Divisions and Eligibility

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Please note:
Tournament is open to all eligible teams on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to teams which have participated in the immediate past year's tournament.  Once division slots are filled, no other teams will be accepted.  Please make note of deadline dates and entry fee information. All fees are due in US Dollars.

NACBA Membership Fee

$200 Refundable Deposit (New Policy)
Will cover the team’s adherence to the following: Stay and Play policy and work team assignments. Deposits will be returned 2-3 weeks after the conclusion of the tournament.

Note: once registration is paid (entry fees and security deposits) and confirmed, no refunds will be given due to a change in the team’s ability to participate.  Because there are a limited number of spots available in each division, your acceptance to play in the tournament affects those teams who are interested in participating but can not be accepted because there are no spots available.  

Mens Open Division (top division)

$700 Entry Fee, Plus NACBA fee ($50/$150), Plus $200 Refundable Deposit

Description: TEAM TEXAS took top honors in 2019 as they went undefeated and showed why they will be tough to beat in 2022. 
Competition should come from runners-up, the Markham FCCM, and stalwarts such as the Toronto Dragons,  Lunar NYC, or the other 2019 final 4 teams – NY Rockits or Washington CYC.  2019 Friendship Champions, the Showcase NYC may also look to challenge for the “CHIP”.  
Eligibility: Open to all participants of direct Chinese descent. Participants must be at least 25% Chinese (at least one grandparent must be 100% Chinese).  Players born before May 27 2006. 

  • All participantsmust be at least 16 years old and canplay for only one team throughout the tournament.
  • Maximum teamroster of 12 players.
  • At thetournament, all participants must present official photo identification(passport, birth certificate, driver's license, etc.) which proves theirage and/or nationality.  If aprotest is lodged, the burden of proof is on each player to proveeligibility.  Players must bringoriginal copies of parents/grandparents documentation asverification.  Failure to do so willresult in the player(s) disqualification from the tournament.
  • Use of ineligibleplayers will result in forfeiture of all games played and additionalsanctions including, but not limited to, team disqualification from thetournament.

Format: 8-16 teams.

  • The NACBA willselect 8-16 teams from the pool of Men’s Open teams to compete in thehighest division of the tournament. Teams will be selected based on their previous performance(s) atthe NACBAIT and NACBA approved events.
  • The final fourteams from the 2019 OPEN division are automatically guaranteed a spot inthis division.
  • Teams notselected for the Men's Open Division can compete in the Men's Friendshipdivision.
  • The top two teamsfrom the 2019 Friendship Division can advance automatically to play in theMen’s Open division. (Showcase NYC, Philadelphia Suns)
  • Each team isguaranteed to play in a minimum of 4 games throughout the tournament.
  • After initialround robin group play, teams from each group will advance into either theplayoff round or consolation round.
  • 18 minutes perhalf, 3 timeouts per game, NACBA/NCAA modified rules apply; all otherrules to be announced at a later date.
  • All gamesofficiated by NCAA/IAABO certified referees
  • Semifinal and Championship Games to beplayed on Monday

Mens Friendship Division

$700 Entry Fee, Plus NACBA fee ($50/$150), Plus $200 Refundable Deposit

Description: A recreation division for teams who still are somewhat competitive. Teams which once competed in the Men’s Open division may move down to this division. It’s also a perfect opportunity for teams moving up from the Boys 18u division after their eligibility is exhausted. In 2019, seventeen teams came to play with Showcase NYC capturing the title by defeating the Philadelphia Suns in a hotly contested championship game.  2022 is sure to bring teams looking for their chance at a NACBA championship. 
Eligibility: Open to all participants of direct Chinese descent.  Participants must be at least 25% Chinese (at least one grandparent must be 100% Chinese).  Players born before May 27, 2006. 

  • All participantsmust be at least 16 years old and canplay for only one team throughout the tournament.
  • Maximum teamroster of 12 players.
  • At thetournament, all participants must present official photo identification(passport, birth certificate, driver's license, etc.) which proves theirage and/or nationality.  If aprotest is lodged, the burden of proof is on each player to proveeligibility.  Players must bringoriginal copies of parents/grandparents documentation as verification.  Failure to do so will result in theplayer(s) disqualification from the tournament. .
  • Use of ineligibleplayers will result in forfeiture of all games played and additionalsanctions including, but not limited to, team disqualification from thetournament.

Format: 8-16 teams.

