3x3 Rules

3x3 Rules

The approved official rules from FINA are valid for all situations not mentioned in these rules.

Item (1) – the court

The games are played on half court and one basketball backstop unit.

The zone includes a playing field according to the approved specifications of official courts; the free throw line is 5.800 m. and the arc of two points shoot is 6.75 m from the restricted area under the ring.

Item (2) – teams

Each team consists of 4 players; 3 players in the court and 1 substitution.

Item (3) – Game officials

Game officials consists of (1) referee, (1) time keeper, (1) one scorer.

Note: the organizing committee may appoint 2 referees instead of 1 for the game.

Item (4) - The start of the game

4.1 Both teams start warming before the game at the same time.

4.2 A coin flip determines which team has the right to possess the ball at the beginning of the game. The team who wins the coin flip has the right to choose whether having the possession at the beginning of the game or at the beginning of the extra time (if needed).

4.3 the game begins in case of the presence of 3 players at least at the court.

Note: item 4.3 & 4.6 are applied only in World and international Championships and their qualifications and they are not necessary to be applied in regular championships or festivals.

Item (5) - Scoring

5.1 Scoring a basket from inside the 2 points area is calculated of 1 point.

5.2 Scoring a basket from outside the 2 points area is calculated of 2 points.

5.3 Scoring a basket by a free throw is calculated of 1 point.

Item (6) - Duration of the game / the winner team

6.1 The regular playing time of the game is as follow:

- one half of 10 minutes. The clock stops in case of violations, and in case of free through then the time starts once the other time possesses the ball.

- The team who scores 21 points first is the winner of the game even if the regular time of the game does not end. This item is applied on the regular time of the game not on the extra time.

- In case of tie after the regular time, an extra time is played; there is an interval of 1 minute before the beginning of the extra time. The first team to score 2 points is the winner of the game and it is ended.

- Any team show up with less than 3 players in the determined time of a game is considered loser by forfeit.

Note: In case of the presence of electronic watch to control the stop time of the game (the mentioned cases in item 6.1) the organizing body has the right to determine the duration of the game. FIBA has the right to determine the duration according to the number of points (10 minutes / 10 points – 15 minutes / 15 points – 20 minutes / 20 points) and in that case time does not stop.

Item (7) – fouls / free throw

7.1 The team who commits 7 fouls is considered in the stage of free throw against him.

7.2 The player who commits 4 personal fouls should leave the court.

7.3 The attacking player is given 1 free throw if there is a foul committed against him while shooting from inside the arc of 2 points.

7.4 The attacking player is given 2 free throws if there is a foul committed against him while shooting from outside the arc of 2 points.

7.5 The attacking player is given 1 additional free throw in case of committing a foul against him while he is scoring a goal.

7.6 If the total personal fouls become 7 for a team, the other team has the right of free throws even if the foul is not during scoring a goal.

Item (8) - negative play (the procrastination)

8.1 The team who intends to play negatively or wasting the time or not playing to score on the basket will be charged by violation.

8.2 in case of the presence of electronic clock, the attacking team must end the attack within 12 seconds. The clock should start on the possession of the attacking team the ball from the defending team or under the basket after a successful try of scoring from the other team.

Note: if the court is not set up with electronic clock and the attacking team plays negatively, the game’s referee should warn him and start counting the last five seconds loudly.

Item (9) - How to play:

9.1 After a successful score or successful free throw,

The game starts after one player of the defending team receives the ball under the basket (not from the end line) and he must pass it or dribble it to outside the arc of 2 points shoot.

It is not allowed for the other team to make defense on the player who possesses the ball while he is on the restricted arc under the basket.

9.2 After unsuccessful shoot or unsuccessful free throw,

If the attacking team possesses the ball, he has the right to play directly without returning outside the 2 points shoot arc.

If the defending team possesses the ball, he should pass it or dribble it to outside the 2 points shoot arc.

9.3 after cutting the ball or doing a foul

If it happens inside the arc, the team who has the possession must pass the ball or dribble it to outside the arc.

9.4 if the time stops outside the arc at the top of the court the possession must be exchanged; this happens in all cases except in case of scoring.

9.5 The player is considered outside the court in the event that none of his feet are on the arc line or inside it.

9.6 The defending team possesses the ball (Jump ball) in case of holding the ball.

Item (10) – Players’ substitution

The substitution of players is only allowed in case of stopping the time.

Item (11) – Time out

Time out is allowed only once and for 30 seconds.

Any player has the right to request the time out only in case of stopping the time.

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