Sign ups for the 2019 3-on-3 Tournament are now closed.

The 3rd Annual Cuyahoga Falls 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament was Saturday, August 24 at 12 p.m., at Lions Park, 641 Silver Lake Avenue.

The 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is a project of the Cuyahoga Falls Neighborhood Excellence Initiative that is being organized by Neighborhood Ambassador Alex Hall.

Coed teams are encouraged to sign up to play in this officiated event. There is no entry fee to participate. Teams consist of four persons including three players and one alternate and are placed in one of two brackets. The adult bracket is for ages 18 and over and the youth bracket is for ages 14 through 17. If a player is over the age of 17 but enrolled in high school, they are qualified to play on a youth team. Teams must submit a registration form no later than Friday, August 16.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering to be a referee, scorekeeper, timekeeper, or joining the set-up or tear down crews are welcome to join us the day of the event.

For more information, or to volunteer, call Alex Hall at (330) 842-6619, or email

Rules of the Game

  • Each team consists of three players and one substitute.

  • The game is played on a half-court, with one basket.
  • The basketball is unique to 3 x 3, and is used in all competitions, whether men's, women's, or mixed. Its circumference of 727–734 mm/28.5–29.0 in is that of the size 6 basketball used in the women's full-court game. However, its weight is that of the size 7 standard (circumference of 749–780 mm/29.5–30.7 inches) used in the men's full-court game.
  • A shot clock will not be used.
  • A jump ball is not used to start the game. Instead, a coin toss is held immediately before the game. The winning team can choose to take possession of the ball at the start of the game, or take the first possession of a potential overtime period.
  • There are no jump balls at any time in the game; neither is there an alternating possession rule. In any held ball situation, the defensive team is granted possession.
  • Every successful shot inside the arc is awarded one point, while every successful shot behind the arc is awarded two points.
  • The game is a single period of 10 minutes with sudden death at 21 points. The winner is the first team to score 21 or the team with the highest score at the end of the 10 minutes. A tie in regulation leads to an un-timed overtime period, which is won by the first team to score two points in overtime. Note that if a game is tied at 20 at the end of regulation, reaching 21 does not end the game.
  • Game play starts with the defensive team exchanging the ball with the offensive team behind the arc. This exchange is also used to restart the game from any dead ball situation. If a foul is committed that results in the non-fouling team retaining possession — i.e., a technical or "unsportsmanlike" foul (the latter essentially the same as the "flagrant foul" of North American rule sets) — the non-fouling team will receive the exchange.
  • If the defense gains possession of the ball within the arc, by a steal, a block or a rebound, the team must move the ball behind the arc before being allowed to take a shot.
  • After a made goal or free throw (except for technical or unsportsmanlike fouls and team fouls 10 or more), play restarts with a player from the non-scoring team taking the ball directly under the basket and then dribbling or passing it to a point behind the arc. The defense is not allowed to play for the ball inside the block/charge semi-circle under the basket.
  • No dunking will be allowed.
  • The only common feature between the substitution procedure in full-court and 3x3 is that it can occur only in a dead ball situation. In 3x3, a substitute can only enter from behind the end line opposite the basket, and the substitution becomes official once the player leaving the game has made physical contact with the substitute. Unlike the full-court game, no action from referees or table officials is required.
  • Each team is allowed one timeout (The officials may still stop the game in case of player injury or other dangerous situations, as in the standard FIBA rules).
  • Individual personal foul counts are not kept. In other words, players cannot be disqualified on the basis of personal fouls; however, a player who commits two unsportsmanlike fouls is disqualified.
  • Fouls during the act of shooting inside the arc are awarded 1 free throw, whilst fouls during the act of shooting behind the arc are awarded 2 free throws. However, team fouls 7, 8, and 9 are awarded two free throws, whilst team fouls 10 or more are awarded two free throws and possession of the ball.
  • Technical fouls (including unsportsmanlike fouls) result in two free throws plus possession of the ball.


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