Basketball | 3 v 3


General Information

DATE: Saturday, July 28, 2018

SITES: Various Lincoln courts. Specific sites will be posted here the week of competition. All games will be played in air-conditioned facilities

SCHEDULES/BRACKETS: Games begin at 9 a.m. each day. Tournament brackets will be posted here the week of competition. Teams are responsible for checking website for game times and locations.

NOTE: Teams outside of 50 miles away from Lincoln will get latest schedule times for first game.

ADMISSION: Admission will be charged daily at all Basketball venues. 

Adults: $5
Students (6-18 Years): $2
Children (5 & Younger): FREE
Admission with Super Pass: FREE

All registered athletes receive a complimentary Super Pass in the athlete packet. Additional Super Passes for spectators and family members can be purchased for $15 here (link available soon). The Super Pass gains free admission to all 2018 Cornhusker State Games events and venues, including the Opening Ceremonies.

ELIGIBILITY: Enter the corresponding grade division that the players were in during the 2017-2018 school year. Players may need to provide proof of school status via a school I.D. card. There must be at least four teams entered to provide a tournament for an age group. Age groups may be cancelled if these requirements are not met. Tournament Director can combine or cancel divisions depending on the amount of teams entered. All teams will be notified if division updates are made.
3 Players Minimum. 

AWARDS: Custom Cornhusker State Games gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three teams in each division of 5 or more teams.

OFFICIALS NEEDED: If interested in officiating, please email Julie Haag at or 402-434-9214.


View the Complete Event Details for a full list of divisions and events.

Adult Divisions-

Gold/Silver – There are no restrictions on age or college experience.
Bronze – All players with no playing experience after high school. Players with post-high school experience ARE NOT eligible to compete in the Bronze division.


  1. All games may start and be completed with any number of players (3,2,1).
  2. Both teams will warm-up at the same time prior to the start of the game.
  3. Only those teams scheduled to play are allowed to occupy the court at the scheduled time.
  4. Teams must be at their court at the scheduled game time, even if games are “running behind” for any reason (inclement weather, slow play, etc...). The players are ultimately responsible for obtaining accurate scheduling information and being at their court to play when their game is to begin. Game time is forfeit time.
SPECIAL NOTE: Be at your court 15 minutes before the scheduled game time and stay there until your game is played.
  1. No dunking allowed in warm ups. Any participant registered to play in the tournament observed dunking on any basket at any time may be dismissed from the tournament. Entry fee will not be refunded.
Note: Dunking is allowed on the Top Men’s and Top Women’s divisions during games only. NOT during warm-ups.