  • The NACBA willselect from 8-16 teams from its pool of teams with preference given tothose who have participated previously and those who qualify in terms ofcompetitiveness.  Teams which areover qualified or not selected may have an opportunity to register for theMen’s Open division.    
  • Each team isguaranteed to play in a minimum of 3 games throughout the tournament.
  • After initialround robin group play, teams from each group will advance into either theplayoff round or consolation round.
  • 18 minutes perhalf, 3 timeouts per game, NACBA/NCAA modified rules apply; all otherrules to be announced at a later date.
  • All gamesofficiated by NCAA/IAABO certified referees.
  • Semifinal and Championship games to beplayed on Monday

Mens Senior 40+ Division

$700 Entry Fee, Plus NACBA fee ($50/$150), Plus $200 Refundable Deposit

Description: In 2019, after several years of hard work, Vintage NYC claimed its first 40+ championship.  They will be looking to repeat in 2022.  Teams looking to spoil their plans include the Chicago Dragons, Toronto CCYAA, Boston Knights and Washington CYC.  
Eligibility: Open to all participants of direct Chinese descent. Participants must be at least 25% Chinese (at least one grandparent must be 100% Chinese) with the following exception:

  • All participantsmust be 40 years of age by tournament time (Saturday) to be eligible andcan only play for one team throughout the tournament. (Players 39 yearsold at tournament time but will turn 40 in 2022 are also eligible)
  • Rule#15 Player Exception: Eligibleplayer(s) in the 50+ and 55+ divisions can also participate in the
    in this division.  Each team isallowed to add no more than 3players total who are also participating in the 50+ division or55+ division.  If you have any questions about thisexception, contact the Tournament Committee.  Note, no player may participate in morethan two divisions. 
  • Maximum teamroster of 12 players.
  • At thetournament, all participants must present official photo identification (passport,birth certificate, driver's license, etc.) which proves their age and/ornationality.  If a protest islodged, the burden of proof is on each player to prove eligibility.  Players must bring original copies ofparents/grandparents documentation as verification. Failure to do so willresult in the player(s) disqualification from the tournament.
  • Use of ineligibleplayers will result in forfeiture of all games played and additionalsanctions including, but not limited to, team disqualification from thetournament.

Format: 4-8 teams,
Each team is guaranteed to play in a minimum of 3 games throughout the tournament.

  • After initialround robin group play, select teams from each group will advance into theplayoff/championship round.  Aconsolation round may be held contingent upon the number of teams entered.
  • 18 minutes perhalf, 3 timeouts per game, NACBA/NCAA modified rules apply; all otherrules to be announced at a later date.
  • All gamesofficiated by NCAA/IAABO certified referees
  • Championship game to be played onSunday.

Mens Master 50+ Division

$700 Entry Fee, Plus NACBA fee ($50/$150), Plus $200 Refundable Deposit

Description: In 2019, the Toronto CCYAA captured their 2nd straight championship and will look to 3-peat in 2022. 
Eligibility: Open to all participants of direct Chinese descent.  Participants must be at least 25% Chinese (at least one grandparent must be 100% Chinese) with the following exception:

  • All participantsmust be 50 years of age by tournament time (Saturday) to be eligible.  (Players 49 years old at tournament timebut turn 50 in 2022 are also eligible).
  • Rule#15 Player Exception: Eligibleplayer(s) in the 55+ division can also participate in the
    in this division.  Each team isallowed to add no more than 3players total who are also participating in the 55+ division.  Note, no player may participate in morethan two divisions.  If you have anyquestions about this exception, contact the Tournament Committee.
  • Maximum teamroster of 12 players.
  • At thetournament, all participants must present official photo identification(passport, birth certificate, driver's license, etc.) which proves theirage or nationality.  If a protest islodged, the burden of proof is on each player to prove eligibility.  Players must bring original copies ofparents/grandparents documentation as verification. Failure to do so willresult in the player(s) disqualification from the tournament.
  • Use of ineligibleplayers will result in forfeiture of all games played and additionalsanctions including, but not limited to, team disqualification from thetournament.

Format: 4-6 teams

  • Each team isguaranteed to play in a minimum of 3 games throughout the tournament.
  • After initialround robin group play, select teams from each group will advance into theplayoff/championship round.  Aconsolation round may be held contingent upon the number of teams entered.
  • 18 minutes perhalf, 3 timeouts per game, NACBA/NCAA modified rules apply; all otherrules to be announced at a later date.
  • All gamesofficiated by NCAA/IAABO certified referees
  • Championship game to be played on Sunday.

