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General

Three Game Guarantee

Each team will be guaranteed three games. A Three Game Guarantee Tournament is similar to a Double Elimination Tournament. There is an upper bracket and a lower bracket, the main difference being teams that lose their first two games will get to play an extra game in the lower bracket in order to ensure every team gets to play at least three games.

A team that has already won once in the winner's bracket is guaranteed 3 games by playing their second game in the upper bracket and then dropping down to the lower bracket if that game is a loss.

A team that loses their first game in the upper bracket and wins their second game in the lower bracket, will play their third game in the lower bracket.

The championship game works the same as a double elimination. In the championship game, the team coming out of the lower bracket must beat the team coming out of the upper bracket twice.

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Game Locations

Tournament games will be held in three different sets of courts in two different locations within the City of Maricopa. All games leading up to the championship games will be held outdoors on 8 half courts. Four half courts are located at Copper Sky Recreation Park and another four half courts are located at Pacana Park. Game locations will be included in the brackets. A championship game will be played indoors at the Copper Sky Recreation Center gymnasium.

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Team Names

Each team can select a unique team name at the time of registration. Team names should be “family friendly” and should not include any of the following:

  • Profanity
  • Sexual connotations
  • Racist or derogatory words or suggestions
  • References to drugs or alcohol
  • Anything that may be deemed as offensive

Team names must be approved by tournament officials. Any team name that is not "family friendly" will be changed to a generic team name. The designated team manager may submit an alternate team name prior to the start of the tournament.

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Uniforms

  • All players must wear gym shoes and uniforms of matching color.
  • Player uniforms and clothing should not contain any of the following:
o   Lude or explicit images
o   Profanity
o   Sexual connotations
o   Racist or derogatory words or suggestions
o   References to drugs or alcohol
o   Anything that may be deemed as offensive
  • Players may not wear removable jewelry including, but not limited to:
o   Piercings of any kind including tongue, ear, and nose rings.
o   Metal or hard plastic watches, bracelets, or chains.
o   Metal or hard plastic hair bands, brushes, or picks.
o   Hats or headgear that hangs below the shoulders.

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Equipment

  • Each team is required to supply one game ready basketball.
  • Game ready basketballs must be size 7 and may be either leather, synthetic leather, or plastic.
  • Game ready basketballs are recommended to be filled from 7.5 to 8.5 psi.
  • The home team will select one of the two game ready basketballs for game play.

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Rules of Play

Player Eligibility

  • Division eligibility is based upon the player’s gender and their age as of March 26, 2016.
  • A player may be on the roster of one team in multiple divisions but must register and pay to play on each team.
  • No player shall play for more than one team in the same division.
  • Each team can have up to 5 players, with only 3 players on the court at a time.
  • Each player must register online prior to the start of the tournament to be eligible.
  • If player eligibility rules are violated, all relevant games will be forfeited and will result in a loss for any team associated with the ineligible player.

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Substitutions

  • With the exception of injury, there are no substitutions during game play.
  • Injured players may not return to the game in which they were injured, but are eligible to play in future games.

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Scoring

  • Each goal made from within the 3-point line is 1-point.
  • A goal made from outside of the 3-point line is 2-points.
  • Teams are responsible for keeping score of their own game.
  • Each team may choose to have an official team scorekeeper to help keep an accurate score.

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Game Play

  • Games will start at the top and bottom of each hour.
  • Each team must be present at the scheduled game time even if the previous game is running later than scheduled.
  • If a team cannot field a three man team by the start of the game the team will forfeit the game to their opponent.
  • In the first round of play a coin toss will determine which team takes the ball out of bounds first. In all subsequent games the team in the top bracket will take the ball out of bounds first.
  • Each game will last no longer than 20 minutes followed by a shootout when needed.
  • The team with the more points after 20 minutes or the first team to 21 points is declared the winner of the game.
  • The ball will change possession after scored baskets. There is no make it, take it. After a made basket, foul call, or other stoppage in play, the ball must be “checked” by an opposing player before it is put into play and the ball must be passed in to begin play.
  • A ball out-of-bounds will be taken out at the top of the court and must be passed in to begin play.
  • The ball must be "taken back" on each change of possession. The "take-back line" is the (3) three-point line on all courts. "Taking-it-back" means BOTH feet and the ball must be behind the "take-back line" at the same time. Failure to "take-it-back" will result in loss of possession and any point if scored.
  • Jump balls will be awarded to the defense.
  • If both teams are tied after 20 minutes each player on the team will participate in a free-throw shootout. The team with the highest number of points after all players shoot is declared the winner. Additional shootouts may be played if both teams score the same number of points during the shootout. Shootouts will continue as-needed until one team is declared the winner.

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Fouls

All fouls and violations will be called by players in the game. Full player cooperation is expected. In the case of a defensive foul, the offensive player fouled shall make the call. In the case of any offensive foul, the defensive player fouled shall make the call. The player's foul and violation calls are considered final.

Championship games will be officiated by referees appointed by Tournament Officials.

Fouls result in a turn-over and will be “checked” at the top of court behind the 3-point line unless the player being fouled is making a shot. If the shot is good the basket counts

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Conflicts and Discrepancies

A court monitor will be responsible for settling conflicts or discrepancies in scoring or fouls. Both teams agree to accept the decision of the court monitor as final. The head coach is the sole spokesperson for his/her team whether playing or not. Only head coaches may represent the team in the case of disagreements. If other players on the team, parents, and/or other spectators of a team exhibit threatening or improper behavior or use inappropriate language towards a court monitor, a player, a referee or another spectator, the team(s) involved in the game risk(s) disqualification by the court monitor and/or a member of the Tournament Committee and the spectator or player will be removed from the premises.

Disqualifications for excessive roughness are left to the discretion of the Tournament Committee, Tournament Director, and the court monitors. As a general rule, both teams will be penalized for rough play with possible individual or team elimination from further participation if circumstances warrant.

Fighting by any individual (either on or off the court) will result in the individuals involved being ejected from the game and tournament; a second altercation from any team member from the previously penalized team(s) will result in that team’s elimination  from the tournament.

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Disqualification and Elimination

Teams that are disqualified by a tournament official for any reason will forfeit a win. Teams that are eliminated from the tournament by a tournament official will forfeit all future games. Teams that are disqualified or eliminated from play are not eligible for a refund.

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Waiver

All players must sign a waiver before they are eligible to play. If player(s) are under the age of 18 a parent or guardian must sign the player waiver found under the Documents page.

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