The NSMSG basketball competition consists of both male and female team competitions.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018: 9:00am – 9:00pm (Break from 5pm-7pm for Opening Ceremonies)
Wednesday, August 22, 2018: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Thursday, August 23, 2018: 9:00am – 9:00pm


Allison Bernard Memorial High School Gym

4673 Shore Rd, Eskasoni, NS

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Bantam Ages 13-15 (Born 2003, 2004, 2005)
Midget Ages 16-18 (Born 2000, 2001, 2002)
Senior Ages 19-34 (Born 1984-1999)
Masters Ages 35-54 (Born 1964-1983)
Grand Masters Ages 55+ (Born 1901-1963)

Number of Athletes

Each Province, Territory and State may enter a maximum of twelve (12) players per team in both male and female categories.

Number of Coaches

Each Community may accredit one (1) coach per team for Midget and Senior divisions. However, there must be at least on staff member of the same gender for the Bantam division.

General Rules

The most recent Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) Official Basketball Rules
will apply, unless otherwise stated in this package.

Competition Format

The competition format will be determined by the number of entries per age category. The host community will make every effort to maximize the number of games each team receives. Each team will play a minimum of three games.


The chief official and referees will be designated and approved by the Host Community. The chief officials must have a minimum Provincials Level three (3) certification. The referees must have a minimum Provincial Level one (1) certification. For all semi-final and finals games, two officials per game will be utilized.

Field of Play/Equipment Requirements

  • All courts and equipment will comply with the FIBA rules.
  • A ball size 7 shall be used for all other age classifications.
  • The official game ball used will be the Molten Ball.
  • Teams must supply their own warm-up balls and equipment and must comply with FIBA rules.
  • It’s mandatory for a team to have the same colour of shirts with numbers on the back.
  • Uniforms are preferred.

Competition Rules

An entire game shall consist of four (4) – ten (10) minute periods.

  • Intervals of two (2) minutes between periods.
  • A ten (10) minute half time will be in effect.
  • A twenty-four (24) second shot clock will be in effect.
  • If the score is tied at the end of playing time of the fourth period, the game shall be continued with as many extra five (5) minute periods as is necessary to break the tie.
  • In all extra periods the teams shall continue to play towards the same baskets as in the fourth period.

FIBA warm-up procedures

  • The clock will be set at 20:00 to start the pre-game warm-up.
  • At 2:00 both teams will return to the bench.
  • At 0:00 the clock is immediately reset to 10:00 and the game starts.

* All other rules as written in the FIBA Official Basketball Rules

Tie-breaking format (FIBA Official Basketball Rules, Classification of Teams)

Teams shall be classified according to their win-loss records, namely two (2) points for each game won, one (1) point for each game lost (including lost by default) and zero (0) points forĀ game lost by forfeit.

  1. If there are two teams in the age classification with equal points, the result(s) of the game(s) between the two teams involved will be used to determine the placings.
  2. If the points and the goal average in the games between the two teams are still the same, the classification will be determined by the goal average of all the games played in the group by each team.
  3. If more than two teams are equal in the placing, a second classification will be established, taking into account only the results of the games between the teams that are tied.
  4. If there are still teams tied after the second classification, then goal average will be used to determine the placing, taking into account only the results of the games between the teams still tied.
  5. If there are still teams tied, the placing will be determined using the goal average from the results of all their games played in the group.
  6. If, at any stage, using the above criteria, a multiple team tie is reduced to a tie involving only two teams, the procedure in (1) and (2) above will be applied.
  7. If, at any stage, it is reduced to a tie still involving more than two teams, the procedure, beginning with (3) above, is repeated.
  8. Goal average will always be calculated by division.
  9. If only three teams take part in a competition and the situation cannot be resolved following the steps outlined above (the goal average by division is identical), then the points scored will determine the placing.

Basketball Coordinator

John Denny Sylliboy