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3x3 Rules & Regulations


 3x3 Rules of the Game  

Court and Ball A regular 3x3 court playing surface is 15m (width) x 11m (length) The official 3x3 ball shall be used in all categories  

Team Roster 4 players 3 + 1 substitute Note: game must start with 3 (three) players in FIBA 3x3 Official Competitions  

Referee(s) 1 or 2  

Time/Score keeper(s) Up to 2  

Time-outs 1 per team and 2 TV-time outs, if any, at first dead ball after 6:59 and 3:59 dead ball, 30 seconds  

Initial possession Coin flip Note: the team that wins the coin flip decides whether it takes the ball or leaves it, in order to get it in a potential overtime  

Scoring 1 point and 2 points, if scored behind the arc  

Game duration & Score limit 1 x 10 minutes, playing time  

Score limit: 21 points. Applies to regular playing time only  

Note: if a game clock is not available, running time length and sudden death score is at organizer's discretion. FIBA recommends setting score limit in line with the game duration (10 minutes/10 points; 15 minutes/15 points; 21 minutes/21 points)  

Overtime First team to score two (2) points wins the game  

Shot clock 12 seconds Note: if a shotclock device is not available, referee to warn and count down the 5 last seconds  

Free throw(s) following a shooting foul free throw free throws, if foul committed behind the arc  

Foul limit per team 6 team fouls  

Penalty for team fouls 7, 8 and 9 2 free throws  Penalty for team fouls 10 and more 2 free throws + ball possession  Possession following a successful goal Defense possession  

Right underneath the hoop Ball to be dribbled or passed to a player behind the arc  

Defensive team not allowed to play for the ball inside the "no-charge semicircle" area underneath the basket   ...following a dead ball Check ball exchange behind the arc (at the top)

  ...following a defensive rebound or steal Ball to be dribbled/passed behind the arc 

 ...following a jumpball situation Defense possession  

Substitutions In dead ball situations, prior to the check ball  

The substitute can enter the game after his teammate steps off the court and establishes a physical contact with him behind the end line opposite the basket. 

Substitutions require no action from the referees or table officials  


*A player is considered to be "behind the arc" if neither of his feet are inside nor step the arc  

**Official FIBA Basketball Rules apply for all game situations not specifically mentioned above  

***Refer to 3x3 Rules of the Game text version for standings, default, forfeits, protests and disqualification