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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

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.

aau

What's new for the 2019-2020 Basketball season?

  • We are adding a 3rd grade division for both boys and girls
  • We are adding two skill level divisions – Division I and Division II – to create opportunities for all players
    • Division I – is a perfect fit for the seasoned player who loves the game, has played an extensive amount of organized basketball and wants to use his or her skills to meet any challenge.
    • Division II – is an ideal fit for the player who is on a journey to enhance his or her basketball skills and reinforce their love of the game.
  • We will continue to have a 12-game league schedule however we are changing to a 10-week schedule. This will give families the opportunity to spend President’s Day weekend with their families.

What does "AAU" STAND FOR?

Amateur Athletic Union. Visit AAU’s website at www.aausports.org.

What is the club's Goal and Objective?

The goal of the Spokane Hoopfest Association and Spokane AAU is to create basketball experiences that celebrate athleticism, fair play, good sportsmanship and community involvement. Spokane AAU develops, fosters, and regulates its programs through specific rules and regulations. 

What basketball Rules does AAU USE FOR LEAGUE AND TOURNAMENT PLAY?

ARE WE IMPLEMENTING THE 40-POINT MERCY RULE?

Yes, it will be implemented during the 2nd half of the game. The game clock shall run continuously for the remainder of the game except for an official’s time-out, a charged time-out, time between quarters, or the administration of free throws.

Are THERE ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THESE RULES AS ESTABLISHED BY THE SPOKANE REGIONAL AAU?

Yes, there are 4 such rules:
  • Technical Fouls: any Technical Foul, Intentional Foul or Flagrant Foul awards an automatic two points to the opposing team and possession of the ball out of bounds.
  • Press Rules: 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. 
  • Overtime: Each team will be given one 60-second time-out per overtime period – no carry-overs.
  • Forfeited Game: the final score will be (15-0). Any team that forfeits a game during the league season or during a tournament will not be eligible to compete in the Championship bracket. 

What is the Team registration fee for SPOkane AAU?

The cost to play in Spokane AAU is $1,600/team + $50 processing fee.

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 (Home team) and one dark (Visitor team) jersey for each game. The Home team is always listed second on the schedule.

Numbers must be on both the front of the jersey (minimum 4″ tall) as well as the back of the jersey (minimum of 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 game officials will make the final decision at the time of the games and teams that do not meet the requirements will be subject to disciplinary action including incurring technical fouls and possibly forfeiting the game.

IS SPOKANE AAU BASKETBALL A GRADE-LEVEL BASED ORGANIZATION?

Yes, teams will be registered strictly on their grade in school for the upcoming 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 AAU Basketball will hold that a player is in the same grade athletically as he or she is academically. 

Can a Player Be rostered on MORE THAN ONE TEAM?

No, a player may only be rostered on one League Roster. If a player is rostered on 2 different teams, said player will be disqualified from playing.

Can a Player switch teams once rostered?

No, players will not be allowed to switch teams once he or she has been rostered on a team for the current League Season.

CAN A TEAM SWITCH A GAME TIME?

No, once the schedules are published – game time switches will not be allowed.

What day of the week are games played?

All games are scheduled on Saturday.

What happens if the weather does not allow on a game day?

A make-up Snow Day has been set aside.

Game RULE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Games will always start at time scheduled, never earlier, and later only if the previous game is running late, absolutely no running clock (unless the 40-Point Mercy Rule is in effect)
  • 5-minute pre-game warm-up (minimum)
  • 8-minute quarters for all grade levels (with stopping clock)
  • 2-minute half-time
  • 1 minute between quarters
  • 3 (60 second time outs) per game
  • 2 (30 second time outs) per game
  • 1 (60 second time out) per overtime period (no carry-overs)
  • Three-point shot counted if three-point line (arc) is present
  • Overtime: 3 minutes (Continue with overtime periods until tie is broken) – no game ends in a tie
  • “Forfeit” of a Game – will be 10 minutes after the scheduled game time (final score will be 15 – 0)

What ball size is used?

  • Girls Grades 3 through 8 – 28.5 (intermediate size)
  • Boys Grades 3 through 6 – 28.5 (intermediate size)
  • Boys Grades 7 and 8 – 29.5 or 30.0 (full size)

Which grades use a shot clock?

Grades 6, 7 and 8:

  • Girls – 30-second shot clock (if available)
  • Boys – 35 second shot clock (if available)

3rd grade specific rules:

  • Will play on a 9′ basket
  • Will use a 28.5 (intermediate size) basketball)
  • No-Press Rule – will be enforced through the first 3 quarters
  • During the 4th quarter only – teams will be allowed to press
  • More details to follow

TEAM ROSTER RULES:

  • Teams are formed by coaches who select their own players and submit their team rosters by the designated deadline.
  • Rosters will not be Co-Ed.
  • A team roster must have a minimum of 5 players and a maximum of 12 players.
  • A player can only be rostered on one team – that applies to both our league and each of the tournaments we sponsor.
  • Team Rosters will reflect only the players that have been officially rostered. If a player has not been officially rostered, said player will be disqualified, the team will receive a game forfeit, and will not be eligible to compete for their respective grade level championship game.
  • Each team must have one head coach and must have at least one assistant coach and may have a maximum of two assistant coaches.
  • Every rostered coach and player for each team must have a current AAU Card. AAU Cards can be purchased online through the National AAU website (aausports.org).

HOW TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM FOR THE LEAGUE SEASON OR TOURNAMENTS:

All team registrations for the league and/or any of the 3 tournaments will be available online.  We will provide the links for each event on our website on the specific league and tournament pages.

Can a team add a player after they have submitted their initial roster?

Yes!  We designate a one week in the month of October which is prior to the league season for teams to add players.  That is the only time a player can be added, unless you have less than 8 players, you will have until the first Monday of December to add up to your 8th player.  There will not be any other opportunities to add players for the league season.

What other highlights does the Spokane AAU PROGRAM OFFER?

Three tournaments:

  • Boo Ball Fall Classic
  • Santa Slammer Winter Classic
  • Shootout Spring Classic

 

  • The Hot Shot Competition – provides the opportunity for 2 young athletes from each team to participate in either the Free Throw Contest or the 3-Point Contest. This event provides some great competition and the great sportsmanship the players display towards each other.
  • The All-Star Game – this was is strictly for our 8th grade boys and girls. The nominations come from the coaches – it is the selection process that we have.  Coaches be watchful of the players on the court and provide us with the names of the players that have earned their spots on the teams.  We will provide the formula for voting.
  • Championship Weekend – culminates the league season with fantastic competition and festivities to make it special for everyone who attends!