Good sportsmanship and cooperation is both anticipated and expected. The team captain or designated parent, if applicable, is expected to aid in controlling teammates' and team followers' conduct and to represent his/her team as spokesperson in case of appeals to the court monitor. Poor sportsmanship could result in penalties against the team in either the Technical, Intentional or Flagrant foul categories (see official rule 11). Failure to comply with the sportsmanship rules, with acts such as fighting, taunting, intimidating or verbally attacking a tournament official, player or spectator may lead to the removal of that player, team and/or spectator from the tournament. Any ejection from the entire tournament will result in the suspension from the next year's event, at a minimum. Decisions made by tournament officials are final, and are not subject to review by video or other recordings, or other sources.
Las Vegas 3on3 places a strong emphasis on sportsmanship and the elimination of rough play, and seeks your help and cooperation. It is the responsibility of the monitors to enforce this spirit of sportsmanship, fair play and safe basketball. Many players have jobs and other important duties to fulfill after the weekend of the event, and if you keep this in mind during the tournament, we'll eliminate rough play and minimize the chance for injury. If play starts getting too rough, the court monitor should stop the game and require players to tone it down. If the court monitor observes unnecessarily rough play, the appropriate penalty will be assessed.
A foul for unsportsmanlike acts such as taunting, baiting or trash talk. Taunting and baiting involve derogatory remarks and/or gestures that incite or insult a player. Trash talk involves a deeply personal, verbal or nonverbal attack directed toward any person involved in the event. In extreme cases, the player may also be suspended from play and a coach or fan removed from the court for the remainder of that game, or for the rest of the tournament.
A foul when a player makes no effort to play the ball in order to prevent a player from scoring, dribbling or passing. It is usually a foul against a player with the ball; however, it could be a foul against a player without the ball who is cutting, screening or rebounding, and is impeded or pushed out of an established position. It is usually a foul by the defense; however, it could be a foul by the offense.
A foul so aggressive and physical that it is of a savage or violent nature and the fouled player is vulnerable to injury. Such foul shows a wanton disregard for the opponent. It is not necessarily intentional, and does not need to be preceded by the court monitor issuing a warning.
High School and Adult Divisions
Court monitors do not referee games in these divisions. This means that players are responsible for calling fouls and violations, with the exception of the two (2) point goal, technical fouls, intentional fouls, and flagrant fouls. In the event of a disagreement over calls made by the players, the court monitor will settle the dispute. The court monitors' duties are to maintain a safe contest in the Spirit of Las Vegas 3on3, oversee the scorekeeping, judge two (2) point goals, toss the coin to determine the first possession, ensure the tournament rules are followed, and settle any disagreements between the teams.
In order to maintain the Spirit of Las Vegas 3on3, the court monitor has the authority to stop play and advise players of the need to change their behavior. The monitor has the authority to bench a player to promote a change in his/her behavior; and has the authority to call intentional, flagrant and technical fouls. A flagrant foul may result in a monitor ejecting a player from the game, and possibly for the remainder of the tournament. It is the players' job to make their own calls. Fouls called should be of a nature which directly results in a disadvantage to the player fouled, such as: against a player who is in the act of shooting; an obvious hard charge; an obvious over-the-back rebounding attempt; or some other contact hard enough to knock an opposing player down. By the same token, calling every contact a foul is not in the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play ... ticky, tacky, touch fouls can detract from the game as much as rough play. Calling "cheap" fouls is not in the Spirit of Las Vegas 3on3.
Adult Elite, Freshman Elite, High School Varsity Elite Divisions
Two monitors referee each Elite Division game. While court monitors are the officials of each game, and are responsible to call fouls and violations, their role goes beyond officiating each game. Their primary responsibility is to maintain the Spirit of Las Vegas 3on3, ensuring that each game is played in an atmosphere of mutual respect and dignity among all players. In order to maintain the Spirit of Las Vegas 3on3, the court monitor has the authority to stop play and advise a player or players of the need to change their behavior. A monitor has the authority to bench a player to necessitate a change in his/her behavior. In addition, a monitor has the authority to call technical, intentional, or flagrant fouls to change behavior, which in the case of a flagrant foul may result in an ejection from the game, or even the entire tournament.