Game / Playing Rules
- Game consists of 2 - 20 minute running halves with stop time the last minute of each half. During the first 19 minutes of each half, the time only stops for injuries and timeouts.
- Pre-game and halftime are usually 3-5 minutes, but may be shortened at the discretion of the referees and tournament officials in order to keep games on time.
- If a game is tied at the end of regulation there will be a 1 minute overtime for all games (no time outs for either team, even if have some left – none carry over). If there is still a tie after one overtime, it goes to sudden death – the first team to score wins. All overtimes start with a jump ball.
- Each team gets 4 full timeouts per game.
- If a team is up by 25 points or more, the clock runs through the last minute, even if the lead slips below 25 points.
- No full court pressing by the team leading once their lead reaches 25 points.
- Bonus foul shots (1 and 1) starting on the 7th team foul per half. Double bonus on the 10th team foul per half.
- Player is disqualified after 5 personal fouls.
- Technical, flagrant, and intentional fouls are not shot. They are an automatic 2 points and ball possession for the non-violating team. If a player or coach is assessed two of these fouls, they are removed from the game and must leave the gym, and must meet with the tournament director before being allowed to play or coach in subsequent games. Technical fouls also count as personal fouls.
- No harassment of officials, players or coaches will be tolerated. Any violation of this will result in the removal of that person without refund of money.
- The regulation girls’ size (NFHS) basketball for high school play will be used for all girls’ age groups.
The regulation boys’ size basketball will be used in boys’ age groups 13 and above. Boys 10 through 12 shall use a girls’ regulation ball – unless both coaches agree to use a boys ball).
- Teams must bring their own practice basketballs. The game ball will be chosen from one of the two teams.
- All other rules that are not stated above will follow the NHSFA (National High School Federation) rules.