Rules & Regulations
SPORTSMANSHIP POLICY Good sportsmanship and cooperation is both anticipated and
expected. The team captain or designated parent, if applicable, is expected to aid in controlling
teammates’ and team followers’ conduct and to represent his/her team as spokesperson in case
of appeals to the court official. Poor sportsmanship could result in penalties against the team
in either the Technical, Intentional, or Flagrant foul categories (see rule 9). Failure to comply
with the Spirit of Coastal, with acts such as fighting, taunting, intimidating or verbally attacking a
tournament official, player or spectator may lead to removal of that player, team and/or spectator
from the tournament. Any ejection from the entire tournament will result in a suspension from the
next year’s Coastal 3 on 3, at a minimum. Decisions made by tournament officials are final, andare not subject to review by video or other recordings, or other sources.
1. Who Can Play – The tournament is open to players of all ages
2. Number of Players – Each team may consist of a maximum of 4 players and a minimum of
3 players. A team may have only 3 players on the court at any time. All games must start with at least
3 players on each team. Any number of players (1, 2, or 3) may complete a game.
3. Authorized Equipment – No player shall be allowed to wear a guard, cast, hard brace or
other potentially dangerous equipment on his or her elbow, hand, wrist, finger, or forearm, including
equipment made of hard leather, plastic, plaster or metal—even if the equipment is covered with soft
padding. Soft braces, sleeves and wraps will be allowed unless they pose a danger to other players.
Coastal 3on3 retains the right to disallow any equipment or apparel that it judges to be dangerous or
4. Eligibility Issues- All high school and college players are encouraged to check with their
coaches and/or athletic directors about participating in Coastal’s 3 on 3 and the potential effects on
their eligibility. Coastal is not responsible for determining a particular athlete’s eligibility under National
Collegiate Athletic Association or applicable high school association rules.
Basketball Size- The full size ball will be used for all games.
Free Throw Distance- The distance will be 15 feet for all brackets
Two-point Shooting Distance- The distance will be 19 feet or closer for all brackets.
Basket Height- The height will be 10 feet for all brackets.
Fouls- Basketball officials will referee all games. All called fouls, whether shooting or non-shooting,
shall result in two free throw shot, except on a successful field goal, in which case the basket counts
and no free throw shot is awarded. However, if a player is beyond the two-point arc and is in the act
of shooting when fouled, three free throw shots will be awarded, except on a successful field goal,
in which case the basket counts and no free throws are awarded. A change of possession will result
regardless of whether the free throw shot(s) is (are) made or missed. During a free throw, opposing
team players may not intentionally disrupt the shooter’s unhindered throw. After a foul shot, the ball
will be placed into play from the backcourt line. Incidental contact between opponents shall not result
in a called foul unless such contact results in a meaningful disadvantage. The following fouls will result
in additional sanctions:
A. Technical Fouls- A technical foul will be called for unsportsmanlike acts such as
taunting, baiting, or trash talk. Taunting and baiting can involve derogatory remarks or gestures
that incite or insult a player. Trash talk involves a deeply personal, verbal attack directed
toward any person involved in the event. In extreme cases, the player may also be suspended
from play and a coach or fan removed from the court for the remainder of that game or for the
rest of the tournament. A player who aggressively comes into contact with or assaults a court
official, court marshal, or other tournament official shall be automatically ejected from the game
and for the remainder of the current tournament. Additional suspension for such acts will be
determined by Coastal’s 3on3 on a case-by-case basis. The court official may also assess a
technical foul if the official determines that the team is stalling in the interest of preserving a
winning margin. A technical foul results in one point for the offended team and possession of
B. Intentional Fouls An intentional foul is a foul designed to neutralize an opponent’s
obvious advantageous position. It is a foul which, based on the official’s observation of the
act, is not a legitimate attempt to directly play the ball. A foul shall also be ruled intentional,
based on the official’s observation of the act, if while attempting to play the ball, a player
causes excessive contact. An intentional foul results in one point for the offended team and
possession of the ball.
C. Flagrant Fouls A flagrant foul may be of a violent or aggressive nature, or an act
which displays unacceptable conduct. It may or may not be intentional. It may involve violent
or aggressive contact such as striking, kicking, kneeing, moving under an opponent who is in
the air, and crouching or hipping in a manner that could cause severe injury to the opponent.
It may also involve dead ball contact or dialogue which is extreme or persistent, aggressive, or
abusive. A flagrant foul results in one point for the offended team and possession of the ball.
The player committing the foul will be suspended from play for the remainder of that game and
possibly for the rest of the tournament.
D. Open Division Fouls All of the above provisions in Rule 9 also apply to the Open
Division. In addition, for the Open Division ONLY, team fouls will be counted. Team fouls 1
through 3 will result in normal sanctions. Beginning with team foul number 3, ALL fouls will
result in two free throws.
