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Basketball Tournament Rules and Regulations



Team Rosters


  1. Team roster must be submitted 30 minutes prior to each game. Team roster is limited to 12 players. A teams roster becomes official and frozen at the end of the teams 2nd game.  Teams will not be permitted to participate until all fees have been paid. 

  2. All teams must wear basketball jerseys during their games. Each jersey must have the same color and they must have numbers. Basketball shoes must be worn. All jewelry must be removed. Necklaces, earrings and watches can not be worn during the game.

  3. The team coaches are entirely responsible to make sure that their players fully understand tournament rules and regulations. All coaches are responsible for having legal proof of age documentation (birth certificate) and proof of student status (school photo ID).

  4. Each participating team must have an adult coach on the bench at all times. All players must have signed a wavier/liability form and an official roster sheet prior to the start of the first game.


Entry Fee


  1. The entry fee deadline is due before the 1st game. Cash, Venmo, Cash App or Money orders only. No personal checks. Entry fees are non-refundable.


Playing Rules

  1. Coaches MUST confirm ALL numbers in the book prior to the start of the game. Games will not start before the scheduled time without the consent of both teams’ head coaches.

  2. Two 20-minute running time halves. Clock stops during the last two-minutes of the second half.

  3. Each team gets 4 timeouts per game (2 full, 2-30 second), and an additional timeout per OT period. Timeouts will carry over into overtime.

  4. On 10th foul in each half, opposing team will shoot 1 and 1. On 12th and each additional foul, opposing team will shoot 2 free throws. 2 free throws are shot for a technical foul.

  5. In 3rd and 4th grade (and all divisions labeled Elementary), players are allowed to jump over the free throw line as long as the ball is released from behind the line.

  6. 3-minute warm up period before the game and 2-minute halftime.

  7. Any coach or player receiving two technical fouls will be ejected from the game. All further disciplinary action will be determined by the tournament director.

  8. Overtime will be 2 minutes with stop time. After 2 overtimes teams will go into sudden death except in Championship games and all games at Big 6 State Tournaments and Big 6 Finals. Personal fouls carry over into overtime. Team fouls do not carry over into overtime.

  9. Players will be disqualified once they have committed their 5th foul.

  10. Girls and Boys will have a 10-second back court violation.

  11. All girls and 3rd-6th grade boys will use a 28.5 ball. All boys 7th grade and older will use a 29.5 ball. If both coaches agree to use a 29.5, Big 6  will allow this.

  12. Pressing is allowed for all grade levels. No pressing in any grade level is allowed if the lead is 25 points or greater.

  13. When determining the teams who advance to playoffs: In a two team tie, if the teams have played each other, head to head is used. If they have not, tie breaker goes to point differential (if also tied in point differential, then points allowed and then points scored). In the case of a three team tie, point differential is used then standard tie breaker rules apply. In the case of a tie determining playoff advancement when only one team has a forfeit victory, point differentials against common opponent(s) will be used to settle the tie.

  14. Players are only allowed to play on one team; however, a player may also play on one additional team as long it is ABOVE their age group and WITHIN their program. A player CANNOT play on more than one team in one age group. Big 6 must be notified in writing prior to Friday before the tournament if a player is playing on multiple teams (playing up age group) within the same program.

  15. A player must play in at least one pool play game in order to play in bracket play.

  16. If a team forfeits a game, they CANNOT advance from Pool Play.

  17. We expect all players, coaches, parents, spectators, and staff to act in an appropriate manner. If a situation arises Big 6  staff may remove a person from the site.

  18. Big 6 will provide the clock for each game. It is the home team’s responsibility to provide the book. (Home team is the first team listed on the schedule). If neither team provides a book, the Big 6 scorekeeper will be used as the official scorer.

  19. Teams are allowed 2 bench personnel for games, Teams will be given 2 coach wristbands and are required to wear them in order to enter the gym, see ticket person at each site for coach’s badges.

