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CHAPTER I
APPLICATION RULES
Article 1. All the irregularities and infractions made in the scope and jurisdiction of FIMBA shall be punished with the sanctions herein settled by the Honorable Disciplinary Board; the irregularities and infractions made in the scope and jurisdiction of a FIMBA championship shall be punished with the sanctions herein settled by the Honorable Disciplinary Board of the Championship.
HONORABLE DISCIPLINARY BOARD OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP
Article 2. The H.D.B.C. is the body empowered to study, evaluate and punish the irregularities and infringements committed since the beginning until the end of a FIMBA championship in line with the standards of this Code, the FIMBA Regulations, the prove of the facts in each case.
Article 3. The H.D.B.C. will consist of three (3) members. A President, a first Member, and a second Member will be designated. The FIMBA´s President and Secretary and the Organizing Committee President will make the appointment of these members and their position.
Article 4. The H.D.B.C. will work since the first day of the championship until two (2) hours after the last game of the championship or until it is decided by the Board.
Article 5. Each resolution will be dictated within the following two hours for the expiration time of the discharge presentation, and it will be notified immediately by its publication in the news billboard and in the website of the championship at www.fimba.net.
CHAPTER II
REPORTS
Article 6. In the case of any infringement to the present Code, a report shall be submitted to the Technical Coordinator office by the following individuals: a) the Director of the Competence; b) the referees of the games; c) the official technical commissioners; and d) the championship authorities.
Article 7. The reports and disqualifications without report will be daily sent by the Technical Coordinator to the H.D.B.C. for their treatment.
Article 8. The reports shall be made by the referees in the score sheet with the explanation of the facts in Spanish or English. The referees and the rest of the people indicated in the Article 6, could extend the report. The reports should be presented in the Technical Coordinator office within two (2) hours from the fact or the end of the game.
Article 9. The remittance of the reports by the Technical Coordinator to the H.D.B.C. will be done the same day of the fact or disqualification.
Article 10. In the case of suspension of a game by the referees, they shall explain in the report the extreme reasons causing their decision.
CLAIMS
Article 11. The claims related to infringements herein mentioned or in FIMBA Regulations may be reported in writing by who is considered offended or harmed by the violated norm. Team’s delegates or captains are the only ones legitimized for reporting complaints related to the teams. The claim must be presented with the caution fee of the Article 13 of this Code.
TERMS OF PRESENTATION
Article 12. The claims shall be presented within two (2) hours after the event or the end of the game at the Organizing Committee office written in Spanish or English.
CAUTION PAYMENT
Article 13. The claims must be in writing and accompanied with the payment of us$ 250 in order to be sent to the H.D.B.C. Won’t be admitted claims without accomplishment of the term and the deposit.
REPORTS, CLAIMS AND COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
Article 14. Once the H.D.B.C receives a report, a claim or a complaint may quote people or any implicated part to be interrogated, or may ask for any prove in case they considered necessary. The resolution will be made immediately after the discharge or the term to do it and the accused will be notified in that moment. In case he or she is not present shall likewise be notified as it is provided in the art. 21.
Article 15. The reports, claims or complaints will be notified on the billboard and in the championship website linked to www.fimba.net, to allow the accused to make the defense discharge according to the articles of this Code.
Article 16. The reports or claims in the last day of the championship may be submitted until 30 (thirty) minutes after the corresponding game and will be decided in the next hour of received by the Board as unique Instance. The resolution will be final and not appealable.
DISCHARGE
Article 17. The reported or accused part could make a discharge in writing. It must be presented at the H.D.B.C. office the same day of the publishing on the billboard or in the website of the championship until 10.00 AM of the following day.
Article 18. If the offense occurs the last day of the championship the discharge may take place within (30) thirty minutes after the information of the report and/or complaint. The failure to present the discharge, produce the automatic expiration of the right to do it and the H.D.B.C. will resolve likewise.
TEMPORARY SUSPENSION
Article 19. Any player, coach or assistant, who is duly notified by the referees, or is disqualified from a match, shall automatically accomplish a suspension for the next game of the playing schedule. This is in addition to any sanction applied by the H.D.B.C.
In case of not accomplishing of the suspension in the next game it will be raise to the double for the next two games.
REDEEM BY FINE
Article 20. The suspension for being disqualified without report may be redeemed with the payment of One hundred fifty dollars (US$ 150), one time in the championship. The fine must be paid at the H.D.B.C. office that will verify if there is not a referee report and this is the first sanction; In that case will allow playing the suspended next game.
NOTIFICATIONS
Article 21. During the championship, the automatic sanctions, the Board decisions, the reports, claims and the complaints will be displayed on the billboard at the Information Center and on the website of the championship. The notification will be automatic.
GUARANTEE PAYMENT
Article 22. The appeals shall be addressed by the interested and/or the team delegate to the H.D.B.S office together with the payment of Two hundred fifty US Dollars fee (US$ 250). In the case of not-fulfillment of this payment the plea shall be void. 
Article 23. Derogated
APPEALS AND COMPLAINT APPEALS
Article 24. Against to a H.D.B.S. decision may be interposed an appeal accomplishing the Article 22 in order to be studied and solve definitively. This resolution will be final and will be fulfilled immediately.
Article 25. Derogated
Article 26. The appeals shall be presented in writing, in English or Spanish, and well based, at the H.D.B.S. office until 10.00 am of the following day that they are displayed on the billboard and the website of the championship with the payment of the Article 22.
Article 27. The appeals shall be studied and decided before 7.00 am of the same day.
Article 28. Derogated
Article 29. The not-fulfillment of an appeal on time and form shall void the plea.
Article 30. The fees received at the H.D.B.C. will go to FIMBA Recidivism Registry.
CHAPTER III
SANCTIONS - PAYMENT OF EXPENSES AND DAMAGES REPAIR
Article 31. The enforcement of the sentences made by H.T.D.C. resolution will be verified by the same H.T.D.C