Mens Grand Masters 55+ Division – Inaugural

If a minimum of 4 teams are not met, an alternative option will be to host a 3on3 division for those interested in participating

$700 Entry Fee, Plus NACBA fee ($50/$150), Plus $200 Refundable Deposit

Description: This division is for those who still love to hoop it up, hang out with friends, and renew friendships.  There’s no reason to stop doing what you love to do.
Eligibility: Open to all participants of direct Chinese descent.  Participants must be at least 25% Chinese (at least one grandparent must be 100% Chinese) with the following exception:

  • All participantsmust be 55 years of age by tournament time (Saturday) to be eligible.  (Players 54 years old at tournament timebut turn 55 in 2022 are also eligible).
  • Maximum teamroster of 12 players.
  • At thetournament, all participants must present official photo identification(passport, birth certificate, driver's license, etc.) which proves theirage or nationality.  If a protest islodged, the burden of proof is on each player to prove eligibility.  Players must bring original copies ofparents/grandparents documentation as verification. Failure to do so willresult in the player(s) disqualification from the tournament.
  • Use of ineligibleplayers will result in forfeiture of all games played and additionalsanctions including, but not limited to, team disqualification from thetournament.

Format: 4-6 teams

  • Each team isguaranteed to play in a minimum of 3 games throughout the tournament.
  • After initialround robin group play, select teams from each group will advance into theplayoff/championship round.  Aconsolation round may be held contingent upon the number of teams entered.
  • 18 minutes perhalf, 3 timeouts per game, NACBA/NCAA modified rules apply; all otherrules to be announced at a later date.
  • All gamesofficiated by NCAA/IAABO certified referees
  • Championship game to be played on Sunday.

Womens Open Division

$675 Entry Fee, Plus NACBA fee ($50/$100), Plus $200 Refundable Deposit

Description: In 2019, the C.A.S.E. SF Believers took top honors and surprised many with their passing/shooting and relentless style of defense.  Hopes are high that they bring that same energy & excitement to Rock Hill in 2022 to defend their title. Challenges should come from past champions, Lunar NYC, Vancouver Strathcona and the Toronto Warriors.
Eligibility: Open to all participants of direct Chinese descent. Participants must be at least 25% Chinese (at least one grandparent must be 100% Chinese). Players born before May 27, 2007

  • All participantsmust be at least 15 years old and can play for only one team throughoutthe tournament.
  • Rule#15 Player Exception: Eligibleplayer(s) in Girls 18u division can also participate in the
    in this division.  Each team isallowed to add no more than 3players total who are also participating in the Girls 18udivision.  If you have any questions about thisexception, contact the Tournament Committee.
  • Maximum teamroster of 12 players.
  • At thetournament, all participants must present official photo identification(passport, birth certificate, driver's license, etc.) which proves theirage and/or nationality.  If aprotest is lodged, the burden of proof is on each player to prove eligibility.Players must bring original copies of parents/grandparents documentationas verification. Failure to do so will result in the player(s)disqualification from the tournament.
  • Use of ineligibleplayers will result in forfeiture of all games played and additionalsanctions including, but not limited to, team disqualification from thetournament.

Format: 4-8 teams.

  • Each team isguaranteed to play in a minimum of 3 games throughout the tournament.
  • After initialround robin group play, select teams from each group will advance into theplayoff/championship round.  Aconsolation round may be held contingent upon the number of teams entered.
  • 18 minutes perhalf, 3 timeouts per game, NACBA/NCAA modified rules apply; all otherrules to be announced at a later date.
  • All gamesofficiated by NCAA certified referees.
Championship Game to be played on Monday

Womens Liberty Division

(may be combined with women’s open dependent upon number of teams entered)

$675 Entry Fee, Plus NACBA fee ($50/$100), Plus $200 Refundable Deposit

Description: This division is ideal for newly formed teams, Girls 18u teams or teams on the rise prior to moving up to the women’s open.  Either way, this division is about making friends and playing some hoops at the same time. Past winners include Vancouver Strathcona, NY Lady Rockits and Toronto CCYAA. 
Eligibility: Open to all participants of direct Chinese descent. Participants must be at least 25% Chinese (at least one grandparent must be 100% Chinese)

  • All participantsmust be at least 13 years old and can play for only one team throughoutthe tournament.
  • Maximum teamroster of 12 players.
  • At thetournament, all participants must present official photo identification(passport, birth certificate, driver's license, etc.) which proves theirage and/or nationality.  If aprotest is lodged, the burden of proof is on each player to proveeligibility. Players must bring original copies of parents/grandparentsdocumentation as verification. Failure to do so will result in theplayer(s) disqualification from the tournament.
  • Use of ineligibleplayers will result in forfeiture of all games played and additionalsanctions including, but not limited to, team disqualification from thetournament.

