General Information

  • Call the YMCA at (308)-324-1970 to register a team.
  • Saturday, January 7th / Sunday, January 8th, Lexington, NE
  • Tournament Daily Admission Fee: 0-2: FREE, 3-15: $4, 16+: $8
  • Building Entrance: : Lexington Middle School Activities Entrance Doors (Door 10, N. Grant St.), NOT YMCA entrance doors
  • Tournament spectators may purchase a YMCA day pass for half price ($4) to use the YMCA facility during the tournament.
  • Concessions will be sold at the Lexington Middle School Cafeteria.
  • We will try to schedule out of town teams to finish in the tournament as early as possible.
  • Guaranteed 5 games!
  • Medals will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place teams in each division.
  • Sponsors/recommended places to visit
    • China Hy Express (501 Plum Creek Pkwy)
    • Mac’s Creek Winery & Brewery (43315 Rd. 757)
    • Runza (2510 Plum Creek Pkwy)
    • Three 21 Tavern (112 E. 5th St.)
  • Hotel Accommodations (call to make reservations)
    • Comfort Inn (2810 Plum Creek Pkwy, Lexington, NE 68850) | (308)-217-4328 | Special Group Rate: $84/room (plus tax)
    • Holiday Inn (2605 Plum Creek Pkwy.) | (308)-324-9900 | Special Group Rate: $105/room (plus tax

Need assistance at the tournament? Meet our team of Directors! (L to R) Amy Adams – Associate Director, Terri Burch – Health & Wellness Director, Amber Holbrook – Youth & Family Director, Riley Gruntorad – CEO, YMCA of the Prairie, Daniel Holbrook – Sports Director. Look for these smiling faces throughout the tournament!

Our team of Directors - (L to R) Amy Adams – Associate Director, Terri Burch – Health & Wellness Director, Amber Holbrook – Youth & Family Director, Riley Gruntorad – CEO, YMCA of the Prairie, Daniel Holbrook – Sports Director.

Questions or concerns can be directed to Sports Director Daniel Holbrook (dholbrook@orthmanymca.org), OR CALL 308-324-1970.

Rules

The YMCA Core Values are: RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, CARING, AND HONESTY! Before every game, game officials will lead players and coaches in a “repeat-after-me” sportsmanship pledge. PLEDGE: “Win or lose, I pledge to RESPECT myself, my teammates and coaches, the opposing team, the spectators, & the game volunteers and officials. I pledge to be RESPONSIBLE, CARING & HONEST before, during & after the game.”

Equipment Specifications: Basketball: 28.5” for all divisions. Hoop height: 10’ for all divisions. All players must have numbered jerseys.

Roster: Maximum of 15 players & 3 coaches per team. EVERY PLAYER AND COACH MUST SIGN WAIVER BEFORE ENGAGING IN GAMEPLAY (players) OR COACHING (coaches). Players must play in their grade classification (exception: younger players may participate in older divisions.) Players can play on only one team in the tournament. If incorrect information is provided, the player and/or team may be ineligible.

Divisions: 3rd – 8th Grade, Boys & Girls. Tournament games will be mixed (all teams will play throughout the day). We reserve the right to combine two grades if necessary to complete a bracket.

Game Format:

  • The team listed first on the schedule is the HOME team.
  • Teams need to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of the game. GAMES MAY START AS EARLY AS 30 MINUTES BEFORE SCHEDULED START TIME. Game start time = forfeit time. If a team is not present to play one of their scheduled games, the opposing team is granted a forfeit win of 30-0, which counts as one of their guaranteed games.
  • Games are 5 vs. 5.
  • Teams will have two time outs per half (1 per overtime).
  • Games will have four 8-minute quarters, a 3 minute halftime, and a 2 minute overtime period, if needed. Games will feature a running clock until the last 1 minute of each half & overtime. The clock will only stop on a time out (team or official), shooting foul (free throws) or injury. In the last minute of each half, as well as overtime, the clock will stop on all whistles (time out, injury, fouls & out of bounds). Overtime periods will start with a jump ball. If the score remains tied after the first overtime, the second overtime period will be sudden death (next score wins). During the game if a team has a lead of 20 points or more at any time, the game will feature a running clock, except for a time out (team or official) or injury.
  • Players can substitute at any dead ball (time out, injury, fouls & out of bounds), however, the clock may or may not stop, even during substitution, based on clock rules above.

Rules:

  • NO PRESS for ALL divisions.
  • Players will foul out on their 5th personal foul. NO bonus free throws in the 1st half. Bonus foul shots in the 2nd half will begin on the 7th team foul (only single bonus free throws, except for shooting foul free throws.)
  • Free Throws: 3rd & 4th grade divisions will shoot from the standard free throw line, but may step over the line to shoot (it will be a lane violation if the free throw shooter chases their rebound before the ball hits rim/backboard.) 5th – 8th grade divisions cannot step over the free throw line to shoot.
  • Injuries: Tournament participants are responsible for their own safety. All participants play at their own risk and acknowledge this if they engage in gameplay.

Player/Coach/Spectator Conduct:

Cursing/vulgar language and excessive aggression WILL NOT BE TOLERATED before, during, or after a game. Players/coaches/spectators will receive TWO warnings before being ejected from the facility. YMCA staff will have sole discretion to determine length and type of suspension resulting from dangerous/foul play or any other type of player/coach/spectator misconduct. Challenging anyone to a physical confrontation will result in permanent expulsion from the YMCA. Spectators, please be respectful
when cheering.

Questions or concerns can be directed to Sports Director Daniel Holbrook (dholbrook@orthmanymca.org), OR CALL 308-324-1970.

Sponsors

China Hy Express

Three 21 Tavern