Dawes Middle School
Engaging Every Student Every Day

Intramural Athletics

Welcome to the 2021-22 Diamondback Athletic Season

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Brittney Hodges-Bolkovac at bhodges@lps.org.

Student-athletes competing

Punctuality and Attendance

  • Practices will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays after school from 3:05–4:45 p.m. (some practices will end at 4:30 p.m.)
  • Athletes need to be changed, and in the cafeteria for attendance and snack by 3:10 p.m.
  • Attendance will be taken at every practice so it is important to report to the cafeteria by 3:05 p.m.
  • At 3:30 p.m. we will move to our respective practice locations and will go until 4:30-4:45 p.m. depending upon the team.
  • Athletes are REQUIRED to be at all practices—any absences need to be communicated with the ATHLETIC DIRECTOR via parents or other coach.
  • I encourage you to be in other events here at school however you need to understand that consistent absences will affect your skill and play. If you are in another club/activity communicate this so you are being accounted for.
  • All practices are held at Dawes Middle School and games/events will be rotating locations weekly.
  • Games/Meets are on held on Saturdays and typically begin at 8:15 a.m. and last about 1-hour depending on the event. Please try and arrive at games/events early in order to have time to get prepared and warm-up.


  • The core values of competition within Lincoln Public Schools is academic achievement, skill development, life skills and citizenship.
  • You are representing Dawes Middle School when you are in and out of uniform therefore your behavior at school will be monitored. Buddy rooms, calming seat, multiple redirects, suspensions, bullying, disrespect etc. WILL NOT BE TOLERATED
  • Staff will be updating myself and coaches daily. Any violation of these items listed above will have natural consequences at the discretion of the Athletic Director
  • We are ALL a team in our respective sports and should act as such.
  • NO DRAMA ZONE—leave it at the door!!
  • Surround yourself with positive peers because you will be held accountable. You do not want to be guilty by association
  • Have your parent save my number 402-730-0128 and email bhodges@lps.org


  • Grade checks will be conducted—a grace period will take place however starting Wednesday, September 4th students will be logging into synergy and showing coaches their grades in order to practice. Coach Bolkovac will conference with the athlete and notify parent of this in order to create a plan to get on track.
  • Any grade below a “C” will require the student athlete to attend Homework Zone from 3:00-3:45 p.m.
  • If a student is missing an assignment, they will be required to go to Homework Zone until this is completed from 3:00-3:45 p.m.
  • In the event a student has a “C” in a class and has all assignments handed in, they will need to have the classroom teacher communicate with Coach Bolkovac in order to practice.

Equipment and Apparel

  • All students will be provided a jersey and this will be handed in on Saturday’s post game. Your athlete is responsible for appropriate shorts/pants/shoes/pads for competition (individual coaches will discuss this more with your athlete). If you need help securing any of these items please let me know as we might have some resources.

Seventh/Eighth Grade Extramural Basketball Guidelines

National Federation Rules will apply with the following modification in rules listed below.

General Guidlines

Team Composition

  • Schools will play by GRADE level only.
  • Competition will be arranged for two or three games in each grade level.
  • Game times: 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
  • A school with 10 or more players per grade level will be required to field two DIFFERENT teams. A school with 20 or more players per grade level will be required to field three different teams.
  • Teams will be designated as the “A Team,” “B Team,” and “C Team.”
    • “A Team” will consist of the “best” athletes
    • “B Team” will consist of the next most skilled athletes
    • “C Team” will consist of least skilled athletes
  • If any grade level has only five players per team, TWO of the least skilled athletes may swing down from the “B Team” to be substitutes during the “C Team game; any two players from the “C Team” may swing up to be substitutes during the “B Team” game; and any two players from the “B Team” may swing up to be substitutes during the “A Team” game. (The intent of this rule is to maintain competition at as equal a level as possible, allow three teams to be maintained, and to allow all athletes the opportunity to play. It is also intended to keep a supervisor from playing the same students through both games.)
  • The activity director is responsible for notifying its opponent and the District Office by Wednesday, (A.M.) if they can field only two teams.


Girls and Boys will use 28.5” Ball

Game Management

“A Team” games will be played first. “B Team” games will be played second. “C Team” games will be played third.

Length of Games

  • 20 minute halves running time
  • 3 minute half-time
  • 2 full timeouts per game (clock will be stopped)
  • 2 30-second timeouts per game
  • If at ANY TIME during the last two minutes of the game the two teams’ scores are within six points of one another, the clock will stop for all dead balls. Once this procedure has begun, it will continue until the end of the game regardless of the point spread.
  • Tied games at the end of regulation will play a two minute overtime. Each team will receive 1 full timeout in the OT period. If still tied at the end of the overtime period, the game will end in a tie.


No individual scores need to be kept. Personal fouls (after five fouls a player will be removed from the game), team fouls, and timeouts will be recorded.

Point of Emphasis

In the “C” game no pressing is allowed. Please inform officials, coaches and scorekeepers of 20-point rule.

If a team is ahead by 20 or more points, they will not be allowed to press (must move all players inside the three-point line). The first time a team illegally presses, they will be warned and the opponents will be awarded the ball out of bounds. The second time a team violates this rule, they will be assessed a two-shot technical foul and the ball will be awarded to the shooting team out of bounds after the shots are taken.

If a team is ahead by 20 or more points, they will not be allowed to fast break. The defensive team will be allowed to get back on the defense and set up before the offensive team is allowed to shoot. (Penalty — ball out of bounds.) The first time this happens the offensive team will be warned and the ball will be given to them out of bounds. On the second or any recurring violations the ball will be awarded to the opponent.


Interpretation of defensive team pressing when offensive team is ahead by 20 or more points: The defensive team may choose to press if behind by 20 or more points; however, by doing so they forfeit their right to set up their defense at the opposite end of the court. If the offense were to break the press and/or get an easy basket by throwing the ball long up court, it is NOT considered a fast break.

Interpretation of offensive team when defensive team is ahead by 20 or more points: If the offensive team is behind by more than 20 points, the defensive team cannot make a play on the ball while controlled by a player until that player enters the three-point arc. This applies to a rebound after a missed basket and the inbounds after a made basket.

If the offensive team is behind by 20 or more points and chooses to fast break, the defensive team also may not play a “controlled” ball until the person crosses the three-point arc.