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Game Allowance

AAA – 32 :: AA – 30 :: A – D 25.

If you participate in a league that has playoffs you must account for all possible playoff games. For example, the FAA has an 8 team playoff with three possible games, so the maximum number of games scheduled for FAA teams is 22, which leaves room for the three playoff games. Teams that exceed the game limit will be held accountable in NEPSAC Tournament play, or the following season if a team does not qualify for the NEPSAC Tournament.


Game Length and Home Team Rules

AAA – 20 minute halves :: AA – 18 minute halves :: A-D – 16 minute halves

Games that take place between classes with different game lengths are to be played by the rules of the home team (unless a league policy dictates otherwise). For example, the Lakes Region includes Brewster and Proctor. If Brewster plays at Proctor the expectation is that they follow AA rules and policies. However, if the game is at Brewster the policies and rules of AAA will be applicable.


Up Game Limit

The maximum number of “Up Games” that can be played is six. All Showcase Events or “Tournaments” against higher classified teams that do not crown a champion are considered “Up Games.” Holiday, tip-off, or mid-season tournament games that crown a champion, and where a school has no control of a first, second or third round opponent, will not be considered “Up Games.”


Scrimmage Policy

Any scrimmage after a school’s first scheduled game will be considered a game and will be counted toward the game limit.



  • All set schedules need to be sent to Class Tournament Chairs by November 15th, 2017. Any games added to the schedule after this date will have no bearing on the NEPSAC Tournament Seeding or Saylor Point System. Those games will count as non-games, but will count toward the game limit.
  • Any games removed from the schedule without the approval of both athletic directors after Nov. 15th will result in a forfeit for the team unwilling to play the game.
  • Any Showcase events scheduled after Nov. 15th will NOT have bearing on NEPSAC Tournament Seeding or Saylor Point System. Those games will also count as non-games and will count toward the game limit.


Allowable Contacts

  • A coach may provide occasional skill oriented informal training/instruction to up to three student athletes at a time outside of their sport’s assigned season.  *Regularly scheduled supervised workouts are not within the spirit of the policy.  This informal time may not take place during regularly scheduled afternoon program time at your school.  A coach may not directly or indirectly require a student athlete to participate in such training/instruction.  Schools are encouraged to monitor this contact in order to make sure that it is informal as well as reasonable in amount so as to be consistent with the letter and spirit of this policy.
  • Summer coaching is allowed.
  • A coach may coach his/her own child out of season.
  • Allowable contacts begin December 1, 2013, and the statement, “Coaches shall not coach varsity athletes on non-school teams during the school year,” will begin in the Fall of 2014.


*Bold print represents an addition and change from the 2016-2017 NEPSAC policy.


Start Date

  • the second Saturday of November).


NEPSAC Tournament Dates

  • February 28th – Quarterfinal Games
  • March 3rd – Semi-Final Games
  • March 4th – Championship Games


In-Class Game Minimum and NEPSAC Tournament Eligibility

While there is no minimum for in-class games played for tournament consideration because of conference and geographical restraints, a member school must make an effort to play against other teams in their respective class. Tournament eligibility is determined by one of the following two criteria: (1) .500 or better against in-class opponents, or (2) .500 or better against NEPSAC competition.



Although verbal contact between schools is allowed, scouting (including viewing a game or film) of future opponents without the permission of all the athletic directors involved is prohibited. This policy is not enforced during games that are part of a multi-school tournament (e.g. Holiday Tournaments).


PLEASE NOTE: NEPSAC is reviewing the scouting policy and deciding if this applies to viewing games that are available on public domain. Any changes made will be effective 2018-2019 basketball season.



Secondary school coaches should refrain, for the purpose of recruiting, from contacting directly a student-athlete at a NEPSAC pre-preparatory school prior to that student’s final year.  Likewise, secondary coaches should refrain, for the purposes of recruiting, from contacting directly a student-athlete who is enrolled at another NEPSAC secondary school unless the student and/or parent has initiated contact with the school in question.


NEPSAC schools should refrain from allowing a candidate for admissions to practice or ‘tryout’ for a particular team.  Those schools and/or coaches who violate the spirit of the above should be reported to the NEPSAC Executive Board for further action.