Basketball Regulations

Regulations as approved by the NDHSAA Board of Directors

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2014-15 Basketball Regulations

New Regulations as approved by the NDHSAA Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 year:

Class A:

  1. Increase allowable halves for Class A to 63 (to match up with the 21 game limit).
  2. Add Shoot-arounds during halftime of the previous game during the State A Tournament.
  3. Add the 3 foot charge arc under the basket (if a defensive player is on or inside the arc, an offensive player who makes contact with that defensive player cannot be called for a charge).

Class B:

  1. Increase allowable quarters for Class B schools playing in Super Regionals to 126 quarters (to match up with the 21 game limit).
  2. Reinstate Shoot-arounds prior to the State B Tournament.

Basketball (Girls' & Boys')

  1. Season begins on the date set by the Board and concludes with the State Tournament.
  2. There shall be at least 9 daily practice sessions prior to the first game. Individual participants must have participated in at least 9 daily practice sessions before being permitted to participate in an interscholastic contest.
  3. One scrimmage with other schools may be held prior to the date of the first regularly scheduled game of the season.  Scrimmages held after the first scheduled game of the season count as contests.
  4. Jamborees, or inter-school scrimmages, must be counted as games with the exception of #3.
  5. Class A schools will play two 18-minute halves and Class B schools will play four 8-minute quarters per game.  Class A will use the three foot charge arc under the basket (if a defensive player is on or inside the arc, an offensive player who makes contact with that defensive player cannot be called for a charge).  Class A Boys will use a 35 second shot clock, Class A girls will use a 30 second shot clock.  Both Class B Boys and Girls will use a 35 second shot clock.  In the event one shot clock malfunctions, use the one remaining.
  6. For all Class A teams and any Class B team participating in a Super Regional, they are allowed a maximum of 21 games.  Any other Class B team participating in District Tournaments are allowed a maximum of 19 games.  Any Class A player may not participate in more than 63 halves in a regular season or more than 3 halves in one day. Any Class B player participating in a Super Regional may not participate in more than 126 quarters in a regular season or more than 6 quarters in one day. Any Class B player participating in District Tournaments may not participate in more than 114 quarters in a regular season or more than 6 quarters in one day.
  7. An individual may not participate in more than 3 halves (Class A) 6 quarters (Class B) in any one evening in regular season play.  (NOTE:  PENALTY FOR VIOLATION:  Forfeit of game in which violation occurred plus student in violation must sit out next scheduled game at that level.)
  8. A team or an individual may participate in two games on the same day in a tournament providing there is a lapse of at least one hour between the conclusion of their first game and the start of their next game.
  9. Home teams will wear white uniforms and road teams will wear dark uniforms.  If there is prior mutual agreement, the home team may wear dark uniforms and the road team white uniforms.

Junior High:  The junior high basketball season shall be no longer than the high school season and each school may set its own starting time.

Team Regulations:

  1. No more than fifteen games shall be played by a junior high school team during a season (tournament games included).  Any interscholastic game, interscholastic scrimmage, practice game, tournament game or jamboree counts as one of the fifteen games.
  2. Teams shall have at least nine (9) daily practice sessions, counting one per day, prior to the first date of competition.

Individual Regulations:

  1. A junior high individual may not participate in more than 90 quarters (Class B) or 45 halves (Class A) and no more than 6 quarters (Class B) or 3 halves (Class A) in any one day. 
  2. A subvarsity or junior high basketball team may play 3 games in one day, providing there is one hour rest between games.
  3. In the event a junior high team schedules three regular season games on one day, individuals may participate in three games and eight quarters (Class B) or four halves (Class A) provided there is at least one hour between the conclusion of the prior game and the start of their next game.  No further participation is allowed on that day.


  1. No district, regional or state tournaments for junior high schools will be organized by the Board of Directors.  Any sub-varsity “post-season” tournaments must be included in the regular season game limitation.
  2. Each junior high school team is permitted to participate in fifteen regular season games, tournament games included in the fifteen games maximum.

Play Periods:  The National Federation rules which provide playing periods of 6 minute quarters for seventh and eighth grade teams shall be followed.  There is no regulation addressing the length of halves (Class A).

Officials: NDOA registered officials shall be provided in all cases possible.  High school students (junior and senior grades) may be used as referees if registered through the NDOA high school program.

