Under 10 Rules



The Under 10 competition is the next learning stage after the Under 8 competition. The competition is there for participation, learning, developing skills, developing team work and team rules and having fun. The competition needs to be used as a stepping stone towards having the players ready to be able to play with as much competency as possible when they reach the Under 12 competition. The Under 12 competition is the first GSABA competition where the players will play for premiership points. In the Under 12 competition we often have two Slammers teams in both girls and boys, so players when leaving the Under 12 competition will play against around 20 association players in different teams who are of good standard. It is important by the players final season in the Under 10 competition they have correct footwork, good defensive and offence techniques, understanding of the importance of team work and a reasonable understanding of the rules.

The GSABA understands that some players moving from the Under 10 competition to the Under 12 competition will be better developed to handle the transition than other players. This is why in the Under 12 competition and infact in all age-groups we will have divisions when practical and possible.

It must be remembered we have been the most consistent country junior competition in the past two years accross the State. Back to back John Spooner Awards.


The Under 10 Umpiring Philosophy reflects the Under 10 Competition Philosophy.

The Umpires have been instructed to umpire according to the rules and will not show leniency in the rules. We can't have players travelling constantly, fouling constantly, committing three second violations and not having a reasonable understanding of the rules when they enter the GSABA Under 12 competition for the first time.

Players who get fouled out of a game, they stay out of the game, they need to learn that when they get 5 fouls they don't come back on the court.

This philosophy is placing the onus on the coach to address the players skills, develop the correct defensive and offensive techniques and understanding of the rules of the game. Situations that occur in a game should be addressed at training.

This approach was discussed at GSABA Management many years ago and we gained feedback from Clubs and so the philosophy was agreed upon. It was agreed it was in the best interest of the players and the association to take this approach.

REASONING: When leniency was used on a regular basis, we would have players still travelling constantly, fouling constantly, getting called for three second voilations and too many players were just not ready for the Under 12 premiership point competition. It was hindering the development of players and the association.

POINT TO REMEMBER:We have green shirts umpiring regularly in the Under 10 competition so be mindful of their ability to strictly adhere to the philosophy. Calls will be missed but they are working towards the philosphy.

The leniency approach also hinders the development of the umpires, the umpires need to recognise when a travel, foul or violation occurs and they need to blow the whistle to acknowledge they recognise it has occurred. Umpiring is not a easy task and for their development it is important they can react and call what they see.


i) The Under 10 competition is played on Friday Nights.

ii) The Under 10 competition is allocated 50 minute time slots.

iii) In all games the rules of Basketball Australia will apply. The current FIBA rule book applies. Any GSABA Bylaws overrides corresponding rules in the rule book.

iv) Umpires will stop and explain decisions when appropriate.

v) All games will be scored but no premiership table or finals will occur.

vi) Correct uniform is encouraged but players can play out of uniform and same numbers can be used.

vii) There are no forfeits and teams can use players from the opposition team if they have less than 5 players.

viii) No penalty for late players will occur.

ix) Each team is to supply a scorer.

x) Coaches are allowed to walk the perimiter of the court and are allowed on the court during the match but must attempt to mimimise their time on the court i.e. brief periods on the court at a time.


i) Four ten minute quarters will be played.

ii) The clock does not stop once it has been started for the quarter.

iii) The umpire has the power to ask for the clock to be held due to injury, ball stuck in between ring and board(jump ball) or for safety reasons.


i) At the start of the match the umpire will blow their whistle and give the teams a minute warning.

ii) The umpire will set the clock for 11 minutes for the start of the first and third quarters and set the clock running.

iii) The umpire will set the clock for 12 minutes for the half-time break and set the clock running.


i) Each coach can have one time-out per quarter.

ii) Unused time-outs can't be transferred to another quarter.

iii) Time-outs can't be called in the last minute of any quarter.

iv) Time -outs called between 1.00 and 2.00 minutes left in the quarter can be called but players must be ready to resume at the 1.00 minute mark on the clock.

v) The coach who called the time-out can call the time-out back in before the minute is up.

vi) A time out opportunity is:

- For both teams, the ball becomes dead, after a whistle and the official has ended communication with the scorer's table.

- For the non-scoring team after a field goal is scored.


i) A substitution opportunity is:

- For both teams, the ball becomes dead, after a whistle and the official has ended communication with the scorer's table.

- No substitutions can be called in the last minute of each quarter.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the game clock not being stopped we have developed various By-Law rules and is why the above are the only Time-Out and Substitution opportunities.



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The GSABA Referee Department will be doing the Summer Season 2018-19 Grand Final Roster. Mike Richardson is the Referee Development Co-ordinator, and Tim Round is the Referee Manager. There will be a Referee Sub Committee, which will be headed by Mike Richardson and includes Tim Round (Referee Manager) and Brett Stringer (Referee). A Player Coach is still to be appointed.

* The Minor Round Summer Season 2018 -2019 Umpires Roster will be completed by Dennis Earl.  The GSABA Carnival Umpires Roster will be completed by the GSABA Referee Department.


Any person interested in joining the GSABA Umpiring Panel please contact GSABA Business Administrator - Dennis Earl- earl648666@gmail.com We welcome all referees but always looking for umpires who can umpire Senior Grades.