The PBA plays by NBA Rules as far as how the game is officiated including but not limited to, defensive 3 second rule, blocking foul when contact is made with the offensive player while under the basket. If in the event the facility does not have a charge circle, or an NBA 3 point line, the teams will play with the lines that are on the court. If no charge circle is on the court, the referee will use their judgement to approximate a distance from the basket of 4 feet in a half circle extending out from the bottom of the backboard. With covid-19 the new normal is a reduction on the number of facilities that are available and that impacts each team’s ability to contract with a facility that houses a court with NBA dimensions. Much like the right field wall in baseball in Yankee Stadium is shorter than Dodger Stadium, variances in court dimensions will vary from city to city. We will officiate the games based on the lines on the floor and the distances of the court as they are. If your team is used to playing 94 feet and shooting from 23′ 9″ and you are on the road in a facility that has an 88 foot court and 3 point lines that are 19’9″ then it will be easy for you. Adjust accordingly.
One of the exceptions to NBA rules is the PBA has adopted a 10 minute stop clock for 4 quarters with a 3 minute overtime. If the teams are tied after the first overtime, the second overtime will also be 3 minutes and continue as such in each successive overtime until a winner has been decided. Clubs overseas have made it clear to us that the 200-185 scores with the flashing lights and extra points in the longer 12 minute quarters aren’t appealing to them. We want to be the league of opportunity and respected around the World for authentic stats that clubs foreign and domestic can scout and appreciate every point scored. In this light we emphasize the need for running sets, sharing the ball, setting screens, talking on defense, getting back in transition and valuing each possession. Let’s make each other work for it and the rest of the World will reward us for it.
Time outs: 4 time-outs per half (2 full time outs of 1 minute and 2-30 second time outs) Unused time outs cannot be carried over into another half. Overtime periods, each team has 1-30 second time out. There will be a mandatory Media time out at the first dead ball at under 5 minutes per quarter. The media time out will be 2 minutes and will be charged as a full time out to the teams alternating home/visitor.
Fouls/technicals: 6 fouls and a player is removed from the game. 2 technical fouls results in a game ejection. Technical fouls for abusive language, demonstrative behavior, fighting, or at the referees decision deemed to be of a disciplinary nature, including coach, staff, or players will result in a $50 fine to said individual. Fine must be paid in full to the league before that individual is able to compete or attend another contest.
Fouls continued: there is no 1 and 1 bonus. All free throws, unless it is an “and one” shot made and the foul (one penalty shot) shall be two shot fouls. Each team is allowed 4 team fouls per quarter. On the 5th foul each quarter the team that was fouled will receive two shots. Technical fouls are the point of interruption, whichever team had possession, retains possession after the free throw. Double technicals (one on each team) results in no shots being awarded and the team in possession at the time of the incident maintains control of the ball – side out of bounds. Delay of game penalties result in a single warning and each successive incidence of it will result in one penalty shot and the ball.
Rosters (15 man active) Teams are allowed to keep a taxi squad or squads at their so choosing but only 15 players can be listed as active for the game. Any change to the 15 man roster will be communicated to the league no later than the Thursday evening (5pm CST) of the week of the scheduled game. Each team will be allowed 3 total changes to their 15 man roster of the course of the season to include signings/waivers/demotion to practice squad, and trades. On the 19th player for a roster for the season and each successive change each team will be charged a transaction fee of $25. Please note that player profiles are built for each player and this rule is in place so we don’t have drastic changes of the roster on a weekly basis. Roster turmoil doesn’t benefit anyone, not the league and not the team. We want to promote these guys to the next level, not demote them to the last one. Choose your rosters carefully.
Player signings: Players that have been announced as signed by their teams must be accompanied by proof of such whether that be by displaying a player agreement whether that is in contract form or an email or text message. Players will be announced on social media and on the league website and monies are invested in the promotion of the image of the player and the team. Player has 48 hours to bring it to the league’s attention that they have not reached an agreement with that team and at that time the player is officially placed on the teams roster for the season.
