How Shifts Work

FIBA requires a team to have 5 players present in order to start a game, this will be the case for all divisions in the MBA. The MBA requires teams in U10 Developmental and U12 to have 6 and 8 players (respectively) before starting play in the 5th shift. If a team does not have 6 players in U10 Developmental or 8 players in U12 before starting play in the 5th shift the game will be ruled a default, however, the teams will still play, the referees with still officiate the game and the scorer will still score the game.

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U10 Developmental - Shift Clarefication for 6 players to enable a legal game

  • You will need a total of 6 players prior to the start of the 5th shift to have an official game. If you have 6 to start and 1 leaves in the first half, this still will be concidered an official game.
  • A 6th (+) player(s) arriving "Prior to the 5th shift" - the intent here and understand the 6th + player can arrive 1 second prior to the 5th shift beginning for the game to become official. Many referees make the mistake that if an 6th player doesn't show up by the end of the 4th shift, the game is defaulted. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Referees are to officiate all games in their entirety for U10 Developmental where there are 4 players minimum on each team. The "variation" for "officially played game" or "default" is regulated by and for the MBA executive.
  • When a player arrives lare or leaves easly - there is a section at the bottom of the shift sheet for the scorers to record this and for these players, the term "cannot play more then one shift more then any other player" is not relevent because they arrived late or left early.
  • No player can play more than 7 shifts in total - therefor is a player does leave early, you may have to play with 3 players.
  • CLICK HERE to print a shift chart for 4 on 4 play.

U12 Division - Shift Clarification for 8 players to enable a legal game

  • You will need a total of 8 players prior to the start of the 2nd half (5th shift) to have an official game. If you have 8 to start and 1 leaves in first half, this still will be considered an official game.
  • An 8th (+) player(s) arriving "Prior to the 2nd half" - the intent here and understanding is that the 8th + player can arrive 1 second prior to the 2nd half beginning for game to become official. Many referees make the mistake that if an 8th player doesn't show up by the end of the 1st half, the game is defaulted. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Referees are to officiate all games in there entirety for U12 where there are 5 players minimum on each team per FIBA rules. The "variation" for "officially played game" or "default" is relegated to and for the MBA executive.
  • When a player arrives late or leaves early – there is a section at the bottom of the shift sheet for the scorers to record this and for these players, the term “can’t play more then one shift then any other player” is not relevant because they arrived late / left early.
  • No player can play more then 5 shifts in total; therefore if a player does leave early, you may have to play with 4 players. 

 

There also can be an exception to this. If the opposing coach agrees and a player does play for a 6 shift, the scorer must be advised prior to lining up and will record as 6th shift though the posted end result will be a default, however when we are advised and both coaches acknowledge that they in fact agreed to uneven shifts due to adverse circumstances and they wish to still have game score official, we will post the score as official. If the opposing coach does not agree to 6th shift being permitted, the game will need to conclude with above rules in place. With this being applicable for the youngest divisions, we do give levity here. This is not the case in play-offs.