Men's and Women's Basketball Guidelines 2019-20

Table of Contents

Section 1 - General Playing Guidelines

  • Sponsoring Institutions
  • Sport Committee Leadership
  • Start Times & Scheduling
  • Men's and Women's Double Headers
  • Cancelations & Rescheduling
  • Conference Scouting Policy
  • Home Team Responsibilities
  • Pre-Game Protocol
  • Instant Replay Option
  • Media Timeouts (regular season)
  • Official Conference Ball
  • Postseason Conference Call
  • Film Exchange Policy
  • Weekly Awards
  • Annual Awards
  • Regional and National Award Voting
  • Sports Information & Statistics

Section 2 - Sportsmanship

  • Creating an Atmosphere of Respect
  • Expectations for Good Sportsmanship

Section 3 - Championship Guidelines

  • Championship Timeline
  • Coaches Meetings
  • Format
  • Seeding
  • Protests, Ties & Overtime
  • Uniforms
  • Game Film
  • Instant Replay
  • Media Timeouts
  • Championship Awards
  • Weather
  • Hosting
    • Hosting Criteria
    • Contest Management
    • Safety & Athletic Training
    • Championship Awards
    • Locker Rooms
    • Officials
    • NAC Banners
    • Spectators & Crowd Control
    • Alcohol & Tobacco
    • Concessions
    • Tickets
    • Championship T-shirts & Merchandise
    • Sports Information

Section 4 - Appendix



Sponsoring Institutions (8)
2019-20: Canton, UMaine-Farmington, Husson, NVU-Johnson, NVU-Lyndon, Maine Maritime, UMaine-Presque Isle, Thomas

Sport Committee Leadership

Women's Basketball

  • Chair: Jamie Beaudoin, UMF
  • Vice Chair: TBD
  • Administrative Liaison: Tricia Carver, Maine Maritime

Men's Basketball

  • Chair: Miles Smith, NVU-Johnson
  • Vice Chair: TBD
  • Administrative Liaison: Frank Pergolizzi, Husson

Start Times & Scheduling
Start times for mid-week and Friday weekday basketball doubleheader games are recommended to be 5:30/7:30 PM Start times for Saturday doubleheaders following a Friday night contest, should be 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM (March 2011) unless mutually agreed upon by all four institutions involved in weekend play.

  • Each team shall play twice per season, once at home and once away with order of the location alternating yearly unless changes in membership dictate otherwise.
  • Teams shall have at least 5 back-to-back weekends (2018).
  • NCAA guidelines for overtime and general playing rules will apply.
  • For single games, home team wears light uniform and away team will wear their dark uniform.
  • When teams play on back-to-back days, game times should allow for a minimum rest period of 17 hours between games unless mutually agreed upon by all institutions involved in weekend play.
    • Host team should wear their home (light) uniforms on the first day of competition and their away (dark) on the second day of competition of back-to-back play. Visitors should do the reverse.
    • The host institution shall assist all NAC institutions by providing a list of hotel accommodations in the area.

Men’s and Women’s Double Headers
In 2019-20, women will play the first game and men will play the second game all season. In 2020-21, women will play the first game and men will play the second game all season.

  • 20 minutes will be put on the clock between games of the doubleheader. 
    • The clock will start once both teams have cleared the floor and the floor has been swept.
    • The second game will not begin prior to the published game time.

Cancelations & Rescheduling
Conference members must make conference games their first priority at all times. All canceled games should be made up if at all possible. When weather dictates schedule changes for back-to-back conference play, all four teams involved in that weekend should be consulted. The commissioner must also be notified within 24 hours of postponement. Once a visiting team has left campus en route to the competition site, every possible attempt will be made to complete the contest to avoid repeat travel. 

The Commissioner (in consultation with the executive committee) has the authority to adjust the conference schedule so as to ensure (as much as is possible) the completion of the regular season conference schedule. This especially applies to scheduled competitions that could impact qualification for post-season play.

