Sport Information

Location

Ross Norton Recreation Complex
1426 S. Martin Luther King, Jr Avenue
Clearwater, Florida 33756
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Events

Men 50+
Men 55+
Men 60+
Men 65+
Men 70+
Men 75+
Men 80+
Women 50+
Women 55+
Women 60+
Women 65+
Women 70+
Women 75+
Women 80+

Schedule

Basketball Schedule

Schedules will be available on December 2, 2016 and will be posted online. Team Captains may call the Florida Senior Games toll free at 866-FLGAMES for their first game time. Schedules are subject to change. A final schedule will be available at the mandatory Captains Meeting. It is the responsibility of each team to have a representative present to obtain any pertinent information or changes in schedule.

Florida Senior Games Qualifying Rules

Open – no qualifying required

Entry Requirements

  • Team entry fee is $130 per team per division, and includes an event t-shirt for each player / coach on the roster. T-shirts for all team players and coaches must be picked up by a team representative at the Mandatory Captains Meeting. A short survey will be required to be completed at check-in. This survey can be found online with the entry forms below, and can be completed in advance and brought to check-in.
  • Registration will begin July 2016. All entries must be received by November 16, 2016 or register online by November 18, 2016 at www.flasports.com. Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Event Director. Teams registering after November 18, 2016 will not be guaranteed a t-shirt and may be subject to a $30 late fee.
  • Team entry form and entry fee should be made payable to the Florida Sports Foundation (FSF). Save a stamp and beat the deadline, registration online!
  • Team waiver forms are not due until the Mandatory Captains Meeting. All team captains must submit a team waiver form signed by all players / coaches on the roster.
  • Teams must be of all one gender. There are separate tournaments for each gender.
  • Team rosters shall be limited to 10 players including non-playing captains, coaches and bench personnel. Changes shall be allowed only as permitted under Rule F of the Florida Senior Games rules of competition.
  • Athletes may play on up to two basketball teams providing that the teams are in different age divisions and are scheduled to play at different times.
  • Age divisions for all team competition will be determined by the age of the youngest team member.

Format

  • If numbers are conducive, teams will be divided into pools within their age divisions. Within each pool a single round-robin tournament will be played. At the conclusion of the round robin, winners will advance and play a single-elimination tournament. If entries are not conducive, a double-elimination tournament will be played within the age division.
  • Ties for seeding will be broken in the following manner:
    • Overall record
    • Head-to-head competition
    • Point differential – a maximum of 13 points will be awarded towards point differential, regardless of final score
    • Coin toss
  • Forfeits shall be scored 7-0.
  • Event Director reserves the right to modify format based on number of teams.
  • Teams are guaranteed three games.
  • Teams will not play more than three games in one day.
  • COMPETITION BALLS WILL BE PROVIDED.
  • Fourth place ribbons will be awarded in addition to Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for Florida teams. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to top overall teams, if non-resident teams are in contention for medals.