2014-2015 Basketball Tournament Regulations
Regional Tournament Regulations

(Region 2 February 23, 24, and 27)

The top four teams from fourteen of the sixteen Class B Districts will advance to their respective Regional Tournament.  In Region 2 and Region 7 they will be using the Super Regional format. First round games at each Class B Region will be in one session beginning at 3:00 p.m.  Each subsequent game will begin 20 minutes after completion of the previous game. 

CLASS B GIRLS REGION TOURNAMENT SITES (first round pairings included)
Region 1 – Fargo Civic Center, Justin Pieterick, Manager
District 2 - Team 1 vs. District 1 - Team 4
District 1 - Team 2 vs. District 2 - Team 3
District 1 - Team 1 vs. District 2 - Team 4
District 2 – Team 2 vs. District 1 - Team 3

Region 2 – Grafton, Randy Rice, Manager
1 Seed vs 8/9 Play-in winner
4/13 Play-in winner vs 5/12 Play-in winner
2 Seed vs 7/10 Play-in winner
3 Seed vs 6/11 Play-in winner

Region 3 – Jamestown Civic Center, Jim Roaldson, Manager
District 6 - Team 1 vs. District 5 - Team 4
District 5 - Team 2 vs. District 6 - Team 3
District 5 - Team 1 vs. District 6 - Team 4
District 6 - Team 2 vs. District 5 - Team 3

Region 4 - Devils Lake, Jason Wiberg, Manager
District 8 - Team 1 vs. District 7 - Team 4
District 7 - Team 2 vs. District 8 - Team 3
District 7 - Team 1 vs. District 8 - Team 4
District 8 - Team 2 vs. District 7 - Team 3

Region 5 Mandan, Lorell Jungling, Manager
District 10 - Team 1 vs. District 9 -   Team 4
District 9 - Team 2 vs. District 10 -Team 3
District 9 - Team 1 vs. District 10 -  Team 4
District 10 - Team 2 vs. District 9 - Team 3

Region 6 - Minot Auditorium, Alton Nygaard, Manager
District 12 - Team 1 vs. District 11 - Team 4
District 11 - Team 2 vs. District 12 - Team 3
District 11 - Team 1 vs. District 12 - Team 4
District 12-  Team 2 vs. District 11 - Team 3

Region 7 – Dickinson Trinity, Ken Keller, Manager
1 Seed vs 8/9 Play-in winner
4/13 Play-in winner vs 5/12 Play-in winner
2 Seed vs 7/10 Play-in winner
3 Seed vs 6/11 Play-in winner

Region 8 – New Town, Chuck Hunter, Manager
District 16 - Team 1 vs. District 15 - Team 4
District 15 - Team 2 vs. District 16 - Team 3
District 15 - Team 1 vs. District 16 - Team 4
District 16 - Team 2 vs. District 15 - Team 3

First place from each region shall advance to the State Tournament.

CLASS B BOYS REGIONAL SITES (MARCH 9, 10, 12) – The top four teams from fourteen of the sixteen Class B Districts will advance to their respective Regional Tournament.  In Region 2 and Region 7 they will be using the Super Regional format. First round games at each Class B Region will be in one session beginning at 3:00 p.m.  Each subsequent game will begin 20 minutes after completion of the previous game. 

CLASS B BOYS REGION TOURNAMENT SITES (first round pairings same as girls)
Region 1 – Wahpeton – NDSCS, Thomas Dryburgh, Manager
Region 2 – Grand Forks Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, John Hutchison, Manager
Region 3 – Jamestown Civic, Jim Roaldson, Manager
Region 4 - Devils Lake Sports Center, Jason Wiberg, Manager
Region 5 – Bismarck Civic Center, Brian Marcus, Manager
Region 6 - Minot State Dome, Alton Nygaard, Manager
Region 7 – Dickinson Trinity, Ken Keller, Manager
Region 8 – Williston State College, Dan Artamenko, Manager

First place from each region shall advance to the State Tournament.  All regional tournament games are to be played to conclusion. In Class B, the only consolation game to be played is the game for third and fourth place. First round games are to be played beginning Monday afternoon with the semi-finals scheduled Tuesday evening, and the finals and third place game on Thursday evening. Monday will be one session.  Starting time on Monday (quarterfinals) will be 3:00 p.m. and each following game will be 20 minutes after the conclusion of the previous game.  The semifinal and championship sessions will be 6:00 p.m. and 20 minutes after the conclusion of previous game for each evening.


