Rules and Code of Conduct
1. Before Play Begins
A complete Player Elegibility Roster form (signed by the pastor or principal), a complete Contact Information form, and a check for the league fee for each Varsity team must be mailed or given to your Section Representative. Your section representative will submit all of the information to the League Director for the Varsity division.
2. League Fees
- The Varsity League Director is Ray Schaming (412-881-0309). The league fee is $40 per team. Please make the check payable to the "The Diocese of Pittsburgh" and mail it to your Section Representative.
- The Junior Varsity League Director is Mickey McGrane (412-681-5353(h), (412) 215-2765(c), firstname.lastname@example.org). The league fee is $40 per team. Please make the check payable to "Mickey McGrane" and mail it to:
4623 Carlton Street
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15201
All fees must be paid no later than November 30.
- Varsity - 8th grade students and under.
Junior Varsity (JV) - 6th grade students and under.
- No player can be 15 years of age for Varsity and 13 years of age for JV before October 1 of the current school year. (Exceptions can be requested through appeal to the League Director.)
- Each player must be enrolled in the sponsoring school, or Diocesan approved sports mergers.
- Players cannot play on high school junior varsity teams. A student may participate on an outside team if given permission by the Catholic school coach. When there is a conflict in practice or games, the student must participate in the Catholic school event.
- A player can participate four years in grades 5 through 8. Special cases are referred to the Diocesan Basketball Coordinator.
- Class A is determined by 22 or more boys enrolled in grades 7 and 8. Class B is determined by 21 or less boys enrolled in grades 7 and 8.
- Students may play for another school in their Deanery when their school does not have a team. The total 7th & 8th grades boy's enrollment for both schools will determine Class A or Class B.
- Players must have numbered jerseys of the same color. (There shall be no penalty for illegal numbers or different style shorts of the same color.)
Game Clock and Official Book
- The Home Team must provide the time clock and should have a back-up clock available.
- Clocks are to be operated by adults where possible. An adult shall be considered a high school sophomore or above.
- After the start of the game, no protest will be honored regarding the qualifications of the clock operator.
- The Home Team will keep the official clock and official book.
- The Home Team will make space available for the opponents next to the official clock and book.
5. New Players
During the first four weeks of the season, new players may be added to the roster by notifying the Diocesan Basketball Coordinator by mail. After this period the Diocesan Basketball Coordinator will consider each individual case.
- All games being played on week days (M-F) should not start before 6:00 PM.
- Sunday games cannot begin before 1:00 PM.
- Multiple games (JV and Varsity) are to be scheduled at one (1) hour and fifteen (15) minute intervals.
- If a team refuses to play a league game, that team will be barred immediately from the league for that season.
7. Boys’s Varsity and JV Grade School Basketball Rules
Official High School Basketball Rules shall apply (PIAA) with the following exceptions:
- Catholic school playing floors will have a three point shot line.
- An official leather ball will be used in all league games.
- Two certified officials are assigned to each game. However, the game may be played as a league game with only one certified official if both coaches agree before the game starts. A game will be forfeited if the attending official(s) is not certified.
- The Home Team is responsible for:
- Appointing a building official for each game
- Crowd control. The Home Team must remove a disruptive person that is requested by a referee.
- Referee safety. The Home Team is responsible to ensure that the referees has the ability to enter and exit the gym without interference from fans, coaches, players, etc. (Note: failure to adhere to this rule will be reported to the Diocesan Basketball Coordinator and can result in disciplinary action.)
- Practice shall not begin before October 15 of the current school year.
- A team shall play no more than 26 games, plus tournaments games and Diocesan Playoff games. Four scrimmages are allowed. A scrimmage is defined as any competition with another team.
- A team is permitted to play only one game each day.
- A player is allowed to play six quarters of organized basketball in one day, with overtimes excluded. Any participation during a given quarter counts as a quarter played. This rule is waived if a Varsity team has 9 or less players.
