E-Mail or Text Your Opposing Team To Schedule A Match For The Week

Decide On What Court/Park To Play At As Well As Date & Time

Play Traditional Pick-Up Basketball Rules, First To 50 Wins, Submit Scores After Game


I. League Format

a. Pick-Up And Play league is broken into two sections: regular season and playoffs. All teams will be eligible for the regular season. Only teams with winning records will be eligible for the post-season.   

b. Any Public Park in the Cincinnati/NKY area with full length basketball courts are eligible to play. Location and time must be agreed upon by both teams prior to game time. Courts cannot be reserved in advanced so please find an open court and be respectful/give priority to players already playing at a court. 

c. Regular Season: Each team will play a seven (7) game regular season that will start  on May 11th, 2019. Team’s schedules will be emailed out no later than May 6th, 2019. Each team will have one week (7 days) to contact their opponent and schedule a neutral site game. In the case of a game not being scheduled due to weather, schedule conflicts, etc. there is a week provided at the end of the regular season for any and all make up games.

d. Playoffs: Playoffs will begin the week following the regular season make up week. Playoff schedules will be posted following the final regular season game, and will be seeded according to record. Playoff is single elimination and follows the same format as regular season games. 

e. Scheduling games – each team will have access to their opponents contact information and are to reach out to them and find a date and time in the next week that works best for both teams. Teams can use any day throughout the week. Once a time is set then it is on both teams to show up.

f. Rescheduling – Teams can reschedule games to another day that week but MUST give opposing team at least 24 hours notice. If it is within 24 hours then the other team can either accept a forfeit or agree to a different time and day.

II. Game Rules

a. Games will begin promptly at the scheduled start time agreed upon by the two teams if possible. Please plan on arriving a few minutes before game time to introduce each other and find an available court. Only the two teams will be there – no league representative will be present.

b. Games are 3 on 3 basketball, with benches for any additional players on each team if necessary. If a team only has two players present at game time, they may play with those two players. However, they will be required to use one of their timeouts if more players arrive to sub someone in.

c. Games should be played on a full court. To start the game a player on one of the teams will shoot from beyond the arc for ball. A made shot means the team gets the ball to start the game, a missed shot means the opposing team receives the ball. Opening ball will be ‘checked’ (bouncing ball to opposing team, they bounce it back to the same player) at midcourt to start the game. 

If both teams agree to playing half court then ‘check’ rules apply. If a team shoots the ball and it doesn’t go in, then they don’t need to take it back beyond the arc on an offensive rebound, but if the other team gets the rebound they have to take it back beyond the arc to ‘check’ regardless of if the rim was hit or not.

d. Games will consist of two of two halves. The first half will end whenever a team reaches 25 points. The second half and game will end whenever a team reaches 50 points. A team MUST win by 2 to win the game, so simply scoring 50-49 will not end the game. Play will continue until a team leads by 2 points.

e. Scoring and rules are traditional pick-up basketball style rules. Scoring is 1 (inside the arc) and 2’s (beyond the arc). 

f. Fouls – teams are responsible for calling their own fouls. The result of a foul is the fouled team receiving the ball after ‘checking’ at the top of the key. If a foul is called and a basket is made in the process of the foul then the basket does not count and the fouled team receives the ball for a new possession. Fouls CANNOT be intentional in order to stop an easy basket, fouls can also not be called when a clear one wasn’t made – if a team does either of these regularly they will risk forfeit of game.

g. Timeouts – Each team will receive 2 timeouts for each half. Timeouts are 2 minute long break periods for teams to rest, drink water, strategize, or whatever else they want. Timeouts do not carry over from one half to the next. Halftime will be 5 minutes long.

h. Bench – Players on the bench will stay on the sidelines and can only come in either during a dead ball (after a score or ball goes out of bounds) or during a time out.

i. Post-Game – The winning team will text or email the TOTAL score of both teams in the match to the Pick-Up and Play league offices so the website can be updated to reflect outcome.

j. Disputes – All disputes are highly encouraged to be worked out between the two teams. If a dispute solution cannot be resolved, then contact league offices. All decisions made by league offices are final.

k. Alcohol and tobacco is not permitted to be on-site during any activities

III. Roster and Players

a. All teams must submit a completed roster prior to their first game. Full rosters for each team will be included online. While not required, players are encouraged to upload a picture & bio to the website to help teams find each other on gameday.

i. Rosters shall have a minimum of five players and a maximum of twelve players. Each player does not need to play or appear for each game, the added roster space is in case teams want to sub players out throughout the year. Players are not allowed to join mid-season and doing so would rule a team and any games that player played in as ineligible and a loss.

 ii. Rosters must contain a bio for at least the captain of the team.

iii. Players may be added to your roster until end of the season.

b. Each player on your roster must be at least 18 years of age.

c. All games played without a roster will be forfeited

d. Teams must have at least three players on the court to play. While rosters MUST have at least three players, we understand scheduling conflicts can prevent a full team from showing. To allow flexibility, teams can play games with as little as 2 players. Anything less is an automatic forfeit.

IV. Team Manager’s Role

a. Each team shall designate one team manager for the season

b. The designated team manager (and only the team manager) shall be responsible for reporting scores after the game and for any disagreements with the other team’s captain. If a captain of a team cannot make the game then someone else will be required to take his place.

c. Managers may discuss calls with one another and have the responsibility to reach an agreement. If agreement is not reached then they may contact a league representative.

d. Team managers are responsible for ensuring that all players and spectators who are with their team behave in an appropriate manner.

V. Equipment

  1. Apparel: Teams are responsible for bringing their own equipment and gear to a game. While it is recommended that teams color coordinate, it is not required. An eligible uniform is any combination of athletic shoes, shorts, and shirt (numbers on shirt not required). The following items are forbidden due to safety of players:

    1. Jeans, heavy pants, cargo shorts, jean shorts, or any other apparel that isn’t athletic wear

    2. Hoodies, jackets, going shirtless, any clothes with hard studs or zippers.

    3. Boots, sandals, or going barefoot. Players must wear sneakers or tennis shoes.

    4. Belts, Metal necklaces, or metal wristbands of any type.

b. Non-Jersey Penalty: Any player who does not have a jersey that meets the above criteria (a-d) will not be allowed to play. If evidence of player refusing to obey apparel rules and playing any way will result in forfeit of game. Again, this is for the safety of all the players involved.

c. Balls: Each team is required to provide an official mens’ sized (29 inch) basketball for each game. If teams cannot agree on which game ball to use, each teams’ ball will be used for one half.