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2020 Basketball Tournaments

****** There are no tournaments scheduled for spring of 2020 *******

In the Zone Tournaments are OPEN tournaments and are NOT only for AAU teams. These tournaments are open to AAU, AYBA, travel, school, CYO, Recreation, YBOA, etc. teams.

General Tournament Format:

There is a 3 game minimum. Teams will play two preliminary/seeding games and are then seeded. The tournament will then continue in a single elimination process (lose and you’re out format; similar to NCAA and NFL playoffs). All teams will make this single elimination playoff. Seeding will be based on results of preliminary games, strength of schedule and personal observations. Scheduling consideration will also be made in order to avoid having teams play each other twice although this may happen in later rounds. The intent is to have the top four teams in the semi-finals and the top 2 teams in the finals.  For brackets with 4 teams, teams will play each other once with the top 2 teams moving on to the finals. Although this will not be a perfect process, every effort will be made to make it fair. For example, one team might go 1-1 in the preliminary games and still have to play in the Play-In game based on strength of schedule while another team that goes 1-1 might get a bye into the semi finals. Also, a team might have to beat a team twice (once in the preliminary round and once in the single elimination round) to move on in the tournament. Please remember that seeding teams is a difficult process; after all, the selection committee for the NCAA tournament has an enormous amount of information and resources available to it and various media experts still complain and critique it for the entire week leading up to the first game. In order to win the tournament, teams need to beat whoever lines up against them. Play-in games (also called Pig-tail games) are necessary when there isn’t a round number for the play-off (i.e. 4, 8 or 16 teams). Lower seeded teams will need to play a pigtail game against another lower seeded team to advance into the round of 8 (or 4). This is similar to the NFL playoff system where the wild card teams play lower seeds for the right to advance while the top 2 teams get byes into the conference semi-finals. For some tournaments, age brackets may be combined to make viable brackets. If this is needed, coaches will be notified and given options: continue in the new bracket, playing up or not participating (registration fee will be refunded). Sometimes weaker teams may ask to play down an age group in order to be competitive. If this happens, they will not be eligible to move past the semi-final round and therefore will not be eligible to be Tournament Champions

Registration fee for these tournaments is $295/team.


Registration can be done by sending an email to with basic team and contact information and payingmailing a check made out to In the Zone. Registration is not complete until payment is received. The entry fee for the tournament is $320 per team and is due in full upon registering.  A $25/team multiple team discount is available for organizations entering 3 or more teams; $45 for 5 or more teams. To register, complete the registration from and completed preliminary roster and mail with payment to:

In the Zone 6870 Chrisphalt Dr Bath PA 18014

Winning teams in each bracket will receive T-Shirts and a Team Trophy! Runner-Ups will receive a Team Trophy!

Tournament Games Rules:

  • Game time is in accordance with AAU guidelines: 16 minute stop clock halves for boys 13U and older and girls 7th grade and older; 14 minute halves for boys 10u-12u and girls 4th-6th grades.
  • Four 30 second timeouts per game; one additional 30 sec time out for each OT.
  • Bonus (1 and 1) on 10th team foul and double bonus on 12th team foul.
  • 2 minute halftime and 2 minute warm-up between games (from when previous game ends). This can be modified if games are running behind schedule. Games will start no earlier than 5 minutes before scheduled start time if games are running ahead of schedule.
  • 2 minute overtime followed by 1 minute overtimes until winner is determined (no sudden death).
  • No pressing by a team that has a 20 point lead.
  • If a team is up by 20 points or more with 6 minutes or less remaining in the second half, the clock will continue to run unless the lead slips below 20 points.
  • Game time is game time–no grace period unless delay is a result of tournament (tournament director’s discretion).
  • Any player or coach receiving two technical fouls in a game will be ejected from that game and will not be allowed to play in their next game.
  • Any player ejected for fighting will be expelled from the tournament.
  • Other PIAA rules are in effect (except as applies to scorebook and uniform requirements).
  • There will be two certified referees scheduled for each game.