Class A Girls’ and Boys’ Regional Tournaments will be held at the following sites (Play-in game by March 1 at home sites of upper-seeded team):

East: March 3 at the site of the upper seeded team and March 6, 7 at Alerus Center, Grand Forks, Mark Rerick, Athletic Administrator of the Grand Forks Public Schools, Manager

West: March 5, 6, 7, at Bismarck Civic Center, Jim Haussler, Athletic Administrator of Bismarck Public Schools, Manager

The top four Class A teams in each of the East and West Regions advance to the State Class A Tournament.

 The Class A East and West Region starting times are determined by the individual regions


The position of teams in the Class A regionals is to be determined by a point system, allowing one point for games won against teams who play each other twice and two points for a win against teams playing each other once.

Class A Team: 1st and 2nd; Class B Team: 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th.

Region and State Tournament managers will assign ends of the court prior to warm-up for each game.


The State B Girls’ Basketball Tournament will be held on March 5, 6, 7, 2015 at the Minot State Dome, Rick Hedberg, Minot State Atheletic Director, Manager.


The State A Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Tournament will be held on March 12, 13, 14, 2015 at the Fargodome, Todd Olson, Fargo Public Schools AD, Manager.


The State B Boys’ Basketball Tournament will be held on March 19, 20, 21, 2015 at the Bismarck Civic Center, Jim Haussler, Athletic Administrator of the Bismarck Public Schools, Manager.


Three whistle crews will be assigned to all region and state tournament games.  After selection by coaches’ ballot, the assignment of officials for regional games shall be made by the tournament manager. Said assignments are to be made by the manager one week prior to the tournament and officials are to be notified of their specific assignments immediately thereafter. Management is requested to provide two passes for each working game official.


Beginning with the 2011 state tournament schedule, the girls’ and boys’ semifinals games and championship games are scheduled girl/boy/girl/boy.

State A
Team 1 East vs. Team 4 West
Team 2 West vs. Team 3 East
Team 1 West vs. Team 4 East
Team 2 East vs. Team 3 West

State B

The head coaches of the eight qualifying teams will use an electronic process to seed the top four teams for the state tournament.  An NDHSAA-approved designee will randomly draw the opponents for the top four seeded teams.

The quarterfinal pairings are:
#2 seed vs. Second Random Draw
#3 seed vs. Third Random Draw
#1 seed vs. First Random Draw
#4 seed vs. Fourth Random Draw

A consolation series will be played in each state final tournament and any team refusing to play in this series forfeits its rights to team payments from that tournament.


Game schedules for the State Tournaments will be published in a future publication.



Team payments will be made using the approved formula at the end fiscal year.  Prior to June 30th, team payments will be sent to the schools from the association office.


Motel rooms have been reserved for schools qualifying for the state tournaments by the respective tournament managers. More information on same will be forthcoming. Any team that refuses to stay at the assigned motel will forfeit their per diem allowance.


In all Class A or B district, region or state tournaments, schools may have a 15 player roster and dress 15 each game.

Roster substitutions are permitted for players who may become ill or injured. If a player is removed from the roster because of a violation of Association rules, that player may be replaced.  If disciplinary action is taken by the coach for other reasons, that player may not be replaced. Any changes in the roster must be cleared with the tournament manager. It is not necessary to use the same players in regional and state tournaments.


It is recommended that managers reserve a section for players during the sessions in which they are not playing.


The top team listed in the bracket is the home team and shall wear white jerseys. The other team shall be the visiting team and wear dark jerseys.


No Class B team is permitted to practice on the regional tournament floor after the seeding of district teams and no Class A team will be allowed to practice at their Class A regional site after the seeding of the tournament.  No Class A or B teams will be allowed to practice on their respective state tournament floor following the conclusion of the regional tournament, with the exception of pre-tournament shoot-arounds.  Class A shoot-arounds will happen during halftime of the previous game.


Protests as to eligibility status of individual contestants will be considered by the Board of Directors prior to or after the completion of a tournament, but not while said tournament is in progress.


