Registration is CLOSED
Since 1995, nearly 5,000 players, friends, families and community spectators have converged in Great Falls, Montana the first Saturday in June for Montana’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament! The Spring Fling Hoop Thing promotes fun, amateur athletics, sportsmanship and physical fitness in a family-friendly, drug and alcohol-free environment. All proceeds of the event benefit the youth of the community through the Alliance For Youth organization – which creates social change to advance healthy youth development within our communities through collaborative approaches to prevention, intervention, and treatment. If you’d like to make a donation to UR Cause, The Spring Fling Hoop Thing, or the Alliance for Youth, you may do so by clicking the link below. We thank you for your support and generosity!
Please make sure to indicate UR Cause in the “purpose” field once you follow the above link. – Thank You!!
Find rules and regulations, as well as other important information about the event here. On Game Day, stop by the physical Headquarters at the Expo Park to get your Spring Fling Hoop Thing water bottles, event t-shirts and commemorative game balls – as well as find out information about your games or brackets.
I know that participating in strenuous activities such as basketball is potentially hazardous. I assume all risks associated with playing in this event including, but not limited to falls, contact with other participants, effects of the weather, and the condition of the playing surface, and all facts being known and appreciated by me. Knowing these facts, and in consideration of you accepting my entry, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors administrators or anyone else who might bring claims on my behalf, covenant not to sue, and waive, release and discharge Spring Fling Hoop Thing, and all charities benefiting from this event, the City of Great Falls, Montana, Spring Fling Hoop Thing employees, volunteers, and any or all sponsors from whatsoever arising out of or in the course of participating in this event. The Release and Waiver extends to all claims of every kind or nature whatsoever, foreseen or unforeseen, known or unknown. I hereby grant full permission to any and all foregoing to use photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, recordings or record of my or my likeness from the event for any purpose. CAUTION: All spectators, please use caution while attending Spring Fling Hoop Thing. There are several courts in play and you and/or a player could be injured if common sense and court awareness are not addressed.
1. Each team will consist of a maximum of 4 players and a minimum of 3 players (3 on 3 play with up to one substitute player). All players must be registered, tournament officials may request proof of eligibility at their own discretion and players are required to carry personal identification. Each team must have 3 players to start a game, but may finish with any number within the maximum. Substitutions may be made only during dead ball situations. The team must be present at its assigned court within 5 minutes of scheduled starting time or 5 minutes after completion of the previous game or will forfeit the game. Each team is required to furnish one scorekeeper for every game, (one team keeps score sheet, other team keeps scoreboard.) 2. Games are played to 21 points, win by one. All baskets made inside the 3-point line are worth one point, and baskets made outside the 3-point line are worth 2 points. The first possession will be determined by a coin toss and any jump balls will result in alternating possessions. Each possession after a made basket or dead ball must begin with a pass from behind the take back line (no dribble entry or shot before a pass). On ALL live change of possessions, the ball must be taken back. “Taken back” means the ball and the player’s whole body must be behind the take back line, (3 point line is take back/check line.) Failure to take back the ball will result in loss of ball and any made basket will be disallowed. Player “checking” the ball in may dribble outside the 3 point arc, but CANNOT dribble inside 3 point line or shoot, to enter the ball MUST first be passed to a teammate. DEFENDER on player “checking” in cannot grab or steal the ball, the “checker” is to be treated as a player out of bounds throwing ball inbounds. 3. Time limit: Games are played to 21 points, win by one. All divisions will have a 20 minute time limit EXCEPT Top Dog Division. All games will start and stop on the tournament Master game clock, which will be signaled by a bullhorn over the PA system. If neither team has reached 21 points when time expires, the team ahead at the end of the time will be the winner. In the event of a tie score at the end of the 20-minute time limit, each team will designate one player to shoot 3 free throws with the player/team making the best out of 3 declared the winner. (In the event of a further tie, each team will designate a NEW shooter to shoot 3 free throws until a winner is determined.) 4. SFHT will ATTEMPT to have certified officials on all courts, especially 1st – 6th grade divisions and the Top Dog division. Only the referee can call fouls on these courts. All fouls will result in one free throw, unless the shot is a 2 point attempt (behind 3 pt line), in which case 2 free throws will be awarded. If the field goal is made, the basket counts and one free throw will be awarded. (cont‘d) The ball is dead after all free throw(s) and the opposing team gains possession whether the free throw is made or not. (Note: Top Dog Division only, the player fouled has the option of possession or one free throw on non-shooting fouls.) 