3-on-3 Basketball Rules


Good sportsmanship is expected from all participants and spectators at BAS.  Either the team captain or designated parent (if applicable) is responsible to aid in controlling the conduct of teammates and team followers and will act as the sole team spokesperson at all times. Poor sportsmanship could result in the assessing of penalties against a team in either the Technical, or Flagrant foul categories (see Fouls). Failure to comply with the sportsmanship standards of BAS, with such acts as fighting, taunting, intimidating, excessive arguing, or verbally attacking a player, spectator, or tournament official can lead to the immediate removal of the offending player, team, or spectator from the tournament.  


Two (2) points will be given for shots made inside the 2-point arc, and three (3) points for shots outside the 2-point arc. Freethrows are worth one (1) point each.

Who receives the ball first?

At the start of each game, a coin will be tossed to determine which team gets the opening possession. 

Length of Game:

The first team to reach twenty one (21) points within twenty five (15) minutes of play is declared the winner.

In all situations, the referee, court monitor or BAS official can declare a technical foul if he/she determines that a team is intentionally stalling to run out the clock.

If neither team has reached a score of twenty one (21) points, the referee, court monitor or BAS official shall stop the game after twenty five (15) minutes of play.

If a score of 21 is not achieved within 15 minutes, and a team has a lead of one or more points, that team is declared the winner. If the teams are tied, overtime will be activated. In overtime, a coin flip will determine which team has the initial possession. The game winner will be the first team to score in overtime. If the game is still tied at that time, winner will be determined by a free throw shootout – 1 shot by each of the 3 active team players on the court at that time. If it’s still tied, these 3 players continue in this same format.

Number of Players:

Teams may consist of a minimum of  (3) or maximum of (4) players that are registered by the tournament entry deadline. The players listed on the team entry form as accepted by BAS are the only ones eligible to play on that team. Player change requests will be accepted or rejected at the sole discretion of tournament officials. Such requests must be submitted and approved prior to their first scheduled game.  Under no circumstances will player/roster substitutions be allowed after the tournament begins. Any number of players (1, 2, or 3) may complete a game. Players may appear on only one team for the tournament. If any player appears on more than one team, that player (and the teams) will be expelled from the tournament. 


Each team will be given six (6) team fouls before free throw attempts are awarded. Upon the 7th team foul, the bonus will be in effect and the fouled player will shoot "1 and 1" free throws.

1 and 1 Free Throws = If you make the first free throw, you are given a second  free throw shot attempt.  If you miss the first free throw, the opposing team will be given the ball at the  back court line.

Two (2) free throw will be given for shooting fouls inside the 2-point arc, and three (3) free throws for shooting fouls outside the 2-point arc. If a foul is committed during a made shot, the point(s) will count and the fouled player l also shoot a free throw.  After the free throw(s) attempt, make-or-miss, the non-shooting team will receive the ball at the back court line. 

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. 

Flagrant Fouls:

A flagrant foul maybe 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, mmoving under an opponent who is in the air, and crouching or hipping in a manner which could cause severe injury to the opponent. It may also involve dead ball contact or dialog which is extreme or persistent, agressive, or abusive. Players committing a flagrant foul will be suspended from play for the remainder of that game or for the rest of the tournament.

A technical, intentional, or flagrant foul cannot be called by a player. A referee, court monitor or StreetBall official will make the call. Their decision is final. A technical, intentional or flagrant foul results in two (2) free throws t for the offended team and possession of the ball.

Who can be on the court?

Only the assigned players and teams are allowed to occupy the court at any time during a game. 


Change of Possession:

The ball is exchanged after every made basket and all free throw attempts. The ball must be thrown in from out-of-bounds at the top of the court. The ball and both feet of the player must be out of bounds to qualify and must be “checked” by the opposing team before it is inbounded. No shots may be made before the ball is thrown in.

'"Clearing" the ball:

The ball must be “cleared” on each exchange of possession regardless of whether a shot was attempted. Failure to properly “clear” will result in loss of possession and any points just scored. To “clear” the ball means bringing your whole body, both feet and the ball behind the three-point arc. 

Ball out of Bounds:

A ball out of bounds will be taken out from the back court line. 



The top, bottom and side of the backboard are all considered in play, however, the back of the backboard and the structure are considered out of bounds. 

Player Substitution:

Player substitution is allowed during a time out or any dead-ball situation. 

Game Times/Schedule:

All printed schedules are effective through only the first game for all teams. Following the tournament’s first game, each team is advised to maintain contact with their court and BAS officials at the main stage 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 check online for frequently on game day to determine their game times.

If games are running early and ALL members of both teams are on the court, the game can begin early but only if each Team Captain agrees. It is your responsibility to notify your spectators of an early game start.

BAS officials shall have the power to make decisions on any points not specifically covered in these Tournament Rules, and shall also have the complete authorization to interpret the intent and purpose of these rules.


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