E. Stalling- Stalling is prohibited. Stalling is a style of play in which a team does not actively
attempt to advance the basketball toward the basket and shoot the ball at the basket. It is a
method used in an attempt to run out the game clock to preserve a win. Stalling is considered an
unsportsmanlike act and will result in a technical foul against the offending team (see rule 9a).
10. Which Team will receive the Ball First? A coin toss prior to each game will
determine which team gets the ball out-of-bounds first.
11. Keeping Score- Keeping Score All made baskets from inside the two-point arc count for two
point and made baskets from outside the two-point arc count for three points. The first team to 21
points is the winner. (see rule 12 for exceptions)
12.Length of Game- All divisions- if a score of 21 is achieved within 20 minutes.
The target score for all games is 21 points, meaning the first team to reach 21 points within 20 minutes
of play is declared the winner. The team that reaches 21 points does not need to have a winning
margin of 2 points or greater. The 20-minute clock is stopped during team time-outs (see rule 21) and
if the court official stops play for a player injury (see rule 22) or other unusual circumstances. If neither
team has reached a score of 21 points, the court official shall stop the game after 20 minutes of play.
In all situations, the court official shall declare a technical foul (see rules 11a & 11e) if the official
determines that a team is intentionally stalling to run out the clock.
If a score of 21 is not achieved within 20 minutes
If at this point of interruption a team has a lead of 3 or more points, that team is declared the winner. If
neither team has at least a 3-point advantage, the overtime rule will be activated. In overtime, the first
team to score a total of 3 points more than the leading team’s score at the beginning of the overtime
session, or reach 21 points, will be declared the winner. A coin toss will determine who gets the ball
out of bounds first in overtime.
13.Check Ball Checked Ball- The ball must be passed to begin play.
14 Change of Possession The ball will change possession after scored baskets and all free-
throw attempts with the exception of Technical, Intentional or Flagrant fouls (see rule 11 a, b, c). There
will be no “make it, take it” rule.
15 Taking It Back The ball will be “taken back” on each change of possession, regardless of
whether or not a shot was attempted. Failure to “take it back” results in loss of possession and any points
just scored. “Taking it back” means bringing your whole body and the ball behind the 3 point line
16 Ball Out-of-Bounds- A ball out-of-bounds will be taken out from the back-court line.
17 Boundaries -The basket structure, padding, and structural supports will be played as out-of-
bounds. The actual backboard, including its face, top, bottom and sides, shall be considered in-bounds.
18 Jump Ball In a jump ball situation, the ball will first go to the team, which lost the opening coin
toss, with alternating possessions thereafter.
19. Dunking is only allowed. Dunking is not allowed at any time, including during warm-ups, in all
other divisions. Dunking will be construed as an unsportsmanlike act and will result in a technical foul.
20. Substitutions Substitutions may only be made during a time-out or a “dead ball” situation.
21 Time-Out Each team is allowed a single one-minute time-out per game. The clock will stop running
during a time-out.
22 Player Injury A court official has the discretion to suspend play for the protection of an injured
player. If a player is bleeding or has an open wound, that player will be directed to leave the game and
properly bandage the wound. A player with any bloodstained clothing or bandage must remove the stained
or saturated material prior to re-entering the game. If it is believed that a player has lost consciousness
during a game, or is severely injured, Coastal 3on3 may require a written note from a medical doctor who
has examined the player subsequent to the game injury and specifically authorizes that player to continue
participation in the tournament.
23 Game Time All printed schedules are effective through only the first game for all teams.
Following the tournament’s first game, each team is required to check the Master Scoreboard for all official
schedules, times, courts, revisions, and general game information. Teams must be ready to begin play at
their scheduled start time. Teams not at their court for their scheduled game are given a 5-minute grace
period before a forfeit is enforced. Teams are encouraged to remain in contact with their court to observe the
effects of scheduling changes that could occur mainly due to inclement weather or other unexpected delays.
Inclement weather and non-playable situations may result in the modification or cancellation of the event.
Under these unlikely circumstances team entry fees will not be refunded.
24. The Fine Print Designated tournament officials shall have the power to make decisions on any
points not specifically covered in the Rules and Regulations and shall also have the complete authorization
to interpret the intent and purpose of these Rules and Regulations. Coastal 3on3 officials also reserve the
right to disqualify any player and/or team for infractions of tournament policies, including the following:
Use of Illegal Players
The players listed on the team entry form as accepted by Coastal 3on3 are the only ones eligible for
play on that team. Player changes submitted on authorized Player Change Forms, and accepted by
tournament officials, must be completed and approved by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9th, 2012. Under no
circumstances will roster substitutions be allowed after the tournament begins. Before the beginning of each
game, every player will sign a Release and Waiver and Sportsmanship Pledge. Any team using a player not
properly registered will be disqualified from the tournament.
Information provided on a team entry form or accepted Player Change Form is the basis for bracket
scheduling and is expected to be both accurate and complete. Players listing inaccurate information on
these forms may be disqualified from the tournament.
Thank you for participating in the Coastal’s 3 on 3!!!