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Basketball Rules

The University of Southern Mississippi

Intramural Sports Program

Basketball Rules


All Intramural participants are responsible for their own medical expenses. Any participant unsure of his/her physical condition should check with their physician or the University Clinic before participating in an Intramural Sports contest.

Teams are responsible for keeping their spectators under control. Misconduct of participants, coaches or spectators can result in an unsportsmanlike penalty, ejection or forfeiture of the game. Team Captains will be held responsible for spectator, team and sideline misconduct.  Two ejections from any contest will result in an automatic forfeiture.

Intramural Officials are in absolute control of the game.  Officials and Supervisors shall have the power to make decisions on all matters and questions not specifically covered in the rules.


Eligibility and Roster Information

A current Southern Miss I.D. must be presented to the supervisor at game time.       


Teams must have a minimum of 4 players to start a game.  5 players shall play on the court. 

Forfeit Policy

If a team fails to appear with the required minimum number of players, ready to play, at the scheduled location at the scheduled start of the game, a member of the Intramural Sports Staff will declare the contest a forfeit.  Teams that forfeit will receive an ‘C’ for sportsmanship and will be required to pay $15 to the Recreational Sports Office prior to the registration of any other intramural sports teams. 

Teams are only allowed one forfeit per sport per season.  If a team forfeits twice, it will be removed from the league for the remainder of the season.

Default Policy

If a team knows that they will be unable to play a scheduled game, the Team Captain must contact the Intramural Sports Office by 12:00 PM the day of the contest to declare a default.  The defaulting team will receive a loss and a ‘B’ for sportsmanship.  There is no re-entry fee for a default.


A rule interpretation protest must be made before the ball inbounded.  Once the ball has become live, a protest from the previous play will not be valid.

Official’s judgment calls cannot be protested.


The Intramural Sports Program will use the National Federation of State High School Associations Basketball Rule Book to govern play with the following modifications. 




  • Games will be played at the Payne Center throughout the season.  Please check your schedule carefully for the proper locations of your game.


  • You may play with your own basketball if both teams agree.  If teams do not agree on a game ball the Intramural Sports Program will provide one for you. 

                                Co-Rec: The women’s ball will be used during all games.




  • Each team will consist of five (5) players.

                        Co-Rec:    Three (3) females and two (2) males.


  • A team may begin a game with a minimum of four (4) players.

                                    Co-Rec:    Two (2) females and two (2) males.



  • Substitutions may only be made during a dead ball interval and when recognized by the official after checking in with the official scorekeeper.

               Co-Rec: Substitutions are allowed on a male for male, or female for female basis only.



  • All team members must be dressed in the same color jerseys with numbers. It is strongly recommended that teams bring their own jerseys, but jerseys will be available for checkout. (A shirt must be worn under a Southern Miss Intramural Sports jersey).




  • DIVISION I: Designed to meet the needs of the highly skilled and competitive participant.  This division will consist of fraternity A class teams, sorority A class teams, and those independent and residence hall organizations that choose to participate at this level.  The champion of Division I will be declared the All-University Champion and will represent the University in extramural activities.
  • DIVISION II: Designed to meet the needs of the intermediately skilled, yet still competitive, participant.  This division will consist of fraternity B, C, and D class teams, sorority B and C class teams, and those independent and residence hall organizations that choose to participate at this level.



NOTE:  The Coordinator of Intramural Sports reserves the right to reclassify any team after completion of the regular season.





  • Field goals on or inside the nineteen foot nine inch line (19'9") (3 point line) shall be worth two (2) points.


  • Field goals outside the nineteen foot nine inch line (19'9") (3 point line) shall be worth three (3) points.


  • Free throws shall be worth one (1) point.                  
  • Playing time shall be two (2) halves of twenty (20) minutes each with an intermission of three (3) minutes between halves.



  • The clock will run continuously until the last two minutes of the game, with the exceptions of timeouts.


  • During the last two (2) minutes of the game, the clock will stop on all whistles.



  • If a team is leading by 20 or more points (25 for Co-Rec) at the two (2) minute mark of the second half the game will be called due to the Mercy Rule.



