Rules of Play & Code of Conduct

Rules of Play

Please open the document below for the rules for this season. You may print it out or just read it.


No jewelry of any kind is permitted on court during games. This includes earrings. Players will be told to remove any jewelry or not be allowed to play in that game.

Proper Ball

1st & 2nd Grade use 27.5" ball. The official Women's or Intermediate ball will be used for all girls' games and 3rd/4th/5th/6th grade boys. Only 7th/8th grade boys use a full men's regulation ball. When inflated properly, it should bounce to a height of not less than 49 inches no more than 54 inches after is has been dropped from a height of 6 feet onto the basketball court where the game is to be played.

Playing Courts

We are limited to using the courts available to us. In Lafayette, we will play at Happy Valley, Lafayette Elementary, Springhill and Stanley.  In Moraga, LMYA games will be played at Joaquin Moraga and Rheem Elementary.

Number of Players

Each team is allowed five players on the court at a time. In 1st/2nd grade it is a 3 v 3 format


Failure to have 4 players present within 5 minutes of the scheduled start time results in a forfeiture. After the referee declares a forfeiture a game should still be played for practice if possible by sharing players.

Game Time & Location

May not be changed under any circumstances except to make up a game which was canceled due to gym time being preempted.

Starting Play & Jump Balls

Games are started with a jump ball in the center of the court. On subsequent jump balls, the teams will alternate taking the ball out-of-bounds for a throw in. The possession arrow (located at the scorer's table) is set toward the opponent's basket. The direction of the possession arrow is reversed immediately after the throw in. To start the second, third and fourth quarters, the ball is in bounded at the division line opposite the table.


A field goal is worth 2 points, a free throw is worth 1 point. Only in the 7/8 grade age group can a player score a 3 point field goal and then only on those courts that have a 3-point line marked on the court.


All personal fouls such as blocking, charging, hacking, holding, pushing or tripping results in one foul being charger to the offender.

Fast Break Layup Fouls

In order to discourage a potentially dangerous intentional foul situation and to provide a safer playing environment for all age groups, any defensive player who initiates contact (defined as a shove,hold or trip) with an opposing player attempting a fast break lay-up, will be charged with a technical foul.  A defensive player may grab or knock the ball away as long as contact is with the ball and not the opposing player.


The officials have full responsibility for the game. They decide whether the ball is in play or dead. They blow the whistle when any of the following occurs: held ball, violation, foul, time-out or suspension of play for any reason. They have the power to order time-out or time-in and give players permission to leave or enter the court. Officials may also suspend/forfeit a game based on an inappropriate behavior on the part of players, coaches, parents and spectators deemed a possible threat to the safety of all participants.

Safety Issues

No player may participate in any LMYA basketball game while wearing a cast or soft cast.

Code of Conduct for Players

  • Play the game for the game's sake
  • Be generous when you win.
  • Be gracious when you lose.
  • Be fair always, no matter what the cost.
  • Obey the rules of the game.
  • Work for the good of your team.
  • Accept the decisions of the officials with grace.
  • Believe in the honesty of your opponents.
  • Conduct yourself with honor and dignity.
  • Honestly and wholeheartedly applaud the efforts of your teammates and opponents.


Parent Responsibilities

The Lafayette Moraga Youth Association (LMYA) is a volunteer-staffed organization that offers recreational sports activities for the children of our community. The primary goal of the LMYA program is to provide a safe, enjoyable environment in which our children can develop sports skills, as well as experience in a positive manner the emotional social benefits of team play.

The role of parents is critical to the success of the LMYA program. It is, therefore, important that you follow the guidelines set forth below.

  • Fulfill your volunteer obligation willingly, knowing that the effort you put forth will directly impact your child's LMYA experience.
  • Always keep in mind that LMYA is a recreational sports program with an emphasis on developing skills and having fun. Although competition is a natural part of sports activities, do not make winning the primary goal for you or your child.
  • Support your child and his/her team in a positive manner. Cheer for your child and his/her team, not against the opposing player or team.
  • Always show respect for all players, coaches, game officials and other fans. Allow for the fact that anyone can make a mistake. Set a positive example for our children with your behavior.
  • Follow the regulations set forth by the school district for use of its facilities. All school property is smoke-alcohol-and drug free.


Code of Conduct for Coaches

The Lafayette-Moraga Youth association (LMYA) is a volunteer-staffed organization that offers recreational sports activities for children of the community. The primary goal of the LMYA program is to provide a safe, enjoyable environment in which our children can develop sports skills, as well as experience in a positive manner the emotional and social benefits of team play. All children participating in LMYA's programs are guaranteed playing time. The guiding principle behind the enforcement of this code is that the behavior of everyone involved in LMYA should enhance the children's safe enjoyment of the sport.

  • Set a good example for participants and fans to follow.
  • Respect officials and their judgment and abide by the rules of the event.
  • Treat opposing coaches, participants and spectators with respect.
  • Instruct participants in sportsmanship and demand they display good sportsmanship.
  • Coach in a positive manner and do not use derogatory comments or abusive language.
  • At least two adults present at all practices and events.



  • Any complaints concerning a coach who has violated this code shall be first brought to the attention of the Sport Commissioner.
  • All complaints will be thoroughly investigated and penalties may occur at the discretion of the Sport Commissioner, whose decision wil be final.
  • Coaches may be placed on probation or suspended from LMYA activities for violation of this code.
  • Any coach suspended from all LMYA activities for violation of this code, will receive a letter from the LMYA Board. After a reasonable period of time, not less than one week, that individual may apply to the Board to be reinstated as a coach.



  • Any coach ejected from a game because of unsportsmanlike conduct will be suspended for the next two events and may be subject to additional penalties.
  • Any coach who physically abuses another person will be suspended for the remainder of the season and may be disqualified from any subsequent LMYA participation.
  • At least two adults present at all practices and events.