- A student transferring from one Catholic school to another is not eligible to play basketball for the remainder of the school year unless parents change residence. Transfers from a public school to a Catholic school will be approved by the Diocesan Basketball Coordinator and Diocesan Athletic Director, and a decision rendered within ten days.
- Schools with large numbers of students may field two teams on both Junior Varsity and Varsity. Each of the teams will be in a different section of the same classification. Class A schools MAY play in a Class B section as exhibition games.
- Teams are not permitted in the locker rooms without an adult chaperon of the same gender.
- Head Coaches are permitted to Stand-In-Place in front of their chair/bench seat.
- A team may have 1 Head Coach and up to 2 Assistant Coaches on the bench during a game.
- Proven violation of the above rules will result in the immediate termination of the coach for that basketball season.
8. Officials and Fees
- Officials are scheduled by Tim Bielewicz (412-628-4555 (c), email@example.com) except for St. Vitus games.
- Paul Passerello (724-971-1445) assigns game officials for St. Vitus boy's games.
- Fees should be distributed before the Varsity game.
- A representative of the school should greet the officials at the door, and introduce the building official. (Note: If problems occur during the game the referees will advise the building official.)
- Two games, two officials - $54.00 each official ($108.00 per game)
- One game, two officials - $35.00 each official ($70.00 per game)
- Two games, one official - $81.00
- One game, one official - $54.00
- The Home Team must notify their Official (Referee) Representative if 2 officials do not show for each game.
- Officials are assigned by the assigning secretary for the following areas/divisions:
- Greater Pittsburgh: Tim Bielewicz (412-628-4555 (c), firstname.lastname@example.org) except for St. Vitus games
- St. Vitus - Paul Passerello (724-971-1445)
- Inclement weather: Games may be canceled because of inclement weather only with the mutual consent of both coaches. School policy will prevail regarding extracurricular activities. However, the principal(s) may waive their school policy. Proposals for cancellations must be made 4 hours before game time the day of the game for weather reasons only.
- For all cancellations the Home team will call their Officials Representative to cancel the referees. Referees will receive their FULL fee if not notified 4 hours prior to the game.
- Cancellation make-up games - Both teams must agree as soon as possible after the cancellation (preferably on the day of cancellation) so a new game can be set and officials notified.
- All league games must be completed by Sunday February 28, 2016.
- A game is subject to forfeiture if a team has not taken the floor within one-half (1/2) hour after the scheduled time.
- All protests are to be submitted in writing by the coach to the Diocesan Basketball Coordinator.
- All protests must be accompanied by a $15.00 fee. The fee will be returned if the protest is upheld.
- The protesting coach must notify the official and opposing coach at the point of discussion with his/her intention to protest.
- No protests on "Judgment Calls" by officials.
- Time allowed for filing protests:
- On player eligibility - until end of season.
- On game itself - within three (3) days.
- The Diocesan Basketball Coordinator and the Diocesan Athletic Director will rule on protests after consultation with schools/coaches involved
12. Withdrawal From League
- A school that withdraws from the league does so under the following conditions:
- The withdrawing school may not apply for re-admission until one (1) year has elapsed. Eligibility will not take place in less than two (2) years after withdrawal. Special cases may be acted upon by the Diocesan Basketball Coordinator.
13. Play-Offs, Section Ties, Admission Price
- The person from each school responsible for the conduct of students and adults must introduce themselves to the person in charge of the playoffs (usually the League Director).
- All Pom Poms are prohibited.
- Artificial noisemakers are prohibited (including, but not limited to, ;air horns and plastic bottles containing beans).
- Stomping feet or pounding bleachers to disrupt a foul shooter is prohibited.
- Fans in the BOTTOM row of bleachers at playoff games must remain seated during play.
- Details of playoffs will be determined by the League Director for the Junior Varsity teams and the Diocesan Basketball Coordinator and the section representatives for the Varsity teams.