  1. The Official will call all fouls and violations.
  2. One (1) Official assigned per court.
  3. The Official has absolute authority to control play on his or her court, including the right to ‘sit’ a player for a period of time, eject a player(s) from a game or games, and/or eject a player(s) from the tournament. Higher authority cannot change the judgment decisions of the Official. Only questions concerning rule interpretation are appealable. (NOTE: Even though it is not required, officials may check with the site director or staff member regarding ejection of a player from a tournament.)
  4. Once play resumes after a disagreement or appeal, the decision is considered to be final. No further appeals will be allowed on that incident.
  1. Game Time is Forfeit Time
  2. “One Hour Rule”– Any game(s) that begins more than one hour after the original scheduled time, the game winning scores will be reduced by five (5) points, until a time where games begin within one hour of the scheduled start time. The rule will be applied on a court by court basis. The referee or site director will have the authority to implement its use. (This rule will be utilized under certain circumstances, due to slow play).
  1. A field goal is worth 1 point.
  2. A successful goal from behind the 3-point arc is worth 2 points. The player shooting must have both feet completely behind the line when initiating the attempt.
  3. The following scoring will be used for all Youth Games -20 points win by 2, up to a maximum of 25 points. (example: 20-18, 23-21, 25-24).
  4. The following scoring will be used for all High School/Adult Games – 25 points win by 2, up to a maximum of 30 points.  (example:  25-23, 28-26, 30-29)
  5. All games will have a 25-minute time limit. The official starting time will be recorded by the Official on the score sheet. The official time will be under the jurisdiction of the Official. (The “clock” will be stopped only during timeouts – regular and/or injury.)
  6. The team leading at the end of 25 minutes will be declared the winner.
  7. If the game is tied after 25 minutes of play and no team has reached the required number of points to win the game, the Official will flip a coin to determine team possession. The first team to score will win the game.
  1. Each team is allowed one (1) one minute time-out per game. Exception: 35 and Over Division is allowed two (2) one minute time-outs per game.
  2. If play is stopped by a teammate or referee to attend to an obvious injury, then the injured player must sit out at least until the next dead ball.
  3. Player substitution is permitted during any dead ball situation.
  1. A coin flip before the start of the game will determine who gets the ball out-of-bounds first.
  2. The ball will change possession after each scored basket (i.e. no possession/no make it take it).
  3. Jump balls will be called by the referee and will go to the defense. (Not alternating possession)
  4. The top, bottom and sides of the backboard are in play; however, the back of the backboard and the support structure of the basket are not in play.
  5. The ball must be checked by an opposing player before it is put into play. The player must pass the ball in while standing out-of-bounds at the top of the court to begin play.
  6. All fouls and violations will be played out-of-bounds beyond the 3-point line at the top of the court.
  7. A ball out-of-bounds will be taken out at the top of the court.
  8. The ball must be “taken back” to the 3-point line at the top of the court on every change of possession. “Taking back” means both feet and the ball behind the 3-point line. Violation occurs only if a basket is made by the team failing to properly “take it back”, and will result in loss of point scored and possession of the ball will go to the other team. If the ball is not “taken back” and then advanced, any other violation, common foul, offensive foul, intentional, flagrant or technical foul called by the official will be honored. Exception: If a player is fouled in the act of shooting and makes the basket prior to properly “taking it back” the foul will be honored; however, no points will be awarded.
  9. 10-Second Rule. When taking the ball out-of-bounds, a player shall have ten (10) seconds to put the ball into play. A player shall also have ten (10) seconds to initiate any free throw attempt. In either case, the referee is responsible for determining when a violation occurs, which will result in loss of possession of the ball.
  10. Any infraction of these regulations will result in loss of possession of the ball.
All Shooting fouls will be handled in the following manner:
  • When the basket is made – count the basket and whether the ensuing free throw is made or missed, possession goes to the defensive team.
  • When the basket is missed – if the free throw is made, possession goes to the defensive team. If the free throw is missed, the offensive team retains possession.
One (1) free-throw will be awarded to the fouled player, even if fouled in the act of attempting a shot from behind the 2-point line.
  1. Non-shooting fouls-on and after the 7th team foul-will be handled in the following manner:
    • If the free throw is made, possession goes to the defensive team.
    • If the free throw is missed, the offensive team retains possession.
    • If a foul is committed as time runs out, a free throw will be awarded to the fouled player.
  2. All free throws are dead balls.
In any free throw situations, (including technical fouls), the designated shooter may, at his or her option, choose to shoot from the free-throw line for one (1) point, OR from behind the 2 point line for 2 points. In either case, the player shooting must have both feet completely behind the line when initiating and completing the attempt. If the 2 point shot is chosen, the non-shooting team will be awarded the ball regardless of whether the shot is successful or not (Exception:Technical Fouls).
  1. All technical fouls will be counted as a team foul.
DEFINITION: The Official may assess a Technical Foul for any misconduct, flagrant, or intentional fouls committed by a player(s).This may include:
  1. A Contact Foul intended to hurt an opponent, fan or Official
  2. Vulgar or verbally abusive behavior
  3. Other misconduct deemed inappropriate by the Official (e.g. intentionally kicking the ball, etc....) or
  4. A contact foul designed to neutralize an opponent’s obvious advantageous position.
A choice between two (2) Free Throws from the Free Throw Line (15-ft.) for one (1) point each, OR two (2) shots from behind the 2 point line for 2 points each will be awarded to the offended team. In either case, the player shooting must have both feet completely behind the line when initiating and completing the attempt. The Team Captain may designate the player to shoot. The Offended Team will retain possession of the ball whether the shots are made or missed. Any player committing two (2) Technical Fouls in a game is automatically ejected from that game and his/her teams’ next game.
  1. Fighting and/or ‘Throwing a Punch’ automatically results in a Technical Foul assessed against the players(s) involved. Free Throws will be awarded as described above and will result in immediate dismissal of the player(s) from the tournament.
  2. A Technical Foul will be counted as a Team Foul.
  3. Continuous misconduct, intentional and or flagrant fouling by a team or player may result in dismissal from the game or tournament at the discretion of the Official or other Tournament Official.
  4. Any player ejected will be automatically banned from participation in future tournaments for a period of one (1) year.
Misconduct by a player and/or team while playing in their final game of the tournament or after already being eliminated from competition in the tournament, and/or while acting as a ‘spectator’ at another game(s), may jeopardize that player and/or team from further participation in the tournament and/or future tournaments, at the discretion of tournament officials.

