NIRSA National Basketball Championships Rules
National Federation of State High School Association Rules will be used with the following modifications/restrictions. The tournament rules committee will address any policies or procedures not specifically addressed in this document.
It is prohibited for a player to wear equipment which would be considered dangerous to one’s self or to another player. Examples of this type of equipment include, but are not limited to:
1. The game shall consist of two 20-minute halves.
2. The clock will run continuously until the last two minutes of each half when it will stop for all fouls, violations, and time-outs. [Exception: if a team is ahead by 15 or more points anytime during the last two minutes of the second half, the clock will continue to run without stopping until the point differential is below 15 pts.].
3. Half-time will be five minutes in length.
4. Each team is permitted three time-outs per game, each one minute in length.
1. If the score is tied at the end of the second half, play shall continue without a change of baskets for one or more extra periods with a one-minute intermission before each extra period. As many such periods as needed shall be played to break the tie.
2. The length of each extra period will be three minutes. The clock will run continuously until the last minute of each extra period when it will stop for all whistles.
3. Each team is allowed one time-out, one minute in length for each overtime period.
4. Time-outs not used during regulation play cannot be used during the overtime period(s).
5. Personal & team fouls do carry over to the overtime period(s).
During a free throw, all players will move up one marked lane space, leaving the two spaces closest to the end line vacant. The defense must occupy both lane spaces above the block.
Good sportsmanship is vital to every contest. The team coach / captain is responsible for the actions of all team members and for any spectators directly related to the team BEFORE, DURING and AFTER the game. Note: A technical foul can be issued before and after the game for unsportsmanlike behavior. Any player/team that is disqualified from a game for unsportsmanlike behavior must meet with the Tournament Championship Committee prior to being reinstated to play.
Players and teams who accrue a number of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls will be disqualified from games and suspended from further participation in tournament games as follows:
1. Four players are needed to start each game. NFHS rules apply regarding the number of players needed to finish the game.
2. Player eligibility: If a player is deemed ineligible at any time during the tournament, his/her team will forfeit all games in which that the ineligible player participated. In addition, the ineligible player is suspended for the remainder of the tournament.
Tournament Format Procedure
1. Pool play, each team will play in a pool of 4 teams.
1. In the case of a 3 team pool, each team will play all teams in their pool
2. All 3 teams will advance
2. Each team will receive 2 pool play games.
3. At the end of pool play the top 3 teams in each pool will advance in to the single elimination championship bracket.
4. Teams will be seated in each pool by the tournament staff from 1 to 4.
5. First round of pool play games
1. Number 1 seed will play the number 4 seed
2. Number 2 seed will play the number 3 seed
6. Second round of pool play games
1. Winners of the first round match ups will play
2. Losers of the first round match up will play
1. One team having a record of 2-0 and will be the number 1 seed from that pool
2. Then there will be two 1-1 teams
1. The team that won the first game will be considered the number 2 seed
2. The team that lost the first but won the second will be considered the number 3 seed.
3. There will be one team that is 0-2 and that team is eliminated from the tournament.
In the case of a misapplication or misinterpretation of a rule by the game official, teams will have the ability to call a time out and protest the decision.
If a team wishes to protest because they believe a correctable error has occurred they will need to do the following:
Note: if no timeouts remain, the protesting team will be charged with a technical foul.
All decisions made by the rules committee will be final.
Protests concerning player eligibility must be made to tournament administration immediately upon discovering there may be an eligibility issue. The Tournament Championship Committee will rule on this type of protest. Teams may not protest the fact that a player was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct. Teams may not protest a judgment call of an official.
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