Conference Scouting Policy
Dissemination of scouting information on member institutions to non-conference institutions is not permitted beyond video (i.e. phone, e-mail, written materials, etc. are impermissible). Basketball coaches are allowed to participate in the national open library on Synergy. It is permissible to share scouting information about conference opponents with other conference members.

Home Team Responsibilities

  • Set competition times/sites (if a venue is not playable, if there are two games, etc.).
  • Provide a court that meets minimum NCAA regulation standards.
  • Provide a certified athletic trainer at each contest.
    • All visiting teams must provide their own training supplies.
  • Provide game personnel including: 3 officials, official scorer, official time keeper, shot clock operator, stat keeper, crowd control, etc.
  • Provide event programs including the lineups for each team.
  • Provide locker rooms for the visiting team at all games.
  • Provide an athletic administrator/site director who is responsible for sportsmanship/behavior of fans.
  • If playing at an off-campus venue, the home team is responsible for having a game administrator present at least one hour prior to the contest to greet the visiting team.
  • Assist NAC institutions with a list of local food and hotel accommodations.
  • Announce the following NAC sportsmanship advisory prior to each game:

The NCAA and the North Atlantic Conference promote good sportsmanship by the student-athletes, coaches and spectators at today’s contest. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials in a positive manner. Profanity, racial or sexist comments, or other intimidating actions directed at officials, student-athletes, coaches or team representatives will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from (site of competition). Any spectators that enter the playing area during a contest, will be removed from (site of competition).

Pre-Game Protocol (11/2018)
The NAC will follow the pre-game protocol used for the NCAA Tournament. As such, five minutes prior to the scheduled start time, teams will clear the floor and stand in front of their benches. Players will stay there for general announcements, the National Anthem (first game only), and the NAC Sportsmanship statement. Next, starters will be introduced in alternating fashion, starting with the visiting team player followed by the home team player. Each starting pair will meet at half court in front of the scorer’s table to shake hands with the opposing starter and then return to the free throw line area directly in front of their own bench. Players will not shake hands with coaches or officials. Head coaches will be introduced last and will meet in front of the scorer’s table to shake hands and then return to their own bench area.

Instant Replay Option (5/2015):

  • As permitted by Rule 11 of the Basketball Rules, when proper equipment is available, institutions may choose to utilize instant replay for conference games.
  • Assignors should be notified if instant replay will be utilized two days prior to the scheduled game to inform assigned officials. Assignors will be requested to provide detailed information regarding this Rule for coaches and officials to refer to during the contest.
  • Visiting teams must be notified prior to Tip-Off if this option will be utilized.

Media Timeouts (Regular Season):

  • Media timeouts should not be used by any institution throughout the regular season. (2017)

Official Conference Ball
Wilson Solution Wide Channel is the official conference ball and must be used in all conference games.

Post-Season Conference Call
A conference call of all coaches will be scheduled following the season, at which point sport-specific issues and ideas will be discussed. The Sport Chairperson will be responsible for scheduling the call and will work with the conference office on the call agenda. For all sport conference calls, all future agenda items must be submitted two weeks prior to call so that these can be distributed to all coaches and AD’s prior to conference call. (November 2010)

Film Exchange Policy (2017)

  • The men’s and women’s basketball film exchange will be an open library through Hudl.
  • There is a 24 hour deadline for all games (home and away non-conference/tournament games). For away non-conference/tournament games, the 24 hours will start once a team has returned to campus.
  • A fine of $25.00 shall be placed on an institution each time they do not follow through with the film exchange policy.
    • If there are any technical issues with film for home games, coaches must email their peers and the conference office prior to the 24 hour deadline. If there are issues “beyond the institution’s control,” fines may be waived.
    • If there are any issues with away non-conference film (obtaining film/compatible film), coaches must email their peers and conference office prior to the 24 hour deadline for fines to be waived (if available, coaches should share a link of film if provided and non-compatible with Hudl).
  • Hosts are not required to provide a DVD copy after the game.
    • For games in which teams play the same opponent on consecutive nights, the host will be required to provide the game film on a USB. The visiting team must provide the USB for the film to be shared. (2018)
  • Dissemination of scouting information on member institutions to non-conference institutions is not permitted beyond video (i.e. phone, e-mail, written materials, etc. are impermissible). It is permissible to share scouting information about conference opponents with other conference members.

