Division I Basketball Region Tournament Guidelines


DIVISION I REGION BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT GUIDELINES

Communication with region coaches can be initiated through the TSSAA Portal by clicking on the following tabs:

Sports > Memberships > Members

Here you will find email distribution lists for all region athletic directors and head coaches. You will also find a no-cost conference call line with an access code that is unique for your region.

  1. Tournament Site – District coaches shall select their regional tournament site on a rotation basis. In odd-numbered years, the odd-numbered districts in basketball (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15) shall select the regional tournament site. In even-numbered years, the even-numbered district shall select the regional tournament site.The schools in the region will hold a meeting, chaired by the District Coordinators, to discuss the central site selection. The region will make a recommendation of a minimum of two sites to the state office for consideration. The Executive Director shall set the Regional Tournament sites in the area of the schools in the region. In order to be considered, the facility must meet the following seating criteria: Class A – 1,000; Class AA – 1,250; Class AAA – 1,500. These are to be permanent seats and based on 18” width. The seating requirement does not apply to the quarterfinal games.
    1. If a school that does not meet the minimum seating requirement is scheduled to host, the administration may select a larger facility in their area that meets the minimum requirement and inform the state office as to where the contest will be played.
    2. If a school that is chosen to host a tournament game does not have the gym that satisfies the seating minimum, the Principal of that school may seek a waiver of the seating requirement from the Executive Director, and the waiver will be granted if the Principal establishes that waiving the seating requirement will not give rise to any substantial safety concerns.

    Consideration will be based on geographic location, seating capacity, etc.

    If all four schools in the same district advance to the semi-final round and it is not their year to host, the games must be moved to the alternate site. The alternate site must be determined by the schools within that particular district prior to the start of the regional tournament. The semi-final and final rounds must be played at the same site (Exception for the finals: Upon receiving written request, the state office is now allowed to approve changes to the site and/or game time due to the locations of the schools participating in the finals, as long as the schools competing and the host school all agree on the change.).

  2. Tournament Director – The director of the region tournament shall be designated by the administrator of the host school. The regional tournament director shall call a meeting of representatives of all schools that qualify for the regional tournament preceding the opening of the tournament for the transaction of necessary business. Time and place of this meeting shall be set by the regional tournament director, and the director shall notify the principals of the schools concerned.
  3. Tournament Schedule
    1. On Friday, following the completion of the district tournament, there will be four quarterfinal girls’ games with the Winner and Runner-Up teams from both districts hosting Fourth Place and Third Place teams from the other district. Example:

      Site 1: Fourth District 2 @ Winner District 1
      Site 2: Third District 2 @ Runner-Up District 1
      Site 3: Fourth District 1 @ Winner District 2
      Site 4: Third District 1 @ Runner-Up District 2

      All games will be at 7:00 p.m. local time. All expenses, including officials, 18% of the gate to TSSAA, etc., will be paid by the host school with the net receipts split 50/50 between the two schools.

    2. On Saturday, following the completion of the district tournament, there will be four quarterfinal boys’ games with the Winner and Runner-Up teams from both districts hosting the Fourth Place and Third Place teams from the other district. Example:

      Site 1: Fourth District 2 @ Winner District 1
      Site 2: Third District 2 @ Runner-Up District 1
      Site 3: Fourth District 1 @ Winner District 2
      Site 4: Third District 1 @ Runner-Up District 2

      All games will be at 7:00 p.m. local time. All expenses, including officials, 18% of the gate to TSSAA, etc., will be paid by the host school with the net receipts split 50/50 between the two schools.

    3. The quarterfinal winners will advance to a central site with the following format:

      Monday: 2 Girls’ Semifinal Games (6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. local time)
      Tuesday: 2 Boys’ Semifinal Games (6:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. local time)
      Wednesday: Girls’ Championship (7:00 p.m. local time)
      Thursday: Boys’ Championship (7:00 p.m. local time)

      All expenses, including officials, 18% of the gate to TSSAA, etc., will be paid by the host school with the net receipts being distributed using the plan selected by the schools participating in the tournament.

  4. Tickets / Price of Admission – Ticket prices for the tournament should be agreed upon by the schools. They are not set by TSSAA. Arrangements for tickets should be made by the host schools.
  5. Tournament Passes – The host school(s) along with the teams in the district should agree on the passes that will be accepted at the gate, as well as the number of passes that will be honored for players and staff of participating teams. TSSAA ID cards, TSSAA Championship Event cards, and TACA cards are not to be accepted as passes.
  6. Game Officials – Game officials shall be assigned by the state office. Game officials shall be paid $70.00 plus mileage at 15 cents per mile per official. Mileage is to be paid only if travel for the official is outside the county in which the official resides and should be based on mileage from city to city.
  7. Game Administrator’s Meeting – The TSSAA Board of Control has designated that prior to any varsity contest in the sport of basketball, the game administrator is required to conduct a pre-game meeting with game officials, both head coaches, and security. The game administrator shall be present and visible for the duration of the game.
  8. Mercy Rule – In the fourth quarter, there is a mandated continuous clock when one team gets a 35 point advantage over their opponent. The clock would only stop for shooting fouls, timeouts, injuries, and the administration of technical fouls. The clock will continue to run for the remainder of the game, regardless of the point differential.
  9. Financial Arrangements – Concession revenue shall go to the host school unless otherwise agreed upon by the administration of schools in the district.  All expenses in the region tournament must be approved by a majority vote of the schools in the region prior to the beginning of the tournament. If a tournament administration fee is to be paid, the amount must be approved by a majority vote of the schools in the region prior to the beginning of the tournament and shall not exceed $25.00 per game. TSSAA shall receive 18% of the gross gate receipts. Postseason financial forms must now be completed through the TSSAA Portal. All checks for district, regional, and sectional tournaments and playoffs must be distributed within 10 business days of the completion of the tournament or game. Failure to do so will result in a $100.00 late fee to be paid to TSSAA and is to be used in the A.F. Bridges sportsmanship program to go to schools or students receiving awards. Failure to distribute funds within 20 business days will result in an additional $200 late fee (total $300.00). Failure to distribute funds within 40 business days will result in an additional $200.00 late fee (total $500.00). The school may not host any tournament or playoff until the principal or athletic director appears before the Board of Control to explain their reasons for not distributing the checks within the required time frame. The Board would then determine whether the school can host tournaments or playoffs in the future.
  10. Video / Videostream / Radio – All taping or filming by a school must be approved by the local Game Director, and the Game Director shall assign space, when available, for the school to tape or film. Rules governing videostreaming or other broadcast of a postseason contest are found in the TSSAA Media Regulations.
  11. Tournament Awards – TSSAA provides a region championship plaque and a region runner-up plaque.  Please check the list of the Basketball Awards Coordinators to determine where the region plaques have been sent. Tournament directors are encouraged to contact the Athletic Director of the school that received their region’s awards and make arrangements for delivery.
  12. Submitting Results – As the region tournament progresses, the brackets on the TSSAA website will be updated.  Therefore, upon completion of each game, please submit your results to: tssaa@tssaa.org.
  13. State Tournament Program – If your team qualifies for the region final, please make arrangements to submit your team photo, school logo, and team roster prior to the sectional game.  Detailed instructions for submitting your team’s information can be found here.
  14. Sectional Guidelines – Information for teams which advance to the Sectional Game, can be found here.