Great 48 Rules
These tournaments are fundraisers for the various hosts' athletic programs. Admission will be charged and will be set at the discretion of the host site. Admission is charged on a per day basis, usually $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors (65 and older) $4.00 for students under 18, and children under 5 are admitted free. NO FAMILY PASSES........ 2 Coaches and your players are admitted free.

Rules for the Great 48 - 4th through 8th Grade Tournaments

Teams will provide a game ball that is suitable to both coaches and the referees.

4th-6th Grade Boys & Girls will use a women's ball supplied by one of the competing teams.. High School rules apply (3 one minute timeouts) games will be two 16 minute halves stop time; overtime games will have 1-1 minute timeout per overtime (no carry over)...first overtime is 2 minutes and 2nd overtime is sudden death.

If teams have same record in a pool play then we go to head to head. If teams haven't played each other we then go to point differential. In the event that we have more than 2 teams with the same record who haven't played each other and cannot be seeded based on point differential (ie: 3 teams with same record and point total) we will go to points allowed with the two teams with the least amount of points allowed being seeded the highest. If all teams remain equal on points allowed we go to a coin flip with the odd team out.

7th & 8th Grade Boys & Girls.....girls will use a women's ball supplied by one of the competing teams while boys will use a men's ball supplied by one of the competing teams. High School rules apply....each team is given 3 one minute time outs for the game. We play two 16 minute stop-time halves. Overtime games will have 1-1 minute timeout per overtime (no carry over)...first overtime is 2 minutes and 2nd overtime is sudden death.

If a team is up by 20 points or more with 8 minutes to go or less in the second half, we will go to running time. Again, the only time we run the clock is if a team is either up by 20 points or more with 8 minutes or less left in the game. if point differential goes under 20 points, clock goes back to stopped time. There is also a 20 point no press rule. If a team is up by 20 points or more, they cannot press.

Typically, the tournament host will provide a timekeeper and a person to keep the official scorebook. In the event that either one of these positions are not filled the referees will ask the coaches to recommend a qualified person or persons for these tasks. If a person comes out of the stands to do the scorebook, he or she will become the official scorebook.

The Great 48 staff will ONLY answer to the head coach of a team. Any parents that have any questions, comments, or concerns MUST submit them to their coach. At that time the Great 48 staff will be happy to converse with the coach. We want a positive and fun experience for the kids and parents.

We have been running tournaments for the past 20 years, and realize that basketball is an exciting and competitive game. However, the Great 48 and the tournament hosts reserve the right to warn or eject a player, coach or fan for unsportsmanlike conduct or improper behavior from a game, a tournament or for the entire Great 48 season. No refunds will be given to such teams or individuals. It is important to remember that we are trying to provide a fun & exciting weekend for the players.