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Team Organizers Handbook

Team Organizers are tasked with knowing this basic tournament information. Staff is always available to answer any questions you may have that may not be covered or which may need clarification. The contact information can be found in the Contact Us tab on the Home Page of this site.

The answers to the questions listed are essential for your success in the tournament and your understanding will make for a smooth tournament week.

Click on each question below for complete details:

The MBA is offering eight age Divisions for 2018. Women’s 30+, Men’s 40+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+

Players are eligible to play in an age division if they have reached the age of that division in any month of the calendar year of the tournament.

For example, if your 50th birthday occurs in any month of 2018, you would be eligible to play in the 50+ Division. Although not recommended, players may also play down in a younger division.

Click on the [Enter Your Team] tab at the top of the web site Home Page.

All necessary information, including fees and entry deadlines are contained in that tab.

Our venues and time schedule can accommodate a total of 42 entered teams within our seven age divisions for the 2018 tournament. Divisions are 4, 5, 6 or 8 teams.

All team entries are on a first come, first served basis.

VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER: The MBA tournament does not have any seven-team divisions. If you are notified that you are entry number seven in your division, your entry is pended until an 8th team is entered.

We strongly recommend that you and your players not book travel reservations until notified that the 8th team has been entered.

We will allow a 5-team division. However, for the 5-team schedule to work, the fifth team entered is required to play two games per day on Tuesday and Thursday. The Team Organizer of the 5th entered team must agree to the schedule before entry will be granted.

The Staff will do all we can to locate the sixth or eighth team as the case may be, however, there is no guarantee that we will be successful. An alternative would be to offer your team the option to “play down” in a younger age division, assuming there is space available.

In we cannot enter your team your entry fee and uniform deposit will be promptly refunded.

The Masters Basketball Association, Inc. reserves the right to refuse any entry and has the final decision on all team entries.

Every team is guaranteed to play a minimum of four games. This would include the preliminary games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and a semi-final game on Friday. Teams advancing to a Finals game on Saturday will play a fifth game.

The MBA National Masters Championship is made up of age divisions consisting of either 4, 5, 6 or 8 teams.

After the entry deadline, the Staff evaluates all entries and assigns a seeding to each team. This seeding is based on previous experience in the tournament and on apparent roster strength of known players.

After seeding, teams are placed in brackets based on the size of the Division. As much as possible, we will separate teams that met in the semi finals or finals of the previous year, assuming their rosters are similar to the previous year.

Four-Team Division Advancement

In a 4-team division, teams are seeded 1 – 4. You play each team in the division once in preliminary play Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The first place team plays the fourth-place team and the second-place team plays the third-place team in the semi finals on Friday.

The semi final winners move to the Championship final on Saturday. The semi-final loser’s will have completed their 4th guaranteed game.

Five-Team Division Advancement

In a 5 team Division, team are seeded 1 through 5. Each team plays the other Tuesday through Friday.

The team which was the 5th entry will be required to play two games on Tuesday and two games on Thursday, one game scheduled early in the day and the other late in the day. This is the only way a 5 team division schedule can work.

The teams finishing 1st and 2nd will play in the Championship Final on Saturday. The other teams will have completed their 4 guaranteed games.

Six-Team Division Advancement

In a six-team division, teams are seeded into two three-team brackets. Seeds 1, 4, and 6 are in Bracket 1 and seeds 2, 3 and 5 in Bracket 2. In preliminary play on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, you will play the other two teams in your bracket and a “crossover” game against a team in the other bracket.

The first place teams in each bracket play the second-place teams in the other bracket in the Championship semi final games on Friday. Winning teams will advance to the Championship Finals game on Saturday. The semi-final losers will have completed their 4th guaranteed game.

The two teams finishing 3rd in each bracket will play each other on Friday in the Consolation Final which would be the fourth game for each team.

Eight-Team Division Advancement

In an eight-team division, there will be two 4-team brackets. Seeds 1, 4, 5 and 8 are in Bracket 1 and seeds 2, 3, 6 and 7 in Bracket 2. You will play each team in your bracket in preliminary play Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The first place teams in each bracket play the second-place teams in the other bracket in the Championships semi final games on Friday.

