NEMESIS 3X3 Basketball Tournament Rules

  • Each team consists of minimum three players and one optional substitute player to rotate in.
  • Registration Links by Division: Age as of day of tournament start
  • Youth – Boys and Girls Divisions: 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U You can play up, but not down.
  • Players can only play on one team in each age division
  • If we fall short on registrations, we will combine age divisions and/or combine boys/girls teams as needed.
  • Coed Collegiate Division – Must be 19-22 year old
  • Coed Adult Division – NEMESIS Coaches and Invite only Division meaning you must be a NEMESIS coach or be invited by one to participate. This special division is for NEMESIS Coaches to form fun teams by invite only to other adults they feel are a fit for this fun division.
  • Each team must bring their own home/away shirts or uniforms. You need just a light and dark t-shirt at a minimum. Home is light color, Away is dark color shirts. NEMESIS Uniforms work fine
  • The 3x3 basketball game is played on a half-court, with one basket.
  • The basketball is 28.5 for all girls and boys 8U to 12U divisions. The basketball is 29.0 for all boys 13U+ divisions.
  • A shot clock will not be used.
  • Home team gets possession of ball at the start of each game.
  • Each game will be to 15 minutes long. A team must win by only one point. OR the team ahead after the 15-minute time limit wins.
  • Scoring: 2-point per basket; 3-points for shots made behind designated three-point line.
  • Possession alternates after each made basket. After a basket has been scored or a foul called, a player must put the ball in play from the three-point line above the foul key.
  • All held balls will be put into play behind the three-point line with possession given alternately to each team.
  • On defensive rebounds or steals, players must return the ball by dribble or pass across the three-point line before a basket may be attempted. Once across the line, they do not have to pass the ball before shooting.
  • Fouls will be called by the NEMESIS referee. A foul called in the act of shooting will result in two or three points being awarded to the team which was fouled, depending on where the player was fouled and a change of possession to fouling team. A non-shooting foul will result in the award of the ball back to team that was fouled at 3-point line.
  • The three-second rule will apply to all offensive players in paint and five-second rule outside the paint.
  • Substitutions may be made after a basket or an out of bounds play.
  • The substitution can occur only in a dead ball situation. In 3x3, a substitute can only enter from the baseline, and the substitution becomes official once the player leaving the game has made physical contact with the substitute. Unlike the full-court game, no action from referees or table officials is required except it must be during a dead ball situation.
  • Each team is only allowed one 30-second timeout per game/overtime combined.
  • If the game ends in a tie after regulation time there will be a two-minute overtime period. Possession goes to the home team to start. Ties at the end of any overtime period will result in successive alternating free throws by each team with each team getting a shot until a team leads by 1 to end the game. Each Team picks their free throw shooter themselves.
  • Guaranteed 3 games - Each team will play 2 pool play games followed by single elimination game. Those that move on play Championship game.
  • No roster changes may be made after a team starts its first scheduled game.
  • Individual personal foul counts are not kept. In other words, players cannot be disqualified on the basis of personal fouls; however, a player who commits two unsportsmanlike technical fouls is disqualified. If this puts a team in a two-player remaining situation, they can play 2x3 or forfeit the game.
  • Technical fouls (including unsportsmanlike fouls) result in two points being awarded plus possession of the ball.
  • NEMESIS Basketball will remove any teams from the tournament that are being unsportsmanlike, fighting, using derogatory language unfit for this tournament. Refunds will not be issued.
  • NEMESIS Basketball reserves the right to verify any player's age. Inaccurate information is grounds for immediate disqualification of the entire team. EACH PLAYER MUST CARRY PERSONAL PICTURE IDENTIFICATION (birth certificate copy for minors).
  • Age challenges or protests to another team must be brought to the tournament director during the tournament. Then both teams must supply age credentials to be verified and the tournament director ruling is final. Any teams found to be not age compliant for their division will be disqualified and removed from the tournament without refund. We will accept drivers license or birth certificates as verification of age, so please make sure your team has proper documentation with them.
  • NEMESIS Basketball reserves the right to reduce the number of scheduled games, or shorten games, due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • ALL Age Division and Special Contest winners will be rewarded our BIG Championship Medals and a Free Photo Booth Session.
  • All images and videos recorded by NEMESIS Staff will be used on the web for advertising. So by entering you agree to that usage.
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