Tournament Rules

Running Time

There will be two 18-minute halves of running time, the clock will stop on all timeouts and for all whistles in the last minute of the first half, the last 2 minutes of the second half, and in overtime. The clock will also stop while teams are setting up for any free throws and will start when the ball is handed to the shooter. Three timeouts will be permitted per game. Overtime will last 2 minutes, each team only having one time-out (doesn't matter how many you had left from regulation)

Foul shots

Foul shots behind the regular line (can jump over). Players can elect to take a step inside the foul line at the green tape but have to remain behind the line.

1&1 on 7 fouls and thereafter.


All girls divisions will be using a 27.5 ball. All boys divisions will be using a 28.5 ball.


All defenses allowed (only exception: no pressing for ALL divisions)

If a team leads by 15 or more, defense must stay within the 3-point area.


No pressing is allowed in the backcourt. Defense must allow the offense to cross the mid-court line. At the sole discretion of the basketball officials, defense in the backcourt will result in a delay of game warning, and continued defense in the backcourt can result in a technical foul against the coach.

Every attempt must be made to advance the ball and not take advantage of the “no-pressing” rule. In sole discretion of the basketball officials, failure to advance the ball will result in a warning or technical foul against the coach. The ref. may put time back on the clock—for example, 9 seconds left, up by 1 and holding the ball in the backcourt.


This is a sportsmanship tournament. Any unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated. If a player receives a technical foul for un-sportsmanlike conduct, he or she will be disqualified for the remainder of that game. Two un-sportsmanlike technical fouls will result in an automatic tournament disqualification.

tournament format

The tournament follows a round-robin format. The two teams from each division with the best record will advance to the championship game. Should two teams end up tied, the tie-breaker will be head-to-head competition. Should three or more teams end up tied, the tiebreaker will be based on the cumulative point differential between all their games in their division. A 10-point differential will be the most credited for or against a team. For example, if a team wins by 25 points their point differential will be 10.

playing time

This is an end-of-the-season sportsmanship tournament; there is an expectation that each child on a team plays a significant amount in each game. At least ten minutes would be considered significant, and note this is not an enforceable rule, just an expectation.