The third place teams in each bracket play the fourth-place teams in the other bracket in the Consolation semi final games on Friday.

The semi-final winners advance to the Championship and Consolation Finals on Saturday.

The semi-final losers will have completed their 4th guaranteed game.

Quite often there will be ties in your bracket based on the win – loss records. In order to determine advancement, the following system will be used.

  1. Win – Loss Record: If teams are tied then we look at-
  2. Head to Head: If two tied teams did not play each other or if all the teams in the bracket are tied, then we go to
  3. Points: You can accumulate up to a total of (plus 15) or (minus 15) points per game based on the scores of each of your three preliminary games. The points are totaled to arrive at a grand total. Example: (+8, -10, +12 = +10). The team with the highest point total advances. If teams are tied with points, we then look at-
  4. Common Opponents: The game point differential in the three preliminary games against all common opponents will be totaled. The team with the highest total will advance. If this results in a tie, we look at-
  5. Total Points Allowed in the three Preliminary Games: The team with the least allowed points (best defensive effort) will advance.
  6. Coin Flip: Higher seeded team makes the call.

Rarely will the tie breaker determination go beyond item 3 – Points

It is important for Team Organizers to track your point total throughout the week and especially going into the Thursday game as this can determine your advancement to the semi-finals.

Jerseys – Each team must have a light and a dark jersey for each player with regulation basketball numbers both front and back (a reversible jersey is acceptable). All jerseys must be of the same color and style.

Shorts – Each team must wear shorts of the same color and style. For example if you select red shorts with a white stripe, all players must have red shorts with a white stripe. Experience shows that a solid color short; black, red, white, blue etc. is the easiest to manage. Many teams are now coming with very nice uniforms with team and player names, having both a light set and a dark set.

Uniform Deposit – Each team submits a $200 Uniform Deposit with their team entry. For teams that meet the uniform standard, the $200 Uniform Deposit will be returned in full after the tournament.

Uniform Deposit Fine – The fine is on a per game basis, $25 if all player’s jerseys or all player’s shorts don’t meet the standard. If there is both a jersey and shorts violation for a game, the fine is $50. Fines will be deducted from your Uniform Deposit refund.

Note: The higher seeded team will wear their light colored jerseys for ALL games, including the semi-finals and finals.

The purpose of the meeting is to:

  1. Review key administrative details of the tournament.
  2. Review NCCA rules and rule changes as they apply to the MBA tournament.
  3. Finalize and FREEZE Game Rosters.

Prior to leaving the meeting, all Team Organizers or your designated Representative will be required to turn in your Finalized Game Roster. All rosters will be FROZEN after being reviewed, signed and turned in. MBA office staff will be in the room to assist with finalizing your roster.

No further additions or deletions can be made to your Game Roster after the Team Organizer or Team Representative leaves the meeting.

Our expectation is that you will bring a minimum of 8 players. You are allowed to carry a maximum of 12 players.

If it will be difficult for you to get 8 players to show up for the tournament, you might want to reconsider your entry.

Listing a player on your Game Roster, does not make him “Game Eligible”.

You must let players know that they are required to complete the Player Registration paperwork before they are “Game Eligible” and can be entered into the scorebook.

MBA Player Registration

    1. Complete the Player Registration Form
    2. Review and sign the “Hold Harmless Waiver”.
    3. Pay the Player Registration fee, if due – (TBD). Cash, check or credit card may be used. (Note: Players on teams that have sponsored at the $500 level or higher will have the fee waived.)

First time players will also be required to show proof of age. A driver’s license is the best ID to present if ID is required.

Your players should be registered well in advance of game time. Players that are not registered prior to tip-off will have to wait until the beginning of the second half to play. Players registering after the second half has tipped off will not be allowed to play until the next game.

As a Team Organizer, it is your responsibility to have a minimum of five players, registered and ready to play each game at the scheduled time. We have scheduled games so that even with an occasional overtime game, we are generally on schedule.

Player registration will be available at the MBA tournament office at the Coral Springs Gymnasium beginning at noon on Monday. Players may register until the MBA tournament office closes on Thursday evening.

