Travel Hoop League Rules

Eastern Travel League
Boy’s Youth Basketball League
Game Rules for all Divisions
2014-2015 Season
Updated 11.13.2018

Any player, coach, parent, or fan that gets ejected from a gym by a referee or Town Director, for abusive and/or threatening behavior of any kind, is barred from attending any more games that season, home or away. Our league follows Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Assn. (MIAA) conduct and sportsmanship rules. Our referees are certified IAABO officials and have total jurisdiction in the gym during and between games. No profanity will be tolerated. No taunting of other players,coaches, or fans will be tolerated.

  1.  Games will be played with four 8-minute periods. (New as of 2014-15 season). There will be a one minute break  between the 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th quarters, and 5 minutes at halftime.
  2. Three (3) 45 second time outs allowed per game, to be used any time in the game. 1 additional time out per OT.
  3. Overtime(s) will be 3 minutes long. Games will not end in a tie
  4. Players will shoot the one-and-one bonus on the opposing team’s seventh foul in a half. Two shots will be awarded on the tenth team foul.
  5. Players will foul out of the game on the fifth personal foul. It is important to know that technical fouls count as personal fouls.
  6. 3 point shots are allowed if the playing floor is marked.
  7. Both teams MUST provide volunteers for time keeping and scoring.
  8. Coaches should confirm upcoming game times and locations with their opponents prior to game day.
  9. When possible, an 8 minute minimum playing time rule per player per game is in effect.
  10. Based on the 2014-15 change by the National Federation of State High School Association, players in marked lane spaces will be able to move into the lane when the ball is released by the free-throw shooter.
  11.  Two patched officials should be provided by the home team for all games. For 4th and 5th grade games 1 patched official is acceptable however 2 are preferred. The league can assist with referee assigning if needed: please contact for more details.
  12. Teams will play in divisions. 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade and 8th Grade. A 9th grade division will be played based on team demand. Teams may combine younger players to make up an older team but not put older players on younger teams unless approved by Doug Lindland. Towns do not have to provide teams for all grades and each town can put as many teams in by grade as desired. This is a Boys league but girls are allowed to play on league teams.
  13. Coaches and town Director from both teams should post game scores and results on the website at or e-mail ETL This should be done within 24 hours of game completion.
  14. Coaches are responsible for controlling their team’s bench, parent and fan behavior during games. If any parent, spectator or coach confronts a referee in a threatening manner during or after a game, that person will be expelled from attending all remaining games for that season, home or away, pending a league review.
  15. If a coach or player is ejected from a game there will be a one game suspension. The opposing coach will call in the violation to his team’s town coordinator, who should then contact the League Commissioner. Further penalty to the offending coach or player may result after a review by the league board.
  16. A regulation sized ball will be used (28.5 for 4th grade).
  17. For all divisions and age levels, you may press in the last 30 seconds of the game if the game is within 3 points or less. **New as of 2017-18.

Grade Specific Rules:

4th Grade Division

  • No pressing allowed.
  • A team is not allowed to “stall” – 10 second back court violations and 5 second closely guarded violations will be enforced.
  • Must play man-to-man defense. No double team; no zone defense allowed.
  • Free Throws: Players must start behind the line but may cross over the line without penalty; no continuation for a rebound is allowed.

5th Grade Division

  • No pressing until the last 2 minutes of each half.
  • No pressing with a lead of 10 or more points.
  • Must play man-to-man defense. No double team; no zone defense allowed.
  • Free Throws: Players must start behind the line but may cross over without penalty; no continuation for a rebound is allowed.

6th Grade Division

  • No pressing with a lead of 10 or more points.
  • Must play man-to-man defense from end line to end line. No double team; no zone.

7th Grade Division

  • No pressing with a lead of 15 or more points.

8th Grade Division

  • No pressing with a lead or 15 or more points.


  • Man to Man Defense means to keep within 3 to 4 feet of your man on strong side. Man-to-man defense does allow for ‘help-side’ defensive concepts to be employed. Help defense allows for a weak side defender to help when a teammate has been beat by the offensive player.The intention is to discourage the offense from isolating one strong player on one side of the court and going ‘one on one’ throughout the game. If the offensive team sends the other 4 players to the farthest 4 corners of the court, the defensive players will NOT be expected to stay within 3 to 4 feet of their man, even outside the 3 point arc.
  • Inside the paint there is no restriction. The feeling here is that inside the paint there is so much traffic that it is too difficult to enforce the rule. The game officials will have final say for interpreting the violation. If there is no advantage being gained then the official in all likelihood may not call a violation. In the area between the 3-point arc and the paint, help defense is allowed, but it must be “help and recover” or “switching” defense, so that one offensive player is guarded by only one defensive player. This means a double team or “trap” would not be allowed.
  • If a coach has an issue with the rule it is to be addressed with their TOWN COORDINATOR – NOT the game officials or the opposing coach, or league commissioner. The coordinator will then deal directly with the league from there.