Schools – A maximum of twenty-seven passes shall be given to competing schools in regional and state tournaments, plus cheerleader passes (maximum of 8 which includes the mascot). Schools are to notify the tournament manager as to the number of passes needed.  Each player, student manager, coach and school official must present a pass or ticket for admission to any and all sessions.  Additional passes must be requested from the tournament manager.  The cost of these additional passes will be deducted from the team payment at the rate of an adult tournament pass.

Officials - Two passes shall be provided for each referee working the tournament.

Radio – Must contact NDHSAA for Passes/radio rights. Note: Must contact site for radio hook-up. Two passes to each station for each session broadcast.

Media- (All Media must contact the NDHSAA.) Two passes for writers and one for photographer to each daily paper represented. Two passes for each weekly paper represented. The NDHSAA will send State Managers names of media attending the tournament.

Television –Two passes are available to each television station.


See Administrator/Coach BB Ticket Notice articles which were published in the December BULLETIN.


PART TWO, SECTION V of the NDHSAA Constitution & By-Laws states:  “Contesting schools shall each have present an authorized faculty representative who shall be responsible to his/her school for the conduct of its participants and students throughout the contest and the visiting team’s stay away from home.”

The NDHSAA Board of Directors, in response to a recommendation of the District Chairpersons, adopted the following policy:  “An appropriate shirt is required at all NDHSAA sponsored district, region and state events”.  An appropriate shirt is to be determined as per local school policy.  Also, there shall be no body paint.  Face paint is allowed.

The NDHSAA Tournament Policy asks no objects shall be thrown into the stands by teams, cheerleaders, special interest groups, etc.


Managers should provide passes to band members/directors only for games/sessions at which they perform.  Managers should consult the band director on the size of the band and provide an adequate performance area or limit the number to fit the area. Consideration must be given to adequate sound projection.

Regional Tournament Bands

The host school band or a school band in the tournament site area shall be designated as the official tournament band. Regional managers are allowed to pay a stipend to tournament bands of $100 per session (no less than 2 games).  Managers should provide passes for band members for the sessions at which they perform.

State Tournament Bands

Schools are requested to contact the state manager as soon as possible if they wish their band to perform at the State Tournament.  (There will be no reserved assignments held for bands of state qualifying teams.) An honorarium may be paid at state tournaments to the host school for their band, but no payments are to be made for out-of-town bands.


The following statement shall appear in regional and state tournament programs:

Good sportsmanship is conduct which imposes a type of self-control involving honest rivalry, courteous relations and graceful acceptance of results. School spirit is a reflection of those attitudes and behavior. Spectator etiquette requires that we refrain from displaying any action to taunt opponent’s fan section such as carrying flags around the court and stopping to taunt the opponent’s fan section. This may lead to competition among observers which is mistakenly under the guise of good sportsmanship. Spectators are asked to remain in their designated fan section. Approaching the opponent’s fan section for the purpose of taunting and baiting will not be tolerated. Also, carrying of flags around the court will NOT be allowed!  The use of profanity at ANY TIME will NOT be tolerated.

Good sportsmanship shall be defined as those qualities of behavior which are characterized by respect and genuine concern for others. Awareness is expected concerning the impact of an individual’s influence on the behavior of others. Good sportsmanship is viewed as a concrete measure of the understanding and commitment to fair play, ethical behavior and integrity.

Fans shall be required to be in bleachers and not on the floor under baskets at region and state tournaments.


The Board of Directors has banned the use of artificial noisemakers at all Association sponsored tournaments, including horns, bells, clapboards and drums used for such purposes. Confetti has also been banned because of the potential fire hazard and excessive clean-up work involved between sessions. Tournament managers are instructed to confiscate such articles at the door.


The local half-time entertainment committee may select pompon groups, dance teams, marching bands or other groups or individuals on the basis of variety and audience appeal. The performance time for each half-time is limited to ONE group - not to exceed seven minutes. Tournament managers will attempt to secure Class A performers for Class A tournaments and Class B performers for Class B tournaments.


