Tournament Rules and Regulations


All rules will be followed for tournament games with the following exceptions and amendments.


7th Grade & Above-18 minute running clock halves - Stops last 1minute of each half

4th - 6th Grade-18 minute running clock halves - Stops last 1minute of each half

3th Grade & Below - 18 minute running clock halves - Stops last 1minute of each half


9th Grade & Above18 minute running clock halves - Stops last 1minute of each half

7th & 8th Grade-18 minute running clock halves - Stops last 1minute of each half

6th Grade & Below - 18 minute running clock halves - Stops last 1 minute of each half   


Halftime is 3 minutes for all divisions, as time permits. 

For all divisions 8th grade & below the clock will run in the 2nd half if there is a lead of 15 or more points. The clock will stop once the lead is below 12 points.

For all divisions 9th grade & above the clock will run in the 2nd half if there is a lead of 20 or more points. The clock will stop once the lead is below 15 points. 


A 2 minute clock overtime with clock stops on last minute of game willl be used if the score is tied after regulation. Teams will be granted 1 timeout. Timeouts from regulation do not carry over. 

In the 3rd overtime period and beyond, the first team to score wins. 


Each team receives two 30 second timeouts per half. Timeouts do not carry over between halves. Players will be allowed to sit during timeouts. 


A team will shoot 2 free throws once 10 team fouls have been accumulated. There is single bonus (1 & 1) after 7 team fouls.

If a player is ejected from a tournament game they are ineligible for their team’s next game (this does not apply if a player fouls out).

If either a coach or player accumulates 3 technical fouls over the course of the tournament, they will not be allowed to participate or coach for the remainder of the tournament.

If a coach is ejected from a game by the officials, he/she must immediately leave the playing area. If the coach complies with the officials & tournament staff promptly, he/she will be allowed to coach the next game - if a coach is uncooperative, he/she may not be allowed to coach for the duration of the tournament. 


Each team shall provide 1 parent or coach to assist the officials by keeping the official clock or book if no tournament staff is designated. This person must refrain from showing partiality, coaching players on the floor, or commenting on calls made by officials. 

The designated home team should wear white or lighter colored jerseys and provide the official game ball. The home team is listed first on the bracket. 

Spectators are encouraged to actively cheer their teams, but are not permitted to disparage opposing players or coaches, nor heckle the officials. 

We expect all individuals to conduct themselves in accordance with the NMMadness core values.

  1. Integrity - Doing the right thing
  2. Success- Working hard to achieve goals
  3. Caring- Consideration of others

Any party exhibiting behavior inconsistent with NMMadness values may be subject to immediate removal from the tournament without refund. 


If 2 teams are tied in the standings, the team who won the head-to-head matchup will win the tiebreaker. 

If 3 or more teams are tied, the aggregate point differential, or positive points,  from all tournament games will be used to determine all 3 teams’ final standing.

Team A  +3, -8, +15     Total      + 10
Team B  -5, +9, +1     Total     + 5
Team C +15, +15, -1    Total     + 29 

1st - Team C
2nd - Team A
3rd - Team B

Positive points are awarded based on the final score of tournament games. Teams can accumulate a maximum of 15 positive points per game. Games won by forfeit will result in 1 positive point.


Divisions are primarily based on player grade level. In addition, players are required to be the typical corresponding age of their grade level i.e. 8th Grade - 14 years old. However, players are allowed to be up to 1 year older than the typical age, but shall not turn 2 years older before Sept 1st of the current year. 

5th Grade Division - Typical age 11 Years Old 

Player A -  5th Grade, 12 years old, turns 13 December 5th      Eligible to play in 5th grade

Player B -  5th Grade, 12 years old, turns 13 July 31st           NOT Eligible to play in 5th grade

2nd Grade 8 years old 7th Grade 13 years old
3rd Grade 9 years old 8th Grade 14 years old
4th Grade 10 yeas old 9th Grade 15 years old
5th Grade 11 years old JV (10th & Below) 16 years old
6th Grade 12 years old

Varsity (12th & Below)

18 years old

Regardless of age, players are only eligible to play in their grade division or higher. Players cannot play in a lower grade division*

Coaches may apply for a grade exception in advance of the tournament for players who have been accelerated in school due to academic excellence


Girls Age Rules***

An athlete is eligible to play down a grade provided they meet the requirements listed in the chart below.


Grade as of Oct.1st, 2021

Requested Grade


Birthdate Requirements

12th Grade

11th Grade

born on or after 9/1/2004

11th Grade


10th Grade

born on or after 9/1/2005

10th Grade

9th Grade


born on or after 9/1/2006

9th Grade

8th Grade

born on or after 9/1/2007

8th Grade

7th Grade

born on or after 9/1/2008

7th Grade

6th Grade


born on or after 9/1/2009

6th Grade

5th Grade

born on or after 9/1/2010

5th Grade


4th Grade

born on or after 9/1/2011

4th Grade

3rd Grade

born on or after 9/1/2012

3rd Grade

2nd Grade

born on or after 9/1/2013



Only the head coach may protest another team’s player. The protest must occur prior to the start of the game or within 15 minutes of its conclusion. The protest fee is $100 per player. The protest fee and the challenging teams credentials must be turned in before any action is taken by the tournament staff. The player being protested must produce proof of age and proof of grade. If the protest is lost or no documentation is produced, the player is ineligible to compete in the tournament. If the player’s age and grade are both validated, the $100 is forfeit and the player shall be eligible. 


All Girls Divisions - 28.5 Ball

6th Grade Boys & Below - 28.5 Ball

7th Grade Boys & Above - 29.5 Ball