3 on 3 Basketball Rules of Play


1. Each game will be to 21 points. The team must win by only one


2. Teams score by either regular two-point baskets, or by three-point

shots taken from outside the three-point circle.

3. After a basket has been scored or a foul called, a player must put the

ball in play from a line past the three point line above the foul key.

4. All held balls will be put into play behind the three point line with

possession given alternately to each team.

5. On defensive rebounds or steals, players must return the ball by

dribble or pass across the three point line before a basket may be

attempted. Once across the line, they do not have to pass the ball

before shooting.

6. Any player may convert an offensive rebound.

7. After a basket, the team scored upon will put the ball in play.

8. Fouls will be called by participating players. A foul called in the act

of shooting will result in either two or three points being awarded to

the team which was fouled, depending on where the player was

fouled. A non-shooting foul will result in the award of one point to

the offended team. There is no bonus situation for fouls.

9. The three second free throw lane rule will apply to all offensive


10. Substitutions may be made after a basket or an out of bounds play.

11. There are no time outs.

12. Time will not be stopped to discuss any call.

13. If the game ends in a tie after regulation time there will be a two

minute overtime period. Possession will be determined by a coin toss. Ties at the end of any overtime period will result in successive one minute periods until the tie has been broken, with possession

alternating each overtime period.

14. When applicable NCAA rules will apply.