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Competition Format

  • All teams will play at least four (4) games

  • Each consists of TWO 16-minute stop-time halves

  • Any overtime periods will be three (3) minutes long

  • BBALL Nationals reserves the right to change a game to 'running time' format in the 4th period if there is a difference in score of 30 points or more.  

Game Ball

  • All teams should bring their own warm-up balls. Teams will mutually agree to use one of their warm-up balls during the game

  • A size 6 will be used for girls games

  • A size 7 will be used for boys games, a size 6 ball for boys U10/11 division.

Warm-Up and Half Time

  • Pregame warm-ups will last a minimum FIVE (5) minutes

  • The halftime break will be FIVE (5) minutes

Scheduling and Referees

  • The first listed team in the draw is the home team and should wear the light-colored uniforms, unless one team does not have home and away color uniforms. Teams may make arrangements among themselves to change this guideline. Teams MUST bring both uniform tops to all games if they have them


  • All players will be allowed FIVE (5) PERSONAL FOULS before they are disqualified

  • Bonus will take place on the 8th foul in each half - teams will shoot 2 foul shots

  • All other FIBA rules will still apply

  • There are not any restrictions on the use of zone presses or zone defences in any division

  • The (closer) marked three-point line will be used for all ages except for the Open Division The marked FIBA (Far) three-point line (6.25m) at all other age divisions.

Rosters and Jerseys

  • Team rosters become "frozen" after the start of a team's first game. New players are NOT permitted to be added after this point. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Teams will not be penalized for "illegal jerseys", but all attempts to have the same colour jerseys for the games must be made.

Time Outs

  • Each team will be allowed two (2) timeouts in the first half and two (2) timeouts in the second half of sixty (60) seconds each.  Each overtime period will see one (1) timeout per team (no carryovers between halves or into the OT). Timeouts must be requested through the score table and will be granted at the next stoppage in play. 

Code of Conduct and Spirit of the Game

  • Team coaches are responsible for the conduct and supervision of their players and fans/parents. Unacceptable behaviour may result in the culprit being banned from the gym for the remainder of the tournament

  • Inappropriate actions or behaviour of players, coaches or spectators will not be tolerated.  The decisions of the Tournament Officials and Organizers are final. The Canada Basketball Code of Conduct will be in effect throughout the tournament. 

Tie-Breaking Procedures

  • The final pool standings are to be determined by the best win/loss records of the teams.  If the teams are tied (hold identical records at the end of the regular season, the tie will be broken by in the following order:

  1. Head to Head​

  2. Point Differential

  3. Points Allowed

  4. Points Scored

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