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KB Sports​

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The Nation's Fastest Growing Youth Sports League.

Hosting the best travel tournaments that impacting Communities!

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KB Sports Gameplay Rules


The National High School Federation (NHSF) rules & regulations will apply to any rule not specified below. Please note, a KB Sports Basketball Game Planner reserves the right to adjust any gameplay rule if conducive to event.

All games will be officiated by two certified referees, licensed by accredited association at the high school level or higher.

1. Game Length

2nd-6th Grade will play two 14-minute, stopped-time halves. (28.5 size ball)

7th-12th Grade will play two 16-minute, stopped-time halves. (29.5 size ball; girls use 28.5 size ball)

Pre-Game Warm-Up time will last 3 minutes; please prepare to play/stretch prior to warm-up

Halftime will last 3 minutes

The first and second Overtime will last 2 minutes (stopped-time). 3rd OT will be determined by Sudden Death (first basket to score in 3rd OT period will be declared winner).

2. Timeouts

Each team will have 4 Timeouts per game: 2 Full & 2 30-second Timeout

Each team will have 1 Timeout per Overtime period

Timeouts from regulation do not carry over to Overtime periods

3. Pool Play / Seeding

In most Teammate Basketball tournaments, teams will begin in Pool Play and be seeded for Bracket Play based on Pool Play results.

A team's seed for Bracket Play will be determined by the following, in order (tie-scenarios below):

Pool Play Record

Point Differential (+/- 20 points; the most a team can win by and receive credit for is 20 points)

Points Allowed (the team with the fewest points scored against them in Pool Play is higher seed)

4. Tie-Breaker Scenarios

If 2 teams have a tied record after Pool Play, the winner of the head-to-head matchup is awarded the higher seed.

If 2 teams did not play head-to-head, Point Differential (see above) is applied to determine seeding.

If 2 teams also have the same Point Differential, the team who allowed the least amount of points in Pool Play would be awarded the higher seed (using this formula, there is no benefit to running up the score, rather the benefit is in stopping the opposing team from scoring).

If 3 teams are tied, head-to-head matchups are irrelevent in determining seed for Bracket Play.

If 3 teams are tied, Point Differntial is applied; the team with the highest Point Differential is awarded the high seed.

If a tie in Point Differential exists, Points Allowed (see above) will determine seed for Bracket Play.

5. Mercy Rule

The clock will run continuosly if at any time the lead is 20 points or more; the clock will resume normal operation once the lead is back below 10 points.

There is no defensive pressing allowed when the Mercy Rule is in effect.

Roster Rules

To ensure fair play at KB Sports Basketball events, it's required that all players show proof of age and grade by providing a birth certificate and report card ­ OR by getting your players verified through obtaining an ID via National Sports ID. By obtaining an ID from NSID, you can avoid carrying around your athlete's sensitive information and speed up the check­-in process at any tournament. NSID's cost $10/player.

1. Teams are allowed a maximum of 15 players on a team.

2. A player can play on two teams in the same tournament as long as the following conditions are met:

The teams are from the same organization.

The teams are not in the same division.

The player meets the eligibility criteria for both teams.

Once bracket play (elimination play) begins, the player must have played in at least one pool play game in the division in order to compete in that division's bracket play. A player who has not played in a pool play game is not permitted to compete in bracket play.

3. No additions to a roster are allowed after tournament play has begun.

4. A player MUST play in at least one Pool Play game in order to be eligible for Bracket Play.

5. All players/roster must be in compliance with eligibility criteria set forth by KB Sports Basketball. 

6. Challenging the eligibility of an opposing team's player:

Only a Head Coach can challenge the eligibility of an opposing team's player.

Fans, parents, and assistant coaches are not allowed to make an official challenge.

Challenges must be made to tournament director before the game starts, no challenges can occur during gameplay.

If challenge is incorrect, the challenging team will lose a timeout and be assessed a technical foul.

If challenge is correct, ineligible player is disqualified, offending team loses a timeout and is assessed a technical foul.

Multiple offenses from an organization will result in suspension from KB Sports Basketball tournaments.

There is no cost to challenge the eligibility of a player.

Bench Rules

1. Teams are allowed 3 bench personnel. (Example: Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Bookkeeper)

Teams will receive Two complimentary coach's bands at Team Check-In.

Home Team (designated on schedule) , game ball, and will wear light-color jerseys.