Format: 4-6 teams.

  • Each team isguaranteed to play in a minimum of 3 games throughout the tournament.
  • After initialround robin group play, select teams from each group will advance into theplayoff/championship round.  Aconsolation round may be held contingent upon the number of teams entered.
  • 18 minutes perhalf, 3 timeouts per game, NACBA/NCAA modified rules apply; all otherrules to be announced at a later date.
  • All gamesofficiated by NCAA certified referees.
Championship Game to be played on Sunday

Girls 18u Division

(only if 4 or more teams can commit) (Teams interested should inform us ASAP)

$675 Entry Fee, Plus NACBA fee ($50/$100), Plus $200 Refundable Deposit

Description: The opportunity for those who are still new to the game to compete and experience the tournament. 
Eligibility: Open to all participants of direct Chinese descent. Participants must be at least 25% Chinese (at least one grandparent must be 100% Chinese).  Players born after May 27, 2004

  • All participantsmust be a minimum of 13 years old and have not attained the age of 19years old at tournament time (Saturday).
  • Maximum teamroster of 12 players.
  • At thetournament, all participants must present official photo identification(passport, birth certificate, driver's license, etc.) which proves theirage and/or nationality.  If a protestis lodged, the burden of proof is on each player to proveeligibility.  Players must bringoriginal copies of parents/grandparents documentation as verification.Failure to do so will result in the player(s) disqualification from thetournament.
  • Use of ineligibleplayers will result in forfeiture of all games played and additionalsanctions including, but not limited to, team disqualification from thetournament.

Format: 4-6 teams.

  • Each team isguaranteed to play in a minimum of 3 games throughout the tournament.
  • After initialround robin group play, select teams from each group will advance into theplayoff/championship round.  Aconsolation round may be held contingent upon the number of teams entered.
  • 18 minutes perhalf, 3 timeouts per game, NACBA/NCAA modified rules apply; all otherrules to be announced at a later date.
  • All gamesofficiated by NCAA/IAABO certified referees.
  • Championship gameto be played on Sunday.

University Division 22-under - Inaugural

$700 Entry Fee, Plus NACBA fee ($50/$150), Plus $200 Refundable Deposit

Description: This division looks to be the bridge for 18u players/teams prior to their move up to the Men’s Friendship and Open divisions.  We look forward to seeing many of these young rising stars hoop it up. 
Eligibility: Open to all participants of direct Chinese descent.  Participants must be at least 25% Chinese (at least one grandparent must be 100% Chinese) with the following exception:

  • All participantsmust not have attained the age of 23 before tournament time (Saturday) andcan play for only one team throughout the tournament.
  • Rule#15 Player Exception: Eligibleplayer(s) in the in the Boys 18u division can also participate in the inthis division.  Each team is allowedto add no more than 3 playerstotal who are also participating in the 18-under division.  If you have any questions about thisexception, contact the Tournament Committee.
  • Maximum teamroster of 12 players.
  • At thetournament, all participants must present official photo identification(passport, birth certificate, driver's license, etc.) which proves theirage or nationality.  If a protest islodged, the burden of proof is on each player to prove eligibility.  Players must bring original copies ofparents/grandparents documentation as verification. Failure to do so willresult in the player(s) disqualification from the tournament.
  • Use of ineligibleplayers will result in forfeiture of all games played and additionalsanctions including, but not limited to, team disqualification from thetournament.

Format: 4-8 teams.

  • Each team isguaranteed to play in a minimum of 3 games throughout the tournament.
  • After initialround robin group play, select teams from each group will advance into theplayoff/championship round.  Aconsolation round may be held contingent upon the number of teams entered.
  • 18 minutes perhalf, 3 timeouts per game, NACBA/NCAA modified rules apply; all otherrules to be announced at a later date.
  • All gamesofficiated by NCAA/IAABO certified referees
  • Championship game to be played on Sunday.

Boys Junior 18 & Under Division

$675 Entry Fee, Plus NACBA fee ($50/$100), Plus $200 Refundable Deposit

Description: The Boys Junior 18 and under division is one of the toughest to win as it is littered with rising young high school ballers with “GAME”.  In 2019, the NY Titans captured their 2nd B18u Championship (2016 champs) and will look to repeat in 2022.  Who will rise to the challenge? 
Eligibility: Open to all participants of direct Chinese descent. Participants must be at least 25% Chinese (at least one grandparent must be 100% Chinese). Players born after May 27, 2004. 

