The basic rules of the game are outlined below:

1. Number of Players: Each team may consist of a maximum of 4 players and a minimum of 3 players. A team has only 3 players on the court at a time. For all co-ed teams, a member of the opposite sex must be on the court at all times. All games must start with at least 3 players on each team. Any number of players (1, 2 or 3) may complete a game.

**A Player can only play on one (1) team.  If a player plays on more than one (1) team, those teams are subject to disqualification.**

2. Bracket Types: Teams will be divided into tournament brackets according to its player’s height, ages or school grades, selected competitive level and playing experience in accordance with the information on each team entry form. Tournament officials reserve the right to verify a player’s entry form data. False information will be grounds for dismissal from the tournament. Each player is required to possess personal identification at all times during the tournament. Peach Basket Classic Officials reserve the right to bracket teams into the tournament at their discretion.

3. Who can play: The tournament is open to players entering the grades 1 through 12, as well as all adults. Teams in the grade 1 through 8 division category must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the tournament.

4. Which team receives the ball first: A coin toss prior to each game will determine which team gets the ball out-of-bounds first.

5. Basket height: 8 feet high for brackets consisting of teams whose players are primarily entering grades 1 through 4: 9 feet Boys 4th: 10 feet high for all other teams.

6. Stealing the ball: Players in all age categories may steal the ball when it is being passed. Brackets consisting of teams whose players are primarily entering grades 1 through 4 will have a no steal rule when players are either dribbling the ball or holding on to it. Stealing in those situations will be allowed in all other brackets.

7. Free throw shooting distant: 10 feet for brackets consisting of teams whose players are primarily entering grades 1 through 4; 15 feet for all other brackets

8. Three-point shooting distance: 16 feet for brackets consisting of teams whose players are primarily entering grades 1 through 6; 19 feet for all other brackets.

9. Who calls fouls: Court monitors will referee all games in brackets consisting of teams whose players are entering grades 1 through 8 as well as games in the adult finals brackets. For all other brackets, the participating players will call their own fouls. More specifically, the player that was fouled will call the foul. All called fouls shall result in one free throw shot, unless the field goal is made, in which case the basket counts and no free throw shot is awarded. Shooting fouls behind the 3-point line will result in 2 free-throws. No formal line-up around the key will be necessary since a change of possession will result regardless of whether the free throw shot is made or missed (please refer to rules 9A and 9B for exceptions to this rule). After a foul shot, the ball will be placed into play from the back end line of the court (referred to as the “back-court” line).

ALL FOULS will result in free-throw(s) including game point. The Court Monitor / Marshal has the right to overrule a foul or call a game if a team is using fouls for team gain on a consistent basis

(A) Intentional fouls: An intentional foul is a foul designed to neutralize an opponent’s advantage position. It is a foul which, based on the monitor’s observation of the act, is not a legitimate attempt to directly play the ball. A foul shall also be ruled intentional, based on the monitor’s observation of the act, if while attempting to play the ball, a player causes excessive contact. It can also be an unsportsmanlike act such as taunting, baiting or trash talking. Taunting and baiting can involve derogatory remarks or gestures which incite or insult an opponent. Trash talk involves a deeply personal, verbal attack directed towards any person involved in the event. The court monitor, marshal and/or tournament official’s decision is final.
(B) Flagrant fouls: A flagrant foul may be of a violent or savage nature, or an act which displays unacceptable conduct. It may or may not be intentional. It may involve violent or savage contact such as striking, kicking, kneeing, moving under an opponent who is in the air and crouching or hipping in a manner which could cause severe injury to the opponent. It may also involve dead ball contact or trash talk, taunting or baiting at any time which is extreme or persistent, vulgar or abusive. The player committing the foul will be suspended from play for the remainder of that game or for the rest of the tournament. Flagrant fouls cannot be called by a player. The court monitor, marshal and/or tournament official’s decision is final.
(C) Yellow Card = Caution: A Caution is a formal disciplinary action requiring specific procedures to be followed that include the display of a yellow card. Any player, coach, team official or participant listed on the Official Roster who violates the Rules of Conduct will be cautioned. A played shall be cautioned by the Monitor if the player:
i. Persistently infringes upon any of the rules of the game.
ii. Shows dissent by word of mouth or action to decision made by the Monitor.
iii. Uses profane language.
iv. Engages in other acts of unsportsmanlike conduct including taunting, baiting or ridiculing another player, bench personnel or officials.
v. Delays the restart of play
Players, coaches or team personnel who already have received a Caution during the course of the game and then commit a second offense will be ejected. If a player or coach is ejected from a game, that individual or individuals will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game.
(D) Red Card = Ejection: An Ejection is a formal disciplinary action requiring specific procedures to be followed that include the display of a red card. Any player, coach, team official or participant listed on the Official Roster who violates the Rules of Conduct will be ejected from both the game and the entire tournament. The Monitor shall eject from the game a player (who can not be replaced), a coach or any team representative if that individual:
i. Is guilty of a serious foul.
ii. Is guilty of violent conduct.
iii. Is guilty of fighting – any attempt to physically harm another individual, no matter if any contact is actually made or not.
iv. Spits on an opponent or any other person.

INTENTIONAL AND FLAGRANT FOULS WILL ONLY BE CALLED BY A COURT MONITOR OR MARSHAL. If an intentional or flagrant foul is called, it will result in a point given to the fouled team, plus possession of the ball.

