About the NCBL

Junior Basketball Operational Rules


The Northeastern Conference Junior Basketball League (NCJBL) is designed to be an integral part of the Northeastern Conference Adventist Youth Ministries program. This program is designed to give each local Adventist Youth Society and its basketball team another opportunity to fellowship with other societies and teams, to demonstrate and foster Christian friendship to further demonstrate God’s gift through physical, social, mental, and Spiritual capabilities.


The NCJBL shall be governed by a Commission chosen by the Northeastern Conference Youth Director and Associate Youth Director and voted by the Northeastern Conference Youth Advisory Council.
This Commission shall consist of:

1. The Northeastern Conference Youth Director and Associate Youth Director.
2. A local Pastor.
3. A Professionally trained or educated person in physical education or recreation.
4. A minimum of two (2) others approved by the Youth Director and Associate
Youth Director and as recommended by the NCJBL Commission.

This commission shall set forth all rules and regulations of the Basketball programs and shall represent the last avenue of appeals and disputes within the NCJBL.


1. Each Adventist Youth Society (AYS) or other departments within the Northeastern Conference approved by the NCJBL commission is permitted to field a basketball team.


2. Team is under the sponsorship of the local Adventist Youth Society Council and voted by the local church board. Team members and their coaches must be approved by these governing bodies.


3. Each team shall consist of a certified Seventh Day Adventist coach and no less than eight (8) players and no more than fifteen (15) players.
Each Certified coach and player must present their identification badges To every game. Failure to do so will result in a penalty fine of what is charged to enter the gym.


4. Each team must complete all forms supplied by the NCJBL and return them by the date specified.



1. Each team shall be composed of members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Non baptized members providing they are frequently in Sabbath School, A.Y.S., Divine Service, and/or Pathfinders.

2. Ages will range from 13 -17 years of age. ( If a player turns 18 after the official season begin he/she is eligible to play to the end of the season.

3. A small church which is unable to field a team may join together with another church providing each church agree on supporting their coaches and players with the proper coverage of insurance.

4. Team members must actively participate in all AYS programs. Violators will not be able to participate in scheduled basketball games. Excused absences must be verified by the local AYS leaders. AYS leaders must be responsible for reporting the violation to the appropriate commissioner assigned to the applicable gym.

5. The commission has the right to inquire about any team member’s eligibility based on the individual misrepresentation in the league. Disciplinary action will be enforced at the discretion of the commission.




The NCJBL shall be divided into divisions and the commissioners shall decide the composition of each and shall notify each team of the division to which it is a part.



All league fees shall be determine by the NCJBL Commission prior to the beginning of each season and shall be paid by the specified date set by the commission.
Failure to comply with this or any other registration requirement, prohibits the team from participation in the league.

1. Forfeiture Fees: Any team forfeiting a game due to its failure to show or not being prepared to field a team, will be charged one-half the expenses incurred by the league for that night. In order to continue the regular season’s schedule, the fee must be paid prior to the next scheduled game.

Should failure to comply result in forfeiture of subsequent games, one-half of the expenses for each forfeited game will be added to the team’s indebtedness, and must be paid before the team will be allowed to continue the scheduled.

2. The members of a team which is under disciplinary action are ineligible to play for any other team within the league.


The NCJBL commission shall be responsible for determining format and sites of the playoffs and championship games. Notifications shall be sent out no later than October 1 of the current season.

Teams participating in the NCJBL numbering 19 and above will use the sweet sixteen format.

The commission will set a date for the Conference Championship Game.

Teams playing in the Conference Championship Game must be on the Camp ground no later than 6pm.


1. PRAYER must be offered before each game.

2. The coach shall be responsible for the conduct and eligibility of his players.

3. Each team member must play in each of his or her team’s games that he is physically able to play in. Non-compliance will result in game forfeiture.

4. Coaches not complying with special rule #3 terminates their NCJBL certification and are immediately ineligible to coach his or her team.

5. League play shall be governed by National Federation of State High School Association rules and regulation regarding basketball except where the NCJBL commission has adopted special rules.

6. Any player or coach using PROFANITY on or off the court shall be ejected from the game and they will not be allowed to participate in their next scheduled game. A second offence to this rule will result in suspension for the remainder of the season.
The interpretation of off the court will include both the interior and exterior of the venue being used.

7. FIGHTING is prohibited in the NCJBL and participants are subjected to suspension, pending commissioner’s decisions.

8. All protests shall be forwarded to the Northeastern Conference Associate Youth Director in writing by the following Tuesday. A ten dollar ($10.00) fee must accompany each written protest. This ten dollar ($10.00) fee will be refunded if the protest is deemed legitimate. Protests involving an official’s judgment call will not be entertained. Protest arriving after the specified time will not be honored.

9. The NCJBL commission shall be responsible for all gymnasiums, score-keepers and officials. They shall also maintain the records of the NCJBL.

10. All games must be within the designated time schedule. Games are schedule to begin at 8:00pm. If teams are not presented at the beginning of a game, a fifteen (15) minutes grace period is allowed. After the second fifteen (15)
minutes grace period, the late team(s) will be penalized one (1) point per minute after the grace period. The game will be forfeited after 8:30pm. The on site commissioner will enforced the penalty.

11. Running Time: In order to leave the gymnasium in a timely manner (because there is three or more games at a particular gym) all games will be played on running time. Time will stop for foul shots and other times necessitated by the game officials. Playing time will be description of the NCJBL executive committee.

12. A player must play a minimum of three (3) regular season games in order to be eligible for play in the post season games. The only exception will be if the individual is away at school (out of town) at the start of the season and his or her name is on the roster from the beginning of the season.

13. Once the game has started, the officials are responsible for the continuation, completion and conduct of the game. The commissioner on site may intervene upon request of the officials.

14. No player or coach verbally threatening or physically attacking an official will be allowed to participate in the NCJBL.

In compliance with the standards of the NFHS competition, all teams participating in the NCJBL must wear uniforms with visible numbers from the outset of each season. No sweat pants or unconventional shorts will be accepted. Team members not in uniform for any one game will not be allowed to play. NO exception will be granted.


a. All uniform must be the same. The Coach of any player who enters a game without proper uniform will be assessed a technical foul and that player will be ejected from the game.

b. All players of the NCJBL must wear their team uniforms appropriately and as so designed or fashioned.

c. All new teams entering the league must be in uniform from the outset of the Season. All new uniforms must comply with the NFHS rules on numbers for size and location.

00 0 1 2 3 4
10 11 12 13 14 15
20 21 22 23 24 25
30 31 32 33 34 35
40 41 42 43 44 45
50 51 52 53 54 55

Team rosters can include 0 or 00 but not both. The
numbers on the front and back of the team jersey
shall be the same color and style.

Please refer to the NFHS Rule Book, Rule #3, Section 4 Article 3


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