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Tournament Rules

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  2020 Blaine Girls Invitational 
February 15th & 16th
Playing Rules

Except where modified, National Federation of State High School Associations rules shall govern play.


General Information

  • Schools will open at 8:00 a.m.  Concessions will be available at all locations.
  • Admissions:  $7 per day for adults; $5 for Seniors (55+) and Children over 5; Children 5 and under are FREE.
  • We want to keep our tourney on schedule so we may start games up to 15 minutes before scheduled time if games are running ahead so please arrive early and be ready to play!

Gym Locations

  • BHS (Blaine High School) 12555 University Ave NE, Blaine MN 55434
  • NSC (National Sports Center) 1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine MN 55449
  • OMS (Oakview Middle School) 15400 Hanson Boulevard NW, Andover MN 55304
  • NMS (Northdale Middle School) 11301 Dogwood St NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
  • Teams may play at more than one location throughout the tournament – make sure you check the location/court carefully for each game.

Team Information

  • Home team is first team listed (or top of bracket). Home team wears dark uniform and provides game ball and score keeper (if required).
  • Official schedule will be posted at each location - please check brackets for any game time or location changes.
  • Line-up must be entered on official score sheet prior to start of game, incomplete or incorrect line-ups result in bench technical foul.
  • A team cannot start a game with less than 5 players. If enough players are not on the floor 5 minutes after scheduled (or declared earlier start time), the game will end in a forfeit.  15-0 will be used as final score for all forfeits.
  • All head coaches will receive a gift and snacks as a thank you for attending our tournament.

Time Regulations & Free Throws

  • Games are scheduled at 1 hour 5 min intervals – our goal is to stay on schedule.  5 minute warm up will be provided – 3 minute half time. We may shorten these times to stay on schedule.  Note: games may start up to 15 minutes early if we are ahead of schedule.
  • Games are (2) 14 min halves (stop time). Running time last 7 mins of game if lead is 20 pts+, stop time if lead drops below 10 pts.
  • Each team gets (3) 1 min timeouts per game. 1 additional timeout per overtime period.  Timeouts do not carry over.
  • In case of a tie after regulation, first OT will be two min (stop time). Second OT will be sudden death (running time).  All overtimes will commence with a jump ball.  Note: Friendship games will be declared a tie after first overtime, if still tied.
  • 1-and-1 free throw bonus in effect on 7th foul per half.  Double bonus free throws in effect on 10th foul per half.

3rd & 4th Grade Rules

  • 3rd & 4th Grade: Use a 27.5 sized basketball per MYAS Guidelines.
  • 3rd Grade may start (1) one foot ahead of the free throw line. 
  • 4th graders may land over FT line on FT attempts.
  • 3rd & 4th Grade: No full court press or zone defense allowed, person-person defense must be used after crossing 1/2 court. Help side defense is allowed on screens or when a player with the ball is within the lane. The goal is to avoid double teaming outside of the lane or zone defense of any kind.  Referees will error on the side of calling double teams and zones – please make sure you talk to your teams. At this age, we want there to be flow to these games. One warning - subsequent violations result in bench technical.

Defensive Press

  • 5th grade teams must play person to person full-court defense only. No zone defense allowed.
  • 6th-8th grade teams have no restrictions on full- and half-court defenses
  • 5th–8th Grade: No press allowed if team is ahead by 20 points+. One warning – subsequent violations result in bench technical.

Team Conduct

  • Coaches are responsible for their actions, and the actions of their players and fans. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Officials have authority to forfeit games if necessary. Tournament Director or Site Leads reserve the right to remove individuals from premises, or refuse admission to individuals, at their sole discretion. No refunds of any kind will be given if this occurs.
  • Any technical foul (bench or player) will result in automatic 2 points + the ball for opposing team (no free throws shot).
  • Any player or coach receiving two technical fouls in a game will be ejected for that day, and is required to leave the building.
  • Protests will not be honored. All disputes will be settled by game officials. Tournament director or volunteers have no control over officials. Sportsmanship concerns by player/coach/official can be brought to Tournament Director or Site Supervisor.

Tie-Breakers for Brackets with Pool Play

  • 2 TEAM TIE: Head-to-head competition between those teams will determine winner
  • 3 OR MORE TEAM TIE (see detailed steps below):
    • Step One: Point differential tie breaker applied ONLY between the teams involved in the tie. Teams are ranked according to the sum of point differential, team with highest ranking is determined pool winner.  15 points is max plus/minus total that will be factored into point differential calculation. Once pool winner has been determined, tie between remaining 2 teams is broke via head-to-head competition
    • Step Two: More than 2 teams still tied? Point differential of games from teams not involved in tie are added and results are recalculated
    • Step Three: More than two teams still tied after Step Two? 3-way coin flip will break the tie, with odd team declared the pool winner. If all 3 coins are same, all 3 teams will flip again. Tie between remaining two teams is broken via head-to-head competition


  • 4 team bracket (1st Place: Trophy & T-shirt, 2nd Place: Trophy)
  • 6 team bracket (1st Place:  Trophy & T-shirt, 2nd Place: Trophy, 3rd Place: Trophy)
  • 8 team (or more)  team bracket (1st Place: Trophy & T-shirt, 2nd Place: Trophy, 3rd Place: Trophy, Consolation: Trophy)

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