Category: Rules

AAU Boys & Girls Basketball Rules

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  • 2 Day Tournament pass $20 (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Daily adult price is $10 a day
  • Children ages 6-18 weekend pass $5.00
  • Children ages 5 and under – No Charge
  • Daily tickets are valid for all gymnasiums for that day only
  • All coaches, players and fans must show a valid tournament pass to enter gymnasium otherwise a new pass is required


We intend to presents a professional appearance for all coaches. So, please refrain from coaching in basketball shorts, jeans, open toe shoes, tank tops, hats, sweat pants etc… We appreciate the following coaching attire:

  • Collared Shirts
  • Khaki Slacks/Khaki Style Shorts
  • Coaching bands are to be worn the entire weekend.


  • DO NOT call for seeding, scores, gym locations and directions since they will be posted on our website
  • Check the website DAILY for changes to the schedule


  1. ALL teams must check-in prior to first game at Coral Spring Complex:
    2501 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065
    Saturday hours: 7:30 am – 2:30 pm
  2. A roster for each team must be submitted to the Tournament Director during check-in.
  3. Print and bring a copy of the official AAU roster to check-in (
  4. A copy of each player’s official AAU Membership card
  5. Birth certificate of each player.
  6. Current picture of each player.
  7. Current school year report card.
  • You must add ALL players and coaches to your official team roster.
  • Players not listed on your official roster will NOT be covered for insurance purposes and will NOT be allowed to participate.
  • Players cannot be added to the roster once the event has begun.
  • Teams that fail to check-in will not be allowed to advance to bracket play.
  • Information provided on the roster must be complete and accurate.
  • All teams will receive wristbands and must be worn at all times.  Players without a wristband will not be allowed to participate in the event.
  • Coach’s must be present, provide valid identification and must be on the official team roster to receive a wristband.  No exceptions.
  • Have fun!!!


  • The top team on the schedule shall be the home team and sit on the scorekeepers’ left.
  • The bottom team on the schedule shall be the visiting team and sit on the scorekeepers’ right.
  • 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade division competitions shall use the 28.5 circumference basketball.
  • 7th and 8th grade division competitions shall use the 29.5 circumference basketball.
  • The home team will provide the game ball.

 Playing Time

Division/Grade Quarters Halftime/Warm ups Overtime
3rd 6 Minutes 5 Minutes 3 Minutes
4th , 5th, 6th 7 Minutes 5 Minutes 3 Minutes
7th , 8th 8 Minutes 5 Minutes 4 Minutes

Press Rule

  1. For 3rd and 4th grade divisions:
    • Teams ahead by 20 points or more at any point in the second half must play defense behind their three-point arc. First offense: Warning, Second and all additional offenses: 2 shot administrative technical.
  2. For 5th grade divisions and older:
    • Teams ahead by 30 points or more at any point in the second half must play defense behind their three-point arc. First offense: Warning, Second and all additional offenses: 2 shot administrative technical.

Pool Play Tie Breaker

  1. In any situation where two (2) teams are tied, head-to-head competition between the teams will determine the winner.
  2. If more than two (2) teams tie, a point differential tie-breaker will be applied. The point differentials of the teams involved in the tie are totaled. Teams are then ranked according to the sum of the point differential – with the highest number placing above the second highest point total and the third highest point total next. (The maximum that you can beat a team and still gain an advantage is 15 points.)
  3. If two (2) teams are still tied after the application of the formula, go back to (a.) to break the tie.
  4. If more than two (2) teams are still tied after the application of the formula, the point differentials of the team(s) not involved in the tie are added, and the results recalculated.
  5. The score of all forfeits shall be 15-0.
  6. If there is still a three way tie, a three way flip of the coin will determine team placement.


It is the obligation of coaches, players, administrators, volunteers, and other representatives of the AAU to practice the highest principles of sportsmanship and to observe the ethics of competition. Good sportsmanship is defined as qualities of behavior, which are characterized by courtesy and genuine concern for others. The display of good sportsmanship is a statement of the individual’s understanding and commitment to fair play, ethical behavior and integrity.

Give Respect – Get Respect! Coaches, players and spectators must exhibit good sportsmanship during the tournament by showing respect for teammates, coaches, opponents, officials and support staff. Good sportsmanship supports the values of the game and our goal is to promote healthy competition in a positive and safe environment. Coaches are ultimately responsible for the behavior of their players and spectators. However, we reserve the right to have a team forfeit a game or to have the team suspended from the tournament if the coaches, players or spectators become unruly and/or unmanageable.

Coaches Ethics

The coach must be aware that he can be either a positive or a negative influence upon the development of the athlete. In all of his personal contacts with athletes, officials, parents, the media, and the public, the coach shall strive to set an example of the highest ethical and moral conduct. In keeping with that goal, the following ethical guidelines should be observed by all AAU coaches:

  1. The coach shall never place the value of winning above the value of instilling the highest desirable ideals of character.
  2. The coach must always consider the personal safety of the athlete.
  3. The coach shall be thoroughly acquainted with the rules and regulations of competition, and shall be responsible for their interpretation to team members. The coach shall not try to seek an advantage by circumventing the spirit or letter of the rules.
  4. Game officials shall have the respect and support of the coach. The coach shall not indulge in conduct which will incite the players or spectators against the officials. Public criticism of the officials or players is unethical.
  5. The coach should respect his opponents, display gracious behavior during competition and require his players to conduct themselves in similar fashion. Before and after the contest, rival coaches should exchange friendly greetings to set the correct tone for the event.
  6. Coaches shall actively use their influence to enhance sportsmanship by spectators.
  7. The coach shall take an active role in the prevention of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse, and shall, under no circumstances authorize their use.
  8. The coach must recognize the importance of the athlete’s academic development and promote the proper balance between athletic and academic activities.

Misbehavior / Ejections

  1. Any coach ejected for fighting will be ineligible for the remainder of the tournament.
  2. Players ejected for fighting are ineligible to participate in the team’s next game. Additional penalties, up to exclusion from the tournament, may be imposed by the National Eligibility Committee.
  3. If a coach or player is ejected from a game for unsportsmanlike behavior (not fighting), he/she will be ineligible to participate in the next scheduled game. The head coach may appeal the penalty by submitting a written request for appeal to the Tournament Headquarters within two (2) hours of the conclusion of the game. A Commissioner shall consider the appeal. The Commissioners ruling is final.
  4. If a coach or player is ejected a second time, he/she will be ineligible for the remainder of the tournament.
  5. Coaches or Players who leave the bench to engage athletes or coaches on the playing floor may be suspended by the National Eligibility Committee for any period up to the duration of the tournament.
  6. The National Eligibility Committee may impose suspensions or other penalties for misbehavior which occurs at any time and at any location during the event.
  7. Coaches and Athletes who engage in misbehavior are subject to additional disciplinary action from the AAU Boys’ Basketball National Infractions Committee. Penalties may include suspension from AAU events in future years.


All athletes and head coaches that participate in the AAU event must have a valid 2017-2018 AAU Card. Athlete membership cards cost $14 and coach membership card cost $16 and is valid until August 31st, 2018 for all sanctioned AAU Tournaments. Card may be purchased at