Basketball Rules

Court and Ball

A 3x3 court playing surface is 10m (width) x 10m (length). The official 3x3 ball shall be used for 3x3 and standard regulation ball for 4x4.

Team roster

5 players 3 + 2 substitute. Note: game must start with 3 (three) players.

Initial possession

Coin flip to choose starting possesion of ball. Note: the team that wins the coin flip decides whether it takes the ball or leaves it.


1 point inside and 2 points, f scored behind the arc.

Game duration

3 x 10 minute thirds, with no overtime. In event of a tie score death point will be applied to each third.

Free throw(s) following a shooting foul

1 free throw , 2 free throws if foul committed behind the arc.

Foul limit

6 team fouls. No individual fouls recorded.

Penalty for team fouls 7, 8 and 9

2 free throws

Penalty for team fouls 10 and more

2 free throws + ball possesion

Possession following a successful goal

Defense possession Right underneath the hoop in inner arc. Ball to be dribbled or passed to a player behind the arc. Defensive team not allowed to play for the ball inside the "no-charge semicircle" area underneath the basket

...following a dead ball

Check ball exchange behind the arc (at the top)

...following a defensive rebound or steal

Ball to be dribbled/passed behind the arc

...following a jumpball situation

There are no jump balls in 3x3 or 4x4. In the regular jump ball situation defense gains possession of the ball.


In dead ball situations, prior to the check ball. The substitute can enter the game after his teammate steps off the court. Substitutions require no action from the referees.

Notes: *A player is considered to be "behind the arc" if neither of his feet are inside nor step on the arc **Official FIBA Basketball Rules apply for all game situations not specifically mentioned above