Player signings continued: Once added officially to a team’s roster that player may not go to another team unless a trade for their services is agreed to and communicated in email form to the league office with both teams agreement. Should no agreement be made, tampering with a player on another roster is viewed as detrimental to the brand of the Pro Basketball Association. Please refrain from recruiting players on another roster as a show of respect to the other club and their existing agreement. Should the player notify the league of their intent to enter into a voluntary period of 30 days (clock begins May 1st or notification date whichever is later) in which they sit out from all games played (from the time the player notifies the PBA in writing by email) on the 31st day that player will be able to sign with and compete for another team in the Association. Let’s honor each other’s agreements but if a player is disgruntled, the league will give said player the opportunity to move to another organization after the sitting out period. Clock can not begin prior to the season starting.
Quarter breaks/Half time/Over time: Quarter breaks are 2 minutes. Half time is 10 minutes when the home team has entertainment or half time performance – 5 minutes will be acceptable if this is not the case. Home team must communicate this to the Regional Director at the time of the Monday communication so both teams are aware of the time allowed. Overtime break is 2 minutes. Please coordinate any media time, entertainment, dance team, or promotional periods to coexist within this time frame.
Behavior – Be a PRO in the Pro Basketball Association: Players and coaches: Players are permitted to be with their team during the game and that includes quarter breaks, half time, and during play. Locker rooms, and of course their bench, and on the court while playing. Players will not sit in the crowd, wander away from their bench or some other behavior that isn’t appropriate. Players that leave the bench and come on to the court during the game (when they are not in the game) will immediately receive a technical foul and play will be stopped. Coaches that venture outside of their coaches box that extends the length of their bench an additional 5 feet in the direction of the scorers table is permissible as long as they don’t go in front of the table or on the court (unless in a time-out or quarter break). Coaches that have misconduct, demonstrative behavior, or who allow their players and/or staff act unprofessionally or coaches who they themselves cannot control their antics and behavior including verbally and with hand gestures will be warned once and issued a technical foul at the discretion of the official and the second such instance will be removed from the game and will be faced with a fine to possibly include suspension or disciplinary procedures before they’re allowed back on the bench in a future contest.
Pre game communication: All teams must communicate with National Director Angela Culliver to confirm their scheduled home game start time, facility location, covid protocol requirements of the visitor, confirm referee assignments no later than Monday 9pm CST prior to that weekend’s scheduled game by phone. Teams are to communicate the best time morning, afternoon, or evening with their regional director so that Angela can reach you on this all important day. In addition to game day operations, important confirmation of your game day dues, referee payment must be confirmed and paid no later than Thursday prior to that weekend’s game or the game will be cancelled.
Cancellations: A cancellation made by home or visitor after the weekly confirmation meeting on Monday will not be tolerated. Teams are investing in facilities, marketing their image, engaging a fan base, and have a lot of time and energy invested in their brand. Teams that do not make their scheduled games will face being removed from the league with no refund due by way of registration, franchise fees, or previously paid game dues. Proper notice when done prior to the schedule creation or with at least 2 weeks notice, in writing, when agreed to by both teams is how we respect each other’s time, money and image. Please CC the league office with any such communication. There is no dollar amount or fine that rectifies the damage done when a team does not honor their commitments. The weather should not be an issue. Leave several hours prior to the time you need to. Have a spare tire and emergency road side service. Have an emergency plan in place and communicate early and often with any delays so the home team knows when they’re expecting you. Protocol states a visitor should be on facility grounds no later than 1 hour before a scheduled contest as should the host team to greet their visitor. Let’s treat each other like you would family coming to dinner with class and respect and appreciation for their journey.
