2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11

FIBA 3x3 Rules of the Game

Team roster
Four (4) players.
Three (3) + One (1) substitute.
Game must start with 3 (three) players in elite competitions.
Game duration
10 minutes total playing time.

Note: if a game clock is not available, running time length is at organizer's discretion. FIBA recommends setting score limit in line with the game duration [10 minutes/10 points; 15 minutes/15 points; 20 minutes/21 points].
Initial possession
Coin flip.

Note: the team that wins the coin flip decides whether it takes the ball or leaves it, in order to get it in a potential overtime.
Overtime
First team to score two (2) points wins the game.
Scoring
One (1) and Two (2) pointers.

Note: a regular field goal is worth one point, a field goal beyond the arc is worth two points, a free throw is worth one point.
Shot clock
12 seconds.

Note: if a shotclock device is not available, referee to warn and count down the 5 (five) last seconds.
Score limit
21 points.

Note: The first team in regulation time to score 21 points, regardless of time remaining, is declared the winner.
Possession following a successful field goal
Defense possession right underneath the hoop, ball to be dribbled or passed to a player behind the arc.
Defensive team not allowed to play for the ball inside the "no-charge semi-circle area underneath the basket.
Possession following a dead ball
Check ball Exchange behind the arc (at the top).
Following a turnover, a defensive rebound, etc.
Ball to be dribbled/passed behind the arc.
Following a jumpball situation
Defense possession.
Following a shooting foul
One (1) free-throw.
Two (2) free-throws, if foul committed behind the arc.
Foul limit per team
Seven (7).

NOTE: In order to minimize situations with fewer than three players per team on the court, fouling out of individual players has been eliminated. Because of this, the punishment for team fouling has increased. Team fouls 7, 8 and 9 shall always be awarded with 2 free throws. The 10th and any subsequent team foul will be always awarded with 2 free throws and ball possession.

Penalty situation
One (1) free-throw.

NOTE: In order to minimize situations with fewer than three players per team on the court, fouling out of individual players has been eliminated. Because of this, the punishment for team fouling has increased. Team fouls 7, 8 and 9 shall always be awarded with 2 free throws. The 10th and any subsequent team foul will be always awarded with 2 free throws and ball possession.

Substitutions
In dead ball situations only. Teammates must have contact (high five) before a substitution may take place.
Referee(s)
One (1).

Note: organizer may appoint two (2).
Time/Score keeper(s)
Two (2).
Time-outs
One (1) per team, 30 seconds.
Game Ball
All games are played with a size 6 basketball.

Notes:

  • A player is considered to be "behind the arc if neither of his feet are inside nor step on the arc.
  • Official FIBA Basketball Rules apply for all game situations not specifically mentioned above.