3v3 Basketball

Basketball Rules

League Rules

Any issue that arises that is not covered in the league rules should be settled by the two team captains. The issue should then be brought to the attention of the rec league so information can be added to the league rules.


  • Although the WRL encourages participants to have a good time, alcohol and other controlled substances are not allowed at any sporting events. Any player found to be under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substances will be automatically ejected from the league.
  • Any and all fines will be the responsibility of the teams. Teams will lose every scheduled game and will not be scheduled any other games until all fines are paid.
  • The Rec League rents facilities in order to provide our leagues.  Facilities are rented from the City as well as privately owned facilities.  Please respect the facilities so we can continue using them.  If we lose our permits, the season will be cancelled.
    • No Outdoor Shoes in any gym
    • No Marking Running Shoes
    • Leave the gym the way you found it.
  • 3 players on the floor at one time - at least one must be female
  • The League recommends basketball teams of 5-6 to avoid defaulting and for subs.
  • A minimum of 2 players must be present to start a basketball game. At least one must be female.
  • Basketball teams are encouraged to arrive at the gym at least 10 minutes before the posted game time
  • A basketball game that starts late will be a short game. Games must end on time. If your game starts late it does not get to run late. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • A minimum of 2 players must be present to start a basketball game. At least one must be female.
  • If a basketball team is not ready 10 minutes after the posted game time they will lose by default 3-0. We recommend the game be played regardless if possible.
  • If the minimum requirement isn’t met the basketball team that is short will lose by default 3-0.
  • If a team loses by default, they will lose their default deposit. If a team loses by default twice in one season, they may be removed from the schedule.
  • If both captains agree, the minimum requirement rule can be waived and the game will count towards the standings. This must be decided upon before the game starts and teams cannot change their minds once the game has started.
  • All Leagues are self -officiated. This means players are responsible for making their own calls.
  • When you are guilty of an infraction don’t assume no one saw you. Captains should speak up and call their own players fouls if they see them.
  • If a team continues to not call themselves, the League coordinator will warn them and report this to the league. If the same player or team continues to not call their infractions then they will be asked to sit out. Not calling your own infractions may also negatively affect your team’s sportsmanship rating and standings.
Objectionable Behaviour
  • Reckless, aggressive, threatening or unsportsmanlike behaviour will result in being ejected from the game. If this behaviour is repeated, the player may face ejection from the league. If this is a team wide issue, the team may be ejected from the league.
  •  If a team or individual is found guilty of objectionable behaviour; The League Coordinator has the right to
    • Warn a player
    • Ask a player to sit out
    • Ask a player to leave the gym
    • Recommend to the league that a player be suspended
  • Judgment calls made by the League coordinators are final and protests will not be considered. Players or teams that argue with the coordinator will be subject to suspension or ejection from the league
  • This means
    • No arguing
    • No swearing towards the Rep or other Team.
    • No complaining
  • The League coordinators are not trained referees and are there to keep the game running and ensure games start and end on time. Please respect them. They have the right to make any player sit out or leave the gym. If asked to do either, you must do so immediately.
Game Time
  • The game is played on half court using one basketball net.
  • Games will be played to 15.
  • Teams will play as many games to 15 as they can within the allotted time.
  • The final score will be recorded as the number of games won vs. lost.
  • Matches will be 55 minutes long with a 5 min warm-up.
  • Teams will toss a coin or do paper, rock, scissors to determine who starts with the ball
Game Play
  • Play starts at the top of the three point arc and behind the three point arc. (In the event that there is no three point arc then the captains will determine what the boundaries will be prior to starting.)
  • To put the ball in play the offensive player must “check” the ball to the defensive player.
  • The defensive player then passes the ball back to the offensive player and play begins.
  • The offensive team must pass the ball once to start play and can then shoot
  • Possession switches after each basket.
  • Substitutions may be made after any basket or any stoppage in play
  • If the defensive team rebounds the ball off the rim or backboard, it must be dribbled or passed outside of the three point arc for that team to begin on offense. If the defence steals the ball from the offence or catches an air ball, the defence turns into the offence automatically and they do not need to dribble or pass the ball outside the three point line.  On rebounds you do not need to pass the ball once it is taken outside the arc. If the ball is not taken out of the arc then no points will count.
  • Baskets made from within the arc will count as 1 point and baskets made from outside the arc shall count as 2 points. There are no 3 point baskets.
  • When two players take possession of the ball at the same time (held ball), the player on defence shall gain possession.
Out of Bounds
  • If the ball is knocked out of bounds or goes across the centre line, possession shall change to the team that did not knock it out.
  • The team that takes over possession after an out of bounds must start at the top of the key.
Fouls and Violations
  • All games are self-officiated so teams are responsible for calling their own fouls.
  • If players or teams cannot agree whether there was a foul or not, the player who was fouled will shoot a free throw. If the shot is made then the foul stands. If the shot is missed the foul is disregarded.
  • When a foul is called teams will change possession. There are no free throws or points awarded in order to keep playing time to a maximum.
  • The following are violations that will result in a change of possession:
    • Travelling (Moving both feet without dribbling)
    • Double Dribble (Dribbling with both hands or catching the ball between dribbles)
    • Carrying the ball (Having hand under the ball while dribbling)
    • Goaltending (Touching the ball while it is in downward flight to the basket
  • The following are fouls that will result in a change of possession:
    • Blocking (Preventing the progress of another player who is still moving)
    • Charging (Running into the offensive player)
    • Elbowing
    • Holding
    • Illegal Screening (Setting a block when the defensive player is moving)
    • Reaching In (Making contact with the offensive player by extending arm to steal ball)
    • Tripping
    • Flagrant Foul (Unnecessary contact)
    • Hand Checking (Using hands to impede the progress of the offensive player)
    • Pushing
  • The above mentioned fouls should not be occurring in the rec league. From time to time unintentional fouls will occur. However, if a certain team or player is fouling on a regular basis then that player or team may be removed from the league.
  • All basketball teams will get two playoff games regardless of where they finish in the standings or the score of their first playoff game
  • A tie in the playoffs will be played by a sudden death game where the first team to score a point wins the game. In order to determine who gets possession to begin the game, each team will shoot a free throw. If both teams make the free throw, two new players will throw until one team has made it and one has missed.
  • Gym time is very limited. The Rec League will not reschedule games for any reason.
  • Should you cancel or not show up for your game you will lose by default.
  • This is a Rec League and we expect all players and teams to have a fun first attitude. To help enforce this style of play we ask all teams to report the sportsmanship rating of the opposing team after every game.
 +1 - Good, fun spirited team, respected their opposition and made the game enjoyable
 0 - Was not unsportsmanlike, but didn’t go out of their way to make the game enjoyable.
-1 - Was not a fun team to play. They made the game less enjoyable and did not respect the opposition
  • Teams that have an overall sportsmanship of less than +2 at the end of the season will be required to sit out one season before they can play again.
  • Captains are responsible for reporting scores and sportsmanship rating to the league coordinator following games.
  • Teams should confirm scores after each point.
  • Registration fees are fully refundable up to 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the season, minus a $10.00 administration fee. After this, the league assumes you have committed and all fees are non-refundable.
  • Defaulted deposits are refunded at the end of the season if your team has showed up to all games scheduled with the minimum requirement of players to not default the game and all other scheduled meetings including the equipment pick up and drop off meetings.


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