3x3 Rules of the Game:

The Official FIBA Basketball Rules of the Game are valid for all game situations not specifically mentioned in the 3x3 Rules of the Game herein.

1. § – Court and Ball

The game will be played on a 3x3 basketball court with 1 basket. A regular 3x3 court playing surface is 15m (width) x 11m (length). The court shall have a regular basketball playing court sized zone, including a free throw line (5.80m), a two point line (6.75m) and a “no-charge semi-circle” area underneath the one basket. Half a traditional basketball court may be used.

The official 3x3 ball shall be used in all categories.

Note: at grassroots level, 3x3 can be played anywhere; court markings – if any are used – shall be adapted to the available space

2. § – Teams

Each team shall consist of 4 players (3 players on the court and 1 substitute).

3. § – Game Officials

The game officials shall consist of 1 or 2 referees and time/score keepers.

4. § – Beginning of the Game

Note: articles 4.3 and 6.4 apply to FIBA 3x3 Official Competitions* only (not mandatory for grassroots events). * FIBA Official Competitions are Olympic Tournaments, 3x3 World Championships (incl. U18), Zone Championships (incl. U18), the 3x3 World Tour and 3x3 All Stars

5. § – Scoring

6. § – Playing time/Winner of a Game

Note: if a game clock is not available the running time’s length and/or required points for sudden death is at the organizer’s discretion. FIBA recommends setting the score limit in line with the game’s duration (10 minutes/10 points; 15 minutes/15 points; 21 minutes/21 points).

7. § – Fouls/Free throws

Note: no free throws are awarded after offensive foul.

8. § – How the Ball is played

Following each successful field goal or last free throw (except those followed by ball possession): Following each unsuccessful field goal or last free throw (except those followed by ball possession): If the defensive team steals or blocks the ball, it must return the ball behind the arc (by passing or dribbling)

Possession of the ball given to either team following any dead ball situation shall start with a check-ball, i.e. an exchange of the ball (between the defensive and the offensive player) behind the arc at the top of the court.

A player is considered to be “behind the arc” when neither of his feet are inside nor step the arc.

In the event of a jump ball situation, the defensive team shall be rewarded the ball.

9. § – Stalling

10. § – Substitutions

Substitutions can be done by any team when the ball becomes dead, prior to the check-ball or free throw. The substitute can enter the game after his teammate steps off the court and establishes a physical contact with him. Substitutions can only take place behind the end line opposite the basket and substitutions require no action from the referees or table officials.

11. § – Time-outs

Note: time-outs and substitutions can only be called in dead ball situations and cannot be called when the ball is live pursuant 8.1.

12. § – Protest procedure

In case a team believes its interests have been adversely affected by a decision of an official or by any event that took place during a game, it must proceed in the following manner:

13. § – Standings of teams

Both in pools and in overall competition standings, the following classification rules apply. If teams are tied after the first step, refer to the next one – and so on. If teams are still tied after those three steps, the one(s) with the highest seeding win(s) the tie-breaker..

14. § – Seeding rules

Teams are seeded correlatively to the team ranking points (sum of the team’s 3 best players ranking points, prior to the competition). In case of a same team ranking points, seeding will be determined randomly prior to the competition start.

Note: In national-team competitions, seeding is done based on the 3x3 Federation Ranking.

15. § – Disqualification

A player committing 2 unsportsmanlike fouls (not applicable to technical fouls) will be disqualified from the game by the referees and may be disqualified from the event by the organizer. Independent thereof, the organizer will disqualify the player(s) concerned from the event for acts of violence, verbal or physical aggression, tortuous interference in game results, a violation of FIBA’s Anti-Doping rules (Book 4 of the FIBA Internal Regulations) or any other breach of the FIBA Code of Ethics (Book 1, Chapter II of the FIBA Internal Regulations). The organizer may also disqualify the entire team from the event depending on the other team members' contribution (also through non-action) to the aforementioned behavior. FIBA's right to impose disciplinary sanctions under the regulatory framework of the event, the Terms and Conditions of 3x3planet.com and the FIBA Internal Regulations remains unaffected by any disqualification under this Article 15.