Protocol for Filming games

  • Audio should be used.
  • Show scoreboard at the start of the half, each timeout and any extended deadball situation (injury, etc.).
  • Film must include all action during the game, including foul shots and out-of-bounds plays.
  • Place the camera in a position that will allow for the best picture and most useable/teachable format for all teams and coaches.
  • The camera should be positioned on an elevated, level, and stable surface.
  • The camera view should be unrestricted and free of obstructions during filming to ensure a quality outcome. 
  • Zooming in and out should not be done in order to maintain a clear and consistent picture. 
  • The video person may ONLY pause taping during long periods of “inaction”, meaning at halftime and during timeouts.

Weekly Awards
Weekly awards begin the Monday following the first week of competition in which at least half of the member schools compete, and ends following the final NAC regular season game. Institutions are responsible for nominating student athletes for weekly awards through the NAC website.

  • Only regular season contest stats will be considered, even if tournament games begin during the week in which awards are given.
  • When contests occur prior to or the 50% threshold, and during the season when the 50% threshold is not met, player stats will be considered for the following week’s awards.
  • Weekly nominations are due Monday at 10:00 AM and winners will be selected by the conference staff. 
  • Weekly awards selected for Men’s and Women’s Basketball:
    • Player of the Week
    • Rookie of the Week

Annual Awards
Annual awards are selected through a vote by conference coaches and will be announced during the championship season. Coaches submit nominations and votes for annual awards at the conclusion of regular season conference play.

  • Annual awards selected for Men’s and Women’s Basketball:
    • Player of the Year
    • Defensive Player of the Year
    • Rookie of the Year
    • Senior Scholar Athlete
    • Coach of the Year
    • Sportsmanship Team (one member per team)
    • All-Conference First and Second Teams
      • The top five players will be named to the first team. The next five players will be named to the second team.
      • Coaches may nominate up to FIVE (5) players from their own team regardless of position using the awards system on the NAC website.
      • Only conference statistics will be included on the ballot.
  • An All-Tournament Team will be named for each championship.
    • 3rd and 4th place teams receive one selection each.
    • 2nd place team receives two selections.
    • Champion receives two selections plus an MVP selection (three total).

Regional and National Award Voting
Coaches are strongly encouraged to become members of regional and national coaching groups, and to nominate worthy players and teams for award consideration. Participation in the voting process is strongly encouraged to increase the potential for the recognition of NAC student athletes.

Sports Information and Statistics
Sports Information staff are responsible for ensuring accurate game and statistical information, including:

  • Maintain an accurate schedule, including non-conference contests.
  • Notify the conference office about postponements and cancelations.
  • Maintain an accurate stat roster as required by the NCAA on the NAC website.
  • Submit the score of all home contests and away non-conference contests to the conference through the NAC website as soon as contests are complete.
  • Send packed stat game files to the visitor and upload the XML to both the NAC website and the NCAA statistics and score reporting site in a timely manner.
  • Submit nominations for weekly honors through the NAC website.
  • Submit nomination information and photos for preseason polls and annual awards according to NAC policy.
  • Assist coaches with preseason poll voting and the All-Conference nomination & voting process.



At the direction of the North Atlantic Conference Presidents and with the support of the Directors of Athletics, the conference embraces the theme "Creating an Atmosphere of Respect" for each of our sports. The ultimate goal for the NAC is to create an atmosphere that places the highest regard for exemplary behavior of all participants, coaches, administrators, fans and officials. The basketball community has agreed to a set of behavioral expectations for coaches and student athletes.

Behavioral Objectives for “Creating an atmosphere of respect” Initiative

  • All conference members will show respect for the opponent, teammates, coaches, officials, and the game.
  • Conference members will establish high expectations for all remembering that all individuals must represent their team, institution and conference well.
  • Coaches will interact with game officials in a respectful manner. 
  • A conference pre-game protocol is used to establish an atmosphere of respect.
  • Following each NAC Conference Game, visiting coaches and event managers will have the option to provide feedback on the behavior of other coaches, student athletes and fans through the use of an evaluation tool aimed not at punitive action but on the enhancement of all NAC programs. To access the form online, go to, and log into the administrative section of the website to obtain the Contest Feedback form.  The Commissioner will follow up with appropriate individuals on all feedback submitted.

