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FIBA rules and regulations apply, with the following modifications:

  • General Rules
    • The Masters division is open. All other divisions are permitted 2 non-Aboriginal exception players. We use the term Aboriginal to include First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. However, if a team has more than 2 non-Aboriginal players the team is invited to write a letter to the NEC-SFU Festival Committee to seek permission to have up to 4 non-Aboriginal players on their roster. Teams with more than 2 non-Aboriginal exception players must submit this letter by March 10th with their team rosters due by April 1st. The purpose of this rule is to promote inclusivity for closeknit teams that practice year round with more than 2 non-Aboriginal players.
    • Players in the youth division must 18 years old or younger on game day to play in this division.
    • Players in the masters division must be 35 years old or older on game day to play in this division.
    • All coed division games must be played with 3 men/2 women.
    • FIBA over and back rules apply. There will be no over and back call off opening tip.
    • Substitutes can enter in between free throws. Last minute timeouts by offence will go to centre court.
    • After the timeout by the offensive team in the LAST TWO MINUTES OF THE GAME, the throw in will be administered at a designated spot on the front court.
    • Final tournament rosters must be given to registration prior to tip off of the first half of the team’s first game.
    • Teams may begin the game with 4 players, however if a 5th player has not arrived 15 minutes into the game, it is declared a forfeit. Once a player has played for a team, they are not able to play for any other team in the same division in the tournament.
    • Players must play in at least 1 round robin game to be eligible to play in the semi-final and championship games. This means that being on the team roster is not enough-players must be subbed into a round robin game.
    • Tie-breaker procedure: First, head-to-head. Second, points for divided by points against ratio Third, coin flip.
  • Game Length
    • First Half: 20 minutes running time.
    • Second Half: 20 minute for the second half with the last 2 minutes stop time on the refs whistle or a made basket. However, if the point spread is 10 or greater clock will not stop.
    • Championship Games: two 20 minute halves, stop time for full game (FIBA rules apply).
  • Time Outs
    • One 60 second timeout per half, no carry over. It can be called on the court when in control of the ball.
    • One 60 second timeout in OT, no carry overs.
    • The clock stops on timeouts.
  • Shot Clock
    • 24 second clock at officials discretion, 8 seconds to get to the frontcourt
  • Fouls
    • Penalty/bonus is 2 shots on the 10th team foul per half and onwards.
    • All technical fouls count as team fouls and penalty is 2 shots with ball possession at centre court.
    • Unsporting fouls remain at 2 shots with ball possession at centre court.
  • Court Conduct
    • Participants are expected to behave in a sportsmanlike manner appropriate to the spirit of the tournament.
    • Fighting will result in immediate game ejection; ejected player will be OUT of the remaining tournament.
    • Two unsportinglike technical fouls assessed in 1 game will result in suspension from that game. Four unsportinglike technical fouls within the duration of the tournament will result in removal of the individual from the remainder of the event. If ejected from a game for fighting or grievous misconduct, a discipline committee will review the situation and decide on a suitable course of action.
    • No refunds will be granted from the tournament unless due to unforeseen reasons the event is cancelled. Entry fees cover the facility rental, officials, insurance, participant shirts and awards. Organizers of the tournament are not responsible for game defaults.
  • Overtime Rules

    3 minutes of stop-time.