Easter Classic Rules

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1. It is always expected that at all times during this tournament every possible endeavour will be made to ensure that each match is played.

2. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to reschedule games that have been affected by unforeseen circumstances

3. Each Team Manager must report to the Administration Area at the stadium where their first match is to be played at least thirty minutes before their team’s first game to confirm the team’s playing list and to receive any new information.

4. All players must be under the age of the nominated age group on December 31, of the current calendar year. i.e. for Under 14s, a player must be under the age of 14 on December 31 2022.

5. Players may play for one team and in one grade only.

6. Players must play a minimum of two (2) games to qualify for the finals.

7. A team may consist of a maximum of twelve (12) registered players.

8. Bad language will not be tolerated and will be dealt with as per FIBA rules.

9. The interpretation of normal playing rules by a referee shall not be considered as grounds for a dispute.

10. Any protest or dispute must be referred in writing to the Games Commissioners within one (1) hour of the completion of the game. The Games Commissioners shall determine if there is a case for a dispute hearing. If there is a hearing, all affected parties shall have a right to representation. The findings of this dispute hearing will be final.

11. This Tournament is officially endorsed by Basketball South Australia.

12. With the exception of these Tournament Rules, FIBA rules will apply. However, the Tournament Director has the final say in any decision required. The FIBA rules can be found here.

13. Games will be allowed to be videotaped under certain circumstances. Please see the full Video policy.

14. Umpires will wear approved attire only.

15. Norwood Basketball Club and Adelaide Community Basketball Association have adopted the Basketball Australia Member Protection Policy, with all teams agreeing to abide by the guidelines as set out in this document. A copy can be found here.

16. Norwood basketball Club and Adelaide Community Basketball Association are endorsed by Basketball SA to conduct tribunal proceedings as per the Basketball SA Tribunal By-Laws. A copy can be found here.

17. Where a grade is labelled as a Domestic Grade, no regular member of Division 1 (SA) or VC/Representative (VIC) or equivalent team in other states is eligible to play. The penalty will be the forfeit of any games where that player has played. A Regular Member is defined as either being on a nominated team list or having played two or more games in the month leading up to the carnival. An exemption may be granted by the Tournament Committee at their discretion.


1. Each team is required to supply two (2) competent score table officials for each game including all finals.

2. Teams shall be attired in appropriate uniform with legal numbers (1-99 and 00). Players out of uniform shall have a personal foul recorded against their name on the score sheet and two (2) points awarded to the opposing team.

3. If the referees determine that there is a clash of colours between teams, the second named team shall change uniforms. All teams are responsible for having an alternate set of uniforms available. If a team is required to change uniforms and is unable to do so, that team will have 20 points awarded against them.

4. Players who are not playing will be removed from the tablet at halftime by the referee.

5. Team A will manage the tablet scoring and the shot clock (if required) and Team B will operate the game clock and the possession arrow.

6. If a team does not appear with five (5) players within ten (10) minutes of the scheduled time of the game as shown in the program, then the offending team shall forfeit the game. If a team appears within ten minutes, but after the time of the game as shown in the program, then the opposing team shall be awarded one (1) playing point for each minute the offending team is late. The tournament director reserves the right to reschedule games under extenuating circumstances.

7. At the conclusion of each game the completed score sheet must be taken to the administration area by the first-named referee.

8. The three-point line will not apply for games played in all Under 12 grades.


1. All minor games will run as:

  • Championship – four ten (10) minute quarters. The clock will stop for time outs and full championship timing rules will apply for the last three (3) minutes of the last quarter.
  • All other grades – two twenty (20) minutes halves. Full championship timing rules will apply for the last two (2) minutes of the second half.

2. The halftime break shall be three (3) minutes in each grade.

3. All final games will run as:

  • Championship – four ten (10) minute quarters. The clock will stop for time outs and full championship timing rules will apply for the last three (3) minutes of the last quarter.
  • All other grades – two twenty (20) minutes halves. Full championship timing rules will apply for the last three (3) minutes of the second half. 