10. Sportsmanship: Good sportsmanship and cooperation are both anticipated and expected. Any question should be addressed to the court monitor at your court. The team captain or designated parent/coach is expected to aid in controlling teammate’s and team follower’s conduct and to represent his/her team as spokesperson in case of appeals to the court monitor. Poor sportsmanship could result in penalties against the team in either the intentional or flagrant fouls categories (please refer to rules 9A and 9B). Disqualification of a particular player or an entire team are left to the sole discretion of the court monitors, court marshals or tournament officials. There will be no review of video or other types of recordings used in any decisions made by court monitors or court marshals. The court monitor, marshal and/or tournament official’s decision is final. Any player ejected from the tournament will not be allowed to enter the following 2 years, after which future entries will be reviewed.

11. Game length – general: Games are played to 20 points, win by one. All made baskets inside the three-point line count for one point and made baskets outside the three-point line count for two points. A time limit will be imposed on games in brackets consisting primarily of teams whose players are entering grades 1 through 12 (see rule 12) . You may win the game on a free throw. The Court Monitor has the authority to overrule the called foul. All games, unless rule 12 applies, shall end upon the first team attaining a score of twenty (20) points, subject to earlier termination at the sole discretion of the court monitors and marshals.
(A) Grades 1 – 12, Corporate, Family – 25 minutes
(B) All other brackets – NO TIME LIMIT

Peach Basket Classic Tournament Officials reserve the right to shorten the length of games due to extreme weather conditions, such as heat.

12. Game length and target score – special cases and overtime provisions: This rule applies to all brackets consisting of teams whose players are entering grades 1 through 12 and Corporate. This rule, at the discretion of a Court Marshal, may be applied to all brackets. If neither team has achieved a score of 20 points by the end of the schedules time, 25 minutes, the Court Monitor shall call time-out at the next dead ball. If at this point of interruption a team has a lead of 2 or more points, that team is declared the winner. If at this point of interruption neither team has at least a 2 point advantage, the overtime rule will be activated.

Overtime: In overtime, the target score to win the game is adjusted from 20 to a total of 2 points more than the leading team’s score was at the beginning of the overtime session. Use these examples as a guideline:
Score of 8 to 8: the first team to 10 wins
Score of 8 to 7: the first team to 10 wins
Score of 8 to 6: no overtime is needed since the leading team has at least
a two point lead.

13. Dunking: Dunking is not allowed at any time, including during warm-ups. Dunking will be construed as an unsportsmanlike act.

14. Change of Possession: The ball will generally change possession after scored baskets. There will be no “make it, take it” rule.

15. Jump Ball: In a jump ball situation, the ball will first go to the team which lost the opening coin toss, alternating possession thereafter.

16. Ball out-of-bounds: A ball out-of-bounds will be taken from the back-court line.

17. Boundaries: The front structure of the basket and all supports will be played as out-of-bounds. With regard to the actual backboard, its face, top, bottom and sides shall be considered in bounds.

18. Taking it back: The ball will be “taken back” on each change of possession. Failure to “take it back” results in loss of possession and any points just scored. “Taking it back” means bringing your whole body and ball behind the dashed “take-back” line, not the sidelines or three-point line.

19. Checked ball: The ball must be “checked” by an opposing player before it is put into play. The ball must be passed to begin play. No defensive players allowed past the take-back line.

20. Time-out: Each team is allowed a single one-minute time-out per game. At Court Monitor’s discretion, additional time-outs may be taken for the safety of the players or for other reasons the Court Monitor feels are necessary.

21. Substitutions: Substitutions may be made during time-out or “dead-ball” situations.

22. Player injury: In the case of a player injury, the court monitor has the discretion to stop play and allow for substitution. If the injured player is not mobile, the game may be cancelled at the discretion of the court monitor and rescheduled by a court marshal. In the event a player has a non-bandaged bleeding wound, such player will not be allowed to continue until such time as the bleeding subsides and the wound is properly bandaged. Blood-stained clothing must be changed before the player can further participate. Blood appearing on the court or court equipment must be removed before play can resume. Play at the injured player’s court shall continue once the injured player is removed from the playing court, subject to the sole discretion of the Court Monitor.

23. We are in charge: Walla Walla YMCA Peach Basket Classic officials reserve the right to disqualify any team for infractions of tournament policies, including the following:
(A) Use of illegal players: The players listed on the team entry as accepted by the tournament officials are the only ones eligible for play on that team. Player changes submitted on authorized Player Change Forms, and accepted by tournament officials, must be completed and approved before the team’s first game at 9:00 AM on Saturday. A processing fee of $10.00 will be charged. Under no circumstances will roster substitutions be allowed after the tournament begins. Before the beginning of each game, every player will sign a Release and Waiver and Sportsmanship Pledge.
(B) False Information: Information provided on your team entry form or authorized Player Change Form is the basis for bracket breakdowns and is expected to be both accurate and complete. If a player is taller than 6 feet, but the player has listed his/her height at 6 foot or under on the entry form, the player will be disqualified from the tournament. Players who play with inaccurate height or other falsified information will be disqualified and the player’s team will forfeit current game.

24. Game times: Games begin either within five minutes after your scheduled time or within five minutes after the completion of the previous game, should that previous game finish after your game’s scheduled starting time. Forfeits will be enforced. All printed schedules are effective through only the first game for all teams. Following the first game, each team is advised to check the Master Scoreboard for all schedules, times, courts, revisions and general information.

25. WIAA and NCAA Rules: Under Washington Intercollegiate Athletic Association (WIAA) rules, high school students may not wear their high school basketball uniforms while they are competing in this tournament. Under National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules, Division I and II collegiate men and women basketball players can participate in the tournament if they have eligibility remaining, subject to specific limitations outlined by the NCAA. The Walla Walla YMCA Peach Basket Classic Tournament Committee is not responsible for determining a particular athlete’s eligibility.