3 on 3 Basketball RULES

3 on 3 Basketball RULES

CSSA 3 on 3 Basketball

  • Games will be played on half a court with both teams playing into one basket.
  • Only 3 players from each team will be allowed on court at one time.
  • Rolling substitutions are allowed after a basket is scored or during a stop of play.
  • The referee will decide which team receives the first ball to start the game.
  • Whenever play starts or the ball re-enters play (ball knocked out of play, fouls, after a team scores) it is taken to the top of the court and one player from each team MUST ‘check’ the ball.
  • Once the ball has been ‘checked’ the player with the ball MUST pass the ball to a team mate.
  • Taking the ball back – should a change of possession occur during play (steal, pass interception, rebound off basket from another team’s shot etc) then the ball must be ‘taken back’ to the top of the court. Opposing players CANNOT attempt to get the ball while this is happening. Once the player places a foot over the designated line the ball becomes ‘live’ again and play continues.
  • Should a team score a basket after failing to ‘take the ball back’ then the basket will not count and possession of the ball will be given to the other team who will ‘take the ball back’.

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  • On all fouls except a shooting foul, the team not committing the foul will ‘check’ the ball.
  • The ball will change possession after a basket has been scored.
  • Unsportsmanlike fouls will be penalised by one free throw plus possession of the ball regardless of whether the free throw has been scored.
  • Shooting fouls shall be penalised with a free throw as follows:
  • If the free throw scores - the ball will be awarded to the defending team who will ‘take the ball back’.
  • If the free throw misses – the ball is retained by the attacking team who ‘take the ball back’.
  • The score is announced after each score.
  • Once static, a player has 4 seconds to pass, dribble or shoot.
  • Remember there is no physical contact, so if you touch an opponent while trying to get the ball it will be called as a foul: balls cannot be knocked out of players hands.
  • Before a free throw is taken all players must be behind the free throw line (approx 2.5m from basket). If the ball hits the rim on final free-throw, players from both sides can attempt to get the ball (although if it changes possession they must ‘take the ball back’).
  • Standard rules for double-dribble (a player dribbles the ball with both hands at the same time or they: stop, hold the ball, then start dribbling again) and travelling (if they hold the ball for more than two steps while moving): result foul – side line.
  • All games will be 2 periods of 7 minutes with an interval of 1 minute. 1 point for each basket.
  • League matches – 4 points for a win, 2 points for a draw, 1 point for a loss. Play-off matches - in the event of a tie (in a knock-out game only) 2 minutes extra time is played “golden basket” – ie. first team to score wins. In the event of a tie after 2 minutes, then 6 free-throws are taken. All players (including reserves) must take turns. If a team has less than 6 players (eg 4) the opposing team may match them (eg use their best 4 players only) and then the original players have second shots. If scores are level after this then sudden death free throws occurs.