  • All participantsmust not have attained the age of 19 before tournament time (Saturday) andcan play for only one team throughout the tournament.
  • Maximum teamroster of 12 players.
  • At thetournament, all participants must present official photo identification(passport, birth certificate, driver's license, etc.) which proves theirage and/or nationality.  If aprotest is lodged, the burden of proof is on each player to prove eligibility.  Players must bring original copies ofparents/grandparents documentation as verification. Failure to do so willresult in the player(s) disqualification from the tournament.
  • Use of ineligibleplayers will result in forfeiture of all games played and additionalsanctions including, but not limited to, team disqualification from thetournament.

Format: 6-12 teams.

  • Each team isguaranteed to play in a minimum of 3 games throughout the tournament.
  • After initialround robin group play, select teams from each group will advance into theplayoff/championship round.  Aconsolation round may be held contingent upon the number of teams entered.
  • 18 minutes perhalf, 3 timeouts per game, NACBA/NCAA modified rules apply; all otherrules to be announced at a later date.
  • All gamesofficiated by NCAA/IAABO certified referees.
  • Championship gameto be played on Sunday.

Boys Youth 15 & Under Division

(only if 4 or more teams can commit) (Teams interested should inform us ASAP)

$675 Entry Fee, Plus NACBA fee ($50/$100), Plus $200 Refundable Deposit

Description: BUCKETS!!!  In 2019, Lunar NYC captured the championship with a buzzer beating 3-pointer in probably the most exciting game of the 2019 tournament against the NY Rockits.  Many will be moving up to compete in the boys 18u so this division is wide open as to who will claim the CHIP in 2020. 
Eligibility: Open to all participants of direct Chinese descent.  Participants must be at least 25% Chinese (at least one grandparent must be 100% Chinese). Players born after May 27, 2007.

  • All participantsmust not have attained the age of 16 before tournament time (Saturday) andcan play for only one team during this tournament.
  • Maximum teamroster of 12 players.
  • At thetournament, all participants must present official photo identification(passport, birth certificate, driver's license, etc.) which proves theirage and/or nationality.  If aprotest is lodged, the burden of proof is on each player to proveeligibility.  Payers must bringoriginal copies of parents/grandparents documentation asverification.  Failure to do so willresult in the player(s) disqualification from the tournament.
  • Use of ineligibleplayers will result in forfeiture of all games played and additionalsanctions including, but not limited to, team disqualification from thetournament.

Format: 4-8 teams.

  • Each team isguaranteed to play in a minimum of 3 games throughout the tournament.
  • After initialround robin group play, select teams from each group will advance into theplayoff/championship round.  Aconsolation round may be held contingent upon the number of teams entered.
  • 18 minutes perhalf, 3 timeouts per game, NACBA/NCAA modified rules apply; all otherrules to be announced at a later date.
  • All gamesofficiated by NCAA/IAABO certified referees.
Championship game to be played on Sunday.

Boys Youth 13 & Under Division

(only if 4 or more teams can commit)(Teams interested should inform us ASAP)

$675 Entry Fee, Plus NACBA fee ($50/$100), Plus $200 Refundable Deposit

Description: The opportunity for those who are still new to the game to compete and experience the tournament. 
Eligibility: Open to all participants of direct Chinese descent.  Participants must be at least 25% Chinese (at least one grandparent must be 100% Chinese). Players born after May 27, 2009.

  • All participantsmust not have attained the age of 14 before tournament time (Saturday) andcan play for only one team during this tournament.
  • Maximum teamroster of 12 players.
  • At thetournament, all participants must present official photo identification(passport, birth certificate, driver's license, etc.) which proves theirage and/or nationality.  If aprotest is lodged, the burden of proof is on each player to proveeligibility.  Payers must bringoriginal copies of parents/grandparents documentation asverification.  Failure to do so willresult in the player(s) disqualification from the tournament.
  • Use of ineligibleplayers will result in forfeiture of all games played and additionalsanctions including, but not limited to, team disqualification from thetournament.

Format: 4-6 teams.

  • Each team isguaranteed to play in a minimum of 3 games throughout the tournament.
  • After initialround robin group play, select teams from each group will advance into theplayoff/championship round.  A consolationround may be held contingent upon the number of teams entered.
  • 18 minutes perhalf, 3 timeouts per game, NACBA/NCAA modified rules apply; all otherrules to be announced at a later date.
  • All gamesofficiated by NCAA/IAABO certified referees.

Championship game to be played on Sunday.