Covid Protocol – Travel issues: The death nail of minor leagues sports at all levels is cancellations. The home team promotes the game, secures the facility, schedules referees, has a halftime promotion planned, markets the event and the visitor cancels last minute and blames it on an uncontrollable act of God. This section discusses league policy as it relates to illness, travel and the other assorted reasons teams come up with as to why they can’t honor their agreements and play the game. Teams will take every precaution as it relates to illness, especially those that show symptoms of a possible virus. Players that are having symptoms will be immediately isolated from the rest of the team as soon as it is known. Players that have come within contact (6 feet or less and unmasked) with that individual will also be put on leave. Teams will travel with everyone else available to the game. Rosters are kept at 15 players so that substitutions can be made. A meeting prior to travel day will be had with teams and their players. Should new players need to be signed to travel with the minimum 7 players then that is the team’s responsibility to do so. Roster changes and the fees associated with them apply. It is recommended that a taxi squad of 7 players isolated from is available on short notice.
Travel, weather, car issues are the responsibility of the travelling team. We need to take every precaution including leaving several hours before what would normally be necessary. All teams need to have emergency road side service and or arrange to be followed by another vehicle or take any precautions they feel is necessary to avoid a cancellation or arriving less than one hour before the scheduled tip-off including leaving the day before. It is not the home team’s responsibility to service your vehicles or have spare tires, check weather reports, or leave early enough to make your scheduled games.
No excuses (Let’s be pros) Should any team for any reason not make their scheduled game they will be faced with an immediate fine of up to $1000 and/or removal from the Pro Basketball Association. <— that’s a period. We’d all rather have less teams that do it right and are dependable and on time than chaos and drama. Let’s not be all the other leagues. Let’s be better. Thank you
Referees: Regional director will require home team to make payment in full for that week’s referees by Thursday 5pm CST to an account as agreed to with said Regional Director of Officiating. The referees will be confirmed and communicated back to the host team on Friday for that weekend’s game. If monies are not paid by the time agreed to, referees may not be dispatched and the home team could be faced with a cancellation. Each team will be given explicit directions on how these referee fees are paid on a week to week basis and will continue as such for the duration of the season to avoid any misunderstanding. The PBA will not tolerate ref fees being owed at game time and an incidence where the game is cancelled and fans and visiting team’s disappointed – all travelling to attend a scheduled game and an incidence of this nature, of the facility itself is a zero tolerance policy and the offending team will immediately be removed from the league and there will be no refund of franchise fees, registration, or game dues. If team paid for and contracted with through the regional director and officiating assigner in writing, and proof of communication (in writing) and payment (in writing) is demonstrated, the team will be removed from any liability in the incident.
Post game availability: All coaches and players from both teams are to be made availability for any media request for a period of 20 minutes after the completion of the game.
Coaches: All teams must have a designated coach that is not a player on the sidelines. Acceptable dress for the coach includes pants (no shorts allowed), dark colored shoes, polo or dress shirt, business casual attire is acceptable. Formal wear is acceptable. No jeans, no shorts, no white tennis shoes, no baseball caps, no loud clothing or anything that distracts from the game. Any violations of this standard will result in a $50 fine of which must be paid prior to the next game or that individual will not be able to be in attendance until such time as the fine has been paid.
Stats: Teams that do not provide complete stats for both teams (16 category box score) for all home games will be fined $50 per team. All stats are due within 24 hours of the scheduled contest. Bubble Texas teams are excluded as the PBA will be handling all statistics for those games. The $100 fine will be made payable to the PBA league office and used to have 1891 score your game from the video at a cost that is less than the amount of the fine, the difference of which will NOT be paid back to the offending team. There will be a one game incidence of this and the team will need to contract with a stat service such as 1891 moving forward. A second incidence will result in said team being removed from the league with no refund given for franchise fees or registration fees, nor any game fees paid up until that point. All teams are greatly encouraged to contract with a reputable stat service such as 1891 so this never becomes an incident. If proof can be given that the organization contracted with 1891 and the issue was a result of the contractor and not the team that team will not be held liable.