  NAC Expectations for Good Sportsmanship (from NAC Bylaws):

  • Observing and supporting the rules of the game.
  • Promoting the spirit as well as the letter of the rules.
  • Placing fairness first as a goal in all competition.
  • Taking personal responsibility for high standards of play and conduct.
  • Showing civility toward competitors, coaches and officials.
  • Playing cleanly while playing hard.
  • Showing maturity and integrity in conduct on and off the field of play.
  • Being a gracious competitor and accepting both wins and losses with dignity.


Championship Timeline 2019
Click the sport name below to visit the Championship Central.

Women's Basketball Championship

Last Play Date Tuesday, February 18
Pre-tournament Call Wednesday, February 19, 11:00 AM
Quarterfinals Saturday, February 22
Semifinals Friday, February 28
Championship Saturday, February 29


Men's Basketball Championship

Last Play Date Tuesday, Febryary 18
Pre-tournament Call Wednesday, February 19, 10:00 AM
Quarterfinals Saturday, February 22
Semifinals Friday, February 28
Championship Saturday, February 29

Championship Coaches Meetings

  • The pre-tournament conference calls for all participating teams are Wednesday, February 19 – Men at 10:00AM, Women at 11:00AM. If one school is hosting both tournaments, the calls will be combined at 11:00 AM.
    • The Administrative Liaison and conference staff will facilitate this meeting. Participating institutions must have a representative on the call, preferably the head coach. However, the Athletic Director or another institutional representative may serve as a substitute for the coach if necessary. Coaches not participating in the tournament are welcome, but not required, to participate. An administrator from the host institution is expected to participate on the call.
  • Head coaches will meet briefly with officials and game administrators prior to all rounds of the tournament in a mandatory meeting to review tie-break rules, protests, timeouts, etc.

Championship Format
Top six (6) teams qualify for the NAC Championship tournament, with the top two (2) seeds receiving a bye in the first round. Seeding will take place following the completion of all conference contests and will be announced on the conference website.

Quarterfinals: Saturday, February 22 at the higher seeded institutions. Preferred game time is 2:00 PM.

Pairings: #6 @ #3 and #5 @ #4

Semifinals and Finals Friday, February 28 & Saturday, February 29, in final four format at the #1 seed. The #1 seed may choose to play the first or second semifinal. This must be determined on the pare-championship conference call.

Semifinals, Friday, February 28: Game times 5:30/7:30 PM
(Winner of #6 vs. #3) vs.  #2
(Winner of #5 vs. #4) vs. #1

Finals, Saturday, February 29: Game time 2:00 PM
Semifinal Winners

Note:  If the #1 seed is the same for the men and women, semifinal games times will be 1:00/3:00PM (women) and 6:00/8:00PM (men); and championship game times will be 2:00PM (women) and 4:30PM (men).

Championship Seeding
The Conference Commissioner and Associate Commissioner will seed teams following the last NAC competition using results provided by the institution through the conference website. Tiebreaking results will be shared with the Sport Liaison, Sport Chair and Championships Chair.

  • When using conference winning % - must have completed 2/3 of conference games to be eligible. Contests against institutions failing to meet this requirement will not be counted as conference contests for purposes of seeding. 

In case of a tie, the following tiebreaking procedures will be followed:

  • Head-to-head result (two-way tie).
  • In ties among three or more schools or when head-to-head results between two teams are equal, the following criteria will be applied, in order, until a team is (or teams are) separated. At that point, the process begins anew, (returning to the first criteria) with the remaining teams.
    • Best record among tied teams. During this step, the conference will only examine records of tied teams in contests with each other.
    • Comparison of results against conference opponents one team at a time starting with the highest ranked team and continuing in downward rank order until the tie is broken.
    • Comparison of results against non-conference common opponents. During this step, non-conference games with conference opponents will not be considered.
    • Comparison of winning percentage vs. NCAA Division III opponents (added 3/2009) with .500+ winning.
    • Overall winning percentage
    • Coin toss.

