Tournament Rules


  • A zero tolerance policy is in effect during all U League; competitions and events. Any people exhibiting violent, threatening or abusive behavior will be required to leave the venue and may face disciplinary guidelines
  • Abuse of equipment will result in disciplinary action
  • Any infractions regarding people exhibiting violent, threatening or abusive behavior will be assessed by the Disciplinary Committee in conjunction with the match officials and may result in suspensions or bans
  • Players that consistently exhibit conduct towards officials and other players that, while not worthy of a suspension as an individual act, is constant in nature and deemed negative to the playing environment of the competition will be issued a warning. If the individual does not improve their conduct following the warning they will be removed from the tournament.
  • Any abuse to officials, verbal or physical will not be tolerated and will face disciplinary actions
  • Any player that receives three technical fouls during the course of the tournament will be removed from the tournament.
  • Any player that receives three unsportsmanlikes fouls during the course of the during the course of the tournament will be removed from the tournament.
  • Any player that receives two technical fouls, two unsportsmanlike fouls or a disqualifying foul during the course of a game will be suspended for the following game. These suspensions carry over into finals games.

Registration and Participation

  • The team contact must register all of their team’s players with The U League by the cut-off date for the torunament.
  • All players must be registered, under their own name, on the scoresheet prior entering the game. If players sign on under a name that is not their own the game is considered a forfeit and the team and player may face disciplinary action.
  • Referees and officials will start the clock at the game’s appointed start time, if teams are not ready to play they will penalized two points per minute for ten minutes at which point the game will be declared a forfeit
  • In the event of a forfeit, all listed players on the team not forfeiting are recorded as having played. In the event of a no-play draw all listed players on both teams are recorded as having played.

Semi Finals & Finals

  • In Competitive Division, all teams play each other once followed by a 1st Place vs 2nd Place final
  • In Social Division, all teams in each pool play each other once with the top two teams in each pool making finals. Semi-finals are 1st Place Pool A vs 2nd Place Pool B and 1st Place Pool B vs 2nd Place Pool A with winners of these games moving on to the final
  • Players must play two of their teams games to be eligible for the finals.

Competition points, forfeits & Fines

  • Forfeits are recorded as a 20-0 scoreline for ladder purposes
  • Competition points structure is as follows: Win + 3pts, Draw + 2pts, Loss + 1pts, Notified Forfeits 0pts, Unnotified Forfeits – 3 points.
  • Teams may be docked points for conduct infractions at the discretion of the competition committee.


  • In the event of a injury either the injured player or their teammates must notify The U League Court Supervisor immediately and the Court Supervisor will help them seek medical attention
  • In the event of an injury players must complete a Incident Report Form with U League Staff. The Incident Report Form must be completed before the injured player leaves the venue and responsibility for the completion of the form rests with the injured party.
  • Any player seeking to claim against The U League’s insurance must complete Incident Report Form and retain all medical documents and receipts they receive during their treatment
  • The Court Supervisor and U League staff may assist the injured player, however, neither party are medical professionals and all advice should be considered in this light. Treatment options are the responsibility of the injured party.


  • All players must have matching, numbered jerseys. Numbers cannot overlap (i.e. you cannot have two #8s on the same team) and cannot be draw, painted or taped on.
  • All players must wear basketball shorts without pockets
  • No jewelry or objects that could cause abrasions may be worn during matches

General rules

  • Games are made up of two twenty minute running clock halves. Teams are allowed one timeout in each half. The clock stops for time-outs in all divisions.
  • The clock stops in the last minute of the game is in single digits.
  • If the game is draw in pool play it will be recorded as such, if there is a draw in a semi-final or final, teams will plays a three minute overtimes (one timeout per team) until the game has a winner.
  • In Social Division referees will maintain a loose shot clock (24) in the last 2 minutes of a game. In the event the referee feels like a play has been too long, they will count from 8 seconds. This is to combat teams holding the ball for prolonged periods of time (1 minute plus) in late game situations.
  • All other guidelines are covered by the most recent FIBA officiating rules, however, changes to the rules will not be made mid-season.