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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 450 courts spanning 45 city blocks! Beyond basketball, it is an outdoor festival with shopping, food and interactive entertainment. Hoopfest happens the last weekend of June every single year since 1990. #Hoopfest2019 is June 29-30.

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 always takes place the last weekend of June:

  • June 29 & June 30, 2019
  • June 27-28, 2020
  • June 26-27, 2021

WHERE & When IS TEAM CHECK-IN FOR HOOPFEST 2019?

This year, the Ten Capital Team Check-In will be located in between Main Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard west of Stevens in the Bennett Block (the same parking lot as Nike Center Court and the Hoopfest Store). Teams can check in during the following days and times:

  • Thursday, June 27: 3 PM – 7 PM
  • Friday, June 28: 11 AM – 7 PM
  • Saturday, June 29: 7 AM-12 PM (For out-of-town teams only. You may pick up your packet prior to your first game time).

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.

How tall are the baskets?

Grades 3 and 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 3-6 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 3-12 and Adult female teams will play with an Intermediate ball (28.5″).

What is the distance of the Free-Throw Line?

Grades 3 and 4 will shoot from a distance of 10′, while all other grades and ages will shoot from a distance of 15′.

How ​much is the team entry fee?

Through the guaranteed deadline (May 17th), the team fees are:

Standard

  • Adult – $148
  • High School – $148
  • Youth – $128

 

Elite

  • Adult Elite – $188
  • High School Varsity Elite – $188
  • Freshman Elite – $188

 

Other Divisions

  • Family – $148
  • Special Olympics – FREE
  • Unified – FREE
  • Wheelchair – FREE

When does Hoopfest registration open?

REGISTRATION FOR HOOPFEST 2019 IS NOW OPEN.

Can I get a refund for team entry?

THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR TEAM ENTRIES.

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 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 17th, 2019. After the guaranteed deadline, we will welcome your completed registration only on a space available basis until May 31st, 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 2019.

What if my child will be entering high school (9th Grade) as of September 2019? 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 2019 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?

 Hoopfest applications are available on our website here.

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 (624-2414).

Want to be a sponsor?

We would love to have you! Send an email to our Director of Marketing and Business Development, Morgan Marum: morgan@spokanehoopfest.net form 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 2019 Court Sponsor​.

How many levels of sponsors are there?

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

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How does AAU operate?

Spokane Hoops League operates as a competitive youth 5on5 basketball league for youth in grades four through eight. Separate conferences exist for boys and girls; there are no co-ed teams. All participants in the League, including all players and coaches, must have a current AAU Card. Teams are formed by coaches selecting their own players and submitting their Registration Packet by the designated deadline. Registration deadline is mid-September and teams are accepted into the League on a space available basis. By submitting an Intent Packet and deposit, a team may secure a spot in their division in the League. Participation is not guaranteed until a completed Registration packet, including remaining balance payment, is received by the League Office by the designated deadline. The League Office does assist individuals attempting to find a team by placing them on an interested players list. Coaches needing additional players may contact the League Office for the interested player list. Coaches will contact interested players directly; it is not the responsibility of the League Office to place players on teams.

Each team participating within the League season is guaranteed twelve scheduled games, including an end of the season tournament culminating with “Championship Sunday”. The League operates from early November through mid-February.

What does "AAU" stand for? 

Amateur Athletic Union.

What are the requirements for uniforms?

Each team is responsible for its own uniforms. Uniform types may be either a reversible jersey or two separate jerseys. Regardless of type, there must be one white and one dark colored jersey for each game. Numbers must be on both the front of the jersey (minimum 4” tall) as well as the back of the jersey (minimum 6” tall), and must be centered vertically as well as horizontally. The numerals 6, 7, 8 and 9 are illegal and cannot be used alone or in any combination. The officials must be able to signal the jersey number with one hand. The following series of numbers can be used: 0-5, 10-15, 20-25, 30-35, 40-45 and 50-55.

Uniforms must be worn properly – shirttails must be tucked in, unless the jersey is manufactured to be worn outside.

The home team will wear a white colored jersey and the visitor team will wear the darker colored jersey. If the requirements are not met, the team will be subject to disciplinary action including incurring technical fouls and possibly forfeiting the game.

Please refer to the NFHS rules for additional uniform requirements/rules.

What if my athlete isn't on a team?

While Spokane Hoops League does not form teams, we do try to help connect non-rostered players with teams through the interested players list. The interested players list is available to any coach looking to fill his or her roster and can be received via mail or fax by contacting the office. Please be sure to include the gender and grade level of the list you are asking for (i.e. sixth grade girls).

Parents or guardians who would like to place a child on the interested players list should call the office at (509) 624-2414. If you are adding a player to the list, please have information including player name, birth date, school, grade, height, organized basketball experience, and parent/guardian contact information (address, phone number) available.

What is the Club's Goal and Objective? 

The goal of the Club is to provide amateur athletics for the development of individual member’s skills within an environment of good sportsmanship and respect for team members, opponents, coaches and officials. The objective and purpose of the Club is to develop, promote and regulate amateur athletics under the guidelines of the National Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).

What basketball rules does AAU use for League and Tournament Play? 

National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules.

Are there any exceptions to these rules as established by the AAU organization?

Yes, there are four such rules. One is the technical foul rule: any technical foul awards an automatic two points to the opposing team and possession of the ball out of bounds. The second is the press rule: any team with a score advantage of twenty (20) points is required to pull off the full court press and not pick up the opponent until the ball has crossed the half court line. After one warning from the officials, if the press is not discontinued, the officials will award a technical foul to the coach’s bench. The third rule is that there is one 60-second time-out per overtime period – no carry-overs. The fourth exception is the score of a forfeited game will be 20 – 0.

How do I know which team is home or visitor?

The home team is always listed second on the schedule.

Is Spokane Hoops EBL a grade-level-based organization?

Yes, 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. However, no grade level player may play lower than his/her academic standing. Spokane Hoops League will hold that a player is in the same grade athletically as he or she is academically.