Video: Terms of such as listed above and applied to video the same way. Zero to Once tolerance policy. Every game will be on video and a game link provided to the PBA by email within 24 hours of the game. Fines are double (for both teams) $50 for not providing video for your team and $50 for not providing video for the other team. This fine is double what it costs to have the game on video. Second violation results in team being removed from the league with no refund given for franchise fees or registration fees, nor any game fees paid up until that point. If proof can be given that the organization contracted with 1891 and the issue was a result of the contractor and not the team than team will not be held liable.
Table staff: must have book, scoreboard/clock, and 24 second shot clock operable. We understand these positions are often volunteer or smaller salaried individuals that may not be dependable. It is the organization’s responsibility to have additional staffing on hand so all functions of game day operations go on as planned even in the event of a no show from a staff member. Hire and train twice as many people as is needed for these types of positions and delegate as needed. There is always something to do. 3 volunteer table staff is begging for a last moment issue that takes you away from other tasks. Have a back up for your back up including coaches that wear multiple hats. Insulate yourself. Safety in numbers. Per game fine for not having book, score, shot clock covered for a home game is $50 for each position, each incidence.
Shot clock: We understand that due to the virus and facility availability issues, equipment malfunctions, and other causes that a shot clock may not be available or functional. There is an app that can be downloaded on your phone that is a basic 24 second shot clock. By having that app and a television that is set up on a separate table and a blue tooth speaker, or an iphone where you can share/mirror app that mirrors what is seen on the phone to an ipad, anyone even without a shot clock has the ability to display the time with an audible sound from your device and the operator simply uses the phone and the ipad mirrors that display for the players and referees on the court. This isn’t ideal as the ipad is smaller and the league preference is something that is visible to players and officials at all times. The audible sound is important. But the point is there is no reason a home team should be caught off guard and not have a back up plan in place so we can all play by the same time/rules.
Each team needs to have walked thru a game day scenario where a shot clock is not functional or otherwise unavailable so this does not become an issue during the season. Should the audible signal not be easily heard over the ambient noise in the facility during a game then the shot clock operator calling out 5 seconds to the referee so that they can manually hand count the final 5 seconds is acceptable on a case by case basis until a proper solution can be found. Not having a shot clock and not being prepared with this practiced back up plan will result in a fine of $50 per incidence. The app is free! Be professional. Be prepared.
Note 2: The NBA rules stipulate that the shot clock resets at 14 when the count gets below that number on an out of bounds play (stop of play) resulting from a foul on the defensive team before the bonus penalty where the referee will signal for 14 seconds be placed on the clock.
Each time a team scores or when the ball hits the rim the shot clock is reset to 24 seconds.
Team uniforms/undershirts/jewelry: All uniforms need to match 100%. We will not have some players with matching shorts and one player with a contrasting color. Referees will be informed that all players must be matching. If a player is found on the court to not have matching uniform to the rest of his team then a technical foul will be called by the referee and the player will be removed from the game.
No undershirts or sleeves or other apparel (including wristbands or leg sleeves) is allowed unless it is the same color as the uniform or the primary contrasting secondary color of the uniform.
No jewelry can be worn on the court at anytime to include but not limited to: chains, necklaces, earrings, hoops, nose/mouth/ear jewelry of any kind, watches or other wrist wear. The referee can ask the player to remove such during a dead ball situation if seen but a stoppage during play is also possible at the referee’s discretion where a technical foul is called.
If we read these rules as a team together before the season then everyone will be on the same page. The spotlight is on us. Let’s represent in a professional appearance.
At all times, we in the Association, live by a code of conduct. We have an accountability to one another as a part of this Association. Any departure from proper language, respect, including hostile acts, by and between players, coaches, owners, management, or staff is the responsibility of the team and will be dealt with by suspension and fine commensurate with the act and could result in expulsion or ban. Let’s be competitive – let’s play to win – and let’s do it with class ladies and gentlemen!
Chris Terrell – Commissioner – Pro Basketball Association