Only bona-fide high school students are permitted as cheerleaders and allowed on the floor. Each school is responsible for the conduct of their cheerleaders. Cheerleaders should not be on the playing floor while the game is in progress, as this not only might interfere with the play of the game, but could result in accidental injury to cheerleaders or players alike. An area off the playing court should be provided for cheerleaders, and they should be restricted from going on to the court except during the intermission and 60 second time-out periods. There is a limit of EIGHT cheerleaders or SEVEN cheerleaders and ONE mascot at all regional and state tournaments.

When pompons are used by cheerleaders or half-time entertainment, loose strings on the floor should be immediately removed by the group performing, as these can be the cause of serious injury to players.


No solicitations for any purpose shall be permitted at any Association sponsored tournament regardless of the merit of such a venture.


Concession rights are awarded to the host school or building management. Concession merchandise shall be limited to types normally available at basketball games during the regular season, such as soft drinks, popcorn, candy, coffee, etc. The NDHSAA and management controls what can be sold in the tournament building and the area adjacent to it such as parking lots, Enterprises which might tend to exploit students are prohibited.

Concession privileges may be awarded to school organizations, service clubs, or similar organizations by the management, but not to private individuals or companies.

PROGRAMS (Regional and State)

Program rights for regional and state tournaments are awarded to host schools, who may in turn assign such rights to a service club or similar organization in the community. However, in the case of such assignment, the host school shall be responsible for approving the contents of the program booklets.

Tournament booklets shall include information supplied by the NDHSAA office which includes Farmers Union Insurance and the National Guard.

Use of advertising in programs is optional with the host school. However, such advertising shall be in good taste, with no advertisements pertaining to gambling, alcohol, drugs or tobacco. Advertising shall not take precedence over tournament, NDHSAA or school information.

The host school shall keep any profit realized from programs and is responsible for any deficit that might occur.


Items which should not be charged to tournament expense include such items as program booklets, hospitality rooms, half-time entertainment and cheerleader supervision. These items are the responsibility of the host city or the participating group.


State Class B team awards are provided for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th place winners. Additionally, a State Tournament Participant award will be given to the Class B 8th place team. State Class A team awards are given for places 1st through 6th. Eighteen individual participation awards are provided for coaches and players from each of the participating teams. Schools may purchase additional awards by contacting the NDHSAA office. A maximum of 8 participation awards will be given to the cheerleaders/mascot plus 1 for the cheer coach. Also at the Class B tournaments, a spirit trophy will be awarded to the school displaying the best sportsmanship/spirit and cheering section at each tournament. Only trophies provided or approved by the NDHSAA and presented by an NDHSAA representative will be given.


Balls are provided free-of-charge for all region and state basketball tournaments by Spalding. Upon completion of the tournament, one ball should be presented to each one of the top four teams.


The following policy shall be applied to regional and state tournaments:

“Because of the danger of breaking glass backboards, nets are not to be cut or removed at the conclusion of the tournament by the winning team. If the nets are desired as a trophy, the tournament manager should be paid the price of a new set of nets. If nets are secured by the winning school in this manner, they shall be removed by the management following the tournament and not during the time the act will be witnessed by students and adult spectators.”

Tournament managers are requested to advise coaches of the regulation prior to the start of the tournament.


Each tournament will be protected by a Master Property Damage Liability policy. All tournaments will be protected against robbery inside and outside the premises.


Exclusive television rights have been sold to Forum Communications for the State Class A & B Tournaments.


Regulations prohibit the use of video equipment by schools except for the game(s) they are playing. This does not prohibit stations that have contracted for the televising of tournaments from videotaping or filming for delayed broadcasts.

Private individuals may use video recorders at NDHSAA sponsored events provided they do not interfere with another person's view of the game. Tournament managers will determine if individuals are causing any viewing problems.


Assignments of officials for state tournament games are made by the NDHSAA office one week prior to the tournament and officials will be notified of their specific assignments. Management is requested to provide two passes to each working game official.

Desk officials, ticket takers and sellers, ushers, etc., are to be obtained by the tournament manager. The desk official acting as scorekeeper is required to wear a distinguishing uniform so he/she can be readily identified.


The eight coaches with teams in the state tournament are to meet with the tournament manager and an NDHSAA staff member at a designated time prior to the start of the tournament to go over any questions they might have and for a briefing of the operation of the tournament.

Updated 2/17/15

Updated 06/24/2015