THE FAQs

Looking for an answer to a question? No worries, we got you covered!
Click on one of these topics link to your question, and we’ll bounce you down to your answer!

WHAT is hoopfest?

The largest 3on3 outdoor basketball tournament on Earth located in Spokane, Washington. That means over 6,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, 225,000 fans and 425 courts spanning 45 city blocks! Beyond basketball, it is an outdoor festival with shopping, food and interactive entertainment. #Hoopfest 2022 is scheduled for June 25 & 26.

WHAT are the rules of HOOPFEST?

Hoopfest is a 3on3 streetball tournament, so the rules and regulations might be different than what you’re accustomed to using for organized, indoor basketball. Don’t worry though, you can get familiar with our rules here.

WHAT impact does hoopfest weekend have on the local economy?

Hoopfest weekend brings in about a 47 million dollar impact to the Inland Northwest every single June since 1990.

What are the dat​es of Hoopfes​​t?

Hoopfest 2023 will be played on the streets of Spokane – June 24 & 25.

WHERE & When IS TEAM CHECK-IN FOR HOOPFEST 2023?

More details coming June 2023.

How many games is each team guaranteed?

Each team is guaranteed a minimum of 3 games. 

How long is EACH Game?

  • Each game is 25 minutes. However, the target score for all games is 20 points, meaning the first team to reach 20 points within 25 minutes of play is declared the winner.
  • In games consisting of players in grades 2-6, the length of the game is 20 minutes or until the first team scores 20 points; whichever comes first. 

How tall are the baskets?

Grades 2-4 will play on an 8′ basket. All others will play on a 10′ basket.

What size basketball will my team play with?

  • Boys grades 2-6 will play with an Intermediate ball (28.5″).
  • Boys grades 7-12 and Adult male teams will play with a Standard ball (29.5″).
  • Girls grades 2-12 and Adult female teams will play with an Intermediate ball (28.5″).

What is the distance of the Free-Throw Line?

  • Grades 2-4 will shoot from a distance of 10′
  • All other grades and ages will shoot from a distance of 15′.

How much is the team entry fee (2022 INFORMATION)?

Through the guaranteed deadline (May 15), the team fees are:

Standard Divisions

  • Adult – $164
  • High School – $164
  • Youth – $144

Elite Divisions

  • Adult Elite – $204
  • High School Varsity Elite – $204
  • Freshman Elite – $204
  • Senior Elite – $164
  • International 3×3 – $204

Other Divisions

  • Family – $164
  • Special Olympics – FREE
  • Unified – FREE
  • Wheelchair – FREE

We will accept teams on a ‘space available’ basis from May 16 through May 30.  Teams will incur a $20 late fee, if granted entry.

When does Hoopfest registration open?

More details coming March 2023.

Can I get a refund for team entry (2022 INFORMATION)?

  • We have a ‘no refund’ policy once a team has officially registered for the event.
  • In the event Hoopfest 2022 is cancelled due to public health concerns, refunds will be offered at the time of cancellation.

*Spokane Hoopfest Association is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization

can i change a player (2022 INFORMATION)?

Yes, you can change a player or add a 4th player. Please note the timeline below and the rules that apply!

Player changes or additions made from March 7 – May 30 = $15

  • The player change/add fee will be $15
  • Changes made during this period of time, may alter the team’s curent profile, regardless of gender/age/grade (if applicable), height and playing experience

Player changes or additions made from May 31 – June 17 = $15

  • The player change/add fee will be $15
  • Changes made during this period of time, may NOT alter the team’s current profile. That means the gender/age/grade (if applicable), height and playing experience must match

Player changed or additions from June 18 through June 25 (7:00 – 8:00 am) = $25

  • The player change fee will be $25
  • Changes made during this period of time, may NOT alter the team’s current profile. That means the gender/age/grade (if applicable), height and playing experience must match.

Reminders:

  • Player changes will be accepted in the office through Tuesday, June 21
  • Player changes made after Tuesday, will be accepted adjacent to Team Check-in and Packet Pick-up. Paper forms will be available.

Player Change dates/times listed below:

  • Thursday, June 23 – 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 24 – 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 25 – 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. (before tip-off of the first game of Hoopfest 2022)
  • The player change fee will be $25
  • The event administrators reserve the right to reject any change/addition which does not fit the team’s current profile and the bracket it has been placed in

Please note: Absolutely no players may be added or changed after 8:00 a.m. Saturday.

Do all team members have to be the same grade/age?

No. You can build your team however you like. Keep in mind however, that it may not be possible to bracket teams with very diverse player characteristics against other teams of similar makeup. Youth and high school teams will be bracketed by grade-level according to the highest grade-level on the team.

Can I play on more than one team?

While we do allow individuals to play on more than one team, we cannot control game schedules to guard against scheduling conflicts. Individuals playing on multiple teams could have multiple games scheduled at the same time.

When is the team entry deadline?

In order to guarantee your desired division, Hoopfest must receive your completed registration form on or before the guaranteed deadline is May 15, 2022. After the guaranteed deadline, we will welcome your completed registration only on a space available basis through May 30, 2022 which will be posted once registration opens.

I went through the online registration process, but was not able to complete the payment step at the end. Is my team registered?

No. In order for the online registration to be submitted and processed, the payment step must be completed successfully. Upon successful completion of the payment step, a receipt will be sent to the email address entered during the payment process. Once the team registration has been fully processed, the team captain will receive a team entry confirmation email within 24 hours containing the team number as well as other vital tournament information.

Does Hoopfest offer a family division?

Yes, there is a family division. All team members must be related to your designated team captain. See complete information in the Standard & Other Divisions section under “Play”.

Can we enter a co-ed team with only one member of the opposite sex?