- In the event of a tie for section champion or playoff position:
- One game will be played in the event of a two team tie.
- In the event of a three way tie a draw will be held to give one of the three teams a bye.
- Site and specifics of tie breaker games will be determined by the Section Representatives. A team refusing to play on the selected floor will forfeit the game.
- A draw will be held for Diocesan Tournament berths in the event time does not permit playoff games to determine playoff berths. After officials fees have been deducted from the gate, the two participating teams and the neutral floor host will split the receipts three ways.
- The price of admission for the post season Diocese Play-Off games will be set annually.
Trophies will be awarded to Class A and B teams as follows:
- Section Champion - One (1) trophy.
- To the first and second place teams in the post season playoffs.
- Fifteen individual trophies to the first and second place teams in the post-season playoffs.
Updated Monday, March 26, 2018
1. Offensive Actions
No coach or player is to:
Refuse to abide by official’s decision or ejection from a game.
Use profane language or gestures which results in a technical foul.
Exhibit objectionable behavior, (e.g. throwing equipment or any other forceful action).
Verbally abuse an official for any real or imagined unjust decision or judgment, or verbally abuse a Player, Opposing Coach, or Spectator.
Physically touching, pushing, shoving, striking, attacking or threatening to strike or attack any Official, Coach, Player, Score/Time Keeper or Spectator.
For any of the above occurrences, a written report will be submitted to the League Director by the game officials, Athletic Director, or coach. Once this report is received, the school’s principal will be notified by the League Director.
Penalties for the above Offensive Actions include:
Violation of Articles A, B, C or D:
One (1) to five (5) game suspension
No one may serve as a coach in a different class (varsity or junior varsity) of the same sport while under suspension.
Nor are they permitted access to gym facilities.
If a coach is ejected from a game the coach must leave the premises.
If ejected from a game a player may remain on the team bench. (This is for safety reasons)
(Note: Clarification of the above suspensions: one (1) technical foul - League Director will contact offending coach to give warning. Two (2) technical fouls which result in a coach being ejected from a game/gym - Penalty as follows: 1st offense is a one (1) league game suspension with letters being sent to School's principal and Dr. Bowes; 2nd offense is a five (5) league game suspension; 3rd offense is a one (1) calendar year suspension. If a person coaches both JV and Varsity teams the suspension goes for both teams.)
Violation of Article E:
By a coach - suspension of offending coach or player for one full calendar year.
By a player - suspension for 3 to 5 games accompanied by a letter defining the meaning of sportsmanship as well as an apology to team member and offended individual that is to be sent to their school’s principal, and copies sent to offended individual and League Coordinator.
If suspended coaches, players or parents disregard stated penalties, when properly notified by the League Director, the team is to be permanently suspended from league competition for one full calendar year beginning immediately after the violation.
If necessary, suspensions will carry over into the next season.
A player ejected from a game for any reason is not permitted to play in the next game. This includes (but is not limited to) 2 technical fouls, a flagrant foul, etc.
3. Use of Tobacco, Alcohol or Illegal Drugs
Smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages and using illegal drugs are strictly forbidden and are grounds for immediate termination.
4. Parent or Fan Behavior
Any parent or fan whose behavior is deemed objectionable (i.e. offenses similar in nature to those in the coaches and players code of conduct) by any game official, pastor, school principal, or appointed person in authority at that event, shall be escorted from the premises. In severe instances, the Pastor/Athletic Director/Coach/Principal of the school(s) involved should then make a further determination as to whether or not the individual(s) should be banned from additional games.
If objectionable parent or fan behavior becomes a continuing occurrence it can result in the league director having the offending team(s) conducting their games with a closed gym. This means that only team members, their coaches, and female chaperons are permitted on the premises.
Updated Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Complaints - Any complaint against a school, coach, fan or official is to be written and forwarded to the Diocesan Sports Coordinator only after exhausting all local attempts to solve the problem.