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Philosophy & Rules
 Wave City Hoops 3 on 3 Basketball  


Philosophy & Rules

Wave City Hoops 3 on 3 leagues are for the players. The youth sports league is designed to give your athletes a chance to play the game that they love with their friends. These games are played with NO COACHES or PARENT INSTRUCTIONS. This gives kids a chance to gain game time experiences and build team camaraderie.  A great way for kids to improve is to ensure that they enjoy their sport in a low-stress environment. We put focus on limiting the stress that can be put on players by Coaches/Parents, hence our motto, “Just Let’em Play”.  We encourage healthy competition in which kids play hard and play to win but not at the expense of belittling opponents, yelling at officials or displaying poor sportsmanship. We ask that players and parents conduct themselves appropriately and exhibit good sportsmanship.  


  • NO COACHING!  Cheering, however, is encouraged. “Just Let’em Play” and figure out how to grow within the game or in practice prior to the games. 

  • A parent/guardian may sit with the players in the 3rd and 4th grade divisions for the first two  weeks to help with subbing. They may be asked to leave that area if coaching is occurring. 

  • All players need completed liability waivers signed by a parent/guardian to participate. If short  players, teams may bring subs. Subs are required to have a completed liability waiver. 

  • Take the time to THANK A REF or staff member who did a great job. 

  • Help to keep the facility clean. Please pick up garbage and water bottles at the end of your games.  

Player Conduct

  • No swearing, taunting or inappropriate verbal or physical behavior. Unsportsmanlike play may  result in: 1) Warning; 2) Sitting out (ref discretion); or 3) ejection from the game or league. 

  • If unnecessary or excessive fouls occur, the ref may impose a technical foul (2 pts plus the ball).  

  • No hanging on the rim or net. 

  • League shirts should be worn. Teams may wear matching shirts or uniforms.

  • Players will demonstrate good sportsmanship and shake hands with opponents 

Game Play 

  •  “Rock, paper, scissors” will determine initial possession of the ball. The court monitor/ref will  supervise “rock, paper, scissors”, ref your game and keep score. 

  • Ball size: 3rd and 4th grades – 27.5. Girls 5th-12th and Boys 5th and 6th – 28.5. Boys 7th-12th 29.5.  

  • Games are 18-minutes running time. Each team gets one 30 second time-out. Short water breaks may be allowed due to heat or a lack of subs. 

  • Clock will Stop last minute of each game 

  • Unlimited substitutions allowed after made baskets or when the ball is not in play.  

  • A team may play with only two players (3 on 2). 

  • Possession of jump balls will alternate. 

  • 3 seconds in the lane will result in a turnover. Refs may issue reminders.    

  • Both feet and the ball must go outside of the 3-pt line on a change of possession.    

  • A ball that goes out of bounds is checked behind the arc. 

  • The half-court line is out of bounds.  

  • Following made baskets (Free Throw or Field Goal) the possession changes to the other (non-score) team and the ball can be checked anywhere behind the arc.  

  • A defensive rebound must be taken past the arc (includes air balls). There are no “free backs”. No stalling. There will be a ref’s discretion 30-second shot clock. 

  • Scoring: 2 points per basket inside the arc. 3 points per basket outside the arc.  

  • Free Throws: A fouled player will only shoot one free throw. It can be worth 1 point (And-1), 2  points (inside the arc foul or bonus free throw) or 3 points (field goal attempt outside the arc).  

  • Bonus Free Throws: One shot (worth 2 points) will be given to a player fouled on the fifth team  foul and all subsequent fouls by the opponent. There is no double-bonus.  

  • Intentional fouls (no matter when they occur) will result in 2 points PLUS the ball.  – Players have 6 seconds to shoot a free throw once the teams are lined up.  

  • Free throws for 3rd and 4th graders will be moved up. Referees will designate the shooting line.  

Tie Game

Ties will be settled with a free-throw shootout. Each team receives three opportunities to shoot  free throws (3 different shooters). The team that makes the most out of three will be declared the  winner. If there is a tie after three shots, additional free throws will be shot alternately until one  team makes the free throw and the other team misses.


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  • Games on SUNDAYS 11am - 4p

  • 2 GAMES each Sunday 18 min running clock

  • Locations: 2/25@Alliant Univ, 3/3@Play by Play, 3/10@Play by Play, 3/17@ Play by Play 

  • We will keep score at the end of each game.

  • Wave City Hoops will keep records of wins and loses but we will not post the season records.

  • We want games to be competitive as possible based on the team matchups.

  • We guarantee 8 games per season

  • Each team player will receive a team T-shirt.

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Wave City
3 on 3 Basketball

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Wave City 3 on 3 Basketball Leagues serves grades 3rd -8th and players of all levels and abilities. We host a post season tournament where players compete for the championship.

Our mission is to put kids first by offering a 3 on 3 basketball league where kids can play basketball with their friends while improving their skills and competing in a fun and exciting environment. Wave City 3 on 3 Basketball understands sports are a vehicle for lifelong friendship and experiences. Our goal is for kids to get back to enjoying the game of basketball and playing for fun alongside their friends. For that reason we stress ABSOLUTELY NO COACHES or COACHING and we have adopted the motto “Just Let’em Play.


San Diego, CA 92110

Tel: (619) 701-6217


Welcome to Wave City Hoops!

San Diego's first 3 on 3 basketball league, Wave City Hoopswas founded by Coach Adrian Hayes


Highly skilled at playing basketball, he went all the way to the professional level where he suffered a career ending injury. Not having any love lost for the game, he transitioned from player to coach.  His coaching expertise runs the gamut, from elementary school to collegiate to professional, as the head coach of the San Diego Waves. 

Adrian's extensive background in both playing and coaching basketball has ingrained a deep understanding and passion for the sport. This passiona along with recognizing the effectiveness of 3 on 3 basketball as a way to truly learn the game, he started Wave City Hoops.  Through his initiative, WAVE CITY HOOPS has built for San Diego to have its own First 3 on 3 basketball league, providing a great opportunity for youth players to develop their skills and enjoy the game.

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