Youth Basketball Leagues

The main goal of the Bluegrass Sportsplex Youth Basketball League is teaching basic fundamental skills to beginners. The emphasis is not on winning, but on learning. As you look through the rules, you'll see this philosophy reflected.

Youth League (K/1st & 2nd/3rd & 4th/5th)

Registration Fee

$100 per player (cost includes team shirt and free concession punch card)



Kindergarten/First Grade (K/1)

Second Grade/Third Grade (2/3)

Fourth Grade/Fifth Grade (4/5)

When registering please list in comment section your child’s ability level. This will help us roster teams to make them of equal ability: Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced


We will host evaluations to help place players on teams. We want teams to be as evenly matched as possible. Evaluations will be held on the following nights (If you are unable to make your assigned night please email Dustin at DShepherd+bgsportsplex+com to make other arrangements).

  • K/1: October 17th, 5:30-8:00PM
  • 2/3: October 18th, 5:30-8:00PM
  • 4/5: October 20th, 5:30-8:00PM


  • Practices will take place before each game
  • First week of practices will take place October 31st - November 3rd with no games that week
  • K/1: 30 minute practice
  • 2/3: 45 minute practice
  • 4/5: 45 minute practice


  • Our coaches are all parent volunteers, therefore; if you are interested in coaching your child's team please contact our GM, Dustin Shepherd at
  • We will give you a full refund of your child's registration for helping out our league as a huge thank you!


6 games guaranteed but will try to fit in more!!!

K/1 will play on Monday nights and/or Thursday nights (see dates below)

  • November 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 28 and December 5, 8, 12, 15 (Dec 29 makeup date if needed)
  • Game nights will have the following schedule
    • Practice 5:30-6:00, Game 6:05 (2 games at this time slot)
    • Practice 7:00-7:30, Game 7:40 (2 games at this time slot)

2/3 will play on Tuesday nights and/or Thursday nights (see dates below)

  • November 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 29 and December 6, 8, 13, 15 (Dec 29 makeup date if needed)
  • Game nights will have the following schedule
    • Practice 5:30-6:15, Game 6:20 (2 games at this time slot)
    • Practice 7:15-8:00, Game 8:05 (2 games at this time slot)

4/5 will play on Wednesday nights and/or Thursday nights (see dates below)

  • November 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 29 and December 6, 8, 13, 15 (Dec 29 makeup date if needed)
  • Game nights will have the following schedule
    • Practice 5:30-6:15, Game 6:20 (2 games at this time slot)
    • Practice 7:15-8:00, Game 8:05 (2 games at this time slot)

We understand the second round of games are a bit late. We will do our best to ensure every team has an equal amount of early games vs late games.

Bluegrass Sportsplex Basketball League Rules

YOUTH RULES K/1st and 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th


  • Ages 5-8, Boys and Girls, Size 4 (25.5")
  • Ages 9-11, Boys and Girls, Size 5 (27.5")
  • Ages 12-14 Boys, Ages 12 and up Girls and Women, Size 6 (28.5")
  • Ages 15 and up Men and Boys, Size 7 (29.5")


  • K/1st small goals set at 7.5"
  • 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th normal goals set at 9'


  • Only one head coach and one assistant may sit on the bench.


  • The game clock runs continuously and only stops in the following situations:
    • Start of each quarter (as close to it to allow for substitutions)
    • While shooting free throws


  • Players, coaches, parents and spectators are expected to show respect for one another.
  • Keep all cheering in a positive manner and show good sportsmanship.
  • Berating, fighting, foul language, and swearing is not allowed.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct of any kind is not tolerated whether during the game or afterward in the parking lot, etc.
  • Violation of these rules for a player or coach results in a technical foul and possible suspension from the league with no refund.
  • Abusive behavior from fans and parents on a particular team's sideline results in a bench technical which is charged to the coach.
  • Any spectator or parent using foul language or determined to be acting inappropriately by officials or game administrators may be ejected.
  • Multiple game suspensions could be imposed by the league administrator, depending on the severity of the situation and offense.


  • K/1st will use a half-court and play the width of the court
  • 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th will use a full-court


  • Only MAN-TO-MAN defense will be played. This will allow our players to learn the basic skills of individual and team defense.
  • At the beginning of each quarter, the teams line up facing each other at half-court and identify the players they will be matched up against.
    • The two players who will be guarding each other are given wristbands of the same color to wear so that they can keep up with each other.
    • Players can jump over to assist their teammates on defense but encourage your player to stay mainly with their opponent with matching wristband color.
  • Stealing the ball is allowed once it passes half-court, but shot blocking is not allowed.
  • If a player takes a shot, the defender is allowed to stand with arms extended straight up in the air, but she cannot jump up or swat at the ball.
  • Full court press is not allowed.
  • After a made shot, a turnover, or a rebound, teams have to drop back to half-court and allow the ball to be dribbled down without pressure. Once the ball crosses half-court, the defense can guard the ball.


  • Officials want to avoid injury to young kids, and they discourage rough play by blowing their whistles at the smallest physical contact. Even though basketball is considered a contact sport, young players are not big enough, strong enough, or mature enough to handle the kind of contact that occurs at higher competitive levels.
  • A player will not foul out of the game, however if a player is repeatedly fouling we will ask the coach to make a substitution and then speak to the player on the bench about how to improve the child’s play and avoid fouling.


  • The free throw distance will be shortened from the maximum distance of a regular free throw distance. The free throw line will be marked during games.
  • Free throws are only awarded for fouls that occur during the act of shooting. No bonus free throws or 1 & 1s.


  • Four 8-minute quarters with 1 minute between quarters.
  • 5-minute half-time period after the 2nd quarter.
  • Game clock runs continuously and only stops at the end of each quarter and during free throws.

School Team Rules

Rules coming soon!

Facility Guidelines:

Bluegrass Sportsplex has been built as a family oriented sports complex. No FIGHTING, ABUSIVE LANGUAGE, or any misconduct deemed to be detrimental to the family will be tolerated. Bluegrass reserves the right to immediately escort all patrons violating these rules from the facility.

Proper attire is required by all who enter the premises, both players and spectators. (Shoes / shirts, etc.)

Intoxicated persons will not be allowed to participate in any activity (i.e. game or practice) and may be escorted from the facility. This applies to both players and spectators.

No DRINKING or LOITERING in the parking lot.

Players and spectators are responsible for any damages caused to Bluegrass property. Management intends to enforce all violations to the fullest extent of the law.



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