U.S. Open Basketball Championships
Boys and Girls Divisions
• 8th Grade: Enrolled in 8th grade or lower as of October 1, 2017 AND cannot turn 16 prior to September 1, 2018.
• 13U: Cannot turn 14 prior to September 1, 2018 (this is an age division, grade exceptions are not permitted).
• 12U: Cannot turn 13 prior to September 1, 2018 (this is an age division, grade exceptions are not permitted).
Divisions of Competition
• Stars: Established and competitive club travel teams
• Stripes: Locally-based, or newly formed, club and recreational teams
All coaches and bench personnel must have USA Basketball Coach License on file with USA Basketball prior the start of the event.
The following divisions of play at the Capital Cool Classic serve as an Official Qualifier to the USA Basketball 2018 U.S. Open Basketball Championships: 8th grade boys/girls, 13U boys/girls and 12U boys/girls. Teams will select to enter the Stars or Stripes division within each grouping of play. The Stars division best suits established and competitive club travel teams while the Stripes division is offered for locally-based, or newly formed, club and recreational teams. The first and second place teams from each group and division will earn a bid to enter the 2018 U.S.
Open Basketball Championships for boys on June 30-July 3 and for girls on July 19-22 in Westfield, Indiana. Third and fourth place teams will receive waitlist bids should first and second place teams not accept their bids.
It is the responsibility of the head coach to provide age and grade (if applicable) verification for players at any time throughout the event. Permitted forms of player age verification include birth certificates, passports and government-issued IDs (originals, hard copies or digital copies).
Permitted forms of player grade verification include school-issued report cards or school administrator confirmation of grade issued on school letterhead (originals, hard copies or digital copies).
Coach License Requirement
All coaches and bench personnel participating in the 8th grade, 13U or 12U divisions must have a valid USA Basketball Coach License on file with USA Basketball prior to the start of the event. The coach license process requires successfully passing a background check which generally takes 7-10 business days to process. To obtain a coach license, visit https://community.usab.com.
It is the responsibility of the head coach to provide verification of coach licensure at any time throughout the event. Once licensed, set your online coach account profile to “public” view for real-time verification of licensure onsite. Only actively licensed coaches are permitted on the bench to coach
This tournament will be played by USA Basketball/National Federation of State High School Associations rules.
• For a full list of USA Basketball rules click HERE and for a comparison to National Federation of State High School Associations rules click HERE
• For a full list of National Federation of State High School Associations rules click HERE
About the USA Basketball 2018 U.S. Open Basketball Championships
This event has been approved to serve as an Official Qualifier to the USA Basketball 2018 U.S. Open Basketball Championships.
USA Basketball, the National Governing Body of the sport under the United States Olympic Committee, is committed to creating an inclusive tournament structure to best serve youth basketball throughout the United States. In 2018, USA Basketball will host the U.S. Open Basketball Championships in Westfield, Indiana for 8th grade, 13U and 12U divisions of play for both boys and girls. The boys championship tournaments will occur on June 30–July 3 while the girls championship tournaments will occur on July 19-22. In order to qualify for the culminating event, teams must participate in USA Basketball approved U.S. Open Official Qualifiers throughout the country. First and second place finishers in each qualifying division will earn an automatic bid to the championships.