Wristbands must be worn on wrist at all times for the duration of the tournament; entry into gym cannot be permitted without a wristband.

Lost coach's bands must be repurchased at the going spectator rate.

2. The following Dress Code will be enforced at KB Sports Basketball tournaments:

All coaches (including assistant coaches and bench personnel) are suggested to wear a Team Polo or team t-shirt; shorts and jeans are permitted to wear.

Excluded apparel includes, but is not limited to: Tank tops, open-toe sandals, flip-flops, pajama-style sweats.

Hats are acceptable only if hat represents organization and must be worn properly.

Judgment of acceptable attire will be the responsibility of tournament representative.

3. Benches must be cleaned of bottles/trash/spills after every game.

Failure to clean up your bench area, especially after multiple instances, may result in forfeiture of tournament game.

General Rules

1. Forfeits

A 5-minute grace period is allowed for late-arriving teams; failure to be on the court prepared to play by 5 minutes after the official game start time will result in a forfeit.

If two forfeits by one team occur in the same tournament, that team is not permitted to advance to bracket play.

The resulting score of a forfeited game will be 15-0, in favor of the non-forfeiting team.

2. Team Check-In

Teams should arrive at facility at least 20 minutes prior to official game start time in order to properly check-in with a KB Sports Basketball tournament official.

Coaches should be prepared to show a clean copy of roster, birth certificate, and report card at Team Check-In.

It's highly suggested your players obtain a National Sports ID (See Roster Rules above).

Paperwork/Team Binder must be organized and prepared for review before Team Check-In process begins.

All teams must go through the Team Check-In process before taking the floor.

3. Waivers

ALL participating athletes must have a current waiver on file with KB Sports Basketball, signed by a parent/guardian.  It's the coach's responsibility to have each player waiver signed by parent/guardian.

Sportsmanship Rules

1. No fighting will be tolerated.

Any player, coach, or spectator who is ejected for fighting is immediately suspended for the remainder of the tournament and is ineligible for a refund.

2. Technical Fouls

Upon receiving 2nd technical foul in a game, coaches/players will be ejected and must leave the building. Receiving 3 technical fouls in same tournament will result in coach/player being dismissed for remainder of event.

3. Inappropriate Behavior

KB Sports Basketball expects all players, coaches, parents, spectators, and staff to act in an appropriate manner.

KB Sports Basketball officials may remove individuals from the facility or defer to law enforcement for hostile behavior.

KB Sports Basketball has developed a Code of Conduct for Coaches, Players, and Spectators, those codes can be viewed by clicking here.

4. Use of Loud Speakers

Stereos, boom boxes, & portable speakers are only permitted for use in single-court facilities. Please refrain from using speakers in facilities with multiple courts under one roof.

5. Formal Complaints

All formal complaints, concerns, or compliments can be submitted by clicking here, or by finding the submission link under "Resources" from our home page.

Refund Policy

To request a refund of your tournament registration fee, you must email [email protected]  BEFORE the tournament registration deadline (typically the Monday prior to event). Refunds cannot be issued after the registration deadline.

KB Sports Basketball is not responsible for travel expenses that arise toward an event that does not "make" (e.g. non-refundable hotel/cabin deposits, airline tickets, etc).


Player's  Eligibility

Eligibility will be strictly administered and enforced at all KB Sports Basketball tournaments. Coaches are responsible for ensuring all players on team roster satisfy eligibility requirements. Our eligibility criteria is established in congruence with the participation standards within the Youth Basketball Guidelines recently developed by the NBA and USA Basketball. 

Eligibility criteria applies to boys and girls teams.

KB Sports Basketball has partnered with National Sports ID (NSID) to provide a safe and inexpensive way to verify your players. ! GET VERIFIED

Grade-Based Eligibility

Grade-based teams are classified based on the grade they are attending in school as of Oct. 1 of the Playing Year. There are exceptions where some athletes can "play down" a grade level, see notated Grade Exception criteria for each division below. Please note, the 11th/12th Grade division is a combined division at Teammate Basketball tournaments.

2nd Grade - A player must be in the 2nd grade as of October 1, 2019 and cannot turn 10 prior to September 1, 2020.

Grade Exception: A player who is in the 3rd grade as of October 1, 2019 and does not turn 9 prior to September 1, 2020.

