Game Rules

We allow plenty of time for our games to be played according to standard high school rules. We encourage our IAABO officials to call the game consistent with these rules. We do deviate from the standard rules with the number of timeouts allowed during a game and in overtime situations. See rules below:

  • Home team is the first team listed
  • Game time:
    • Grades 7-12: 16 minute halves
    • Grades 3-6: 14 minute halves
    • 5 minute half time
  • Warm up:
    • 5 minutes
  • Timeouts:
    • 2 timeouts per half
    • no carryover
    • all timeouts are full (60 seconds)
  • Player Fouls:
    • 5 fouls in a game
  • Team Fouls:
    • Bonus begins at 10 team fouls in the half
    • 2 shots awarded when in bonus
    • Fouls reset at half
  • Technical fouls:
    • Standard in game rules
    • Second technical results in removal from gym for remainder of game
    • Three total technical fouls results in becoming ineligible for remainder of tournament
  • Overtime:
    • 1st OT: 3 minutes, 2nd OT: 2 minutes, 3rd OT: Golden Basket (first to score)
    • 1 timeout (60 second) per overtime period, no carryovers
    • Fouls continue as an extension of the second half
  • Game ball:
    • Best ball from either team
    • Standard size for boys (29.5) and girls (28.5)
    • 3rd-6th grade will use 28.5 ball unless both coaches agree to a larger ball
  • Official book:
    • Game officials will designate official book prior to start of the game
    • Official book keeper must sit at the scoring table
    • We encourage both teams to have a book at the table
  • Defense in the back court:
    • All levels may play full court defense
  • Mercy rule:
    • Sportsmanship should guide all coaches in this situation
    • Rule is not automatic
    • Running time can be applied in the following case:
      • Second half only
      • 20+ point differential
      • Coach of the losing team approves switching to running time
    • Clock remains running except for the following:
      • Free-throws
      • Time-outs (charged, injury, or officials’)
    • Start times:
      • Arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled start time
      • Games may start early if both teams and officials are present and ready to start
      • A 5 minute warmup period is allotted for games that are behind schedule

Team Responsibilities

  • Please be at your gym and ready to play at least 20 minutes before game time. Games can start earlier than scheduled game time if both teams and coaches are ready to play. The site administrator will determine game time if a conflict arises.
  • Both teams are encouraged to have a bookkeeper at the table
  • Teams must provide their own warm-up balls
  • Each team must have a coach on sidelines at all times. Please do not ask us to schedule games so a coach can coach two teams. You must have a coach for each team entered in the tournament.

General Rules

  • Water and sport drinks are allowed in the gyms
  • Site director and clock keeper will oversee games at each site. Any questions please see site director.
  • Teams must provide their own medical supply needs
  • Gyms will open at 7:30 each morning
  • Any person who does not show good sportsmanship will be asked to leave.
  • A championship trophy will be awarded in each age division

Championship Determination

Teams that finish undefeated will be declared champion in their age level bracket. If two teams finish 3-1 the champion will determined by the following criteria:

  1. Head to head competition between the 3-1 teams
  2. Point spread of wins over teams in the same bracket. Max point spread that will count in this calculation is 10 points.
  3. If the result is still a tie, co-champions will be declared

Final determination will be determined by the Rules Committee of the Kingdom Basketball Club.

Sportsmanship Award

Each year the Kingdom Basketball Club recognizes a team that stands out in the area of sportsmanship. The winner of this award, chosen by the officials and tournament personnel, is the team (players and coaches) that displays the best sportsmanship, positive attitude, and courteousness, both on the court and off, during the tournament.


We are so lucky to be able to play our games in these fine local gyms and support our local schools and athletes. Please show respect for all the facilities.

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