Rules

General Rules:

  1. There are no gender requirements for the Competitive Division.
  2. One female must play at all times for the Recreational Division.

Rules & Regulations:

  1. First possession of the game and overtime is determined by a coin flip or in the absence of a coin, use the rock, paper, scissors game.
  2. There are no timeouts.
  3. Change of possession after each made basket.
  4. Ball must be checked with opponent after every score.
  5. Ball must be passed into play (cannot be shot or dribbled).
  6. To prevent stalling, the unwritten “30-second shot clock” rule will be enforced at the referee’s discretion and will result in a change of possession.
  7. Ball must be cleared to the 3-point line on every change of possession where no basket is scored, including steals, turnovers and air balls. If the ball is not cleared properly, play will be stopped by the referee and the ball will be checked at the top of the key. The team that did not clear the ball properly will retain possession of the ball. On and after a team’s 2nd infraction of not clearing the ball properly, they will lose possession of the ball.
  8. Once the ball is cleared, it’s live.

Scoring & Advancing:

  1. Each 3-point field goal (FG) will count as 2 points, all other FGs count as 1 point.
  2. The winner of each game is determined by the team with the higher score after 15 minutes of running-clock play, or the first team to score 15 points, winning by two.
  3. During running-clock play, should no team win by two until the game is tied at 20, the first team to score the 21st point wins.
  4. If the game is tied after 15 minutes, there will be “sudden death” and the first team to score wins.  First possession of overtime is determined by a coin flip or in the absence of a coin, use the rock, paper, scissors game.
  5. Game results will be reported to the tournament coordinator(s). Team Captains must sign the official score sheet after each game.

Fouls:

  1. Fouls will be called by referees. There will be no shooting fouls. The team that is fouled will take the ball in from the top of the key.
  2. If a player deliberately makes a foul to stop play, and does not make a play on the ball, an intentional foul may be called at the referee’s discretion. After the second such offense, the team that was intentionally fouled will receive one point and retain possession of the ball.

Playoffs / Championships:

  1. Standings are ranked based on wins and losses.
  2. The top four (4) teams from the Competitive Division and top four (4) teams from the Recreational Division will advance to the playoffs.
  3. In the event of a standings tie, ties will be broken by:
    1. Head-to-head results
    2. Average Margin of Victory (higher is better)
      1. How to calculate: Add the point differential for all games won, then divide the sum of point differential by the number of games won. (If a team won two games, one by a 4 point difference and one by a 10 point difference, the average margin of victory is 7.)
    3. Total Points Allowed (lower is better)
      1. How to calculate: Sum all points scored against a team.In the event of a standings tie, ties will be broken by:
    4. If there is still a tie after 1-3 listed above, teams will enter a foul shooting contest where one player from each team shoots free throws while the other has an opportunity to match. Once a “match” doesn’t happen the team representative that makes the final free throw wins, and thus that team advances to the playoffs.

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