  1. 3rd Grade Boys and Girls teams will play on a 10ft. basket and use the junior size basketball
  2. 4th through 8th Grade Boys and Girls teams will play on a 10ft. basket. 4th through 8th Grade and all womens teams will use the (28.5) basketball.
  3. No alcoholic beverage will be allowed for player consumption on-site.
  4. The Team Captain is always the team spokesperson, not a coach, parent, spectator, or one of the other players. We ask that all coaches and parents play “the role of a spectator only”.
  5. Jewelry (earrings, rings, watches, etc...), hats, bandanas, and/or casts are not allowed to be worn by players during tournament games. Any player that refuses to remove any such item prior to play, is not eligible to participate in that game.

Roster Info


Teams can make roster updates.

The deadline to make roster updates is 5 p.m. on TUESDAY, JULY 24. Rosters are considered FINAL after that date.

Roster additions after July 6 will include the per-player entry fee, plus a $10 late fee PER PLAYER.

Teams that register online are able to login and make roster substitutions free of charge. Teams that register via the paper entry form will be charged a $10 processing fee to substitute players. Teams are strongly encouraged to register online to eliminate any roster change fees.

MINIMUM ROSTER SIZE: Three players. If registering online, the minimum roster size must be entered to advance to check-out.

NOTE: Rosters WILL be checked during tournament. Please make sure your roster is current prior to the July 24 deadline.

TEAM WAIVER: The team waiver form must be signed by each team member, or by parent/guardian if the participant is 18 years or younger. If the team is registered online, and the online waiver for each player is clicked as ‘Accepted’, no printed/signed waiver is needed. All team waivers must be clicked as ‘Accepted’ or submitted to the Cornhusker State Games office by TUESDAY, JULY 24 to be eligible for competition. Printable waiver forms and further instructions here.

Registration Fees & Deadlines

$35 per player until July 6

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES: Competition in the 2018 Cornhusker State Games; White cotton athlete shirt (micro-fiber or soft cotton lightweight tri-blend upgrade available); Pass for free admission to SportFest, the Opening Ceremonies, and all competition venues; Sponsor gifts and coupons.

COACHES: Head coach will receive the athlete packet free of charge, and will receive a medal if awarded. Assistant coaches must be included on the registration and pay the entry fee to receive the athlete packet, medal, and free admission to competition sites.

TEAM ONLINE REGISTRATION NOTE: When registering your team online, please note that the system will ask you to enter your team name and roster prior to selecting your sport and division. In the INDIVIDUAL Shipping dropdown menu, be sure to select “TEAM” for each team member. If you wish to have your team packet shipped, you will select that in the TEAM Shipping dropdown menu.

PAPER ENTRY FORMS: Paper entry forms will be accepted with a $10 processing fee per team. Registering online saves time, money and trees. If registering via the paper entry form, teams must indicate Level A or Level B, as well as a team rating of 1-5 (5 being well above average and 1 being well below average) in the Additional Details/Special Instructions section of the form.

SCHEDULING NOTE: It is Nebraska Sports Council policy to not release team or divisional information until after the entry deadline. With teams waiting until on or near the deadline to enter, releasing data prior to that day does not provide an accurate picture of the tournament field and serves only to discourage those taking a wait-and-see approach.

All teams are encouraged to take advantage of the early entry discount and enter prior to that deadline, which in turn generates additional interest as teams attract one another. In the rare event that a division does not supply enough teams to warrant a viable tournament, teams will be given the option to move to another division, or be issued a refund. We appreciate the understanding of coaches and parents on this matter and would encourage teams to enter early and trust that there will be adequate competition in all divisions.

Further Information

Sport Specific Questions: Basketball Director Julie Haag at or 402-434-9214. Basketball Assistant Director Todd Johnson at or 402-434-9219.

Online Registration/Website Questions: Contact the Cornhusker State Games office at 402-471-2544 or


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