Sport Rules

  • This tournament will be conducted in accordance with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules, except as modified herein.
  • Teams must have a minimum of three players on the floor to start a game. Teams may continue/finish with a minimum of two players on the floor.
  • The game shall be played on half court by two teams of three players each, including a maximum of seven substitutes.
  • Playing time shall be two halves of 15 minutes of a continuously running clock with an intermission of five minutes. In the last two minutes of each half, the clock will stop in accordance with normal basketball rules.
  • A tie score at the end of regulation time will result in a three-minute stop clock overtime period with ball possession determined by a coin flip. If the game is still tied, subsequent three-minute periods shall be played until the tie is broken.
  • Two timeouts are permitted per team per half. If a game proceeds to overtime, each team shall receive no more than one additional timeout, regardless of the number of overtimes. Timeouts shall be 30-seconds in duration. The clock will not run during timeouts.
  • Substitutions may be made after a basket, a foul shot, stoppage of play or any other time an official beckons the player onto the court.
    • Players MUST be beckoned onto the court by the referee. Entering the court without being beckoned will result in a warning from the official; all subsequent violations will result in a technical foul.
    • Both the offensive and defensive team may substitute after the first free throw of a two shot foul and after the second free throw of a three shot foul.
    • The defensive team can only substitute after a made basket or free throw (when it is the final free throw taken) if the offense is substituting at that time. Violating this rule will result in a warning from the official; all subsequent violations will result in a technical foul.
    • On all stoppage of play (i.e., violations such as traveling, double dribble, three seconds, or out of bounds, etc.) either team can substitute as long as they request to sub prior to the inbounder having the ball in the throw-in area.
  • The winner of the coin toss shall take the first possession. Possession at the start of the second half shall be determined by the possession arrow. Ball possession changes hands after each basket unless a technical or personal foul is awarded.
  • A 20 second shot clock will be in effect throughout the entire game. Violation of the 20 second shot clock rule will result in loss of possession.
  • The game shall be played using the three-point line as the “check line.” The ball shall be returned to a point behind the check line after each change of possession as follows:
    • After a made basket and all dead ball situations, the ball shall be placed in play from the top of the key (“throw-in area”). The ball must be advanced into play by means of a pass to a teammate. Violation of the throw-in area by the offense results in a loss of possession.
    • After a turnover or defensive rebound, the ball may be returned to any point behind the check line. The player returning the ball behind the check line shall be in possession of the ball with both feet behind the line. The ball does not have to pass behind the 3-point line; only the player’s feet. The penalty for failure to be in possession of the ball with both feet behind the line shall be loss of possession. The player who returns the ball behind the line may maintain possession and attempt to score.
  • Following a made basket or dead ball, the ball shall be put in play within five seconds from the time the ball is in the throw-in area. If the ball is not put in play within five seconds it shall be a violation, and possession shall be awarded to the defense with no change in the possession arrow. Dribbling will result in a replay.
  • Player limitations during inbounding:
    • The inbounder must be within 3 feet of the three-point line and must stay within the free throw lane extended area (12 feet wide), an area referred to as the throw-in area.
    • The defense may defend anywhere on the court, however no player may enter the throw-in area to defend the inbounder.
    • The inbounder’s teammates may not receive the inbound pass within the “out of bounds area” which is the area behind the three point line, free throw lane extended.
    • The inbounder’s teammates may not enter the three-second lane to receive a pass or set a screen until the inbounding teammate actually takes possession of the ball at the throw-in area; they may cross and exit the lane to reposition themselves prior to the inbounds pass.
    • The 3 second lane count and the 5 second closely guarded count should not begin until the defensive team (now the new offensive team) takes the ball behind the three point arc.
    • Violations of the throw-in area by the offense result in a loss of possession.
    • Violations of the throw-in area by the defense result in a warning followed by a technical foul (2 shots).
  • A player is disqualified on his/her fifth foul. Technical fouls will be assessed in accordance with NCAA rules.
  • All personal and technical fouls shall be counted against a team total. On the seventh team foul, a bonus shall be awarded for the remainder of the game. Team fouls carry over into the second half and overtime periods. Penalties for fouls shall be as set forth below.
  • Prior to the seventh team foul:
    • any common foul shall result in loss of possession for the offending team;
    • any player control foul shall result in disallowing a converted basket and loss of possession;
    • any shooting foul with a missed basket shall result in two free throws, and the offended team shall retain possession;
    • and any shooting foul with a converted basket shall result in the basket being awarded along with one free throw, and the offended team shall retain possession.

If a shooting foul occurs during the running time part of the game:
All players will remain behind the arc and the offense will re-gain possession of the ball, even if the clock goes to the two minute mark. At that time, the clock will stop until the ball is put in play again from the throw-in area.

All the players behind the arc may cross the arc once the shooter releases the ball. The shooter may cross the free throw line after the ball strikes the rim, flange or backboard or retrieve the ball upon completion of the last free throw.

During the stopped time portion of the game:
The free-throw shooter shall not break the vertical plane of the free-throw line with either foot until the ball strikes the ring, flange or backboard or until the free throw ends.

No player shall enter or leave a marked lane space or contact any part of the court outside the marked lane space until the free-thrower has released the ball.

  • Beginning with the seventh team foul:
    • any common foul shall result in a single free throw and the offended team shall retain possession;
    • any player control foul shall result in recording the foul and a change in possession
    • any shooting foul with a missed basket shall result in two free throws (three for a three-point attempt), and the offended team shall retain possession;
    • and any shooting foul with a converted basket shall result in the basket being awarded along with one free throw, and the offended team shall retain possession.
  • Beginning with the 10th team foul:
    • any common foul shall result in two free throws, and the offended team shall retain possession;
    • any player control foul shall result in recording the foul and a change in possession.
    • any shooting foul with a missed basket shall result in two free throws (three for a three-point attempt), and the offended team shall retain possession;
    • and any shooting foul with a converted basket shall result in the basket being awarded along with one free throw, and the offended team shall retain possession.
  • During the last two minutes of each half, and during any overtime period, the automatic awarding of team possession after free throws does not apply (live rebounding will be in effect).
  • Team clothing must be of like design and color. Teams are encouraged to have both “home” and “away” uniforms with permanently attached numbers front and back. The numbers must be 4″ on the front and 6” on the back in the center of the jersey. Sponsors may be added to jersey but cannot interfere with the number placement. Uniforms shall be free of inappropriate symbols or wording.
  • Three point shots are allowed. The three point line distance for both men and women will be 19’9”.
  • Officials do not put the ball in play, except at the start of each half. The referee will handle the rebound of the first free throw (first and second free throws if three shots are being taken) and then will not handle the ball after the last free throw.

National Senior Games Qualifying Rules

All teams placing first through third and all 80+ teams at the 2016 Florida Senior Games shall qualify for the 2017 National Senior Games.

Contacts

FSF Staff Contact
Michael Washington
(727) 724-3082 ext. 241
mwashington@flasports.com

Event Director
Richard Blalock
(352) 262-5755
richardtblalock@yahoo.com

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