Rules for Nashville 3v3

3v3 Rules of the Game

The Official USA Basketball Rules of the Game are valid for all game situations not specifically mentioned in the 3v3 Rules of the Game listed below.

Art. 1 Court and Ball

The game of 3v3 is played on a half court with one basket.

Half of a traditional basketball court may be used.


Art. 2 Teams

Each team shall consist of 3 players minimum.

Art. 3 Game officials

The game shall consist of 1 referee and he/she will keep score.

Art. 4 Beginning of the game

4.1. A coin flip shall determine which team gets the first possession. The team that wins the coin flip can choose to benefit from the ball possession.

4.2. The game must start with three players on the court per team.

Art. 5 Scoring

5.1. Every successful shot inside the arc shall be awarded 1 point.

5.2. Every successful shot behind the arc shall be awarded 2 points.

5.3. Every successful free throw shall be awarded 1 point.

Art. 6 Playing time/Winner of a game

6.1. The first team to score 15 points or more wins the game.

6.2. A team shall lose the game by forfeit if at the scheduled starting time the team is not present on the playing court with 3 players ready to play. 

6.3. A team shall lose by default if it leaves the court before the end of the game or all the players of the team are injured and/or disqualified. In case of a default situation, the winning team can choose to keep its score or have the game forfeited, while in either case the defaulting team's score is set to 0.

6.4. A team losing by default or a forfeit will be disqualified from the competition.

Art. 7 Fouls/Free throws

7.1. Fouls during the act of shooting inside the arc shall be awarded 1 free throw, whilst fouls during the act of shooting behind the arc shall be awarded 2 free throws.

7.2. Fouls during the act of shooting followed by a successful field goal shall be awarded 1 additional free throw.

7.4. Team fouls 7, 8 and 9 shall always be awarded with 2 free throws. The 10th and any subsequent team foul as well as technical and unsportsmanlike fouls will be always awarded with 2 free throws and ball possession. This clause is applied also to fouls during the act of shooting and overrules 7.2 and 7.3.

7.5. Possession is kept after the last free throw derived from an unsportsmanlike or technical foul and the game shall continue with an exchange of the ball behind the arc at the top of the court.

Art. 8 How the ball is played

8.1. Following each successful field goal or last free throw:

  • A player from a non-scoring team will resume the game by dribbling or passing the ball from inside the court directly underneath the basket (not from behind the end line) to a place on the court behind the arc.

8.2. Following each unsuccessful field goal or last free throw):

  • If the offensive team rebounds the ball, it may continue to attempt to score without returning the ball behind the arc.

  • If the defensive team rebounds or steals the ball, it must return the ball behind the arc (by passing or dribbling).

8.3. Possession of the ball given to either team following any dead ball situation shall start with an exchange of the ball (between the defensive and the offensive player) behind the arc at the top of the court.

8.4. A player is considered to be “behind the arc” when neither of his feet are inside nor stepping on the arc.

8.5. In the event of a jump ball situation, the defensive team shall be awarded the ball.

Art. 9 Stalling

9.1. Stalling or failing to play actively (i.e. not attempting to score) shall be a violation.

9.2. Stalling will be determined by the referee after several warnings. 

The referee shall give them a final warning by counting the last 5 seconds.

Art. 10 Substitutions

Substitutions can be done by any team when the ball becomes dead, 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. Substitutions can only take place behind the end line opposite the basket and substitutions require no action from the referees or table officials.

Art. 11 Time-outs

One 30-second time-out is granted to each team. A player can call the time-out in a dead ball situation.

Art.12 Protest procedure

In case a team believes its interests have been adversely affected by a decision of an official or by any event that took place during a game, it must proceed in the following manner:

  • 1. A player of that team shall sign the score sheet immediately at the end of the game and before the referee signs it.

  • 2. Within 30 minutes, the team should email an explanation of the case, to the Sports Director at If the protest is accepted, then the team will be refunded their entry fee.


Art. 13 Disqualification

A player committing two unsportsmanlike fouls will be disqualified from the game by the referees and from the event by the organizer. Independent thereof, the organizer will disqualify the player(s) concerned from the event for acts of violence, verbal or physical aggression, and tortuous interference in game results. The organizer may also disqualify the entire team from the event depending on the other team members' contribution (also through non-action) to the aforementioned behavior. Trend Lender Promotions, LLC holds the right to impose disciplinary sanctions under the regulatory framework of the event, the Terms and Conditions of and the Trend Lender Promotions Regulations remains unaffected by any disqualification under this Article 13.

Art. 14 Cancellation or Rescheduling

Trend Lender Promotions, LLC and Nashville 3v3 have the right to cancel the event or reschedule at any time.

In the event of a cancellation, all teams will receive a refund of the Entry Fee.


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