Tournament rules – adult

Adult Basketball Tournament Rules

TEAM CHECK-IN
All teams must check in at the Star of the North Games registration headquarters before your first game.

CHECK-IN HOURS:
Friday, June 27: 2 pm – 8pm
Saturday, June 28: open at 7am

Headquarters for the 2014 Games will be located in the Husky Den inside the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on the campus of St Cloud State University. This is a new and beautiful location for our Games headquarters! The address is 1204 – 4th Ave S., St. Cloud, MN 56301.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO HEADQUARTERS:

From I-94: Take Exit 171 into St. Cloud. Follow Stearns County Road 75 for 3.5 miles. Turn right at the intersection of County Road 75 and Cooper Avenue. This roadway becomes University Drive. Drive east on University Drive for about 14 blocks. Turn right on Fifth Ave S. (roundabout here). Halenbeck Hall is on SE corner of this intersection. Herb Brooks National Hockey Center will be on your left. Park for free in the K Lot directly across the street from the hockey arena. Walk in the glass doors. The Husky Den is one level up.

From US Highway 10: Coming from the Twin Cities, turn left on Highway 301/Minnesota Blvd SE (at the State Prison) (directional sign for Clemons Munsinger Gardens), or Coming from the north, turn right on Minnesota Blvd SE (at the State Prison). Stay on this road until it turns right at Riverside Park and becomes Killian Blvd SE. Turn left on University/10th St S. (light here). Cross Mississippi River. Turn left on Fifth Ave S. (roundabout here). Halenbeck Hall is on the SE corner of this intersection.  The Herb Brooks National Hockey Center will be on your left. Park for free in the K Lot directly across the street from the hockey arena. Walk in the glass doors. The Husky Den is one level up.

HEADQUARTERS HOURS:
Friday, June 27: 2 pm-8 pm.
Saturday, June 28: 7 am-5 pm.
Sunday, June 29: 7 am- noon.

WHAT TO BRING TO CHECK-IN

You will need to bring the following items to check-in:
• Team roster
• Signed waivers sheet.
• Each team must present their completed rosters and have paid their entry fee in full before playing their first game.

DESCRIPTION OF TOURNAMENT FORMAT

The Star of the North Games basketball tournament will follow one of three formats:

1) Divisions with six or more teams will play two games in pool play, and then proceed into single-elimination playoffs according to the protocol outlined in “G” below.

2) Five-team divisions will play a round-robin schedule, with medal standings determined by overall record.

3) Four-team divisions will play a round-robin schedule, followed by gold and bronze medal games.

Each team will play a minimum of three games.

ENTRY CRITERIA AND ELIGIBILITY

1. Open to all Minnesota residents.

2. A player may be rostered on only ONE team.

3. The NCAA allows Division I, II and III athletes to participate in all sports in “officially recognized” state games. Star of the North Games is officially recognized because we are a full member of the National Congress of State Games.

The specific by-law that addresses State Games eligibility at each level is:

Division I: 14.7.3.1 (f).

Division II: 14.7.5.1 (f).

Division III: 14.7.3.1 (f).

The Star of the North Games would be happy to provide a web-link to a full copy of the NCAA bylaws upon request.

4. The Star of the North Games accepts community-based teams, school teams, AAU teams, and teams affiliated with other leagues and programs.

5. Teams representing border communities adjacent to North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa or Wisconsin may roster a maximum of two out-of-state players, provided those players have been previously playing as members of the intact team. If asked, teams should be prepared to show a season roster, score sheets, or news articles verifying those players’ previous participation with the intact team.

6. The tournament director reserves the right to combine A & B divisions if a division has less than four registered teams.

PROCEDURES

1. For the pool play portion of the tournament, the team listed on the left side of the schedule is considered the home team. For the playoffs, the team listed at on the top line of the bracket is considered the home team. The home team must have an alternate-colored jersey available and be prepared to change, if in the opinion of the game officials, there is a color conflict.

2. The Star of the North Games basketball tournament runs on a very tight schedule. All teams are requested to arrive at the venue well ahead of their scheduled game time — at least 15 minutes prior to the start of their game.