3rd Grade - A player must be in the 3rd grade as of October 1, 2019 and cannot turn 11 prior to September 1, 2020.

Grade Exception: A player who is in the 4th grade as of October 1, 2019 and does not turn 10 prior to September 1, 2020.

4th Grade - A player must be in the 4th grade as of October 1, 2019 and cannot turn 12 prior to September 1, 2020.

Grade Exception: A player who is in the 5th grade as of October 1, 2019 and does not turn 11 prior to September 1, 2020.

5th Grade - A player must be in the 5th grade as of October 1, 2019 and cannot turn 13 prior to September 1, 2020.

Grade Exception: A player who is in the 6th grade as of October 1, 2019 and does not turn 12 prior to September 1, 2020.

6th Grade - A player must be in the 6th grade as of October 1, 2019 and cannot turn 14 prior to September 1, 2020.

Grade Exception: A player who is in the 7th grade as of October 1, 2019 and does not turn 13 prior to September 1, 2020.

7th Grade - A player must be in the 7th grade as of October 1, 2019 and cannot turn 15 prior to September 1, 2020.

Grade Exception: A player who is in the 8th grade as of October 1, 2019 and does not turn 14 prior to September 1, 2020.

8th Grade – An athlete must be in the 8th grade as of October 1, 2019 and cannot turn 16 prior to September 1, 2020.

Grade Exception: A player who is in the 9th Grade as of October 1, 2019 and does not turn 15 prior to September 1, 2020.

9th Grade - A player must be in the 9th grade as of October 1, 2019 and cannot turn 17 prior to September 1, 2020.

Grade Exception: A player who is in the 10th Grade as of October 1, 2019 and does not turn 16 prior to September 1, 2020.

10th Grade - A player must be in the 10th grade as of October 1, 2019 and cannot turn 18 prior to September 1, 2020.

Grade Exception: A player who is in the 11th grade as of October 1, 2019 and does not turn 17 prior to September 1, 2020.

11th/12th Grade - A player must be in the 11th or 12th grade as of October 1, 2019 and cannot turn 20 prior to September 1, 2020.

A 12th Grader turning 20 prior to September 1, 2020 is ineligible for the 11th/12th Grade Division and should consider post-high school play.


Coach Code of Conduct

coach code of conduct By coaching a team at this event, you agree to abide by the code of conduct below in an effort to contribute to a positive atmosphere where our youth can thrive in competition. Failure to meet these standards may result in removal from competition area and disqualification from future KB Sports Basketball hosted events. 

I understand that it is a privilege to coach travel basketball, and with this privilege I must be responsible for my actions. I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and association representatives at all times. I will demand and honor that all players, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators are treated with respect regardless of race, gender, creed or ability. I will never ridicule or berate others for a mistake or losing. 

 I will respect the officials and their authority I will not argue with or criticize game officials. I will not engage in the use of profanity, obscene language or improper actions. I will use discretion when providing constructive criticism and when reprimanding players. I will treat my opponent with respect in the same manner I would want to be treated. I will learn and respect the rules of the game. I will refrain from the use of alcohol and tobacco products in the presence of my team, prior to and during practices and tournament games.



Player/Athlete Code of Conduct

Player/athlete code of conduct By participating in this event, you agree to abide by the code of conduct below in an effort to contribute to a positive atmosphere where you & your peers can thrive in competition. Failure to meet these standards may result in removal from competition area. 

I will show respect to all coaches, game officials, parents, teammates and opposing players at all times, and will never act in a manner that is disrespectful to them or my team.   I will respect the gymnasium and tournament facilities and will not engage in activities that may damage or devalue the facility.

I will demonstrate good sportsmanship regardless of the score or situation by acting in a positive manner towards coaches, officials and other players.

I will help to clean the gymnasium/bench area at all tournament games.

I will display good sportsmanship and a commitment to my team at all times.

I will shake hands with the other team and officials after games. 


Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct

Parent/guardian code of conduct By attending this event, you agree to abide by the code of conduct below in an effort to contribute to a positive atmosphere where our youth can thrive in competition. Failure to meet these standards may result in removal from competition area. 


I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators.


I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player or parent such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake hands, or using profane language or gestures.


I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well­being of athletes.


I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect at all times regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.


I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.


I will respect the officials and coaches for their authority during games; I will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the gymnasium, but will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed­upon time and place.

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