Saturday, June 1, 2019

Montana ExpoPark · Great Falls, Montana

Join us for our 25th Anniversary


Click here to see the WINNERS from the June 2, 2018 Tournament. You are all winners in our eyes for supporting Alliance For Youth!


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Packet Pick-Up: Friday May 31, 2019

Location address to turn in registration: 410 Central Ave. Suite 318

Phone number: 406-952-0018

Early Registration Deadline: May 15, 2019

Final Registration: Sunday, May 26, 2019 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

Limited Space in the Tournament – Only Accepting 325 Teams!

For 25 years, nearly 5,000 players, families, friends and spectators have converged in Great Falls, Montana on the first Saturday in June for Montana’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Spring Fling Hoop Thing promotes fun, amateur athletics, sportsmanship and physical fitness in a family-friendly, drug and alcohol-free environment. All proceeds from the event benefit Alliance for Youth, a local nonprofit organization which has had roots in our community for more than 30 years. Alliance for Youth works to create social change for youth and families in our community through collaboration, advocacy and education in areas including: mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, child neglect and abuse, human trafficking, parenting, trauma informed approaches and resiliency.

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. Also, find rules, regulations and other important information about the event here. Visit the stage to find out information about your games or brackets.

Participation Waiver

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, Cascade County, 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.

Rules and Regulations

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 five (5) minutes of scheduled starting time or five (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 (1). All baskets made inside the 3-point line are worth one (1) point and baskets made outside the 3-point line are worth two (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 (1). All divisions will have a 20 minute time limit, EXCEPT Play 4UR Cause 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 three (3) free throws, with the player/team making the best out of three (3) declared the winner. In the event of a further tie, each team will designate a NEW shooter to shoot three (3) free throws until a winner is determined. 4. SFHT will ATTEMPT to have a court monitor on all courts, especially 1st – 6th grade divisions and the Play 4UR Cause Division. (If a court monitor is not present when play should begin, commence play and notify headquarters.) Only the court monitor can call fouls on these courts. All fouls will result in one (1) free throw, unless the shot is a two (2) point attempt (behind three (3) point line), in which case two (2) free throws will be awarded. If the field goal is made, the basket counts and one (1) 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: Play 4UR Cause Division only, the player fouled has the option of possession or one (1) free throw on non-shooting fouls.) 5. In games without a court monitor, 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 court monitors. These types of fouls will result in two (2) free throws plus possession of the ball. Any player called for this type of foul (flagrant) will be suspended for the rest of the game and possibly for the remainder of the tournament at the discretion of the game court monitor and/or tournament director. 7. There will be one (1) timeout at the 10 minute mark, per game, one (1) 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 (1) 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 court monitors will be grounds for players’ automatic disqualification from the tournament. This also applies to parents, fans and coaches. Anyone exhibiting such behavior will be required to leave the Spring Fling Hoop Thing event for the remainder of the day. All court monitors 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 court monitors. ​Know the rules​. Keep your cool. Celebrate good play. Remember, these are kids. This is a game. The court monitors are volunteers & human. If you behave inappropriately on or off the courts, you & your team will be ejected.

Youth Activities

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.

Spring Fling Hoop Thing is looking for a few good court monitors! Actually, event organizers need as many court monitors as are interested. Though event organizers would prefer court monitors 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 court monitoring to call 406-952-0018. Court monitors who work a half-day will receive $50, while court monitors who work the entire event will receive $100 and a meal. If the event continues past 6 p.m., court monitors will receive an additional $25 and an additional meal. All court monitors will receive two free t-shirts and lunch. Drinks & snacks are provided to the court monitors throughout the day. Please remember that SFHT will ATTEMPT to have court monitorson all courts, especially 1st – 6th grade divisions. If a court monitor is not present when play should begin, commence play and notify headquarters.

Each & every year, this tournament grows! We anticipate this 25th anniversary year to be no exception. Without our amazing sponsors, Spring Fling simply wouldn’t happen. Our goal this year is 45 court sponsors. By sponsoring a court, not only do you get a chance to support such an important community event, but you also get to be a part of the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Montana. As a sponsor, your company or organization 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.




Alliance for Youth  •  Anderson ZurMuehlen  •  Albertsons of Great Falls  •  Cascade County Tavern Association •  Cascade Electric & Communications  •  C&C Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab  •  Columbus Center •  Crane Chiropractic  •  D.A. Davidson & Co.  •  Douglas Wilson & Co.  •  Dick Anderson Construction  •  Dr. Bruch Orthodontics •  Eklund’s  •   Farm Bureau Insurance – Brett Keaster  •  First Interstate Bank  •  Flippin’ Family Fun  •  Great Falls Firefighters IAFF Local #8  •  Kiwanis International  •  L’Heureux Page Werner  •  Marshall Orthodontics •  Montana Federal Credit Union  •  National Laundry  •  Northwest Energy/Confero Sports  •  Pasta Montana  •  Peak Health & Wellness Center  •  Rocky Mountain Treatment Center •  Sletten Companies  •  Steel Etc. •  Taco Bell  •  Uptown Optimist Club  •  Walker Design Group  •  Westgate Repair/Benski Towing

vendor_pepsiSpring Fling Hoop Thing proudly serves all Pepsi products.


To ease your hunger, Pizza Hut will be on hand with pizza, breadsticks, pop and water.



Kettle Popcorn, Deep Fried Snacks & Airbrush Tattoos

::Flippin Family Fun-Berry Kabob & Zero Shock


If you’re in the mood for some grub, visit the Belt DECA Club’s stand for burgers, hot dogs, polish dogs, pop and water.


Berry K’Bob & Zero Shock


Jah T’aime (Jamaican Cuisine)


Kids Fun Zone

::Coffees, Lattes & Italian Sodas

Purchase a sports bottle and quench your thirst all day with Gatorade electrolyte-replacer or refreshing Giant Springs water!


Ferda’s Mini DonutsWe bet you won’t be able to resist chowing down a bag of Ferda’s Mini Donuts while you’re there!



Spring Fling Hoop Thing Sale! May 31 & June 1. Huge savings on thousands of shoes, athletic apparel, and accessories

Spring Fling Hoop Thing/Alliance for Youth
P.O. Box 2982
Great Falls, MT 59403
(406) 952-0468

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