Rules & Procedures of Play

The official rules for all games at the National Championships are the FIBA playing rules. Please note the FIBA rules were updated in October 2014 to include a 14 second reset on offensive rebounds. To download a copy of the rules, please go to Below are some highlighted rules and exceptions adopted for the purpose of the 2018 National Championships:

  1. Players of participating teams must be declared prior to the opening game. Only those 12 declared players may be used for the duration of the championship.
  2. At the commencement of all games, participating teams must have one head coach and eight eligible players available and capable of starting play.
  3. The National Anthem shall be played before all games.
  4. Teams shall have two sets of uniforms of contrasting colours.
  5. Teams shall use numbers 0 and 00 and from 1 to 99. Players on the same team shall not wear the same number. Teams should have extra jerseys in the case of a lost or blood stained jersey.
  6. The home team in each preliminary (pool) game shall be the first team listed in the schedule of games. Teams will be re-ranked for playoffs and the home team shall be the higher ranking team.
  7. The home team will wear the light coloured jerseys; receive the bench to the left of the score table and the basket to the right of the score table.
  8. T-shirts are not permitted if
    1. they are a different colour;
    2. they extend beyond the arms of the uniform.
  9. Advertising on uniforms is allowed as per FIBA rules.
  10. The pre-game warm-up will be 20 minutes. Teams will go to their bench at the 6:00 minute mark. All 12 players and coaches will be individually introduced and then go out on the court (first player goes to far end of court). After the introductions the anthem will be played. After the anthem the teams will shake hands and then return to their warm-up at the 3:00 minute mark. With 1:30 left on the clock, both teams will return to the bench.
  11. Half-time will be 15 minutes in length.
  12. In the case of a tie between two or more teams at the end of pool play, the tiebreaking procedure to be followed will be the Classification of Teams guidelines as outlined in the FIBA basketball rules.
  13. At the 15U level, there will be a “no zone” rule modification; otherwise, all FIBA rules will be in effect. It is also suggested at the 15U level that all players get the opportunity to play in each game; however, this will not be enforced.