3v3 Holiday Hoopfest Rules

*COED ONLY: Each team must have at least one female playing at all times

Each non-playoff game will be 14 minutes in length or first team to 15 pointswith one 30 second time out. Games will start every 15 minutes.

Each team is guaranteed three scheduled games. Always check brackets carefully for time and location of your next game.

Be at scorer's table early. If 10 minutes late, that game will be forfeited. To remain on schedule, there will be very limited time between each game. Once a game is complete on your designated court, please plan to begin your game immediately. Each team MUST bring a basketball.

We will have a score keeper bring the scoresheets to the bracket area. Both teams should visit the bracket area after every game to be sure of their next game time and location.

Tie Breakers
Pool play tie breakers in this order: best record, head-to-head, fewest losses in pool play, point differential.

Game Rules

  • All games will be officiated by at least one certified referee. All disputes will be decided by referee or tournament director without appeal.
  • Only players in upcoming game will be allowed to warm-up.
  • First possession will be determined by flip of a coin.
  • At the end of each game, the team that reaches maximum points or is ahead at the 14 minute time limit is the winner of that game. Clock will only stop for timeouts and injuries when more than one minute is left to play. Inside of one minute to play, the clock will stop for free throws, injuries and timeouts. Foul shots awarded as time runs out will be allowed if they could determine or change the outcome. You DO NOT have to win by 2 points.
  • All field goals inside the 3-point arc will count for 1 point. Goals outside the arc count for 2 points.
  • The ball must be brought back outside the 3-point line on every possession change, made basket, jump ball, defensive rebound, steal, violation, or lost ball, no matter where the ball goes out of bounds. BOTH FEET must touch outside the arc. If both feet do not touch outside the arc and the ball is advanced toward the basket it is considered a violation and will result in a turnover.
  • Ball must be checked to the defense each time before being put into play. When ball is checked back to the offense, by the defense, outside the 3 point arc, the instant it touches the offensive player's hands it is a live ball and must be passed in. Ball should be checked and returned politely.

Team substitutes: No substitute players will be allowed to play on any team after team registration at the event.

Personal fouls: 
NO free throws are to be shot until a team has committed 7 fouls. Personal fouls on scoring plays before the 7th foul will result in the basket and foul being recorded. The defense then gets possession of the ball. Fouls on non-scoring plays before the 7th team foul will result in possession of the ball and the foul being recorded. Upon and after the 7th foul, if a player is fouled in the act of shooting and scores, he/she is awarded the basket, one free throw and NOT possession. All other foul occurrences while in the bonus will result in one free throw, unless fouled while shooting outside the arc, which would merit the shooter 2 free-throws, if shot is missed, and NOT possession. If fouled on any successful 2-point attempt outside the arc while in the bonus (7th foul and after), the shooter is awarded 1 free throw. KEEP IT CLEAN!

No stalling will be allowed. If the referee determines stalling tactics are being used, she/he will warn the offensive team and they will have 10 seconds to shoot the ball. If no shot is taken, it will be result in a turnover. A second stalling call will result in a technical foul.

In the case of a tie, all members from each team will each shoot one free throw. All members of one team will shoot their free throws. Then the second team members all shoot. Repeat complete process until tie is broken. If any team only has 3 players, they are at a disadvantage.

Destruction of property by a member or team shall disqualify the team.

Technical Fouls: 
Poor sportsmanship and/or rough play will absolutely NOT BE TOLERATED. A technical foul will result in one point awarded, a team foul, and possession to the offended team. If a technical foul occurs after 7 team fouls, one extra point is awarded to the offended team, possession of the ball, but no free throw.

Playoff Rules:


  • Playoff games will be 20 minutes in length or first team to 21 points, with two 30 second timeouts
  • Clock will only stop for timeouts and injuries when more than two minutes is left to play. Inside of two minutes to play, the clock will stop for free throws, injuries and timeouts.