  • If a team is 45 or more points ahead at anytime during the second half, the game shall be over.


  • There will be no overtime in the regular season.  In the playoffs, if the score is tied at the end of the second half, play shall continue without change of baskets for one (1) or more extra periods with a one (1) minute intermission before each extra period.  The length of the extra period shall be two (2) minutes with clock stopping on all whistles.



  • Each team will receive two timeouts per half.  Timeouts do not carry over from halves or overtime.  The length of the time-out will be one minute.




  • Free Throws


  • Restrictions for players in marked lane spaces and for players not occupying a marked lane space ends when the free throw touches the backboard, rim or the free throw ends.


  • During the free throw, a maximum of four opponents of the thrower’s team and a maximum of two teammates of the thrower may occupy the marked land spaces.  The two spaces nearest the free throw line may not be occupied by members of either team.


  • A player attempting a free throw shall not break the plane of the free throw line until the free throw touches the backboard, rim, or the free throw ends


  • Inside The Lane


  • Remain for three (3) seconds inside the free throw lane while the ball is in control of his or her team in his or her front court.  Allowance shall be made for a player who, having been in the restricted area for less than three (3) seconds dribbles or moves to try for a goal.


  • Closely Guarded


  • While being closely guarded anywhere in his or her front court, a player shall not hold the ball for five (5) seconds or dribble the ball for five (5) seconds, if this happens, it becomes a violation and the defensive team gains possession of the ball.





  • Three technical fouls assessed to a team in one game, will result in the automatic forfeiture of the game by that team.  The team captain then will be required to meet with the Coordinator of Recreational Sports before that team will be allowed to continue to play another intramural basketball game.


  • A player has fouled out of the game if he or she receives their 5th personal foul.



  • When a team commits their seventh personal foul, their opponent will shoot the one and one bonus. When a team commits their tenth personal foul, their opponent will shoot two shots. Exception: Player control fouls.


                        NOTE: An individual who is ejected from an intramural contest must meet with the Coordinator of Intramurals prior to being eligible to compete or spectate at any intramural event.  A player, coach or spectator who is charged with a second technical foul of a game will be ejected from the game and must leave the facility.  They must also meet with the Coordinator of Intramurals.


  • Intentional fouls carry a two (2) shot foul plus possession of the ball.




  • Technical fouls will not be shot.  The opposing team will automatically be awarded two points and possession of the ball at half court.  All technical fouls count toward a players five personal fouls and team’s seven team fouls.


  • Anytime during an altercation, if a team’s bench empties onto the playing court, that team(s) shall forfeit the game and must meet with the Intramural Coordinator the following day.


  • A coach, substitute, team attendant, follower, or player shall not:
  • Disrespectfully address an official or supervisor.
  • Use profanity.
  • Disrespectfully address or bait an opponent.
  • Object to an official’s decision by rising from the bench or using gestures.
  • Incite undesirable crowd reactions.


  • Coaches shall remain seated on the bench except to:
  • Rise and stand in front of his or her seat to signal players to request a time-out.
  • Rise and stand in front of his or her seat to signal or communicate to a player on the bench.
  • Spontaneously react to an outstanding play.
  • To confer with personnel at the scorer’s table to specifically request a time-out for a correctable error.
  • Attend an injured player when summoned by an official or supervisor.
  • Rise and stand in front of his or her bench during a charged timeout.



  • Males can only guard other male players and females can only guard other female players.
    • A violation shall result in the ball becoming dead. The team causing the violation will be issued one warning, after the warning a point and the ball will be awarded to the team with control of the ball.
  • Each field goal by a female will carry a bonus of one (1) additional point.
  • Free throws attempted for fouls, however, shall be in accordance with their point values according to gender.  Male players will shoot two or three shots when fouled during a field goal attempts and females will shoot three or four.
  • Bonus and Double Bonus foul situations shall be the same for all players, one-and-one or two shots respectively.
  • Males are not allowed to block a female’s shot. If this does happen then this will be considered goal tending and the points will be awarded.
  • Screen cannot be set on the opposite gender.
















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Intramural Sports Office: 601.266.5409

Revised 8/1/11


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