Protests, Ties, & Overtime
All protests and ties will be handled in accordance with NCAA Regulations. NCAA overtime rules will also be followed.

Championship Uniforms & Home Designation
The higher seed will be the home team during all rounds of championship play and will wear home uniforms. However, color of uniforms may be changed to accommodate teams playing back-to-back if agreed upon by both coaches and athletic directors.

Championship Game Film
Game film from the semifinal contests must be made available to competing teams after the contest.

Instant Replay
If equipment is available for instant replay at both sites of competition (men and women), this option will be utilized for semifinal and final rounds of the NAC Tournament (January 2018). More information will be provided prior to the start of the tournament.

Media Timeouts
Media timeouts consistent with NCAA first round protocol will be used throughout the tournament.

MEN - Media timeouts will be 75 seconds and the media marks are at 16-, 12-, 8- and 4-minute marks. The media timeouts will occur at the first dead ball at or after any of the above minute marks when the game clock is stopped. The first timeout requested (charged) by either team in the second half (regardless of the time on the clock) shall become the length of a timeout called for under the electronic media timeout. When a timeout is granted and creates a dead ball with 30 seconds or less before any of the media marks, or creates the first dead ball after one of the media marks, that timeout will become the scheduled electronic media timeout. In addition to carrying over any unused timeouts into any overtime period, each team shall receive one additional 30second timeout for each overtime period but not until the period begins

WOMEN - Media timeouts will be 75 seconds in length. There is one electronic‐media timeout in each period.  The break between  periods one/two and three/four may be used as an electronic‐media timeout.  There is one electronic‐media timeout in each period that occurs at  the first dead ball at or below the 5‐minute mark.  When a team calls a timeout before the electronic‐media timeout mark for that period, or calls a  timeout which creates the first stoppage in play at below the mark, the timeout shall be charged to the team and it will become that period's  electronic‐media timeout.  The first team called timeout in the second half will become an electronic‐media timeout.  This timeout does not replace the 5‐minute mark media timeout in the period in which it was called. 

Championship Awards

The winning team will receive a plaque, traveling trophy, and t-shirts.

All-Tournament Team will be named for each championship (7 selections total).

  • 3rd and 4th place teams receive one selection each.
  • 2nd place team receives two selections.
  • Champion received two selections plus an MVP selection (three total).

If inclement weather occurs and games cannot be rescheduled by the day prior to the semifinals, and the quarterfinals cannot be played, the higher seeds will automatically advance to the semifinals. The decision to postpone/cancel must be made by Host AD, traveling AD and conference commissioner.  If inclement weather continue, the top seed will be declared the conference champion for the NCAA selections of the AQ’s. A rain or snow date will be built into the championship dates.

Championship Hosting

Hosting Criteria
Higher seeds in all rounds of Championship play have the opportunity to host, if they meet the following criteria:

  • Court must meet minimum NCAA Standards (94’ X 50’).
  • Viewing capacity for 400 people.
    • The lower seeded team will be allocated seating for up to one third of the seating capacity of the facility based on the anticipated attendance. The host institution’s staff will determine the location of the seating.
  • Bench capacity for 18.
  • Adequate Parking.
  • Adequate Security and Crowd Control.
  • Official scorer’s table on the sideline.
  • Visible score board and game clock (with tenth-of-a-second display).
  • Visible shot clock (recessed with lights).
  • 2 NCAA regulation balls (Wilson Solution Wide Channel) must be provided by host institution.
  • Adequate and trained Stat Crew.

Institutions should meet all guidelines to host conference championships.

  • Any institution that does not exactly meet the standards, but wishes to host, may submit a request with the hosting form to the commissioner for consideration at the August meeting of athletic administrators.
  • Host institution may request permission to use an off-site facility within approximately 90 minutes from their campus or located between host school and opponent, to meet host requirements for tournament games (March 2018).
  • If the higher seed is unable to meet the above hosting criteria, the next highest seed will have the opportunity to host.

