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United States Police and Fire Championships (USPFC)
8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #107. San Diego CA 92111
Tele. (858) 571-9919; FAX: (858) 571-1641; E-mail:

UNISEX: 18+, 30+, 40+ and 50+, and Women’s 18+ (only)
Half Court – Maximum of 6 players on a team, plus a non-playing coach.

Sport Coordinator: Supervises all facets of event.

Assistant Coordinator: When using more than one venue the Coordinator must ensure that an Assistant Coordinator is at each venue during competition.

Credentials Official: This person works under the supervision of the Sports Coordinator, and is responsible for verifying that each player in each game is properly credentialed (competitor pass and agency identification). If multiple venues are utilized, one Credentials Official must be assigned to each venue.

One referee shall be assigned to each non-medal round game.

Two referees shall be assigned to all medal round game. All referees must have a copy of, and be familiar with the USPFC 3 on 3 Basketball Rules prior to the start of competition.

Scorekeeper: One shall be assigned to each game. The scorekeeper works under the direction of the referee.

Timekeeper: One shall be assigned to each game. The timekeeper is responsible for the game clock and works under the direction of the referee.

Shotclock Timekeeper: One thirty-second shotclock timekeeper shall be assigned to each game and works under the direction of the referee.


Check-in table workers: the Host must provide a minimum of one (1) person to work the competitor check-in table located at each venue each day of competition. They work under the direct supervision of the Sport Coordinator and must be familiar with the USPFC rules for competitor check-in procedures.


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Basic medical supplies must be provided by the Host at each site for competitors, including, ice packs, bandages, and elastic wrap.

Communications shall be available at each venue and preparations made in case it is necessary to summon emergency services.


One half of a regulation basketball court with three-point shot line.

A line shall be marked on the court sideline to sideline, twenty-eight (28) feet from the baseline. The area beyond this line (away from the basket) is to be used for changing ends (clearing the ball).

It is recommended that only one game be played in a gymnasium at one time.

A minimum of four courts are required. Scheduling of games should facilitate as little travel and change of gymnasiums as possible.

If possible, Locker rooms and shower facilities should be made available at each venue.

If possible, the gymnasiums should be made available to competitors for familiarization and practice the day prior to the tournament.


Basketballs: Host shall provide one game ball in new or very good condition for each court. If balls are new, allow for some practice with those balls, as new balls are often slippery. Each team is responsible for providing their own practice balls.

Timekeeping Equipment: A game clock and a 30-second shotclock that are visible to players, coaches and officials.

Scoreboard: Electronic scoreboards should be used when available. If not available, then flip- type scorecards shall be used.

Bracket Charts: Large bracket charts shall be clearly posted at each venue and updated so that the competitors will know where and when they are scheduled to play their next game.

Miscellaneous Equipment: Pencils, clipboards, scorebooks, chairs, and seating for competitors. Water and/or liquid refreshments shall be provided by the Host for competitors.


Double Elimination: Bracketing Rules.

NOTE: This event may be bracketed as ROUND ROBIN (POOL PLAY) with Single Elimination finals to allow for more games played if Host has sufficient courts, and with the approval of the USPFC.

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Schedule for four (4) days of competition. Allow for 90 minutes per game. There is a fifteen (15) minute forfeit rule in effect.

GENERAL SPORTS RULES for Basketball 3×3

Each team shall designate an individual to function as the team captain during each game (refer to General Sports Rules).

NOTE: A Non-Playing Coach is not restricted by age or gender requirements and may be a player in another sport. A Sworn Non-Playing Coach can receive a medal only if he/she has registered, participates as a coach and meets the USPFC rules of eligibility (refer to General Sports Rules).

A team will have a maximum of three (3) players on the court and a minimum of two (2) players on the court during play. A team will forfeit the game if there are not two (2) players on the court. A team must have three (3) players on the court to start a game or a forfeit will be called.

All competitors must wear a uniform. Each team’s uniforms shirts must be numbered and identical in color.

Each game will consist of two 20-minute, running time halves. The clock will be stopped during time-outs. A stop clock shall be utilized during the last two minutes of each game and will be stopped on each dead-ball situation. The first team to reach 75 points will be declared the winner.

Prior to each teams’ first game, a meeting shall be held between the referee and the coach of each participating team to verify the rules of play and conduct.

NOTE: Any serious violation of conduct, such as fighting or violence toward players or officials, will result in the player(s) immediate ejection from that game and his/her automatic suspension from his/her team’s next scheduled game. The event coordinator will immediately notify the USPFC, which will investigate each incident to determine if additional discipline is to be imposed.

The game will begin with a jump ball at the free throw line. The team winning possession of the ball must clear it behind the clearance line. Possession then alternates between the teams.

Each player is allowed up to 5 personal fouls (5th foul removes player from game). Free throws will be awarded with the 8th team foul of each half (all shooting fouls result in free-throws).

Beginning with the 10th Team foul in each half, two free throws are awarded for each common foul; and the game clock shall be stopped during these free throws.

Changing ends (clearing): The ball must be “cleared” (taken outside the marked area 28 feet from the baseline) each time possession changes and before a shot may be taken. A ball that is merely touched or deflected by the defense does not have to be cleared. Goals made without properly clearing the ball will be awarded to the opposing team (as if shooting at the wrong basket). Clearing the ball requires that the entire player with the ball, and the ball must clear the line.

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Inbounding the ball: Putting the ball in play will be controlled by the official. Most balls will be inbounded at center court to have the effect of bringing the ball down court. The ball will be inbounded at the following points:

1. Center court – after all goals; after any violation by the offense; after a ball goes out of bounds and is awarded to the defense. The player inbounding the ball must be standing inside the center court jump circle.

2. Nearest point – after a ball goes out of bounds and is awarded to the offense; non- shooting defensive fouls.

There is a 3-point shot in 3 on 3.

Each team is entitled to five (5) charged time-outs during a regulation game. Each team is entitled to one (1) additional time-out during each overtime period. Time-outs are 75 seconds in duration.

OVER TIME: If a game ends in a tie score there will be a 5 minute overtime period. The overtime period will begin with a jump ball at the free throw line to determine possession. The score at the end of overtime is final unless there is a tie, then another overtime period is played. The first three minutes of each overtime period is running time. The last two minutes of each overtime period is stop clock.


A maximum of 28 sets of medals (1st through 3rd place) will be needed. USPFC will advise you of the number of sets needed based on total entries, plus a reasonable margin.




The USPFC Director assigned to your sport is knowledgeable and experienced in providing assistance during the preparation and running of the sport. Questions, a detailed accounting of your preparations, and any area requiring approval of the USPFC shall be submitted in a timely
manner to this USPFC Director.

The USPFC Directors want to work with you to make your sport a success.


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