time, time outs, or to check on an injured player. Only the Head Coach may approach the Official Score Table.

  2. Only the Head Coach, one (1) Assistant Coach, as well as the Team, are allowed on the bench. Team members must have the proper jersey on. Only registered team members can be on the bench.

  3. There will be no changing jerseys or numbers in the book once the ball is in play.

  4. It is the responsibility of the coaches and team members to clean up the bench area after each game.If the bench area is not clean, the team will receive (3) technical fouls during their next scheduled game.

  5. All bench technical fouls will be charged to the Head Coach.



Games will be officiated by PIAA rules unless otherwise specified 


  1. 9 - 10 & 11 - 12 group exceptions
    1. Players who cannot reach the basket from free throw line may come as close as necessary. 
    2. Officials will determine whether 3 or 5 steps is a TRAVEL based upon the ability of the player 


  1. Defensive Formation
    1. 9 - 10 & 11 - 12 group - Must play man-2-man. 
    2. 13 - 14 & 15-16 group - Can play man-2-man and zone defense.
  2. Trap
    1. 9 - 10 group - Can not trap in any corner.
    2. All other groups - Can trap in any corner.
  3. Press
    1. 9 - 10 & 11 - 12 groups - Can press during the last two mins of the 2nd half.
    2. 13 - 14 & 15 - 16 groups - Can press the whole game.
    3. No full court defense for teams ahead twenty (20) or more points. After first warning, a technical will be given each time it occurs.  On the third occurrence the team that is willing will lose by 2 points and the game is over.