5. In games without officials, the offense will call the fouls. Only the offensive player involved can call the foul (Rule #4 regarding the free throw(s) will still apply). 6. Flagrant and intentional fouls can only be called by tournament officials. These types of fouls will result in two free throws plus possession of the ball. Any player called for this type of foul will be suspended for the rest of the game (flagrant foul) and possibly for the remainder of the tournament at the discretion of the game official and/or tournament director. 7. There will be one (1) timeout at the 10 minute mark, per game, one minute in length. The start and stop of this timeout, and the end of regular playing time will be signaled by a bullhorn over the PA system from the Master game clock. 8. Co-ed teams must have at least one female playing at all times. 9. 6th grade and under teams must have an adult (18 years or older) supervisor at each game. 10. Games for kindergarten through 3rd grade divisions will be played on 8-foot high baskets. (Remember that youth teams will be divisioned based on the highest grade of any player.) 11. Dunking is NOT ALLOWED at any time, including warm-up. Dunking will be considered an unsportsmanlike act and will result in suspension from the tournament. 12. ATTENTION Players, Coaches, Parents and Fans: In the event that weather conditions cause the discontinuation of play, no registration fees will be refunded. Also, if a team or player is excused from further play at any point during game day, no registration fees will be refunded. Any abusive, unsportsmanlike, or derogatory behavior toward the officials will be grounds for players’ automatic disqualification from the tournament. Anyone exhibiting such behavior will be required to leave the Spring Fling Hoop Thing event for the remainder of the day. All officials are volunteering their time and deserve to be treated with courtesy and respect! 13. Tournament officials have the authority to rule on any point not covered specifically in these rules and their decisions are final. No appeals will be considered.
The Spring Fling Hoop Thing encourages competitive basketball games in which all players, spectators and volunteers treat each other with mutual respect, dignity and sportsmanship. Good sportsmanship and cooperation is both anticipated and expected. Rules for Sportsmanship at the Spring Fling Hoop Thing: Respect other teams Respect the ref Know the rules Keep your cool Celebrate good play
UR Cause Division is $500 entry fee per team. Form and register a Play4URCause Team. Sponsorship and participation will generate both awareness and revenue 4URCause. The Cause of the winning team will be awarded 40% of the total registration fee revenue; 2nd and 3rd place will receive 25% and 15%, respectively. AFY will also promote community pledges to URCause. 1st Place – 40% of division registrations go to the winning team. 2nd Place – 25% of division registrations go to the 2nd place team. 3rd Place – 15% of division registrations go to the 3rd place team.
In addition to the action on the courts, the event organizers for Spring Fling Hoop Thing have also organized a Youth Activity Area. Throughout the day a variety of activities will be available to entertain kids during breaks between games. Activities have included face painting, blow-up obstacle course, Jolly Jumper, fishing, little tyke basketball and more.
Spring Fling Hoop Thing is looking for a few good officials! Actually, event organizers need as many officials as are interested to ref games. Though event organizers would prefer referees who are members of the Montana Officials Association, as they have first-hand knowledge of the rules of play and experience refereeing, we strongly welcome and encourage anyone interested in refereeing to call 406-268-6780. Officials who referee a half-day will receive $50, while officials who referee the entire event will receive $100 and dinner, if the event continues past 6 p.m. All referees will receive two free t-shirts and lunch.
Without our players and sponsors, Spring Fling simply wouldn’t happen. Not only do our sponsors get a chance to support such an important community event, but they also get to be a part of the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the state. As a sponsor, your company will have the opportunity to spread your message to a captivated audience through many avenues. Whether you elect to be a court sponsor or major event partner, you will be introduced to thousands of potential clients and customers as well as contributing to an event that brings families and friends together. To get more information on sponsorships, please contact us.
Spring Fling Hoop Thing proudly serves all Pepsi products. To ease your hunger, Pizza Hut will be on hand with pizza, breadsticks, pop and water.
Epic Sportswear for Moms
Specialty designed t-shirts and hats
Kettle Popcorn, Deep Fried Snacks & Airbrush Tattoos
Purchase a sports bottle and quench your thirst all day with Gatorade electrolyte-replacer or refreshing Culligan water!
Ferda’s Mini Donuts
We bet you won’t be able to resist chowing down a bag of Ferda’s Mini Donuts while you’re there! Stop by and check out these smokin’ deals at Universal Athletic Warehouse Bonanza Sale from 2-8pm on Friday, June 3th and 8-5pm on Saturday, June 4th. Great sales items, including the latest in athletic ware featuring school mascots from area schools.