Game/Timing Rules

Timing Rules

  • 1 Hour Schedule
  • 2×20 Minute Halves
  • 2 timeouts per half (clock stops for all timeouts other than mandatory heat policy timeouts)
  • Clock stops for the last minute of the first half and the last 3 mins of 2nd half
  • No overtime except in finals – where 3-minute periods will be observed

Ball Size

  • Under 10 & under 12 will use a size five(5) ball
  • Under 14 will use a size six(6) ball
  • Girls under 16 – Under 20 will use a size six(6) ball
  • Boys under 16 – under 20 will use a size seven(7) ball

Shot Clock

The shot clock will be used where available in the following grades

  • All A grades (including AR) in Under 14’s to Under 18’s
  • 18’s B Grade
  • All U20’s Grades

EDJBT Shot Clock Guidelines

Late Start

  • The penalty for a late start shall be 1 point for every minute
  • At halftime the game is forfeited 20-0 by the team which did not appear with the minimum number of players (4)

Tournament Set-Up

  • Each team will play a minimum of 5 games plus finals on Sunday.
  • If a grade is split into pools, the top 2 teams from each pool will make finals and will cross over with the other pool in the semi-final (1v2, 2v1). If a grade is not split into pools then the top 4 make the Semi-Final. (1v4, 2v3)
  • Semi-Final winners will play in Grand Finals.
  • All Finals are played on Sunday within a ‘block’ system, similar to the regular games. Times are on the website fixture (click finals)
  • A Grade typically operates in 4 pools of 6 teams with the top 2 teams from each pool qualifying for a 3-round knock-out final series. The tournament reserves the right to change this should the number of suitable teams not fit within this scheme

Uniform Clash

  • Teams are requested to provide an alternative set of singlets at all games.
  • Priority will be given to Interstate and Country teams when they play Melbourne metropolitan teams.
  • Priority between Victorian metropolitan teams will be decided by the toss of a coin.
  • Eltham and Dandenong teams will change for ALL OTHER TEAMS as a matter of courtesy but inadvertent failure to do so will not be taken to constitute a forfeit.

Heat Policy

All stadiums must have a thermometer.
On hot days, court temperature must be taken hourly whilst the stadium is in use and must be recorded in a permanent record kept at the stadium.
If the stadium is in sections, the temperature must be taken in each section.
When the court temperature reaches 30°C the Venue Supervisor must consider implementing and where the court temperature reaches 35°C, must implement the following timing rules:

  • If no time-out has been called when the clock reaches 15:00, then a time-out will be called by the referees at the next whistle.
  • Compulsory timeout at the first whistle on or after the clock reads 10:00
  • Compulsory timeout at the first whistle on or after the clock reads 5:00
  • When the court temperature reaches 40°C games must be abandoned.

Other Game Regulations

  • In the spirit of the game we encourage you to follow VJBL’s no-zone policy. Zone defence is strongly discouraged for all U10, U12 and U14 games at the Eltham-Dandenong Junior Basketball Tournament as with the VJBL ruling, however, no penalty will be enforced
  • 3 point shots will be recognised in all grades. The extended 3-point line will be used in all U16, U18 and U20 games. The inside 3-point line will be used for all other matches.
  • The foul line will be advanced for all U10 and U12 games to the designated line
  • 3 seconds in the key will be observed in all grades and age groups except U10 and U12 where 5 seconds will be observed.
  • Players may be added to scoring at any point during the game but MUST be registered via Gameday prior to the Tournament. Approval for anyone not registered on the system must come through Tournament HQ (9439 5686), and adding an unregistered fill-in or playing under someone else’s name will result in a forfeit.
  • Players must play 2 regular pool games to qualify for finals

Refund Policy

  • The $100 Team Registration is Non-refundable
  • If a withdrawing player is replaced then their registration can be transferred over and reimbursement can be arranged within the team however they best wish to do so
  • If a player is not being replaced refunds will be adjudicated on a case-by-case basis.

Abandoned Games

The decision to abandon any game due to unforeseen circumstances will be made by the Tournament Director in consultation with the affected Venue Supervisor.

All teams should note that only tournament officials may declare a game abandoned due to venue conditions, as opposed to a delay in the conduct of the game. If referee seeks to abandon a game due to venue conditions the decision should be disregarded unless confirmed by a tournament official.

A team leaving before an official decision is made by the tournament director may give a walkover.

