3 on 3 Basketball
Updated: April 16/2016
Date: July 9, 2016Location: Lethbridge College
Start: 9 am (check rules for sign in)
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Events and Age Groups:
Minimum of 4 teams per age/gender group. All age categories have male and female categories. All ages as of December 31st of current year. Age groups based on Basketball Alberta guidelines as follows:
Ages 9-11 (2005-2006)
Ages 12-13 (2003-2004)
Ages 14-15 (2001-2002)
Ages 16-17 (1999-2000)
Ages Open (1998+)
Two teams per region per event.
Participants are allowed to play in one age group plus one open event only.
All teams will play a round robin format against teams from within their division. The top 4 teams in each division will play off in single elimination games with the top 2 advancing to the division championship game.
Rules and Regulations:
1. The Host Chairman reserves the right to change the format of the tournament dependant on the number of
2. All participants must be present at least 30 minutes prior to the event starting time indicated on the schedule.
3. Every athlete must be able to produce appropriate identification at all times.
4. All teams should be made up of 4 members (1 substitute) as no player substitutions of un- registered players will be
allowed. All players must meet the required age restrictions for the division in which they are participating. Team captain to
be identified on the registration form as the first player listed.
5. Games are played to 16 points. In all games, a basket made within 20 feet scores 1 point. 2 points are awarded for shots
over 20 feet (outside 3 pt. line). A single point can also be made by making a free throw on a shooting foul situation. The
first team to reach 16 points wins the game (no requirement to win by 2 points). Playoffs and finals follow the same scoring.
6. The score must be called out each time there is a change in the possession of the ball.
Team captains must report accurate scores to the scorekeeper’s table immediately following each game (scores to be
tabulated by Subs on sheets provided).
7. Court monitors will be present at all games in place of referees.
8. Possession of the ball rotates after each basket. All dead balls, including a foul shot, foul
and out of bounds begin play at the 3 pt. line on top of the key where the ball is “checked” by the opponent prior to play.
Play begins as soon as the player with the ball dribbles, shoots or
passes to a teammate.
9. When possession changes on a missed shot (including air balls), the ball must be cleared beyond the 3 pt. line. No check is
required before play resumes. On a missed shot that is recovered by the offensive team, no clearing is required. In a jump
ball situation the ball goes to the defensive team.
10. Players are responsible for calling fouls, court monitors will be present to enforce fouls. On every defensive foul
the offensive team will regain possession of the ball and re-check the ball outside the 3 pt. line. On all shooting fouls, the
fouled shooter will be given one free throw attempt, if the shot was attempted within 20 feet of the basket, or two free
throws if outside the 20 feet. When fouled and the basket is scored, 1 or 2 points and possession of the ball are awarded.
There is no line up during a free throw attempt and the offensive team regains possession whether the free throw is scored
or not. On offensive fouls, the defensive team gets possession of the ball.
11. During division championship games each player is limited to 3 fouls. On the 4th foul, the player is eliminated from the
12. Teams may substitute any registered player on any dead ball situation regardless of ball possession. Once the ball is
“checked”, no substitution will be allowed. No team may substitute players that are not registered members of their team
prior to the beginning of the tournament play even if a team member becomes injured. Teams may not play with less than
2 players on the court.
13. Teams are entitled to take a 1 minute time-out each game.
14. Teams advance to the “final four” by becoming one of the top four teams in their division through tournament play. In the
playoffs, the top seeded team will play the fourth seeded team. The second seeded team will play the third seeded team.
Winners advance to the final. If the number of entries in the division requires a split, the top 2 teams in each pool will play
off (A1 vs B2, A2 vs B1) with the top 2 advancing to the final. Ties will be broken with a
3 way tie pool- points for and against.
15. Out of bounds is the total half court boundary.
16. Round Robin Games are: 30 minutes or first to 16 points, whichever comes first.
17. Final games: 30 minutes or first to 16 points, whichever comes first.
18. Coaching is permitted only during a time out.
19. If a player is cut and bleeding on the court, the game will be stopped until such time as the player is subbed out or the
injury is cleaned up, covered and soiled clothing is changed.
20. In the event of a tie, and time expires, an additional 5 minutes (straight time) of play is allowed.
21. Ball size will be consistent to the size used in school play.
Registration Deadline as designated by your Regional Director
All registrations are done through your Regional Director, who will determine the Regional Deadline. The registration fee must also be submitted to your Regional Director. Signed consent forms must accompany the waivers. No late registrations will be accepted.
Events will be cancelled if there are one or less individuals or teams registered. Should any event be cancelled due to lack of registrations, the athletes being affected by the cancellation will be given an opportunity to re-register in another suitable category provided that event is scheduled to run.