In the Zone will provide the clock operator/official scorekeeper. The official scorekeeper will keep track of score, personal fouls, team fouls, time outs and possession (individual scores will not normally be kept). Teams may have their own scorekeeper at the scorer’s table to insure accuracy.

Tie Breaking Criteria:

  1. Head to head competition.
  2. Point differential for teams involved in tie (max 20 pts/game). Note: If one team drops out of the tie at this point but the other two teams remain tied, the tie breaking criteria reverts back to head to head competition.
  3. Most points scored (vs all common teams).
  4. Fewest points allowed (vs all common teams).
  5. Coin flip.

Schedules are typically available on the Wednesday before the tournament weekend. Schedules will be e-mailed to the head coach and/or team/organization representative. Schedules will also be posted on the website at Special scheduling considerations are available but are limited and priority is given to teams in order of registration.  These requests must be listed on registration form and/or emailed no later than registration deadline.

Rosters and Player Eligibility:

Preliminary rosters are due when registering. Final rosters are due before playing first game. No changes to the roster are allowed after the first game. Player eligibility is determined using the AAU guidelines.  Boys will use age based criteria (not grade based).  Coaches need to sign the registration form verifying that all their players are eligible to play and meet the age requirements. Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis upon approval by the tournament director.

Player Eligibility Challenges:

The head coach (as determined by the person who is listed on the team’s registration form) may file a formal challenge if he feels a player on the opposing team is ineligible. To officially file the challenge, the Player Challenge Form and $50 cash must be submitted to the tournament director (or designated representative) before tip-off of the game in question. If a player arrives late to the game and is not present at the tip-off, the challenging coach needs to make the challenge as soon as the player enters the game. The challenging coach needs to call a time-out, tell the referee he wants to challenge a player’s eligibility and follow the above procedures. Once the official challenge is accepted by the tournament director, the defending coach then has 2 minutes to present the player’s proof of age (birth certificate, passport, or a picture ID with the DOB clearly listed, report card). If the challenge is upheld (i.e. defending coach cannot present proof of age), the challenging coach’s money will be returned and the player in question cannot play in the tournament until proof of eligibility is established. If the challenge is over-turned (i.e. defending coach can establish player’s eligibility), the tournament director retains the cash and the game continues with the player. Once a game starts, challenges will not be honored. Parents, assistant coaches, spectators and relatives cannot challenge a player’s eligibility; only the head coach has the authority to make the challenge.


There will be 2 referees assigned for each game. In the Zone uses a Referee Assignor which simply means the director calls the assignor, tells him the times of the games and the assignor calls the referees and assigns refs to the games. The pool of refs he picks from are all PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association—the governing body of high school sports in PA) certified. This does not guarantee that one is going to agree with all their calls but it is an indication that they are going to know the rules of the game. Most of the refs are also reasonably experienced. Again, this does not mean that everyone is going to agree with all their calls but it is an indication that they know what they are doing. Experienced and certified is a good indication of quality—not a guarantee, but a good indication. We also have our own quality control program in place: if we receive a certain number of complaints regarding a particular referee then they are taken out of the pool. Referee feedback forms are available upon request. Anyone can fill out a referee feedback form. Coaches/parents cannot pick their referees. For example, if a coach doesn’t like the refs assigned to his game, he can’t request to switch courts or switch refs. You play with the refs assigned. Our refs, on average, will only referee 2-3 games in a day. Occasionally, a ref might do a few more if there is a shortage of refs on any given weekend but generally they are limited to insure they are fresh for the games.


Schedules are typically available the Wednesday before the tournament.  Schedules will be emailed to head coaches and/or organization representative. Schedule will also be posted on our website and updated periodically throughout the weekend.  Special scheduling considerations are available but are limited and priority is given to teams in order of registration. Scheduling requests need to be in writing either through email or on registration form and received before the tournament deadline (not verbally or via text)