- All games may start and be completed with any number of players (3,2,1).
- Only those teams scheduled to play are allowed to occupy the court at the scheduled time.
- Teams must be at their court at the scheduled time, even if games are “running behind “ for any reason. The final point of reference for scheduling procedures shall be the tournament directors Keith and Chris Conway. The players are ultimately responsible for obtaining accurate scheduling information and being at their court to play when their game is to begin. Game time is forfeit time.
- No dunking allowed.
Time-outs and Substitutions
- Each team is allowed one (1) one minute time-out per game.
- If play is stopped by a teammate or referee to attend to an obvious injury, then the injured player must sit out at least until the next dead ball situation.
- Player substitution is permitted during any dead ball situation.
Live Ball/Dead Ball Possession
- A coin flip before the start of the game will determine who gets the ball first.
- The ball will change possession after each scored basket.
- Jump balls will be called by the Referee and will go to the defense.
- The ball must be checked by an opposing player before it is put into play. The player must pass the ball inbounds from behind the designated check-in line. The check-in line is also an out-of-bounds line. The inbounding player may move anywhere behind the check-in line to enter the ball.
- The ball must be checked:
- After any called violation
- After any called fouled
- After the ball goes out-of-bounds
- After a scored basket
- A ball must be “taken back” to the 3-point arc and beyond the free-throw line extended on the court every changed possession. “Taking back” means both feet and the ball behind the line. Violation will occur only if the team failing to properly take the ball back, makes a basket, and will result in loss of point scored and possession of the ball will go to the other team. If the ball is not “taken back” and then advanced, any other violation, common foul, offensive foul, intentional, flagrant or technical foul called by the official will be honored. Exception: If a player is fouled in the act of shooting and makes the basket prior to properly “taking it back” the foul will be honored; however no points will be awarded. 10 and Under Division: The players in the 10 and under (U10) division will be allowed “free backs,” meaning no defensive pressure is allowed after a change of possession until after a player has properly taken the ball back behind the line.
- 10-Second Rule. When inbounding the ball from the check-in line, a player shall have 10 seconds to put the ball into play. A player shall also have 10 seconds to initiate any free throw attempt. In either case, the referee is responsible for determining when the violation occurs, which will result in loss of possession of the ball.
- All women’s division and 10 and under age division will use the intermediate size basketball.
- No alcoholic beverages will be allowed for player consumption on-site.
- The team captain is always the team spokesperson, not a coach, parent, or spectator, or one of the other players. We ask that all coaches and parents play the role of a spectator only.
- Jewelry (earrings, rings, watches, etc.), hats, bandanas, and/or casts will not be allowed to be worn by players during tournament games. Any player refusing to remove any such item prior to play, is not eligible to participate in that game.
- Only team captain may be the spokesperson for his/her team.
- The referee has absolute authority to control play on his/her court, including the right to “sit” a player for a period of time, eject a player(s)from a game or games, and/or eject a player(s) from the tournament. Higher authority cannot change the judgment decisions of the referee. Only questions concerning rule interpretation are appealable.
- Once play resumes after a disagreement or appeal, the decision is considered to be final. No further appeals will be allowed on that incident.
- A field goal is worth 1 point.
- A successful goal from behind a designated “2 point line” (approx. 19” 9”) is worth 2 points. The player shooting must have booth feet completely behind the line when initiating the attempt.
- All games will have a 20-minute time limit. The official starting time will be recorded on the score sheet by referee/scorekeeper. Official time will only be stopped during time-outs –regular and/or injury.
- The first team to score 20 points in regulation time is the winner.
- The team leading at the end of 20-minute time limit will be declared the winner.
- If the game is tied after 20 minutes of play and no team has reached the required number of points to win the game, the referee will flip a coin to determine team possession. The first team to score will win the game.
Tournament standings tiebreaker
In case of a tie in the final standings, the tiebreaker is:
- Points allowed
- Points scored
Fouls and Violations (Junior Division rule differences are listed at bottom)
- The player participating will call all fouls and violations. The player fouled is responsible for making the call. (Junior difference listed)
- In the case of an obvious miscall, the referee may change the call at his/her discretion.
- A player fouled in the act of shooting, when the fouling team has fewer than 8 team fouls, is not awarded a free throw.
- Shooting fouls will be handled in the following manner (on/after the 8th team foul)
- When the basket is made –count the basket and whether the ensuing free throw is made or missed possession goes to the defensive team. The player may shoot a one or two point free throw.
- When the basket is missed– the free throws will be handled in the same manner as non-shooting fouls described below in #5.
Note: One free throw will be awarded to the fouled player if fouled in the act or attempting a shot from behind the 2-point line.
- Non-shooting fouls-on and after the 8th team foul –will be handled in the following manner:
- If a one-point free throw is attempted, the shooting team retains possession of the ball on a miss, and the non-shooting team gains possession on a make.
- If the two-point free throw is attempted, the non-shooting team will be awarded the ball regardless of whether the shot is successful or not.
- If a foul is committed as game time expires, a free throw will be awarded to the fouled player.
- All free throws are dead balls.
- Free throw option: In any free throw situation the designated shooter may at his or her option choose to shoot form the free-throw line for one point or from the “2 point line” for two points. In either case, the player shooting must have both feet behind the line when initiating and completing the attempt.
Technical Fouls-Player Misconduct, Flagrant and Intentional Fouls
- Definition: The referee may call a Technical Foul for any misconduct or flagrant fouls committed by a player(s). This may include:
- A Contact Foul intended to hurt an opponent
- Vulgar or verbally abusive behavior
- Dunking/hanging on the rim. (Note: If any damage is done as a result of a player dunking/hanging on the rim, the player is financially responsible for any repairs necessary to the system)
- Other misconduct deemed inappropriate by the Referee (intentionally kicking the ball, etc)
- Penalty: The offended team will be awarded two points and possession of the ball.
- Any player committing (2) two Technical Fouls in a game is automatically ejected from that game and his/her team’s next game.
- Fighting and/or “Throwing a Punch” automatically results in a Technical Foul assessed against the player(s) involved, and they will be dismissed from the remainder of the tournament
- Technical Foul will be counted as a Team Foul.
- Continuous misconduct, and or flagrant fouling by a team or player may result in dismissal from the game or tournament at the discretion of the referee or Tournament directors.
*All tournament rules apply to the Junior Division with the following exceptions:
- The referee will call all fouls and violations.
- One (1) referee assigned per court.
- A coach or team captain may be the spokesperson for his/her team.
- All shot-attempt fouls, even before the 8th team foul, will be awarded with one free throw and will follow rules listed prior. (See numbers 3, 4, 5, and 6 in “Fouls and Violations” section)
- 10 and Under Division: The players in the 10 and under (U10) division will be allowed “free backs,” meaning no defensive pressure is allowed after a change of possession until after a player has properly taken the ball back behind the line.
Questions or Concerns
Please contact tournament director Keith Conway with any questions or concerns regarding the rules.
Possible rule changes
The tournament director reserves the right to make any changes to the rules prior to the start of the tournament. If any changes are made, all team coaches/captains will be notified.