Article 32. If verified that those sanctioned have breached the sentence will be suspended for participation in any tournament organized or sponsored by FIMBA for a period of two years. The same penalty shall apply to persons or organizations that have allowed or encouraged the failure of the sanctions.

Article 33. It will be considered an act subject to penalty and therefore may be punishable any act or fact expressly foreseen in this Chapter, and those which although not exhaustively listed, affects any championships organized or sponsored by FIMBA.
Article 34. In the case of doubt the most favorable decision for the accused shall prevail. It cannot be applied more than one punishment for each fact.
PENALTIES
Article 35. The following sanctions shall be applied:

  1. Suspension and disability
  2. Ejection
  3. Discount or loss of points
  4. Fine

In any case the accused shall pay the expenses produced by his/her behavior and the damages caused.
Article 36. The penalty of suspension produce the automatical disabling of the sanctioned person by the time it is applied for participating in tournaments organized and/or sponsored by FIMBA, remaining the rest of the duties.

Article 37. If the term of the sanction is for years, it is understood that it starts the date on which the decision has become final and until the date of start of the like championship in which the sanction fell.

Article 38. The same criteria shall apply when the penalty fall on delegates or FIMBA Representatives.

Article 39. The penalty of ejection ends permanently the rights throughout any nature.
Article 40. The sanction of loss of points means the taken of the points of the game regardless the result of it.
Article 41. The sanction of discount of points means the taken of the accumulated points before the sanction.
Article 42. The sanction of fine will be applied to individuals, teams and Representatives and shall be fixed by the H.D.B.C., according to the rules of this Code. In case of a team fine all the members: delegate, coach, attendees and players are responsible jointly and they will remain suspended until the effective payment of the fine.
Article 43. It will be an exclusive issue of the H.D.B.C. the decision, terms and amount of the payment for the expenses and damages caused.
PENALTIES ASSESSMENT
Article 44. The terms herein established shall be considered from the day and time shown at the billboards and in the championship website according to the Article 21.
Article 45. The terms established in days shall be understood as consecutive. The terms established in games shall be consecutive and immediately following in the schedule of the championship.
Article 46. The sanctions of fine and the payment of the damages shall be paid within the period fixed by the H.D.B.C. From the deadline and until the payment of the fine or the damages becomes effective, the team or the people punished and required to pay will be disabled. Such disqualification shall cease immediately when the payment is made.
Article 47- Derogated
Article 48- Derogated
Article 49- Derogated

GRADUATION OF THE SANCTIONS
Article 50. In order to pass a sentence, shall be considered: the personal conditions and the position of the accused at the time of the fact, the background at the Registry of Recidivism, according the Article 53, as well as the circumstances surrounding the event and the damaged caused.
EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES
Article 51. The extenuating circumstances are as follows:

  1. The lack of disciplinary history of the team or person accused according to the Registry of Recidivism of the Article 53.
  2. Any fact or circumstance that according to the H.D.B.C., constitute a mitigating element in the behavior of the person or team subject to prosecution.

AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCES
Article 52. In case of recidivism, the penalty may be increased up to twice the corresponding application. The penalties applied in a championship that have not been fully performed during it, must finish in the successive FIMBA championships.
RECIDIVISM
Article 53. The Honorable FIMBA Disciplinary Board shall be responsible for keeping a Registry of Recidivism of all the teams and persons involved in any character into a FIMBA championships, sanctioned by H.D.B.C. Will be removed from the Registry the sanctions that have more than five years old. Only the sanctions applied by the H.T.D.C. will be registered, not the automatic suspensions. This Register is public and may appear on the website of FIMBA. The Organising Committees of FIMBA Championships should check at the Registry of Recidivism those sanctions that remain to fulfill in previous Championships, in order to prevent the entry of persons or teams whose sanctions are in effect at the time of starting the new tournament. The calculation of the penalty will include the subsequent tournaments even if the snactioned has not been registered or have withdrawn from participating.
CONCURRENT INFRINGEMENTS
Article 54. In the event that the accused had committed more than one offense punishable at the same time, it will be applied at a minimum: the lesser penalty and at maximum: the greater punishment.
REDUCTION AND COMMUTATION OF SANCTIONS
Article 55. It can be apply for remission or commutation the following penalties:

  1. Suspension of players, coaches or assistants for two games or more;
  2. Ejection, after at least three games in the same tournament since it was sanctioned.

