Intramural Basketball Rules

NCAA Basketball Rules, Intramural Basketball Rules and the IM Code will govern intramural basketball play.
NCAA rules can be viewed online at:

Department of Recreation staff reserves the right to make amendments to these rules deemed essential to the success of the program.

NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES will be permitted in any recreation or athletic facilities; smoking is also prohibited in all recreation and athletic facilities (indoor or outdoor). Violations will result in forfeiture of the game by the team in violation.


Will be required to verify identification prior to each contest. Please refer to page 2 of the IM Code if you are a staff member who is not issued a PennCard.


Intramural eligibility rules, as outlined in the IM Code, are applicable to IM Basketball. Protests of player eligibility must be filed in writing within 24 hours in the IM Office (Rm. 219 Hutchinson Gym) by the team captain. Written protest should include the date, team name, and player in question. The IM staff will review eligibility protests.


Game time is forfeit time. There will be no grace period. Games will start at the scheduled time, or the game will be a forfeit. After one forfeit a team will lose its performance bond; after a second forfeit a team will become ineligible to make the playoffs; after a third forfeit a team will be removed from the league.


Will consist of 5 players on a side. Teams may start and play a game with a minimum of 4 players. If a team cannot meet the 4-player minimum for any reason, the game will be declared a forfeit.
Co-Rec- Teams will consist of 3 Females and 2 Males. Teams may play with 2 females & 2 males.

The Game

Will consist of two 16-minute halves. Each team will have one 30-second timeout per half, and each overtime period.

The Clock

The clock will NOT stop for free throws, held-balls, out-of-bounds, etc. However, during the last 2 minute of the 2nd half only, the clock will operate as prescribed in the NCAA rulebook (it will not stop for made field goals). Teams attempting to stall during dead ball situations when the clock is running will be penalized. Technical Foul.

Technical/Flagrant/Intentional Fouls

All technical/flagrant/intentional fouls will result in 2 free throws & possession of the ball. Players may be disqualified (at the discretion of the official and/or supervisor). Multiple technical/flagrant/intentional fouls committed by the same team may result in forfeiture of the game


If a game is tied at the end of regulation time, a 2-minute overtime period will be played. If the score remains tied after the OT period, a second OT period will be played…it will be sudden death (the first basket wins).


women must perform all center jump situations.


Male Basket 1 point
Female Basket 2 points
Male Basket from behind 3-point arc 2 points
Female Basket from behind 3-point arc 3 points

Free Throws

Free throws will be awarded for all fouls on the shot. All non-shooting fouls will be taken out-of bounds at the nearest point. Bonus- Team fouls will not count towards the bonus situation, during the last minute of each half, and OT periods, both teams will shoot 1&1, except for shooting fouls. Co-Rec- Free Throws for shooting fouls will be awarded according to the value that a made basket from the point of the shot attempt would have earned.

Mercy Rule

If the difference in score, with 2 minutes remaining in the game is 25 points or more, or with 1 minute remaining is 15 or more, the mercy rule will be invoked.


Will be permitted during the game, but not post, prior, or at halftime. Technical foul.


Teams will not be allowed to add any new players to their rosters for the playoffs. In order to be eligible for the playoffs, a player must have participated in at least one regular season match.


As a rule, games will not be rescheduled. Team members should call their captains, not the Department of Recreation, for schedule information.


Players are expected to display good sportsmanship towards fellow competitors, officials, and IM staff. Any display of poor sportsmanship will be met with disciplinary actions. The yellow/red card system will be in effect. Players who receive suspensions, and/or are ejected from games must meet with the Assistant Director prior to being reinstated.


The intramural supervisor, on site, will accept protests of rule interpretations only. Protests must be filed immediately after the play in question, once the ball is put back into play after the play in question, no protests will be honored. To file a protest, the team captain should ask the game official to get a supervisor, at this point the supervisor will hear the scenario, explain the rule that applies, and render a decision. Decisions made by IM supervisors are final. There is no further appeals process. Supervisors will not listen to protests of officials’ judgment calls or competency.

For protests of player eligibility, please see section above titled Eligibility.

If you have any questions about the league, NCAA rules, IM rules, or the IM Code, please contact the Department of Recreation staff at 215-898-6100.