  1. Players must be physically present to register.
  2. No players are allowed to register on Friday or Saturday.

Teams are required to play all games as scheduled. Forfeiting games in this tournament is not allowed! Each team is expected to bring a minimum of 8 players and to always to have 5 players on hand for every game. However, we strongly urge you to bring 10 players. It is a vigorous week of basketball and some injuries do occur.

The penalty for forfeiting any game is the immediate forfeiture of your $200 Uniform Deposit. Half of the deposit will be shared with the team that showed up but was unable to play their game.

Under the direction of Supervisor of Officials, Peter Battaglia, the MBA contracts only NCAA qualified and top-rated high school officials.

MBA officials receive an orientation briefing conducted by the Supervisor of Officials and tournament Staff prior to tournament play. At the orientation, officials are briefed regarding the unique nature of the tournament as a national masters event. The latest NCAA rules are discussed and any special interpretations of the NCAA rules as they may apply to this tournament are agreed to. This information will be included in the Team Organizers Packet and will be reviewed at the Team Organizers meeting on Tuesday morning of tournament week.

We are quite confident that you will find the quality of our officials meets the very high standards of the tournament and that they will treat all of your games and players with the upmost of seriousness and respect.

That same level of respect is also expected from you and your team.

The MBA uses three-man crews for all games.

Certified Athletic Trainers; from Nova Southeastern University’s Sports Medicine Department work the tournament. They are fully equipped with AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators) and trained in emergency CPR procedures. A trainer will be on hand at all venues, including practice day on Monday. Their primary duties are to provide treatment of minor injuries and are generally available to do some some taping. Obviously they cannot tape every player on every team.

In an emergency situation, Table Staff members have been briefed to immediately contact 911 and summon the Trainer on duty to the assistance of the injured player.

MBA also has made arrangement with local medical facilities for both minor medical needs as well as more serious situations. Arrangements will be made with the tournament physician to smooth the way for our players into a hospital emergency room if such a need arises.

If emergency medical care is needed, both Coral Springs Medical Center Hospital and Northwest Regional Hospital can be reached within 5 to 10 minutes via Coral Springs EMS. The EMS personnel are aware of the tournament and the main fire station is located one block from the Coral Springs Gym. Coral Springs EMS units are also located in close proximity to our auxiliary venues all of which are located in the City of Coral Springs.

The MBA tournament has a number of awards for both team and individual player recognition.

Sportsman of the Year
Our Sportsman of the Year award recognizes an individual who, over a number of years of participation in the tournament, has come to symbolize the very best qualities of sportsmanship and competitive fair play. This award is considered the most prestigious award that is given. The recipient of this award is given a very nice plaque, a MBA Tournament ring and special shirt. Candidates for this special award should be directed to the Sportsman Selection Committee of the MBA Board of Directors. Board member Mike Phelps is the current Chairman of this committee.

Team Awards
Attractive awards are given to the Team Organizers or Coaches of first- and second-place teams in the Championship Finals and to winning and second place in any Consolation Finals.

Player Awards
Each player in a Championship team is awarded the MBA Championship Hat and Shirt and well as a participation certificate. Players on the second place teams also received a unique award and a certificate of participation.

All Tournament Teams
An “All Tournament” team comprised of 10 to 12 players is named for each age division. After each preliminary and semi-final game, tournament staff select players who have had an “All Tournament” type performance. These votes are tallied at the end of the week and the top 10 or 12 vote getters in each age division are named to an “All Tournament” team. Each of these players will be presented with an attractive certificate recognizing their accomplishment.

Most Valuable Player Awards
The very prestigious Gordon D. Pope MVP Ring by Jostens, designed especially for the MBA is awarded to the MVP from each Age Division. The ring is highly coveted and treasured by the winners.

A committee from the Boca Basketball Fraternity selects MVP’s. Each man knows the game very well having played, coached and observed many basketball games over the years. MVP’s are as a rule, chosen from the Championship teams.

MVP’s from Consolation Final games are selected by the Team Organizers from the winning team and will be presented with an MVP Certificate that can be framed and proudly displayed.