  20. In all other situations, High School rules will be applied.

  21. Up to a 15-minute grace period is allowed from the scheduled start time of a game at the Big 6 site director’s discretion. Additional time will be allotted if a team is coming from another game at a separate Big 6 facility.

  22. In the situation of a physical altercation, any player who leaves the bench to participate is ejected and suspended for the following game. Additionally, if a player initiates or participates in a physical altercation, they are ejected and suspended for the following game. Lastly, in the occasion where a team with multiple players engage in a physical altercation, the team will be suspended for the following game. 

  23. Site director/tournament director will have final discretion in all rulings.

*Big 6 is not responsible for any lost or stolen items at events* 



  1. All participates, coaches and spectators shall refrain from using profanity or verbal abuse towards other players, coaches, spectators, referees and the tournament staff.

  2. This is a Drug and Alcohol Free Event. No alcoholic beverages or drugs are allowed on the premises. Any coach or player(s) engaged in the use of alcohol or drugs will be disqualified from further participation in the tournament.

  3. Team coaches will be responsible for the conduct of their players. Teams and spectators shall abide by the tournament rules and regulations.

  4. No food or beverages are allowed in the gymnasium. Only water and sport drinks will be permitted.

  5. The Tournament Director and the tournament staff are not responsible for any personal items that are left behind, lost or stolen.




  1. Fighting is an attempt to strike an opponent with the arms, hands, legs, feet or a combative action by one or more players, a coach or other team personnel. Any member or team personnel who participates in a fight shall be immediately suspended from the game for the duration to be determined by the Tournament Director and their Associates. Length of suspension will be assessed on an individual basis and may be up to six months in duration.

  2. Let it be known that spectators and visitors who too elect to involve themselves in a fight during a game, will be suspended from the facility for a length of time to be determined by the Tournament Director and their Associates.

  3. Should any team, player(s) or coach be disqualified from tournament play, there will be no refunds.


Protest Procedure


  1. A protest of a particular player must be made by the opposing team (not including parents or fans) prior to the start of the game. Teams must submit a protest fee of $100. The $100 will be refunded if the protest is upheld and the player is found to be ineligible and/or if eligibility cannot be verified. Funds are forfeited if the protest is not upheld. Teams being protested must produce a document or ID showing the players grade for the player being challenged. Failure to produce the proper documentation will result in an automatic player disqualification for that particular player from any further games within the tournament.

  2. Only the opposing teams coach who is playing the scheduled game can protest a players eligibility. Player eligibility protest must be taken to the scorers table before the start of the game. Documentation/proof must be presented upon request. If the coach cannot provide proper proof of grade for their player(s) being protested, then player(s) will not be allowed to participate until proof is provided.

  3. The game will not be stopped to handle the protest. If the player(s) show up late and the opposing teams coach wants to protest the player(s). That protest will take place at half time only. If the player(s) being protested at half time cannot provide proper proof of grade then the player(s) must sit until proof can be provided and that team will be charged with a technical foul. As a result, the opposing team will get two free throws and the ball.

Refund Policy

  1.  If a team drops out of a tournament prior to the entry deadline, a full refund will be issued.

  2. No refunds or transfers will be issued after the tournament entry deadline.

  3.  If a tournament should have to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e. weather, facility issues, etc.) a prorated portion of your entry fee will be returned based on the number of games played.

  4.  If a tournament is cancelled, with no games played, due to unforeseen circumstances, teams can elect a 75% refund of their entry fee or have 100% of their entry fee applied to a future B6YS event.

Forfeit Policy

  1. Any team forfeiting a game will incur a $100 fine for each forfeited game. Forfeiting a game will also place a team on probation. Forfeiting a game on any subsequent weekend will result in a $100 fine and immediate suspension from further B6YS participation.


Tournament Director


  1. The Tournament Director has the right to alter rules, bylaws and bracket structure as needed.

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