Basketball Manitoba, the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association and the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association jointly announced today that all levels of basketball played in the province will move to the FIBA, or international rule system effective the 2007-08 season.  This move affects all levels of basketball, including...
  • MHSAA High School (Varsity & Junior Varsity)
  • Junior High / Middle School
  • Basketball Manitoba Club Championships
  • Basketball Manitoba Junior High Invitational Tournament (JHIT)
  • WMBA Community Club Leagues
  • WMBA Rising Stars League
  • Labatt Super Men's Senior League
  • Winnipeg Athletic Association for Youth
  • Lipenos Basketball League
These levels join the Manitoba Provincial Team Program, Winnipeg Senior Women's Basketball League, CIS Women and CIS Men that have been playing under this system or have already announced this change to the new rule system.

The key rule differences between the NCAA rule system (presently followed by most levels of the game in the province) vs. the FIBA game are detailed in the chart below.  Highlights include...
  • 8 second back court count (vs. 10 seconds)
  • 24-second shot clock for levels which use a shot clock (vs. 30 seconds)
  • games played under 4 quarters (vs. 2 halves)
  • a wider key  (19.69 feet wide at the baseline vs. 12 feet) - illustration below
  • further 3-point line (20.5 feet vs. 19 feet 9 inches)
  • 5 timeouts per team (2 full in first half; 3 in second half with no carry over) per game to be called at next stop in play (vs. 4 full and 2 - 30 sec timeouts called at anytime) 
  • 2 shot free throws ('double bonus') on the 5th team foul per quarter (vs. 7 single bonus and 10 on the double bonus per half)
  • timeouts to be requested through the score table and granted at the next stoppage in play (vs. on the fly)
  • More details below...  
The plan is for the games played at the Varsity level (grade 11-12) to run with 4 - 10 minute quarters with all levels younger playing 4 - 8 minute quarters.  Teams in the WMBA Community Club leagues will continue the 25 minute first half, 22 min second half running time scenario as is currently run in the community club leagues.  Teams in the WMBA Rising Stars League will run with the FIBA rules as the high school leagues will follow.  Junior High / Middle School leagues will follow the 4 - 8 minute quarter scenario.  Other leagues may also be slightly modifying game times / half times to fit their needs, but the actual on court rules will follow the FIBA model.  Details on such administrative modifications will be announced in the coming months.

Highlights of the key differences include... 




Game Times

4 - 10 minute quarters 2 - 20 minute halves
Bonus is on the 5th team foul
per quarter
Bonus is on 7th team foul per
Substitution Substitution
Same during playing time. During free throws -
substitution can be 
During free throws -
substitution must be  
made before the last free throw
made before the ball is
given to the free 
thrower for the first free
Time Outs Time Outs
2 full in the first half and
3 full in second
4 full + 2 (30) called anytime. 
No carry overs. Can be called by a player or coach
Requested by coach at the scorer table  in control of ball or any dead ball.
and granted at the
next stoppage of play or if 
scored upon.
Bonus Bonus
Double bonus (2 shots) on the 5th team
foul per quarter
One and one on the 7th team foul per
Double bonus (2 shots) on the 10th
team foul per half.
Free Throw Violations Free Throw Violations
By either team (excluding the
shooter) are ignored if
If offense violates it is called
the free throw is successful. and no point can be scored.
Blocked Shot Blocked Shot
Player returning to the floor Player returning to the floor etc - held ball
without losing control of the
ball - travel
5 Second
5 Second Count
On a player holding the ball
anywhere on the court.
5 sec. count on a player holding or
the ball in the front court.
Halfcourt Count
8 seconds
to advance the ball into the front
10 seconds to advance ball.  You get a new
court.  You do not get a new count if the ball  count for all stoppages in play.
is knocked out of bounds.
Shot Clock (if used)

Shot Clock (if used)

24 seconds 30 seconds
Back Over
Back Over Center
Once you touch
front court, you are in front court. 
Must have 3 points (feet
and ball) before 
Includes throw in.  If you are in front court you you are in front court.
cannot throw the ball back
over center.
Throw in can be thrown
anywhere in the 
court including back court.
Basket Interference
The ball gets one chance to
Neither team can touch the
ball in the 
Once it rebounds of the rim,
it may be touched by either team.
Technical Fouls Technical Fouls
2 shots and possession of the
ball at centre court
2 shots and play resumes at the point

Another significant change to the FIBA game sees a change to the actual lines on the court.  The changes include both the width and style of the free throw lane (from 12 feet wide at the baseline to 19.69 feet) and the distance of the 3-point line (from the current 19 feet 9 inches from the hoop to 20 feet 6 inches).  The shape of the  key itself will move from a rectangle shape to that of a 'trapezoid'.

There will be a gradual change to the new court markings in the schools over the coming years to adjust to these changes.  Below are two illustrations of the new and old court.


FIBA Full Court - Click to view full specs


NCAA Full Court
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