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 Event Staff.



Prior to the Game

Each team must have three to five 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 Top 3 Promotions 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 at the completion of each game.

All games must start with three players on each team, unless a team with three players agrees to allow the opposing team to play with only two players.

If a team with a least three players does not allow the opposing team to play with two players, or if the opposing team has zero or one player, that team will be penalized one point per minute after the designated start time up to 10 points. Game is forfeited after 10 minutes.

A coin flip prior to the start of the game will determine which team has the initial possession.

Throw In/Starting Play

The ball must be thrown (not dribbled) in from the check box at the rear of the court. First Violation: Warning from the referees or court monitor, Second Violation: change of possession

Game Play

Length of Games: first team to score 21 points, or 25 minutes.

Overtime: if the score is tied at the end of 25 minutes, the game goes to overtime. A coin flip determines which team has the initial possession. The game winner is the first to score 2 points in the overtime period.

No Make It Take It: the ball changes possession after each scored basket.

Jump Balls: all jump balls become the possession of the defensive team.

Time Outs: 1 time out per game


Taking It Back: when in play, the ball must be "taken back" on each change of possession. "Taking it back" means BOTH feet must be behind the 3 PT arc. Failure to "take it back" is a violation.

Each Individual Violation: Change of Possession

Throw In/Resuming Play: the ball must be “checked” after every out of bounds or opposite team score. The ball must be thrown in (not dribbled) in from the check box at the rear of the court. No face guarding the box - stay behind the line.

First Violation: Warning from referee or court monitor

Each Additional Violation: Change of possession

Out of Bounds/Resuming Play: the ball must be “checked” every out of bounds.

Dunking: dunking is allowed during play only. If teams/players are seen dunking during non-play, they may be disqualified from the tournament. Hanging on the rims is not allowed at any time. Participants can be held responsible for broken equipment.

Scoring: baskets made from the inside the arc count one point. Baskets made when the shooter has BOTH FEET behind the arc count two points. Court monitors or referees will call "two points". If there is any doubt by the court monitor or referees as to whether the made basket is worth one or two points, the basket will count as one point.

Staff reserves the right to disqualify any team for infractions of the following policies:

Use of illegal players: the players listed on the roster at the time an entry form is submitted are the only players eligible without the consent of the Event Staff. The Event Staff reserves the right to request identification from players at any time during the tournament. All participants are encouraged to bring picture identification to the tournament.

Unnecessary vulgarity or abusive conduct: good sportsmanship is expected. A Staff member may assist at any time, including officiating games, immediately implementing the shooting of foul shots, terminating a game, and/or escorting the player or team from the premises. ANY PLAYER THAT IS EJECTED FROM A GAME WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DURATION OF THE TOURNAMENT.

This is a family event. No profanity or abusive behavior toward officials, tournament administrators, or each other will be tolerated from players or fans. Players/fans violating this rule will be ejected for the duration of the tournament. Unruly fan or player behavior may also result in games being stopped and potential forfeit if deemed necessary. If a fan or parent is ejected from the tournament, the player or child associated with the fan or parent will be ejected as well for the duration of the tournament. If an entire team is ejected, there will be no refund of tournament entry fees.

Tournament Rules