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

Rules of the Game Presented By State Farm Auto Insurance

  • Duration of Game: Four, 10 minute quarters

  • Overtime Duration: 5 minutes

  • Length of Halftime: 15 minutes

  • Duration Between First-Second and Third-Fourth Periods: 2 minutes

  • Court Length: 91 feet, 10 inches x 49 feet, 2.5 inches

  • Size of Lane: 16 feet, 1 inch x 19 feet, 0.3 inches

  • Three-Point FG Distance: 22 feet, 1.75 inches

  • No Charge Semicircles: Yes (1.25m from center of basket)

  • Shot Clock: 24 seconds

  • Shot Clock Reset: FG attempt hits rim

  • Back Court Violation: 8 seconds

  • Game Clock Stops after Successful FG: Last two minutes of 4th period

  • Player Foul Limit: 5

  • Bonus Free Throw: 5th foul per period (two FTs)

  • Number of Players Permitted On Free Throw Lane: 5 (three defensive, two offensive)

  • Jump Ball: Teams alternate possession after opening tip-off

  • Closely Guarded For Five Seconds: Yes, while holding the ball

  • Legal Alley-Oop: Yes

  • Touch Ball On/Above Cylinder: Yes

  • Timeouts - Non-TV Game: Two 60-second in the 1st and 2nd quarters, three 60-second in the 3rd and 4th quarters

  • Timeouts - TV Game: Up to one additional TV timeout is permissible per quarter. Teams get two 60-second in the 1st and 2nd quarters, 3 60-second in the 3rd and 4th quarters

  • Timeouts - Overtime: 1 additional 60-second

  • Timeouts Called By: Coach

  • Number of Referees: Two (three can be used in competitions if the Zone or host federation wish to)

  • Size of Basketball: Women's: size 6 || Men's: size 7

  • Legal Jersey Numbers: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

  • Official FIBA Rules & International Court Diagram (PDF)
  • FIBA 3x3 Rules

    NOTE: for the complete FIBA 3x3 rules, please go to FIBA.com



    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, field goal beyond the arc is worth two points.
    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 steal, 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 player
    Four (4).
    Foul limit per team
    Seven (7).
    Penalty situation
    One (1) free-throw.
    Substitutions
    In dead ball situations.
    Referee(s)
    One (1).

    Note: organizer may appoint two (2).
    Time/Score keeper(s)
    Two (2).
    Time-outs
    One (1) per team, 30 seconds.

    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