Where games are abandoned or not played due to no fault of one of the participating teams, the following will occur:

If the game has not commenced: an attempt will be made to re schedule the game if organizers can find a suitable time and venue. Teams will be expected to make themselves available during normal Tournament times, apart from any notified times of unavailability given as original fixture requests. If no suitable time can be found the game will be considered cancelled (not a draw) and ladder positions will be determined by match ratio.

If half time has NOT been reached at the point the game is called off – the game will be cancelled (not a draw) and treated the same as if it was abandoned prior to its start.

If half time has been reached at the point the game is called off – the current result of the game will stand.

Ladder Calculations for teams tied on points

Finals Qualification Process for Teams finishing on the same number of Points:



If teams did not play an equal number of games the team who played the least number of games progresses


Head to Head – Winner = 1


Head to Head – Draw = Total %


Did not play each other – Total %




If teams did not play an equal number of games the team/s who played the least number of games place higher


Head to Head: 

If all teams have played each other and played the same number of games, then a mini-ladder is created between the teams with the same number of points. 

If all teams have the same W/L record in the mini-ladder then places are decided on ‘points differential’ from the games involving those teams.

3 teams example:

  • If one team has beaten other 2 teams = 1
  • Other 2 teams – As per 2 teams above
  • If all 3 teams have won 1 and lost 1 against each other = Point differential of only games played between each other
  • If not all teams have played each other = Total %

Same principles for 4 or more teams finishing on an equal number of points




Media & Photography

EDJBT Committee recognises that there are many legitimate reasons why photography and filming at sports is very common and does not wish to unnecessarily restrict or curb the creation of that content.

To ensure that EDJBT and its Affiliated Associations, Clubs and accredited organisations and agents take reasonable steps to ascertain that photographic and filmed depictions of basketball activities are being used for legitimate and harmless purposes.

Having a video record of a game is useful if there is a reportable incident during the game. The video can be used in evidence. At more senior levels, the competition organisers have made it compulsory for games to be taped for precisely this reason. In addition, the knowledge that a game is being taped may act as a deterrent to bad behaviour because players will know they may be captured on tape, even if a referee does not see the misdeed.


It is perfectly normal and acceptable for parents, guardians or family members to want to film or photograph their children’s sports to keep as a memento of them growing up and share that content via social media or other channels of distribution.

Associations and leagues should usually allow parents, guardians or family members to take photographs and video tape games or training, provided the parents, guardians or family members are known to the association. As a courtesy, the coach or manager of the opposition team should also be notified of the intention to photograph or video the game.


Coaches are allowed to film their team’s games to assist them in training. Coaches are also allowed to film for the purposes of scouting another team that will be playing the filming team shortly. If this is to occur then both teams should be advised in advance. However, this should usually be allowed.

Coaches who wish to video their own team’s games or training for training purposes should also normally be allowed to do so. Again, the opposition should be informed. Parents of the coach’s own team should be advised by the coach if it is intended to regularly video games or training and the reason for it.

Referee coaches wishing to video games for training or evaluation purposes should advise the teams of their intentions prior to the game.

Should any person take objection to the photographing or filming, they should be asked the reason why they object. It should be explained to them that the Basketball Victoria Photography/Filming Policy permits the creation of content for organisational and individual use. However, if the person objecting has a legitimate and strong reason why the objection is made, then a bar should be placed on that content. A strong reason may include a child- safety exemption whereby the child concerned is the subject of contested custody proceedings or has been the subject of violence or threats and publication of a video or photograph may compromise the safety of the child. This means that competition organisers, associations and clubs have to be ever-vigilant in protecting participants, particularly children, and alert media on site to any reasons to not take imagery or footage.


EDJBT approves media accreditation from news organisations, websites and social media companies that have been approved with an up-to- date Working With Children’s Check (WWCC) and reference from their organisation. These organisations will/have been approved by EDJBT and have a right to take video and photography at sanctioned events, competitions and programs.

They are required to wear their EDJBT Media Accreditation at all times while present within venues and have to wear a high-visibility vest in order to film or take photography on the baseline at EDJBT events.

Accredited media are exempt from notifying the coach or manager of the teams due to the nature of their profession. EDJBT’s venues are considered public spaces and as such media are entitled to produce content in these spaces for editorial or non-advertising purposes and not for any other commercial purpose whatsoever.

Accreditation Application

Please complete the application for which can be found here.