The NCAA’s Rules of Basketball are a complex mess of rules and rules, and they can make a big difference.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you watch games.
The NCAA rules don’t always apply.
Some things may be legal in other places, but if you’re attending a basketball game in your home state, you’ll need to abide by state and local rules.
For instance, in Arizona, the only rules that apply are that a team has to have at least two players and a mascot, which is the standard for any basketball game.
You can’t wear helmets or face shields, and you can’t play in a game that’s not official.
If you’re a spectator, you can play.
If a game isn’t officially sanctioned, but you’re an official attendee, you get to participate in a series of “non-contact” games, or “shootaround” games.
Those games are not official, but they are played at home by people who are allowed to attend.
That’s fine, but it’s not a legal requirement.
You have to be an official spectator to participate.
You may not bring your own snacks.
If there are snacks in the game, you have to bring your personal food and water.
If the team has snacks, they must be at least one-quarter full.
That means you may bring snacks, but not beverages, as long as they’re on the sidelines.
You don’t have to wear a helmet.
If, as a spectator at a non-official game, your team wears a helmet, you are required to wear it at all times.
If they wear a mask, you’re not required to use a helmet at all.
You must leave your seat when the game starts.
During a non -official game the only way to leave the game is to stand up and take a seat.
If your team has a timeout, you don’t need to leave until it’s over.
If someone else is sitting on the bench, they’ll need their seat to be occupied.
You’ll be asked to stand when the timeout starts and leave once the timeout is over.
There’s no penalty for not standing up during the timeout.
If any of your teammates are in the locker room, you may leave.
This is important because players in the room have a right to speak and leave at any time.
If anyone is being disruptive, you must leave.
When a coach, player or coach aide comes into the game area and begins to yell, “Hands up!” or “Hurry up!” a player must either stand or step away from him.
That player must leave the area.
You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of the team.
If fans are being disruptive at a game, they’re required to stand.
This includes yelling or clapping and throwing objects.
If no action is taken, a team official is called in to conduct a “freeze.”
Players who are in a crowd can be ejected from the game for their behavior.
Players may not block an opponent.
If two or more players are in an area with the goal of blocking an opponent, players may not cross paths.
Players cannot interfere with a referee.
If an official is calling a play, a player is not allowed to step on the ball or block an official.
Players are not allowed on the court during a timeout if it’s a shootaround.
Players must be wearing a helmet and a mask.
You do not have to take a helmet off if you want to play.
The officials are not permitted to speak to players or coaches during a game.
If one official is speaking to another, that official is allowed to speak in front of the player but cannot make any other comments.
Players have the right to take off their shoes.
They’re allowed to do this during a “shoot-around.”
If players are fouling, they are allowed a full 15 seconds before fouling the ball.
When the game ends, the officials have the opportunity to call the next play.
That final shot clock is a clock that must be stopped before the final play is made.
If three or more fouls are called on the same team, the referees can call a timeout and restart the game if there’s still more foul calls to be made.
If multiple teams are on the floor at the same time, the players must be separated from the other teams.
If it’s the last time a team plays in a basketball event, it’s called a game of the year.
The players are allowed one last shot at the trophy, and the trophy is given to the team that won the championship.
If both teams win the championship, that team is awarded the trophy.
If all the players are on their feet, the ref will make the last two shots.
If not, the referee will make a