Playing time is to be divided evenly, 50/50 (assuming you have 10 players) over the first 3 quarters. Coaches have greater discretion during the 4th quarter, but we strongly encourage you to keep it 50/50 or, if you do mix it up, keep track of who played in the final quarter and for how long and you should change this up game to game so each player has the opportunity to be on the court in crunch time. Every player needs to start a game and every player needs to play in the 4th quarter of every game, no one should sit out an entire quarter. However, players that do not consistently attend practices and games will not be afforded the minimum playing time per our playing time policies, and further, a poor team commitment may affect whether that player makes a team the following year.
7th and 8th Grade
In 7th grade we require that each player plays a minimum of 40% of the game and for the 8th grade we require a minimum of 35% of the game and again, coaches should try to maximize playing time for all the players. Coaches in these grades will have a little more discretion in rotating their players. Although we are a competitive travel program, we do not want any player "riding the bench" under any circumstance. Also, please be mindful not to designate players as starters. Every player should have the chance to start and finish a game, no one should sit out an entire quarter. However, players that do not consistently attend practices and games will not be afforded the minimum playing time per our playing time policies, and further, a poor team commitment may affect whether that player makes a team the following year.
Alternates attend all practices with their team. They play in games only when one of the regular players on the team is absent. When they play in a game, they are afforded the same minimum playing time as a regular player. In the case of a team with more than one alternate, they rotate games in which they play when a regular player is absent. It is the responsibility of the Team Manager to alert an alternate player when they are invited to play in a game. Alternates are invited to attend all games with their team and sit on the bench if they choose, even if they are not playing; however, they are only eligible to play in that game if the Team Manager has so indicated in advance of the game.
For playoff games, coaches will be allowed more discretion in playing time, including reducing, but not eliminating, minimum playing time requirements.