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general rules

  • NPSC's 3 on 3 basketball league will be played 1/2 court with 3 players from each team on the court at a time.
  • Team rosters will consist of 4-6 players
  • The team wearing white or the lighter color will start the game with the ball at 1/2 court
  • Games will have 1 referee.
  • Each game will need 1 volunteer parent to run the scoreboard
  • Games will run 20 minutes with a running clock.
  • Each team will have 2 30-second timeouts per game

Playing time

Each game will have a running clock of 20 minutes. Clock will not be stopped for dead balls or foul shots.  Play will be stopped at approximate 5 minutes to allow for substitutions.  All players must play at least half of the game.  Coaches need to ensure all players play half of the game. 

Fouls/Free throws

Fouls called when a player is not shooting will result in the offended team taking the ball out of bounds.  Fouls called when a player is shooting will result in that player being awarded only 1 foul shot (whether the ball goes in or not, only 1 shot is awarded).  If a player receives 5 fouls, they will no longer be able to participate in the game.  There will be no ‘total team’ foul penalties, no one-and-one situations with foul shots.

How the Ball is Played

After the start of the game, once the ball is in play, when team 1 takes a shot at the basket, if team 1 gets the rebound, team 1 continues playing the ball.  If team 2 gets the rebound, team 2 must take the ball to the circle at half court and start their turn with the ball.  They can take the ball to half court by dribbling or passing to another player.

In the 7 & 8 division, there will be no pressing, and that team is allowed to take the ball to half court uncontested.  In all other age groups, the other team can make a play for the ball.


Each basket (field goal) made will count as 2 points.  Each free throw made will count as 1 point.  There will be no 3-point shots.

Basketball Size and Hoop Height

Basketball Size: 

Basketball SizeAge Division
27.5Ages 5-8
28.5Ages 9-12
29.5Ages 13-18

Hoop Heights: 

Hoop Height Age Division
8 FeetAges 5-8
10 feet9- High School


Substitutions can be done by either team when the ball becomes dead. The substitute can enter the game after his teammate steps off the court and establishes contact with him/her.
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