4. Timeouts per game:

  • Championship – 2 timeouts in the first half, with 3 timeouts available in the second half, however only 2 timeouts can be used in the final 3 minutes of the last quarter
  • All other grades – 1 timeout per half, noting no time outs can be used in the last two (2) minutes of the first half

5. Zone Defence is not permitted in any Under 12 and Under 14 competitions. The full rule regarding “No Zone” can be found here. There are no other restrictions on zone defence in this tournament.

3. The 24 second shot clock shall run in all Under 14, Under 16, and Under 18 Championship games as per Fiba Rules Art 28. This includes 14-second resets as outlined in the Fiba Rules 21.2.1. In all Under 14 championship games, the 24 seconds shall start when the offensive team is in their frontcourt (as per Fiba Rules Art 28). If no working shot clock is available, the referees shall be responsible for making the call, giving the team a 10 and 5-second verbal warning.

4. All drawn games with being recognised as a draw, except finals, which will be played one three (3) minute period as follows:

i) In all Championship grades, full championship timing rules will apply throughout the extra period(s) of play.

ii) In all other games, only the last two minutes of this period are to be played under full championship conditions.

iii) If a draw again results after the extra period, then a further three (3) minute period is to be played within one minute under the same timing rules as above.

iv) One time out per team, per extra time period, is allowed.


1. It is the responsibility of each team to check the results board and the website on a regular basis. The fixtures and results on the website (www.easterclassic.com.au) are the correct fixtures. The results on the website shall be the official results and will override results boards. If there is an error on the website, the Courtside App shall be referred to.

2. Standings of Teams: Teams shall be classified according to their win-loss records. Three (3) points will be awarded for a win, two (2) points for a draw, one (1) point for a loss and zero (0) points for a game lost by forfeit.

  • If there are two teams with an equal win-loss record, the result of the game between the two teams will be used to determine the placings. The winner of the game between these two teams will have a higher standing.
  • If three or more teams have an equal win-loss record, the “Points Spread” method will be used to determine the standing of the teams taking into account only the results of the games between the teams that have an equal win-loss record.
  • The “Points Spread” is the difference between “points scored for” and “points scored against”. The team with the highest “Points Spread” will have the highest standing, the team with the next highest “Points Spread” will have the next highest standing and so on.
  • If, after the application of the “Points Spread” method, two or more of the teams still have the same “Points Spread”, then the overall standing of those teams on an equal “Points Spread” shall be determined by dividing the total points scored for (in all games), by the total points scored against (in all games), multiplied by 100. The team with the resulting higher percentage will have the higher standing.
  • If teams have not played each other and finish on the same amount of points, the placing will be determined by the percentage for all games played.
  • If there has been an uneven number of games played and teams end up on the same amount of points, the team that has played the lessor amount of games will proceed.

3. The score of a forfeited game shall be 20-0.


1. Teams are requested to provide an alternative set of singlets

2. Teams listed second will be required to change singlets in the event of a clash


1. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to reschedule games in the event of extraordinary circumstances

2. A minimum of three (3) hours notice will be given before the start of any rescheduled game

3. The Tournament Committee will endeavour to issue fixtures to give participants enough time to plan however a few late changes may be required


1. The decision to abandon any game due to an unforeseen circumstance will be made by the Tournament Director in consultation with the affected Venue Supervisor.

2. Only tournament officials may declare a game abandoned due to venue conditions. Referees need to confirm with a tournament official and are unable to abandon a game.

3. A team leaving before an official decision has been made by the Tournament Director may give a walkover

4. Where games are abandoned or not played due to no fault of one of the participating teams:

  • If the game has not commenced, the Tournament Committee will endeavour to reschedule the game if possible
  • If no suitable time can be arranged, the Tournament Committee will deem the game as being a draw
  • If the game does not reach halftime, the game will be deemed a draw
  • Once halftime has been reached and the game is abandoned, the game score will count as the final score