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Minnesota Youth Athletics Services


MYAS Winter Basketball

Thank you to those of you who attended the annual MYAS Travel Director's Meeting on August 8, 2018. Included below is a recap of the meeting.

Playing Rules

The MYAS will be making the following rule changes for the 2018-19 season. We encourage each of the associations to do the same for their tournaments.

  • Grades 3 & 4 will be switching to the 27.5 sized basketball.
  • Grades 3 & 4 will shoot free throws from 12 feet. 
  • Full court pressing for 3rd and 4th grade divisions - only during last two minutes of each half.
  • For 5th Grade, only person to person defense is allowed in the front court. This rule has already been in place for grades 3 & 4.
  • The Rec State Championships (State Tournament for in-house teams) will be eliminating the equal playing-time rule.
New Rules for Player Transfers
  • The MYAS is replacing the term "Waiver" with "Transfer" when referring to players who want to play with an association other than their Home Association.
  • No transfers accepted or approved AFTER October 15 of any given year.
  • Players may only transfer from one contiguous community to another. No jumping over one Association to get to another.
  • No player transfers will be approved for athletes who tried out and were offered a roster position on a travel team representing that athlete’s designated drawing area.
  • No player transfers will be approved for athletes who did NOT tryout for their Home Association.  Exception:  If the Home Association wants to release an athlete that did not tryout for their program, they can do so at any time, however the release and the transfer to a bordering association must be completed before the October 15th deadline for player transfers. (Modified 8/21/18)
  • Player transfers must be requested and approved on an annual basis. No "grandfathering" of athletes who transferred in prior years.
  • Player transfers are limited to one athlete per team.
  • Click here to access the Player Transfer Form
Minneapolis and St. Paul Basketball Coalition
  • The Coalition effort has made great strides over recent years.
  • Please click here to view the current member organizations and the criteria to which each member organization must agree.
Team Identification
  • To help the MYAS and other tournament directors accurately identify each traveling basketball team, we would like everyone to use the following format when naming your team(s)
    • Association Name, Gender Initial, Grade, Team Rank (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or A, B, C)
    • Examples: Fridley B71 or Spring Lake Park G8A
Tournament Results
  • The MYAS will be launching Trusted Rankings prior to the start of the 2018-19 travel basketball season. Trusted Rankings will be an online score reporting platform where coaches can report scores for the games throughout the winter travel basketball season. We will use this tool to help seed the MYAS Grade State Basketball Championships. Please check the MYAS website for updates.
  • The data gathered will help with seeding the MYAS Grade State Basketball Championships.
Unsportsmanlike Conduct Issues
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct should be reported to the MYAS in a timely manner.
  • The MYAS reserves the right to refuse entry to any team that has not exhibited good conduct throughout the entire season. This includes, but is not limited to, invitational tournaments, league play and the MYAS Grade Basketball State Championships.
  • Executive Director, Dan Klinkhammer, told everyone that the frequency and severity of unsportsmanlike conduct has reached the “epidemic stage” and is having a major effect on the dwindling pool of basketball referees. Klinkhammer suggested that the Travel Directors should go back to their associations and have meaningful conversations with their coaches about keeping themselves, their assistants, their players and their parents under control. 
  • All MYAS events will have court monitors helping to identify conduct issues as they arise.
Formation of the MYAS Basketball Advisory Committee
  • Attendees volunteered to serve on the committee to help guide the MYAS staff with various issues (such as playing rules) and assist with disciplinary hearings. 
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