NBA 3-on-3 Official Game Rules

All NBA global grassroots 3on3 events will be played in accordance with the FIBA 3on3 Basketball Games rules underlined below. The Official FIBA Basketball Rules are valid for all game situations not specifically mentioned here.

Court
  • The game will be played on a basketball half court. The court shall have a regular basketball playing court sized zone, including a free throw line (5.80m) and a two point line (6.75m).

  • Teams
  • Each team shall consist of four (4) players (three (3) players on the court and one (1) substitute).

  • Game Officials
  • The game officials shall consist of one (1) referee and (2) time/score keeper.

  • Beginning of the Game
  • Both teams shall warm-up simultaneously prior to the game.
  • A coin flip shall determine which team gets the first possession.

  • Scoring:
  • Every shot inside the arc shall be awarded one (1) point.
  • Every shot behind the arc shall be awarded two (2) points. Both feet must be behind the arc to count as (2) points.
  • Every successful free throw shall be awarded one (1) point.

  • Playing time/Winner of a Game
  • The regular playing time shall consist of two (2) periods of five (5) minutes each. The clock shall be stopped during dead ball situations and free throws. The clock shall be restarted after the exchange of the ball is completed (as soon as it is in the offensive team's hands). Under the "Full" rules there shall be a one (1) minute break between both periods.
  • However the first team which scores 21 points or more wins the game if it happens before the end of regular playing time.
  • If the score is tied at the end of playing time, and extra period of time will be played. The defensive team from game start shall have the first ball possession. There shall be an interval of one (1) minute before each extra period. The first team to score two (2) points in overtime wins the game. Under the "Full" rules the extra period shall last one (1) minute. However, if the score is still tied after the first overtime, a second and final overtime is played and the first team to score two (2) points wins the game.
  • A team shall lose the game by forfeit if they are not able to field 3 players five (5) minutes after the scheduled starting time by a score of 21-0.

  • Fouls/Free Throws
  • A team is in a team foul situation when it has committed four (4) fouls within a period.
  • A player who has committed four (4) fouls must leave the game. All fouls must be recorded to the scorer to track player fouls. If tournament jersey does not have printed or pined on number, last name of player that committed the foul must be reported to the scorers table to track players fouls.
  • Fouls during the act of shooting inside the arc shall be awarded one (1) free throw.
  • Fouls during the act of shooting behind the arc shall be awarded two (2) free throws.
  • Fouls during the act of shooting followed by a successful field goal shall be awarded one (1) additional free throw.
  • Non-shooting fouls under penalty foul situation shall be awarded one (1) free throw.
  • ANYBODY IMPLICATED IN A FIGHT, FOR ANY REASON, WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE TOURNAMENT. TWO TECHNICAL FOULS RESULT IN A DISQUALIFICATION.
  • All flagrant or dangerous fouls, or excessive fouling, can result in the disqualification of a player or a team for the game or for the tournament.
  • Examples of disqualification decisions: non-sportive attitude, stormy discussion with referees or other staff, physical or verbal intimidation of opponents, spectators or obscene moves or language.
  • Referee and/or Tournament Manager decisions concerning disqualification are final.

  • Stalling
  • Stalling or failing to play actively by attempting to score shall be a violation.
  • It the court is equipped with a shot clock, a team must attempt a shot within 12 seconds. The clock shall start as soon as the ball is in the offensive players' hands (following the exchange with the defensive player or after a successful field goal underneath the basket).
  • If the court is not equipped with a shot clock and the team is not sufficiently trying to attack the basket, the referee shall give them a warning. On the second violation the other team shall be awarded the ball behind the arc.

  • How the Ball is played
  • Following each successful field goal or last free throw:
    • A player from a non-scoring team will resume the game by dribbling or passing the ball from inside the court directly underneath the basket (not from behind the end line) to a place on the court behind the arc.
    • Tapping away the ball by the scoring team after a made field goad or free throw shall be considered a delay of game and result in a technical foul.
  • Following each unsuccessful field goal or last free-throw:
    • If the offensive team rebounds the ball, it may continue to attempt to score without returning the ball behind the arc.
    • If the defensive team rebounds the ball, it must return the ball behind the arc (by passing or dribbling).
  • Following a steal, a turnover, etc.:
    • If it happens inside the arc, the ball must be passed or dribbled to a place behind the arc.
  • Possession of the ball given to either team following any dead ball situation other than a successful score shall start with an exchange of the ball (between the defensive and the offensive player) behind the arc at the top of the court.
  • The ball is considered as "behind the arc" when the offensive player in possession of the ball has both feet behind the two point line.
  • In the event of a jump ball situation, the defensive team shall be rewarded the ball.

  • Substitution
  • The substitution shall be permitted by any team when the ball becomes dead.
  • NO SUBSTITUTION OF REGISTERED PLAYERS WILL BE ALLOWED AFTER THE FIRST GAME HAS STARTED. Changes have to be made before the 1st game at the tournament board with a valid ID by the new player and the team captain. After the first game has started, no substitution(s) of team players will be allowed; even in case of injury and even if the team has only three (3) registered players.

  • Time-outs
  • There are no time-outs granted to any team at any time.

  • Score sheets
  • The captain of the winning team has to bring the official score sheet to the tournament board immediately after the game.

  • Tie-breaker Rules
  • If 2 teams have the same amount of wins: Head-to-head
  • If 3 or more teams have the same amount of wins:
    • Head-to-head among the tie-breaker teams (Games between tie-breaker teams will be counted only).
    • Point margin at the head-to-head games among tie-breaker teams (Games between tie-breaker teams will be counted only).
    • More points scored at the head-to-head games among tie-breaker teams (Games between tie-breaker teams will be counted only).
    • If two teams are still at a tie-break after the above-mentioned points, their head-to-head game will decide the better placed team.
  • A team which loses a game by forfeit (disqualification, no-show etc.) will automatically lose all tie-breakers.