The following is a summary of the rules which will be enforced during tournament play:
A. All games will start on time. Teams should be ready to play at the scheduled times. Any team not ready to play within five minutes of a scheduled game time will forfeit that game.
B. Each game shall be made up of two 8 minute quarters, and a 16 minute second half. The time clock will run continuously in the first two quarters, except for the last two minutes of each the first and second quarter. The clock will stop as in regular season play during the second half.
C. 25 Point Rule: A 25 point lead in the second half by any team will result in a running clock. The clock will stop only on called time-outs. Regulation clock will be re-instated if the losing team gets back to within 15 points.
D. Each half time will last five minutes.
E. Each team will be allocated three full time-outs and two 30 second time-outs for the game.
F. One and one free throws will be shot after the fourth foul in the first and second quarters. In the second half regular high school rules will apply. One and one on the seventh team foul and two shots on the tenth foul.
G. Each player shall play at least one quarter per game. How this rule will apply: teams must play one five-player unit during the first quarter, and a totally different unit during the second quarter, assuring that each player on a 10 member roster will play one quarter in each game. Teams with 12 players must use a sixth player on each unit for at least three minutes during the quarter that unit plays. There are no restrictions during the second half of the game. If there are fewer than 10 players on a team for whatever reason, a one shot technical foul will be shot for each player missing that quarter and, the opposing coach will choose the player(s) to participate in that quarter. The opposing coach will name the designated player(s) at the beginning of the 2nd quarter. The technical foul(s) will also be shot at the beginning of the 2nd quarter. Standing rule: It will be up to the coach to notify the officials that the opposing team does not have enough players. If the coach does not notify the officials before the beginning of the game, then the opposing team can play who ever they want to.
H. Current National Federation of High School Interscholastic Basketball Rules shall apply. What that means is we are playing a regular basketball game with the exception of rule O and F.
I. Should a game be tied at the end of regulation, one three minute overtime period will be played. If the game is still tied, sudden death overtime will determine the winner. The first team to score 4 points in the sudden death overtime wins.
J. All games officiated by NSAA certified officials.
K. During tournament play, the bench area will be restricted to players and designated coaches.
L. Players and coaches shall conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner.
M. All decisions of the tournament director with respect to the rules shall be final.
N. All players and coaches are to remain off the main floor until their warm-up time begins. Coaches need to have their players’ pick-up all items after their game (water and gator-aide bottles, tape, and personnel belongings).
O. ALL TEAMS WILL PLAY MAN TO MAN DEFENSE THE FIRST HALF OF THE GAME. THE EVALUATING COACHES NEED TO SEE PLAYERS WHO CAN GUARD THE OPOSSITION. IN THE SECOND HALF ALL DEFENSES WILL BE PERMITTED. IF A TEAM DOES NOT PLAY MAN TO MAN THEY WILL RECEIVE ONE WARNING PER QUARTER AND THE SECOND VIOLATION DURING THAT QUARTER WILL RESULT IN A TECHNICAL FOUL. YOU CAN RECEIVE A TECHNICAL FOUL IN EACH QUARTER IF YOUR TEAM DOES NOT ADHERE TO THE RULE. IF YOU ARE PRESSING DURING THE FIRST HALF AND ONCE YOU HAVE DROPPED BACK TO THE FRONT COURT YOUR TEAM NEEDS TO GO BACK TO MAN TO MAN DEFENSE.
P. PLEASE READ!!!!!!!!!!! EACH TEAM WILL BE REQUIRED TO FURNISH A SCOREKEEPER/CLOCK OPERATOR. PLEASE GET A KNOWLEDGABLE PARENT OR COACH TO DO THIS AS HE OR SHE WILL RECEIVE A FREE PASS FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND. IT IS GETTING CONTINUALLY DIFFICULT TO FIND VOLUNTEERS FOR MEMORIAL WEEKEND AND WITH LPS HOLDING THEIR GRADUATIONS THAT WEEKEND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS, IT BECAME REALLY HARD. WE WILL HAVE INSTRUCTIONS ON CLOCK OPERATIONS AT EVERY SCORE’S TABLE. PLEASE BE ADVISED. YOUR HELP WILL BE DEEPLY APPRECIATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Q. A qualified trainer will be available on site for the entire weekend. If a player needs to be taped up before his game please make timely arrangements with our trainer. Also, the player will need to furnish his own tape or there will be a $2 charge per ankle. Please be advised.
In order to participate in this tournament, each team must have a minimum of ten players with a maximum of twelve players allowed. A team will not be allowed to participate without complying with this rule unless that team receives special permission from the Nebraska Basketball Development Association.