3. Each team MUST provide a non-rostered volunteer to keep either the scorebook or act as the timekeeper.

4. All game officials will be expected to start the games on time. If a team is late the venue manager will report the absence to tournament headquarters. The tournament director has full authority to declare a grace period, to declare a forfeit, or to adjust the length of the halves, depending on tournament schedule requirements. Only the tournament director may declare a forfeit, and this decision is not subject to protest. Game referees do not have the authority to declare a forfeit.

5. Warm ups may begin as soon as the preceding game has been completed. However, games will not be started late to accommodate a warm-up.

6. Teams must provide their own basketballs for practices and warm ups.

7. It is the responsibility of the home team to provide a game ball.

8. Women’s divisions will use a 28.5 game ball. Men’s divisions will use a regulation men’s ball.

9. Upon the conclusion of each game, the winning coach and at least one referee must verify the accuracy and legibility of the score sheet. Upon verification, they must then sign the score sheet. If the venue manager cannot read the scorebook, there may be mistakes in score reporting. Please make every effort to guarantee accurate score reporting by ensuring that the scorebooks are correctly filled out and legible.

10. An individual player may be rostered on only one team.

SPORTSMANSHIP

1. All players, coaches, and spectators are expected to show respect toward game officials, players, fans, and tournament volunteers and staff. Verbal and/or physical abuse, including profanity, will not be tolerated. Any misconduct may result in disqualification from the tournament for the individual(s) and/or team involved.

2. Further, it is expected that all adults, family members and fans in a team’s delegation set an example of good sportsmanship, and if necessary, enforce a spirit of good sportsmanship and respect among their team and its supporters.

RULES

Unless otherwise specified, the Star of the North Games basketball tournament will be played under the rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations.

1. Each game will consist of two 16-minutes halves.

2. One five (5) minute break between halves.

3. The first overtime will be two (2) minutes stop time. In pool play, the second overtime will be sudden death — the first team to score wins. In the medal round (playoffs), there will be no sudden death; two (2) minute overtimes will continue to be played until a winner is determined.

4. Each team will be allowed two (2) 60-second time-outs and one (1) 30-second time out per game. One (1) 60-second time-out is allowed per overtime period, with no carry-over of time outs from regulation or previous overtime periods.

5. The three-point shot will be allowed where it is marked on the gym floor.

6. A full-court press is not allowed by teams holding a lead of 20 or more points.

7. Zone defense will be allowed at all levels.

8. The timekeeper will institute running time in the second half, if one team leads by 20 points or more. Stop time will resume if the lead drops to or below 15 points.

9. Bonus free throws (one-and-one) will be shot on the seventh (7th) team foul of each half. Two (2) free throws will be shot beginning with the tenth (10th) team foul of each half.

10. In a free-throw situation, adult players may enter the lane upon the release of the ball.

11. A team cannot start a game with less than four players.

12. All players must appear on the official roster, or they will not be allowed to play. A player may be rostered, and play for, only one team. No double-rostering allowed.

PROTESTS AND PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

1. No protests will be allowed on any competition rules or judgment calls made by the game officials. All decisions made by the game officials are final.

2. Only protests regarding player eligibility will be heard by the tournament committee. The tournament committee shall consist of the Star of the North basketball sport director, the sport commissioner, and the sport coordinator, or their designated substitutes.

3. Disqualifications will begin from the point when a player is determined to be ineligible and will not affect prior results or change a team’s record.

4. Rosters are frozen at the time of check-in. No players may be added after a team has checked in.

PLAYOFF FORMAT:

1. The teams in each division will be divided into three-team or four-team pools.

2. Each team will play two pool-play games.

3a. For divisions with 12 teams or fewer, pool standings will determine each team’s seeding into one single-elimination medal playoff.

3b. For divisions with 13-24 teams, pool standings will determine each team’s seeding into two single-elimination medal playoffs, blue and red.

• In a three-team pool:
a. The #1 and #2 teams will be seeded into the Blue playoff bracket.
b. The #3 team will be seeded into the Red playoff bracket.

• In a four-team pool:
a. The #1 and #2 teams will be seeded into the Blue playoff bracket.
b. The #3 and #4 teams will be seeded into the Red playoff bracket.

3c. For divisions with more than 24 teams, pool standings will determine each team’s seeding into three single-elimination medal playoffs, blue, red and white.