Yes. Keep in mind, however, that co-ed teams must have members of the opposite sex on the court at all times. Therefore, on a team with three males and one female, the female would have to play the entire time, each game with no rest. If this female would become injured or otherwise unable to play, then the entire team would be disqualified.

Our youth team consists of both 4th and 5th graders. Will we still play on an 8' hoop?

No. Mixed-age youth teams will play at the level of the oldest team members. We will make every attempt to bracket teams such as this against other teams of similar makeup.

What Grade Level should I select For my child's team?

Select the grade that each player will be entering as of September 2022.

What if my child will be entering high school (9th Grade) as of September 2022? Will he or she be playing against 10th-12th graders?

The same rule is used for high school as is used for grade school. The team will be placed with teams in the same grade level – for example, 9th graders as of September 2022 will play other 9th graders. However, if a team has 9th and 10th graders, they will be placed in a bracket that will include 10th graders.

Where do I sign-up to volunteer?

Volunteer registration will open on February 1, 2023.

More information about volunteer positions throughout the year. 

What do I receive for volunteering?

All volunteers receive a T-shirt. Court monitors will receive a package of Nike gear, including shoes.

When and where do court monitors check-in prior to Hoopfest?

Monitor check-in is the Thursday of Hoopfest weekend. The location will be announced later in the spring.

Is court monitor training required?

Yes. The training changes slightly every year, depending on points of emphasis. We require each monitor to attend one of the training sessions. You will receive a complete list of the training dates a month prior to Hoopfest.

How and when will I learn about my volunteer shift and location?

All volunteers will be contacted by both email and postcard approximately 10-14 days prior to Hoopfest.

Do court monitors need to know anything about basketball?

A little knowledge is helpful, but not required. We offer a full training seminar, plus courts where players call their own fouls. We have a court for every level of experience.

What should I bring with me for volunteering?

Hoopfest will provide small snacks and water, but it’s a good idea to bring your own food and water as well. Make sure to check the weather and bring a sunscreen or jacket if necessary.

Is parking included?

No. We do provide our volunteers with a listing of available parking garages and other locations. In addition, we have the STA “Hoop Loop” that provides transportation from nearby parking lots downtown.

Where can I learn about different volunteer opportunities?

The Hoopfest website contains a complete listing of all our volunteer opportunities. You may also call the Hoopfest office to learn more (509-624-2414) or visit our Volunteer Main  Page by clicking this link.

Want to be a sponsor?

We would love to have you! Send an email to our Sponsor and Partnership Manager, Brady Subart: brady@spokanehoopfest.net for more information.

want to sponsor a team?

While some teams elect to recruit team sponsors to help cover the cost of registration, this is solely the responsibility of the team, as Hoopfest does not recruit or provide individual team sponsors. You or your business can receive a complimentary team entry by becoming a Hoopfest 2021 Court Sponsor.

How many levels of sponsors are there?

There are four levels of sponsorship: Major, Official, Supporting and Court.

AAU

WHEN DOES REGISTRATION OPEN?

Registration for the Spokane AAU 2022 season opens Wednesday, August 24th. 

WHEN DOES guaranteed REGISTRATION close?

Guaranteed Registration closes Friday, September 30th. 

WHat age groups & Divisions are offered?

Spokane AAU will be offering two skill level divisions – Division I and Division II – in each age group. The addition of the 3rd grade division for both girls and boys offers an opportunity for these young players to develop their skills while playing real basketball. Teams will be registered strictly on the basis of the grade in school for that school year, as of September. Any questions regarding grade level will be verified with the school listed by individual players. Any player that is in a lower grade level may play up a grade level.

Division Descriptions:

  • Division I – A perfect fit for the seasoned team that has played an extensive amount of organized basketball and wants to use his or her skills to meet any challenge
  • Division II – An ideal fit for the player who is on a journey to enhance his or her basketball skills and reinforce their love for the game

 

WHat age groups & Divisions are offered?

Each player and coach, including assistant coaches and the team contact (if he or she is also participating as a coach), is required to have a current AAU card to be involved in the league. This is a membership card that also provides supplemental liability and medical insurance during AAU-sanctioned events and activities. AAU card numbers are required on each team’s league and tournament rosters and the cost for the cards is separate from your team’s registration fee. You must provide a copy of those cards in your registration packet in order for it to be complete. Parents and coaches should also keep copies of the cards for their records.

AAU cards will be available after August 15.

Cards are not available for purchase in the league office. Cards may be purchased online through the National AAU website. AAU does not issue cards until the end of August prior to each league season.

WHat are key dates for the 2022-2023 season?

  • League Registration opens: Wednesday, August 24th
  • Guaranteed Registration closes: Friday, September 30th
  • Player Addition Period: October 14-21
  • Coaches Meeting: Tuesday, October 25
  • Boo Ball Fall Classic: October 29-30, 2022
  • Fitz – High School Boys Clinic: November 5-6, 2022
  • Fitz – 8th Grade Boys Clinic: Sunday, November 13, 2022
  • Santa Slammer Winter Classic: December 17-18, 2022
  • All-Star Games: Saturday, January 14th, 2023
  • Hot Shot Competition (Round 1): Saturday, January 28, 2023
  • Hot Shot Competition (Finals): Sunday, February 12, 2023
  • Championship Sunday, Sunday, February 12, 2023
  • Shootout Spring Classic Tournament: February 25-26, 2023

WHat are the tournament dates?

  • Boo Ball Fall Classic: October 29-30, 2022
  • Santa Slammer Winter Classic: December 17-18, 2022
  • Shootout Spring Classic Tournament: February 25-26, 2023

WHat IS THE HOOPTOWN YOUTH LEAGUE, LLC?

More details on the Hooptown Youth League, LLC can be found by clicking the button below: