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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. HOW DO I REGISTER MY TEAM?

A. Register your team HERE! Registration requires basic team and coach information, acknowledgment of tournament standards and team entry fee. Submit one registration form per team.  

Following registration, all teams will be sent instructions to complete roster verification on National Sports ID. The deadline to complete team verification is July 6, 2022.  To be placed on the tournament schedule, a team must have its roster verified.

Q. WHAT IS ROSTER VERIFICATION?

A. To ensure fair play and provide a safe competition environment, USA Basketball requires all teams to undergo roster verification of players and coaches/bench personnel.  Roster verification includes:

  • All players must hold player accounts on National Sports ID (headshot photo, age verification documentation, school grade verification documentation) and receive eligibility verification; 

  • All coaches/bench personnel must create coach accounts on National Sports ID and obtain a USA Basketball Coach License (either gold or associate level);

  • Players and coaches/bench personnel must ALL be listed on your National Sports ID roster and ALL sign the tournament waiver.

Q. WHAT DOCUMENTS CAN BE USED FOR PLAYER AGE AND GRADE VERIFICATION?

A. Grade verification will be proven by a school report card and age verification will be proven by either a birth certificate or passport. If alternate forms of verification are needed, the NSID team will guide you through approved options.

Q. WHAT ARE THE TOURNAMENT REQUIREMENTS?

 

A. Tournament requirements include:

  • All coaches/bench personnel must hold a valid USA Basketball coach license prior to competition (either the gold or associate level);

  • All coaches/bench personnel must abide by the USA Basketball coaches code of conduct and SafeSport policies;

  • All athletes must be verified as eligible by the age and/or grade player segmentation criteria for the team’s division of competition;

  • Team rosters may not exceed 15 personnel in total, including all players and coaches. The roster must include at minimum 1 licensed coach and a maximum of 14 players;

  • Team must be ready to play at any time on Wednesday, July 13.

Q. WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?

A. All registration transactions are final. There will be no refunds provided, unless the tournament must be canceled by USA Basketball. Should a cancellation occur, USA Basketball will refund all entry fees.

Q. ARE THERE MULTI-TEAM DISCOUNTS? 

A. For programs that are bringing 3 or more teams to this year’s U.S. Open Basketball Championships, all under the same program name, USA Basketball will offer a $50 refund per team upon successful participation of all teams at the championships.

Teams will each register upfront through the normal channel paying the $550 registration fee at onset, and listing the same organization/program affiliation name.  Once the championships end, assuming all teams remain in good standing throughout, USA Basketball will process a return amount of $50 for each registration.

The multi-team discount cannot be combined with any early bird special pricing. The $50 refund will only apply to teams that paid $550.

Q. WHAT IS THE GAME GUARANTEE AND SCHEDULE LAYOUT?

A. All teams will have a four game guarantee which could take place in any of the rounds. The schedule layout will be determined based on final team sign ups.  Typically, pool play falls on Wednesday-Friday and bracket play begins on Saturday.  However, this is dependent on pool size and number of games. Advancement to Sunday is based on bracket play outcomes.

Q. IS THIS TOURNAMENT OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL TEAMS?

A. Yes. Any team, including international teams, can enter the U.S. Open Basketball Championships provided they meet the team eligibility criteria.

Q. DOES EVERY TEAM PLAY WEDNESDAY?

A. All teams must be prepared to play at any time on Wednesday. We will try to start as late as possible and likely not all teams will play this date. However, we ask all teams to schedule accordingly as they may be placed on the schedule at any time on Wednesday.

Q. HOW COMPETITIVE DO YOU EXPECT THE DIVISIONS TO BE? 

A. The U.S. Open Basketball Championships are open to teams of all ability levels. We see a wide range of community based teams all the way up to teams structured for travel basketball and elite competition. You can read some of the program names who have participated in the past HERE.  

Q. IS THERE A DRESS CODE?

A. All bench personnel must adhere to the coaches dress code by wearing a shirt with a collar, dress pants, slacks or khaki pants, dress shorts or khaki shorts or dress skirts and closed-toe shoes. 

Prohibited attire while sitting on bench:

  • Sandals

  • Open-toed shoes

  • Hats or head attire (unless religious headwear)

  • Sweatpants, track pants, leggings, joggers

  • Athletic shorts 

Q. IS THIS A STAY-TO-PLAY EVENT?  DO YOU OFFER PREFERRED HOTELS?

A. We allow teams to make whatever accommodations best fit into their travel plans for the U.S. Open Basketball Championships.  The U.S. Open Basketball Championships is NOT a stay-to-play event. However, we do work on preferred rates at several properties. Hotels that have offered preferred rates for this event can be viewed HERE.


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