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General Tournament Information

The​ ​home​ ​team ​ ​must​ ​wear​ ​light​ ​colored​ ​uniform​ ​tops​ ​and​ ​the​ ​away​ ​team​ ​must​ ​wear​ ​dark colored​ ​uniform​ ​tops.

When looking at the schedule, the home team will be on the top and the away team will be on the bottom.

Game​ ​officials​ ​have​ ​the​ ​authority​ ​to​ ​eject​ ​players​ ​and​ ​coaches​ ​for​ ​poor​ ​sportsmanship​ ​at their​ ​discretion.​ ​All​ ​ejections​ ​are​ ​reviewed​ ​by​ ​the​ ​referee​ ​assignor​ ​and​ ​tournament director(s).

All​ ​coaches​ ​must​ ​check-in​ ​at​ ​the​ ​designated​ ​location​ ​and​ ​receive​ ​a​ ​wristband​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to sit​ ​on​ ​the​ ​bench.​ ​Only​ ​two​ ​coaches​ ​are​ ​allowed​ ​per​ ​team.​ ​A​ ​program​ ​director​ ​may​ ​take the​ ​place​ ​of​ ​an​ ​assistant​ ​coach​ ​with​ ​prior​ ​approval.

Coaches​ ​are​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​controlling​ ​team​ ​spectators​ ​and​ ​fans.​ ​Referees​ ​and tournament​ ​officials​ ​have​ ​the​ ​authority​ ​to​ ​ask​ ​a​ ​player​ ​to​ ​leave​ ​for​ ​unsportsmanlike conduct.​ ​Teams​ ​can​ ​receive​ ​technical​ ​fouls​ ​for​ ​the​ ​actions​ ​of​ ​their​ ​coaches,​ ​players​ ​and spectators.

If​ ​a​ ​coach,​ ​player,​ ​or​ ​spectator​ ​is​ ​ejected​ ​from​ ​the​ ​game,​ ​the​ ​tournament​ ​director(s) reserves​ ​the​ ​right​ ​to​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​suspend​ ​the​ ​ejected​ ​coach,​ ​player​ ​or​ ​spectator​ ​for​ ​one game.​ ​The​ ​suspended​ ​coach,​ ​player​ ​or​ ​spectator​ ​may​ ​not​ ​be​ ​allowed​ ​on​ ​the​ ​property​ ​for the​ ​game​ ​in​ ​which​ ​they​ ​are​ ​suspended​ ​if​ ​the​ ​tournament​ ​director​ ​feels​ ​it​ ​is​ ​necessary.​ ​An ejected​ ​coach,​ ​player,​ ​or​ ​spectator​ ​must​ ​leave​ ​the​ ​vicinity​ ​of​ ​the​ ​playing​ ​court.​ ​He​ ​or​ ​she must​ ​be​ ​out​ ​of​ ​earshot​ ​and​ ​out​ ​of​ ​sight​ ​of​ ​the​ ​officiating​ ​staff.

In​ ​the​ ​event​ ​of​ ​a​ ​two-way​ ​tie​ ​in​ ​pool​ ​play,​ ​the​ ​tie​ ​will​ ​be​ ​determined​ ​by​ ​the​ ​head-to-head outcome​ ​between​ ​the​ ​teams.

In​ ​the​ ​event​ ​of​ ​a​ ​three-way​ ​tie,​ ​the​ ​tie​ ​will​ ​be​ ​determined​ ​by​ ​point​ ​differential​ ​with​ ​a maximum​ ​+/-​ ​of​ ​15​ ​points​ ​in​ ​any​ ​one​ ​game​ ​and​ ​only​ ​games​ ​against​ ​teams​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​the tie​ ​will​ ​be​ ​factored​ ​in.​ ​If​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​tie​ ​in​ ​point​ ​margin​ ​differential​ ​between​ ​two​ ​teams within​ ​the​ ​three-way​ ​tie,​ ​head-to-head​ ​will​ ​be​ ​used​ ​to​ ​determine​ ​which​ ​of​ ​the​ ​two​ ​teams advances.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​event​ ​that​ ​point​ ​differential​ ​does​ ​not​ ​break​ ​the​ ​tie​ ​between​ ​any​ ​of​ ​the teams​ ​(three​ ​or​ ​more​ ​teams),​ ​the​ ​tie​ ​between​ ​these​ ​remaining​ ​teams​ ​only​ ​will​ ​be determined​ ​by​ ​least​ ​points​ ​allowed​ ​against​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​teams​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​the​ ​tie.

For​ ​any​ ​game​ ​that​ ​results​ ​in​ ​a​ ​forfeit,​ ​the​ ​score​ ​will​ ​be​ ​15​ ​-​ ​0.​ ​The​ ​winning​ ​team​ ​receives a​ ​+15​ ​and​ ​the​ ​losing​ ​team​ ​receives​ ​a​ ​-15.

All​ ​other​ ​rules,​ ​not​ ​specifically​ ​mentioned​ ​herein,​ ​will​ ​be​ ​in​ ​accordance​ ​with​ ​CIF “Southern​ ​Section”​ ​high​ ​school​ ​basketball​ ​rules.

Age Breakdown

Open divisions for all Mamba Cup Tournaments are grade based. Under these rules, any player who shows current proof of grade (report card, progress report, or school ID) is eligible to play for that grade level. All other divisions are age-based with two (2) grade exceptions allowed per team.

  • All girls divisions are grade-based.
Example- A player playing 13U/7th grade who shows proof that they are currently in 7th grade regardless of their birthdate is eligible to play as a grade exception.

However, birthdate is still relevant. For example, please note that a player who is in 8th grade could still conceivably play 13U/7th Grade division if he fits into the correct age range.

See age ranges below:

8U / 2nd Grade
An athlete can be no older than 8 on August 31, 2020
Birthday Range: September 1, 2011 - Present
If a player was born before 9/1/2011 BUT is in the 2nd grade, that player is eligible for 8U as an exception

9U / 3rd Grade
An athlete can be no older than 9 on August 31, 2020
Birthday Range: September 1, 2010 - Present
If a player was born before 9/1/2010 BUT is in the 3rd grade, that player is eligible for 9U as an exception

10U / 4th Grade
An athlete can be no older than 10 on August 31, 2020 Birthday Range: September 1, 2009 - Present
If a player was born before 9/1/2009 BUT is in the 4th grade, that player is eligible for 10U as an exception

11U / 5th Grade
An athlete can be no older than 11 on August 31, 2020 o
Birthday Range: September 1, 2008 - Present
If a player was born before 9/1/2008 BUT is in the 5th grade, that player is eligible for 11U as an exception

12U / 6th Grade
An athlete can be no older than 12 on August 31, 2020
Birthday Range: September 1, 2007 - Present
If a player was born before 9/1/2007 BUT is in the 6th grade, that player is eligible for 12U as an exception


13U / 7th Grade
An athlete can be no older than 13 on August 31, 2020
Birthday Range: September 1, 2006 - Present
If a player was born before 9/1/2006 BUT is in the 7th grade, that player is eligible for 13U as an exception

14U / 8th Grade
An athlete can be no older than 14 on August 31, 2020
Birthday Range: September 1, 2005 - Present
If a player was born before 9/1/2005 BUT is in the 8th grade, that player is eligible for 14U as an exception

Challenge Rule

An opposing coach can submit a challenge of a player’s grade or age exception with a $100.00 deposit. Parents or fans associated with a team may not protest. The protest must come from the head coach or the one assistant coach who is allowed on the bench per team. A protest of a player’s age or grade must be submitted before the game starts, or within 30 minutes of the game’s completion.