American Basketball Association

The American Basketball Association (ABA) began in 1967 until it merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1976. In 1999, the ABA again partnered with the NBA as a new and improved organization. Throughout the years, the league has adapted its rules with the game. The ABA combines NCAA, FIBA and NBA rules to create the best show for the fans. The ABA was the creator of the 3-point shot which is now used by every other league. The ABA also has a rule focusing on defense called the "3D Rule". Learn more about our unique rules here and how we plan on making the game more fun and exciting.

Sportsmanship: There will be consistent and universal enforcement of sporting behavior with a ZERO tolerance for tasunting and baiting.

3-D Rule: The "3D" rule is in affect when the offensive team loses possession of the ball while the ball has backcourt status. If the offensive team does not establish ball control in the frontcourt, the "3D" light will remian in effect. When the light is on, an additional point is added to the point value of the field goal (i.e. - two point baskets count as three. Three point baskets count as four). The "3D" light remains on until the team scores, attempts a free throw for a personal foul or the other team gains control of the ball. When the defense commits a foul within 3D, the number of free throws will also be increased by one. If the defensive team receive a technical foul in 3D, the light will remain on following the free throws.

Half court violation in the ABA is seven (7) seconds as opposed to eight seconds in the NBA. If a team is not successful in getting the ball over halfcourt within seven (7) seconds it results in a turnover which initiates the "3D"  light.


6th Foul Rule: Players may continue playing after receiving his 6th foul but if he commits another one, the offended team will shoot a free throw and be awarded possession of the ball. Any of the players may shoot the free throw.


Back Down Rule: The purpose of the back down rule is to promote ball movement in the area below the free throw line. All four (4) must be present for a violation to occur. The player must be dribbling, closely guarded within six (6) feet, must have his back to the basket and the player must be below the free throw line extended.

Overtime: Three (3) minutes with one (1) timeout (30 - seconds) per team.  ALL players are eligible to play in Overtime to aloow the best players to be on the floor.


Other Rules: Two free throws after the eight foul of each quarter. No one and one's. 4 point field goals because the "Divsion" line. Goaltending is allowed.