rules and regulations 2022


Only players that meet the following age requirements are eligible to participate in each division. Player eligibility is NOT determined by grade. Players can play up in a division with older players but are prohibited from playing down in a division with younger players.
Elementary Division – Ages 11 and under
Middle School Division– Ages 14 and under
High School Division – Ages 18 and under

Recommended starting age for participation is 8 years old. Decision-making for participation should be made at the discretion of a team manager.

All 18-year-olds participating must have attended high school for the 2021-2022 school year

ALL players from a team MUST meet the stated age requirements for the division in which they are registering. If it is determined that a player(s) is older than the maximum age limit for the division, all prizes and privileges to compete in future URC events can be provoked for all parties of the team.

If a player is registered as an “individual player” they will be placed on a team with other players in their division who signed up individually. In the event that there are not at least 2 other individual players registered to complete a full-team (before the registration ends the day of the event) an individual player may be denied tournament participation or given the option to compete in a higher division.


  • Brackets are formatted for a 1-game elimination
  • All teams are to be made up of 3 players with an optional 4th player (to be used as a substitute)
    • In the case that a team does not have a 3rd player present at the time of their scheduled game, they are eligible to compete as long as they have 2 eligible players present. This does not obligate the opposing team to reduce the number of players they have on the court. They can still play 3 players throughout the game with 1 eligible substitute.
  • Game points will be accumulated in increments of 1 and 2 throughout the tournament
    • Shots made inside the 3-point line will be worth 1 point
    • Shots made outside the 3-point line will be worth 2 points
    • All free-throw shots made will be worth 1 point 
  • During gameplay, anytime a point is scored the ball will go to the opposing team also known as “loser’s ball”


  • Each team is allowed one eligible substitute player and an unlimited number of substitutions during the game
  • Substitutions can only be made during a dead ball, and must be made by an eligible team player
  • Team managers and/or acting coaches are to act as guidance and encouragement for players
  • Team managers and/or acting coaches must remain on the sideline at all times
  • Team managers and/or acting coaches are not permitted to communicate with referees
  • Team managers and/or acting coaches CANNOT call time outs
  • Team managers and/or acting coaches CANNOT make substitutions


Teams are only allowed to enter one division per tournament per day.

Teams CANNOT double-enter. If a team double enters, they will be asked to choose 1 division to compete in before games begin.

For example: If a team registers to play in the elementary division, they cannot register to play in the middle school division in a tournament played on the same day.

  • Referees will make ALL calls for elementary and middle school divisions
  • High school division players will be given the freedom to make and honor their own in-game calls. If there is a disagreement of calls between teams, referees will act as call mediators. The referee’s decision will always be recognized and respected as the final call.
  • Each team will have one 30-second timeout per game if they choose to use it
  • Timeouts can only be called if the team of the player signaling for a timeout has complete possession of the ball at the time of the call, or at any time during a dead ball.


  • To determine first possession, the home teams will shoot (1) shot from the free-throw line to earn a chance for possession of the ball to start the game, also known as “first ball”.
    • If the home team’s designated shooter makes the shot, the home team will get first possession of the ball
    • If the home team’s designated shooter misses the shot, the away team will get first possession of the ball
  • Regulation games will be played with a 15-minute, running clock OR until a team scores 21 points. Whichever condition is satisfied first.
  • Home and away teams will be determined prior to the start of each game and indicated on the brackets 
  • Only 3 players from each team are allowed on the court, at one time, during the game
    • Having more than 3 players on the court from any given team, at one time, can result in a chance at a free-throw for the opposing team
  • At the 1:00 mark the clock will stop for all dead balls unless the winning team is leading by 8 points or more. In this case, the clock will continue to run.
  • The ball always goes “back to the top” of the key for “check-ball” following all dead balls
  • Each team can only commit 5 total fouls during regulation play per game. Any foul after will result in the opportunity for (1) free-throw attempt by the opposing team
  • If a foul is committed at any point in the act of shooting, the fouled team will get the opportunity at the following number of free-throw attempts:
    • (1) attempt if the foul is committed inside 3-point line 
    • (2) attempts if the foul is committed outside of the 3-point line
  • The ball MUST be “taken back” anywhere behind the 3-point line EVERY time the opposing team makes a shot attempt that hits the rim. Check-ball will not be enforced at this time. If a shot attempt does not hit the rim and the opposing team gains possession, they can “go back up” with the ball without taking it back.


  • Championship games are played using the same rules as regulation games, with the exception of a game clock. Winners of the championship games are determined solely by the total points scored. The team that scores a total of 21 points first, wins.


  • Overtime rules apply to both regulation games and championship games.
  • A coin flip will determine the first possession in overtime
  • Overtime will be played without a clock
  • All made shots made count as a “score” regardless of where the shot is taken on the court
  • Each team will be allowed to commit (1) foul in overtime. Once a second foul is committed by a team, the other team will be given the opportunity to shoot a foul shot.
    • If the foul shot is missed, the ball is live and general overtime rules apply
  • If the team that establishes first possession makes a score before a turnover, the opposing team is automatically given possession for a chance to tie the score.
    • If the opposing team turns the ball over before making a score, the game is over and the team who scored on the first possession wins.
    • If the opposing team makes a score during their possession without turning the ball over, overtime continues.
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