NIRSA Regional Basketball Championships

Rules & Eligibility

Tournament Rules

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2023 Tournament Rules

Current National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) rules will apply with the following modifications or exceptions as indicated in this document. Tournament staff reserves the right to amend these rules in the interest of safety and fair play for all. All decisions rendered on protests by tournament staff are final.

Divisions of Competition

Club Division

The club division is recommended for teams that regularly conduct practices, have coaches and compete against institutions outside of their college/university. This division is meant for teams that are looking to compete at the highest level. 

Intramural Division

The intramural division is recommended for teams that typically only play against teams within their own college/university. This division is meant for teams that are looking to compete at a moderate level of competition without the resources of a typical club team. 

Unified Division

In partnership with the Special Olympics, the Unified Division is an inclusive division that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and Unified partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams. Partners are required to be enrolled at the institution they are representing


Each team will be guaranteed two pool play games. Single elimination playoff brackets will follow the pool play games. Exact format and schedule will depend on the number of teams that register.

Jerseys & Equipment

All players must wear jerseys of the same color with numbers on the front and back (2 sets preferred: one light, one dark).  Jerseys are to be provided by the team. Single or double-digit numbers from 0-5 must be clearly visible, and CANNOT be taped. It is prohibited for a player to wear equipment which would be considered dangerous to one’s self or to another player. Examples of this type of equipment include, but are not limited to:

  1. Hard casts
  2. Jewelry
  3. Hard or unyielding items to control hair
  4. Any headwear, except for a headband
  5. Religious medallions and medical identifications must be removed from chains and taped or sewn under the uniform. An individual may be allowed to wear religious objects if the individual requests prior approval from the Tournament Director.

In all cases, the officials may deem any article illegal equipment if they feel it poses a hazard to either the player or their opponents.

Forfeit Procedure

If a team fails to have the required number of participants at the scheduled game time, they will forfeit the game. A team winning a game by forfeit will receive a score of 2-0 when determining advancement from pool play.


All players must present a valid student ID at each game to the game staff and be registered on the team's final roster.  Any changes to the team's official  roster must be completed by February 12th.  Only players and up to two coaches will be allowed to sit on the bench during games.

Rule Modifications

  1. The game will consist of two 20-minute halves. The clock will stop in the last 2 minutes of each
    half using normal NFHS timing standards.
  2. If a team is up by 15 or more points in the last 2 minutes of the game, the clock will not stop.
  3. Halftime will be 5 minutes in length.
  4. Each team is allowed three timeouts per game (30 seconds in duration). One timeout will be
    given per overtime, unused timeouts from regulation do not carry over.
  5. If necessary, a three-minute overtime period will be played (clock stops on the officials’
    whistle in the last minute).


Good sportsmanship is required of all participants. Players, coaches, and spectators are to conduct themselves properly at all times. UConn Recreation reserves the right to suspend or disqualify groups or individuals for unsportsmanlike conduct at any time. Unsportsmanlike conduct before, during and/or after a game (event) will not be tolerated. The team captain assumes full responsibility for the conduct of the team and spectators.

Players and teams who accrue a number of unsportsmanlike technical fouls will be disqualified from games and suspended from further participation in tournament games as follows:

  • One player receives 2 unsportsmanlike technical fouls or a flagrant foul during a game. Penalty:
    Disqualification from that game, suspension from the team’s next game played, and probation for
    the remainder of the tournament.
  • Fighting – Penalty: Disqualification from that game, suspension from the team’s next 2 games
    played, and probation for remainder of the tournament.
  • One player receives 3 unsportsmanlike technical fouls/flagrant fouls during the tournament.
    Penalty: The player is disqualified from that game and suspended for the remainder of the
  • One team receives 4 unsportsmanlike technical fouls/flagrant fouls during the game. Penalty: The
    team forfeits the game and probation for the remainder of tournament pending approval from the
    tournament director to continue.
  • One team receives 5 unsportsmanlike technical fouls/flagrant fouls during the tournament.
    Penalty: The team is dropped from the tournament.


    In the case of a misapplication or misinterpretation of a rule by the game official, teams will have the ability to call a timeout and protest the decision.

    • Protests concerning player eligibility must be made to Tournament Director immediately
      upon discovering there may be an eligibility issue. The Tournament Director will rule on this type
      of protest.
    • Teams may not protest the fact that a player was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct.
    • Teams may not protest a judgment call of an official.
    • All decisions made by the protest committee will be final.

    Player Eligibility

    • Players must be enrolled for the minimum number of hours for at least 45 days prior to the start of the championship event.
    • Undergraduates – minimum of ½ full-time enrollment status
      • Must be considered an Undergraduate student by University’s Registrar
    • Graduate – minimum of six credit hours
      • Must be considered a Graduate student by University’s Registrar
    • If a player is graduating the term of a NIRSA Championship Series event, and is enrolled for less than the minimum hours required for eligibility, then a letter from the registrar stating that the player will be graduating the same term of the event should be submitted along with the other registration materials.
    • Participants from schools on the quarter system must meet the eligibility requirements of the half time enrollment for both the current and the preceding quarter.
    • Collegiate Athletes
      • If a player has appeared on a varsity roster (squad list) at any two-year or four-year college in the same sport, this constitutes the use of eligibility for the NIRSA Championship Series.
      • Players must not be listed on the varsity roster (squad list) in the same or related sport for the current academic year.
    • Players must not have been declared a professional athlete in the same or related sport.
      • A professional athlete is one who receives any kind of payment, directly or indirectly, for athletic participation, or who has participated in competition with a professional team.
      • A professional athletics team is any organized team that provides any of its players more than actual and necessary expenses for participation on the team and/or declares itself to be professional.
    • The NIRSA Championship Series expects participation to be based on one’s self-identified gender and that it is done in good faith and is consistent with a player’s expressed gender identity.
    • For the entire player and officials’ eligibility:
      View the NIRSA Player Eligibility Requirements »

    Team Eligibility

    • All team players must attend the same institution from any two- or four-year degree-granting college or university.
    • Teams representing military installations are eligible to compete, so long as all members of those teams are assigned to the same military installation.
    • Teams are limited to one (1) former varsity player they can register. A former varsity player is defined as a student who has been listed on a “school’s varsity roster (squad list) for any 2-year or 4-year college/university team for more than one academic year.
    • A participant may only be listed on one team roster at a NIRSA Championship Series Event.
    • Participants are eligible to play based on their expressed gender identity so long as they comply with all Player Eligibility Guidelines. Individuals are not eligible to play on multiple single-gender teams.

    3 Days (Friday Feb 4 - Sunday Feb 6)
    35+ Games, 1 Regional Champion

    University of Connecticut
    Storrs - 06238