Over the years basketball has evolved and so have the rules. The ABA combines NCAA, FIBA and NBA rules to create the best show for the fans. The ABA was the creators of the 3-point shot (now used by the NBA and other leagues). The ABA now has a rule focusing on defense called the 3D Rule. Learn about our unique rules here and how we plan on making the game more fun and exciting. In the ABA we’re“Havin’ a ball!”
· Every ABA game should be a fan-pleasing entertainment experience. League play will emphasize pure basketball skills
while eliminating rough style of play. Officials should set a new and refreshing example by enforcing the rules of
· Players are expected to sign autographs and interact with fans after each ballgame.
· Players are expected to demonstrate professional conduct at all times.
· ABA basketball can be a fun and exciting experience for the fans. We offer a great athletic, fast-paced game at
· There will be consistent and universal enforcement of sporting behavior.
· There will be ZERO TOLERANCE for taunting and baiting.
The 3-D Rule light is ON when…
· The offensive team loses possession of the ball while the ball has backcourt status.
· The ball goes out-of-bounds after touching the frontcourt (or a player or official in the frontcourt).
· If the offensive team does not establish ball control in the frontcourt, the 3D Light will remain in effect.
· When the 3-D Rule is on, an additional point is added to the point value of the field goal. (i.e. two points (2pt) baskets count as three, three-point (3pt) baskets count as four).
· 3-D Rule 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 be increased by one.
· When the defensive team receives a technical foul in 3D, the 3D light remains on following the free throws.
When a player has committed a 6th Foul (combination of personals and a direct technical) he may continue to participate in the game as a 6th Foul Player.
· When a 6th Foul Player commits a Personal Foul, the penalty is One Free Throw (or one additional free throw) for the offended team, plus the ball for a throw-in at a designated spot, nearest the foul.
· The 6th Foul Player Rule allows the extra free throw attempt by either one of the five players of the offended team.>.
All FOUR of the following factors must be present for a violation to occur:
· Player must be dribbling.
· Player must be closely guarded.
· Player must have his back to the basket.
· Player must be below the free throw line extended.
The covering official shall use a visible count. The offensive player may NOT continue his dribble for more than three seconds. The Back-Down count ENDS when ONE of the four factors is missing. The penalty is a VIOLATION by the dribbler and the team loses possession.
“3-10 & OUT”