• In a three-team pool:
a. The #1 team will be seeded into the Blue playoff bracket.
b. The #2 team will be seeded into the Red playoff bracket.
c. The #3 team will be seeded into the White playoff bracket.

• In a four-team pool:
a. The #1 and #2 teams will be seeded into the Blue playoff bracket.
b. The #3 team will be seeded into the Red playoff bracket.
b. The #4 team will be seeded into the White playoff bracket.

4. Pool standings will be determined by the following format:
a. Overall won-loss record (most wins); b. Head-to-head competition; c. Total point differential using all pool-play games (maximum of 20 points per game); d. Total points scored; e. Coin flip

5. In case three teams in a pool have a 1-1 record in pool play, the tie shall be broken by applying “c,” “d,” and “e,” in that order. In a three-team tiebreaker, if one team loses a tiebreak, it will receive the lowest seed and the tie between the remaining two teams will be broken by the results of their head-to-head match.

6. In case of a four-team tiebreak, the tie shall be broken by applying “c,” “d,” and “e,” in that order.

DETERMINING YOUR TEAM’S POOL PLAY SEEDING

Teams will need to know how they finished in their pool to determine the time and location of their first playoff game. Coaches needing to know their pool result may use any of the following options:

a. Send a representative of your team to the site hosting the final game in your pool. In many cases the result of this game will determine the pool result for all teams. (In a three-team pool, teams finishing 2-0, 1-1, and 0-2 will finish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively.)

b. Stop by Star of the North Games Basketball HQ. Official pool results will be posted about ONE HOUR after the conclusion of the final game in the pool.

c. Check the website: www.starofthenorthgames.org. Scores will be updated frequently throughout the tournament.

d. Call the basketball HQ at TBA. NO CALLS until ONE HOUR has elapsed after the conclusion of the final pool game. This allows time for the score sheet to be reported to headquarters, and for the tournament staff to process the game result. We recommend that you designate ONE representative of your team to call on behalf of the entire team. This will ease congestion on the phone system, and improve service for all.

MEDALS

Gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded in the blue playoff brackets. Gold and silver medals will be awarded in the red and white division playoff brackets. There will be no bronze medal games in the red and white divisions.

VENUES

Halenbeck Hall on the campus of St. Cloud State University, 1100 4th Ave S, St. Cloud, MN 56301.
Other venues may be added after registration closes.

ATHLETIC TRAINERS

Athletic trainers will be on duty at a location to be announced later. The trainers will be available during the times games are being held. It is the responsibility of each team to provide their own non-emergency medical supplies, including bandages, ice, and water.

MINNESOTA CONCUSSION LAW

This tournament requires compliance with Minnesota Statue 121A.37 in accordance with the Youth Concussion Policies. All participating coaches and referees are required to take concussion training. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a free, online course entitled Concussion Training for Coaches (and referees), accessible by the following link: www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.html

MEDICAL SUPPLIES

All teams are responsible for supplying their own:

• Ice (Please fill a cooler at home or at your hotel each morning.)

• Water and other sports beverages.

• Basic first aid supplies (bandages, gauze, tape, rubber gloves, etc.)

Each basketball venue manager will have access to a first aid kit. Each venue also has running water. However in addition, if each team takes responsibility for bringing their own supplies, service will improve for all.

Sports medicine service and trainers are provided on an on-call basis. All emergency medical situations will be handled by calling “911”.

ALL-EVENTS PASSES

Passes are required for admission to all Star of the North Summer Games events and may be purchased for $10 per person at registration check-in, or at any of the venues. Admission is free for children 12 and under. All athletes and up to two coaches per team receive a credential for free admission to all competitions and events during the Summer Games.

TOURNAMENT CONTACT INFORMATION

2014 Star of the North Summer Games Registration Office (Registration, financial questions, hotels, driving directions, etc.)

Until June 27, 2014:
1700 – 105th Ave NE
Blaine, MN 55449
763.785.5603
sgames@mnsports.org
www.starofthenorthgames.org

 

During the tournament, headquarters will be located at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
General HQ number: TBA
Basketball tournament HQ number: TBA

Star of the North Games Basketball Commissioner (Rules interpretations, tournament format and schedule)

Tom Schiller, Star of the North Basketball Commissioner
612.718.4103 (prior to June 27)
763.233.9072 (during the tournament, June 28-29)
tschiller@mchsi.com

 

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