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  • The following rules have been designed for all participants to play fairly.

  • Each player has to understand and follow these rules and regulations to participate in this tournament.

  • All spectators and volunteers should also understand and follow these rules and regulations if necessary to limit confusion the day of the tournament.

  • Any questions concerning these rules and regulations should be directed to the event staff.


  1. Each team must have a minimum of 3 players and maximum of 4 players on their roster. 

  2. The names of these players must be in registration forms by the entry deadline. 

  3. Additions and/or changes to any roster must be approved by tournament officials and completed prior to the start of the team’s first game. 

  4. If a team member had an emergency or for any reason could not attend the tournament the rest of the team would have up to 15 minutes before the tournament begins to find a replacement. The replacement would have to be approved by tournament officials and completed prior 15 minutes before the tournament starts.

  5. Teams must check in to the tournament at least 15 minutes before the tournament starts. If a team has less than 3 players at check in end time they would be disqualified from the tournament. 

  6. No roster changes are allowed once a team has started their first game. A player is allowed to participate for only one team for the duration of the tournament. 

  7. If a team member gets injured before, during, or after play, there should be a substitute already in place to replace the injured team member. If the team has no substitute already in place the team would be disqualified.


  1. All games are single elimination. There would be a coin toss before the main running clock begins. The team that wins the coin toss gets the ball first. Out of bounds would be displayed to the teams before the start of the game.

  2. Each game would have a main 5 minute running clock. The clock would start at the same time for each game. There is no shot clock.

  3. When the ball is checked to a team, they would have to pass the ball at least one time before a shot is taken. If a shot is taken before the ball is passed at least one time, the shot would not count and the ball would be turned over to the opposing team.

  4. All violation calls such as double dribbling, traveling, carrying, 3 second violation, goaltending, etc. would be determined and called by the certified referee. All calls must be respected by the players with no confrontation with the referees.

  5. Any shot made behind the 3 point line is considered 2 points. Any shot made in front of the 3 point line is considered 1 point. After a shot is made the opposing team that was on defense gets the ball. If a shot is missed and rebounded by the same team that took the shot they do not have to dribble the ball back beyond the 3 point line. If the ball is rebounded by the opposing team, the ball has to be dribbled back beyond the 3 point line. Air balls caught by the same team is still fair play but any air balls caught by the opposing team would have to be dribbled back beyond the 3 point line.

  6. There would be no time outs allowed before the play offs (Final 4). A team is allowed to substitute a player only after a team scores (before the ball is checked). Time would not stop during substitutions. Only the captain is allowed to make substitutions.

  7. All fouls would be determined by the referee

  8. If a foul is committed the team that is fouled would get the ball back. There would be 1 free throw shot after 3 fouls. If the shot is made it would be counted as 1 point. The ball is in play when the shot goes off ; the team that rebounds the ball gains possession and continues the play. If the opposing team rebounds the ball after the free throw; the ball has to be taken back to the free throw line. The foul count would reset after the free throw and 3 more would have to be committed to take another free shot. Any foul that is unnecessary and is seen as excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent; would receive a warning and considered to be a flagrant foul. If a team commits 2 flagrant fouls they would be disqualified from the tournament. The main 5 minute clock would not stop during any fouls committed.

  9. If there are more than 16 teams left going into the Sweet 16; the teams that scored the least amount of points during the duration of the tournament would face off to get into the Sweet 16. (This could happen if not all 64 teams show up the day of the tournament)

  10. Overtime: If teams are tied by the end of the 5 minute duration there would be another coin toss. The team that scored first gets to choose heads or tails. The team that wins the coin toss gets the ball first. The first team to score would have the Advantage. The opposing team would have the chance to get the ball back and score, but if they miss the shot, they automatically lose. It is only considered a shot taken when the ball hits the rim. However if the team does in fact score and re-tie the game the game will go into sudden death. 

  11. Sudden Death: The team that scored first during overtime would get the ball back. Next point wins the game.


  1. The top 16 teams are considered the Sweet 16 (Play Off Contenders) and should receive a customized jersey. Every game has the same rules until the Final Four.

  2. For the Final Four teams; there would be a seeding format in place. Seeding would be based on the amount of points scored during all previous games. Teams with the higher amount of points scored during the duration of the tournament would be placed in higher seeding.

  3. Game 1: Seed 1 vs. Seed 4

  4. Game 2: Seed 2 vs. Seed 3

  5. Game 3: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner (The winner of game 2 will get time to rest to restore their energy for the championship game)

  6. New Rules (Final Four): Games will not be time based. The first to 11 points win. You will not be allowed to win off a 2 pointer. Therefore after a team has reached 9 points; all shots taken would be considered 1 point. A team has to win by at least 2 points. If both teams surpass or reach 10 points before a team has won the game by at least 2 points, the game would automatically go into overtime. In overtime the first team to 5 points wins. Every shot taken would be considered 1 point. The team that ended up with the most points would receive the ball first and will start overtime up by 1 point. If teams were tied, the team that scored last before over time would receive the ball first.

  7. All previous rules established for games before the playoffs that don’t conflict with the new rules still apply. 


  1. All players, referees, volunteers, and spectators must follow and abide by this tournament Code Of Conduct.

  2. Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.

  3. Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior, materials and speech. Obscene language should not be used at any time during the event.

  4. Unacceptable behaviors & materials include intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning materials or conduct by any attendees of the event and related event activities.

  5. There should be no fighting, smoking, drinking, or open fires during the duration of this basketball tournament.

  6. Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert event staff or on duty first responders if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

  7. Harassment includes: offensive comments (verbal, written, or otherwise) related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing materials, photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events (whether verbal or otherwise); inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

  8. Physical, written, verbal or other abuse, intimidation, threats, annoyance, harassment, stalking, pushing, shoving or use of any physical force whatsoever against any person, which in any way creates a disturbance that is disruptive or dangerous, or creates apprehension in a person.

  9. Possession of any item that can be used as a weapon, which may cause danger to others if used in a certain manner is not allowed.

  10. Possessing any illegal substance, including but not limited to narcotics, marijuana, or other illegal drugs is not allowed.

  11. Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated whether by other attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, sponsors, or exhibitors. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, tournament organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the basketball tournament without warning or refund.

  12. If you are subjected to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subjected to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a tournament organizer as soon as possible. All reports will remain completely confidential.

  13. Video recordings and photographs are being taken at this event. By entering you agree to have your image and likeness used by the basketball tournament organizers.

  14. We believe our tournament should be truly open to everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all. By participating or spectating at the event , you 

  15. agree to abide by the event Code of Conduct which can be viewed through the the event website.

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