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3 on 3 Rules

The following rules have been designed to ensure fair play for all participants. Each player is expected to understand these rules prior to participation in the tournament. Any questions concerning these rules should be directed to the Elite Academy Event Staff.
Prior to the Game
Each team must have three to four players on its roster who have registered their team by the predetermined entry deadline. Additions and/or changes to any roster must be approved by Elite Event Staff member and completed prior to the start of a team's first game of the event. No substitutions are allowed once a team has played its first game of the event.  A player is allowed to participate for only one team in each division for the duration of the tournament.

THE TEAM CAPTAIN WILL REPRESENT HIS/HER TEAM AS A SPOKESPERSON AT ALL TIMES, and must verify the score sheet has correct roster prior to each game.

                                                             3 on 3 Basketball Tournament Rules 


1. Each team must register at least three players on its roster on or before the date of the tournament. The fourth player is optional. Five players are not allowed. No additions, deletions and/or changes may be made after games have started. 

2. Each team is guaranteed at least 3 games. 

3. No refunds will be given for any reason after the entry deadline. 

4. Player substitutions after initial registration and up to the start of the event must be for the same group and accompanied by the registration form with proper signatures. 

5. Players may appear on only 1 team roster. 

6. The format of the tournament will include 3 pools of 4 teams. Each team will play each other once in their pool which will total 2-3 games of pool play.

 7. The tournament director reserves the right to change the format based on external events (i.e., inclement weather). 

8. Physically or verbally threatening or abusing a referee is cause for immediate disqualification. 

9. Arguing with referee' calls may result in a technical foul awarding the opposing team one free throw and possession. 

10. Players and/or teams may be removed from the game at the discretion of the referee for abusive behavior, flagrant fouls or rough play. Unruly fans may also be removed from the area. 

11. Jewelry is not allowed to be worn by players during the game. 

12. Player substitutions will be permitted on any dead ball situations, but the 12 minute clock continues to run. 

13. During substitutions and time-outs, the 12 minute clock will continue to run but play will be momentarily stopped. 

14. One time-out is allowed and limited to 30 seconds. Due to a continuous 12 minute clock, no team in the lead can call a time-out with less than 2 minutes to play. 

15. Teams must be at their court on time. A three-minute forfeit time will be strictly enforced. 

16. Both teams will warm up at the same time prior to start of the game. 

17. Each team must start and finish the game with at least two players. 

18. A coin flip at the start of the game will determine first possession. Second team or bottom team listed gets to call the coin flip for 1st possession.

19. All games are played to 11 points/baskets (win by 1) or 12 minutes (running clock), 

Whichever comes first. Team ahead after 12 minutes wins. 3 pointers count as 2 and everything else inside counts as 1. 

20. The tournament director reserves the right to change the 11 point limit and/or time limit due to external events. 

21. If the game is tied after the 12 minutes have elapsed, then a sudden death free throw playoff will determine the winner with 3 players from each team shooting one free throw each. If still tied, the referee may, at their discretion, move the line backward until a winning team is determined. 

22. The 3-point line/(Top of the free throw circle when no 3 point line present) represents the "take back" line. 

23. After a made basket or a dead ball situation, the ball must be checked by a defensive player to an offensive player where the offensive player has both feet behind the take-back line or the referee can check the ball in play. The offensive player must pass the ball into play. The defensive player guarding the person checking in the ball must be inside the take-back line. 

24. On any change of possession, the offense must bring the ball past the 3 point line before a shot can be attempted. Both feet must be completely behind the line. If a team forgets to take it back and makes a basket, the basket will not count, and the opposing 

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