CNR LEAGUE RULES (2019) Except for the following exceptions, standard NFHS and MSHSAA rules will be followed and enforced in the CNR League.  


High school rules apply. A player is fouled out after 5 fouls.


  • There is a “1 for 2” rule in use for the first 38 minutes of the game. (*See modification below effective in the last 2 minutes of the game.)
    • 1 shot for 2 points – All one-and-one and two-shot fouls are shot as a single free throw – a successful free throw results in 2 points.
    • *Modification – During the last 2 minutes and overtime, regular high school rules apply.  It’s real basketball during the last 2 minutes and overtime.
  • No Free throw violations on the shooter for 4th or 5th grade boys and girls. The shooter must start behind the free throw line. (Officials have the right to call off a rebound where the shooter uses this to his/her advantage on a missed free throw.)  4th Grade shooters may start with their heals on the Free Throw line.
  • A player occupying a marked lane space…may enter the lane on the release of the ball by the free throw shooter.
  • All “traditional” three-pointers will be as normal – if the original shot is made and the player is fouled in the act of shooting, the shooter is given a single free throw – 1 point if made.
  • A three-point shooter who is fouled in the act is given 2 free throws – the first shot counts as 2 points (if made) and the second shot counts as 1 point (if made).
  • Technical and intentional fouls result in a single free throw – 2 points if made.


  • Each half of play is 20 minutes in length – the clock will run non-stop until the last minute of the first half and the last 2 minutes of the second half.
  • Each team gets 3 – One min timeouts per game
  • There are only Two overtimes.
  • In overtime, each team is provided an additional single timeout to be used in all overtimes on top of what each team has already.
  • In overtime 1: it will be 2 minutes in length – the clock runs for the first 1 ½ minutes.
  • In overtime 2 (except for the championship game): it will be sudden death; the first score of any kind wins.
    • In overtime 2 and beyond in the Championship game: it will be 2 minutes in length – the clock runs for the first 1 1/2 minutes.


  • 4th grade cannot press until the last 2 minutes of the game. Until the last 2 minutes of the game, once the ball has been secured, the defensive team must retreat to 1/2 court.
  • 5th grade cannot press in the first half.  Once ball has been secured, the defensive team must retreat to ½ court. 5th grade can press in second half.
  • Any team leading by 20 points or more is prevented from guarding in the backcourt – this applies in either half.


  • If a team is leading by 20 points or more in the second half, the clock will continue running for the entire 2nd half.


  • Each game site will have a Site Supervisor present – this person can assist with any issues, questions, and to help with any unusual situations.
  • Each team must provide 1 person for the score table – to run the board and to handle the score-sheet.
  • 4-minute warm up and 3 minute half-time. The 4-minute warm up starts as soon as the previous game is completed, however no games will start before their scheduled start time unless both coaches agree.
  • Teams may have any up to 3 coaches (this includes the head coach) on the bench but only the head coach may address the officials.  Any team that breaks this rule will be warned the first time and the second consequence will result in only the head coach being allowed on the bench for the remainder of the tournament.
  • 4th & 5th grade boys will use a girls basketball. 6th-8th grade will use a boys basketball.
  • No earrings, necklaces or wristbands.  Hair must be clear of all metal and objects.  Players must be basketball equipped with no metal showing. Referees will decide if equipment is appropriate using MSHSSA guidelines.