Basketball Rules:

General rules

  1. No player is permitted to participate in any Dublin Indoor Sports league without first reading, understanding and signing the Dublin Indoor Sports Indemnity forms. It is an individual’s and captain’s responsibility to ensure that this is done. Please ask the Venue co-ordinator for this form.
  2. Nails must be cut short and jewellery removed. Jewellery (i.e. earrings, rings, necklaces, watches etc) is NOT permitted on the court for safety purposes. In cases where jewellery cannot be removed (e.g. wedding bands, earrings) – these must be taped to the skin.
  3. Appropriate behaviour must be adhered to at all times from all participants (i.e. players, team officials, supporters, parents). Dublin Indoor Sports reserve the right to ask any person(s) to leave the premises or, for more severe cases, ban person(s) from future participation.
  4. All players must play no less than three games for a team if he/she wishes to play in the semi finals and finals. Before each game the captain must advise the Sports Co-ordinator on duty who is playing for his or her team.
  5. All players must be registered and have paid their registration fee in order to qualify to play in the semi finals and finals.

Game rules

  1. Mixed Team Composition - Each team must wear numbered uniforms and must ensure a minimum of 1 male and maximum of 3 males only are on the court at any one time.
  2. Start of play - Play is started with a ‘jump ball’ in the middle of the court where one player from each team must attempt to tip the ball in the air to one of their own team players.
  3. Scoring - A player scores when the ball successfully shot into the basket. Scoring a basket increases the team score by 3, 2 or one point. If the player successfully shoots from outside of the 3 point line, the basket is worth 3 points, otherwise it is worth 2 points. One point scores are possible when shooting from the free throw line, e.g. after a foul.
  4. Dribbling the ball is bouncing the ball on the floor.
  5. Travelling – a player must not take more than two steps without bouncing the ball on the floor. This is called travelling and the ball is awarded to the opponents if this occurs.
  6. Double-Dribble – a player must pass the ball if they stop dribbling. If a player stops dribbling and then starts dribbling again or bounces the ball with two hands at once, it is called a Double-dribble and the ball is awarded to the opponents.
  7. Fouls – A Foul is an illegal action performed during the game. Basketball is generally considered a non-contact sport – if this is not respected, a foul is committed. There are two types of fouls. The first ones are called defensive fouls. They occur when the offensive player is being fouled by the defender. Defenders should not block, push, trip, strike or hold the player in possession of the ball. The second ones are the offensive fouls. For example a player in offense commits an offensive foul when charging into a stationary defender.
  8. The referee’s ruling is always final and all players are expected to play in a sportsman-like manner. Bad behaviour will NOT be tolerated in any Dublin Indoor Sports leagues.