Contest Management Staff
Host institutions shall provide appropriate contest management staff including:

  • Site Director
  • Security/crowd control
  • Official scorer
  • Stat personnel
  • Official timer/clock operator
  • Shot clock operator
  • Official PA Announcer
  • Official Film Personnel
  • Student or Staff hosts to assist visiting teams

Safety & Athletic Training

  • The standard NAC Sportsmanship Statement must be read before each game within the pregame protocol.
  • Bathroom Facilities must be adequate, in close proximity to the playing venue, and meet ADA requirements.
  • Certified athletic training personnel must be available on-site 90 minutes before game time and 30 minutes post-game.
  • Visiting teams must provide adequate athletic training supplies (tape, prewrap, icebags, etc.) for their own needs.
  • Access to emergency transport is required.

Championship Awards
Awards will be presented after the championship contest.

  • The conference office orders plaques to have them delivered to the host institution in a timely manner.
  • Awards should be displayed prior to the championship game, if possible. Awards must be presented by a conference representative, the sport chairperson, the host athletic director or designee.
  • A script for the award ceremony will be distributed to the host, and includes All-Tournament Team members from previous games.

Locker rooms
Locker rooms and "chalk talk" boards must accommodate two teams for each game. Game times should be set to allow appropriate locker room space for each team.

The host institution must secure and pay officials for all rounds of tournament play. All games are to have three officials, and the same officials should not be used for more than one contest in the semifinal and final rounds of championship play.

NAC Banners
The NAC Banner should be displayed during the championship.

Spectators & Crowd Control
The responsibility for crowd control rests with the host institution and the Tournament Director. Administrators and coaches of participating institutions are expected to communicate with their students and other fans that support for teams should be done in a positive manner. The NAC sportsmanship statement should be communicated to fans before each contest, and is to be included in the championship program.

Alcohol & Tobacco
Alcohol and tobacco are not permitted and shall not be made available or be brought into any NAC championship event venue, which extends to other facilities (the championship site shall define “other facilities” – i.e. the parking lot).

The host institution is encouraged to have food and beverages available for spectators at events. Sales from such ventures remain with the host institution.

Ticket sales and concessions are optional. If a gate is charged, institutions are permitted to charge the same prices they utilized during the regular season. 

  • If a gate is being charged, all institutions must be notified in advance and complementary tickets for each tournament participant must be provided.
  • Complementary tickets will be limited to two institutional representatives and two tickets per roster member.

Championships T-shirts and Merchandise
Institutions may choose to sell NAC championship merchandise. All merchandise must be approved by the conference office in advance of the championship.

Championship Sports Information
Strong sports information staff members are vital to a successful championship tournament. The Associate Commissioner will work closely with SIDs to support the championship. Expectations include:

  • Confirm game times and details on the NAC website.
  • Maintain live scores and stats on the NAC website.
  • Provide updates on social media platforms using institution and conference handles and hashtags.
  • Submit the final score to the conference through the NAC website.
  • Send packed stat game file to the visitor and upload the XML file to the NAC website following the contest.
  • Share a game summary and box score with opponent, the conference office, and media outlets following all hosted contests (media outlets must be provided to host institution in advance). When possible, the Associate Commissioner will assist with game summaries and distribution.
  • Take a digital Championship Team photo and send it to the conference office immediately following the contest. The photo should also be shared with championship team.
  • The host institution must upload all rounds of tournament games at the earliest possible time after the conclusion of each game (on the same day).
  • Provide programs for all tournament contests. Game programs should include:
    • Name of all competing institutions
    • Complete roster of teams participating at specific site
    • Institutional synopsis of participating teams
    • NAC history/information etc.
    • Previous year’s tournament information including the previous sports champions
    • NAC/NCAA Sportsmanship expectations
    • NAC logo
    • School logos
    • Wilson logo (sponsor)
    • Award Guys logo (sponsor)




Updated 10/10/19