IUF Basketball Rules

Attention unicycle basketball fans:

Here is a set of basketball rules that I’m working on for the IUF rulebook. Andy
Cotter sent me a set of rules that he thought might be incomplete, but was all
he could find at the time. I have re-formatted it to fit the rest of the
rulebook, with some small grammatical changes.

Please read over this, ask questions, offer comments, and let me know if there
are things left out. Let us (at iuf-discuss@winternet.com) know what you think
of these basketball rules.


  1. JUMP BALL: All players stand still and take their positions as two
    opponents face up while the referee tosses the ball up between them. These
    two cannot take the ball but must “tap” it toward their teammates. The jump
    ball is needed:
    a) At the beginning of the game.
    b) After a stoppage.
    c) After a double foul.
    d) When there is a “held ball” call.
    e) After a suspension of play for any reason, ordered by the Officials.

  2. OFF-SIDE PLAYER, DEAD BALL: A player is off-side when his or her unicycle
    touches the ground out of bounds. The ball is dead when it touches a player
    or anybody else out of bounds, the ground or anything out of bounds. The
    last player to touch the ball is responsible for the off-side unless the
    ball was deliberately thrown at that player to cause the foul. This act is
    also a foul. A player off his or her unicycle is considered off-side.

  3. ALIVE BALL, DEAD BALL, HELD BALL: The ball becomes alive when:
    a) After having reached it’s highest point in a jump ball and is tapped by
    the first player
    b) When the Official places it at the disposal of a free thrower
    c) When on a throw in from out of bounds, it touches a player in bounds.

The ball becomes dead when:
d) Any goal is made
e) A foul occurs while the ball is alive or in play
f) The ball lodges on the basket support
g) A free throw which is to be followed by another throw
h) An Official’s whistle is blown while the ball is alive or in play

i) The ball does not become dead if an opponent fouls while the ball is
still in possession of a player who is trying for a goal and who
finished his try with a continuous motion which started before the foul
occurred. A basket, if made, counts.
j) A held ball shall be declared when two or more players on opposing teams
have one or both hands firmly on the ball.
k) On a try for goal, no player can touch the ball after it has started
it’s downward flight.

  1. THROW IN: The ball is put back in play from out of bounds at the nearest
    point from which it became dead. Not more than 5 seconds may be consumed in
    getting the ball into play. The 5 seconds starts the instant the ball is at
    the disposal of the first player out of bounds. No player from either team
    can stand within one meter of the player who puts the ball in play. Each
    time a team has to put the ball back in play along the side line or in
    front court, the Official must personally give the ball to the player who
    puts the ball back in play. Each time a team has to put the ball back in
    play in back court, the Official, if there is confusion about his call,
    must personally give the ball to the player who puts the ball back in play.
    The player charged to throw in cannot cross the side line with the ball and
    cannot, after his throw, touch the ball until another player touches it.

  2. DRIBBLING: A dribble is when a player, having gained control of the ball,
    gives impetus to it by throwing, batting, bouncing, or rolling it and
    touches it again before it touches another player. The player completes his
    dribble the instant he touches the ball simultaneously with both hands.
    There is no limit to the number of revolutions a player may make while
    dribbling. A player who stops dribbling can, if he is motionless, keep the
    ball 5 seconds in his hands before throwing it. A player who receives the
    ball while “progressing” can make three idles before dribbling or throwing
    the ball. A player who catches the ball while “motionless” can keep the
    ball 5 seconds in his hands before dribbling and progressing. A player
    shall not make a second dribble after having completed a dribble, unless
    the ball, when it is out of his control, has touched another player, or the
    opponents’ basket or backboard, or has been batted out of his control by an
    opponent. The following are not dribbles:
    a) 5 consecutive attempts for a goal.
    b) Fumbles.
    c) Attempts to gain control of the ball by tapping it from the vicinity of
    the other players or by blocking a pass.

    ball with the foot, the leg, the fist or the unicycle is a violation. If
    there is a doubt, a jump ball is delared.

  4. THREE SECOND RULE: A player shall not remain more than three seconds in the
    opponents’ restricted area while the ball is in control of his team. The
    lines bounding the restricted area are part of it, and a player touching
    one of these lines will be considered in that area. The 3-second
    restriction does not apply while the ball is in the air on a try for goal,
    or while it is rebounding from the backboard.

  5. FIVE SECOND RULE: A held ball shall be called when a closely guarded player
    who is holding the ball does not pass, shoot, bat, roll or dribble the ball
    within five seconds. The play will then start again by a jump-ball. If the
    player is free from movement and keeps the ball in his or her hands more
    than five seconds, the ball returns to the opposing team. The ball is then
    thrown in from the side lines.

  6. BALL RETURNED TO BACK COURT: A player in his or her front court must not
    cause the ball to go into his or her back court. Exceptions:
    a) If the player gains possession of the ball directly from a jump ball at
    the center circle.
    b) For a throw in from the mid point of a side line.

  7. THIRTY SECOND RULE: When a team gains possession of the ball, a
    try-for-goal must be made within 30 seconds. In case of a dead ball, a new
    30 second period is awarded. The mere touching of the ball by an opponent
    does not start a new 30 second period if the same team remains in control
    of the ball.

I hope to get this rulebook finished and off to the translators very soon, so
your timely replies will be appreciated.

Stay on Top! John Foss, Chairman IUF Skill Levels and Rules Committee