Article 56. The reduction or commutation of sanctions must be requested as an appeal, in writing to the H.D.B.C. with the fee payment of US$ 200 (Two hundred US Dollars).
CHAPTER IV
SANCTIONS IN PARTICULAR
Article 57. Shall be applied a penalty of suspension for one game to the player or coach ejected from a game or because two technical fouls in the same game.
Article 58. Shall be applied a penalty of suspension for two games in the following cases:

  1. Protest, argument or disrespectful resistance to the referees calls, duly informed on the score sheet,
  2. Insult to the referees, the scorekeepers or the tournament authorities, during or after the end of the game.

Article 59. Shall be applied the penalty of suspension for the rest of the championship to whom attempt any kind of violence to any people before, during or after a game.
Article 60. Shall be applied the penalty of ejection from the championship and a penalty of three (3) to five (5) year of suspension to whom assault any referees, player, tournament authorities, scorekeeper, or any other person, before, during or after a game.
PARTICIPATION IN MORE THAN ONE TEAM
Article 61. The sanction of ejection from the tournament shall be applied to who plays in more than one team of the same or another category, from the same or another country.
The same penalty shall be applied to the delegate of the team, to the captain and to the FIMBA Representative from the country or countries involved.
Article 62. Derogated
UNDERAGE PLAYERS
Article 63. The sanction of ejection from the tournament and the suspension for up two (2) years for participating in any other tournament sponsored or organized by FIMBA shall be applied to the underage player participating in a not corresponding category.
The same penalty shall be applied to the delegate of the team, to the captain and to the FIMBA Representative from the country involved.
INAPPROPRIATED INCLUSION OF PLAYERS
Article 64. The team who plays with the inclusion of a player or players that are not on the official list (roster) of the team, or an underage player, may be sanctioned with the following penalties:

  1. the discount of the points of all the games played,
  2. the ejection of the championship,
  3. the suspension for two (2 ) to ( 5) years to take part in any championship organized or sponsored by FIMBA, to all the members of the team, and
  4. a fine up to five hundred US dollars (u$d 500.-) in solidarity with all the members of the team

Article 65. Derogated
Article 66. Derogated
Article 67. Derogated
Article 68. Derogated
Article 69. Derogated
Article 70. Derogated

NOT ATTENDANCE A GAME
Article 71. Shall be applied the sanction of loss of points to the team which fails to attend a game scheduled.
Article 72. Shall be considered as not-attendance and shall be applied the penalty of loss of point when a team doesn’t show at the time scheduled. Shall not be any delay or waiting time after the scheduled time except a proved force majeure or an Act of God.
Article 73. In the case of the Article 71, it shall be applied a fine of the amount of US$ 200 (Two Hundred US Dollars) and the sanction of suspension for one game to the captain of the last game.
Article 74. When two teams fail to attend a game, the game will be lost by both teams, with 0-0 score and points.
ABANDONMENT OF A GAME
Article 75. In the event that a team leaves the court during a match, the following issues shall be considered in order to close the score sheet:

  1. The team score shall be 20-0 against and 0 points;
  2. If the score was favoring the team attending the game, it shall be kept and that team wins the game.

TEAM WITHDRAW
Article 76. Shall be applied the sanction of loss of the points of the game to the team which withdraws from a match previous to the end, plus a fine of the amount of US$ 250 (Two Hundred fifty US Dollars) and the sanction of suspension for one game to the captain of the last game.
Article 77. The sanction of suspension from one (1) to three (3) years is to be applied to all players, coaches, and members of a team, who withdraws from a championship previous the end. The suspension shall be for participating in any kind of event sponsored by FIMBA.
Article 78. In the case of withdraw a fine of US$ 400 (Four hundred US Dollars) shall be applied. In case the withdraw is before the semifinal or final the fine shall be US$ 500 (Five hundred US Dollars)
Article 79. The withdrawal team shall loss it place becoming the last one, and shall be sanctioned as follows:

  1. Shall loss all the games lasting; the games played stay with the score 0-20 in case its was won or with the final score, but always 0 points. This rule doesn’t apply for the games played at the qualification pool in case the withdraw in the final stage;
  2. Suspension from two (2) to five (5) years to all the players, coaches and the team delegate;
  3. Fine of US$ 250 (Two hundred and fifty US Dollars) for expenses and damages repair to the Organizing Committee;
  4. In case the delegate of the team, the coach or a player were FIMBA authorities in any level, the sanction of suspension shall rice to the double.

Article 80. Derogated
SPECIAL SANCTIONS TO AUTHORITIES
Article 81. The sanction of suspension from six (6) months to two (2) years is to be applied to the authorities at any FIMBA level, in which or whose team or teams an underage player had participated in a category not corresponding to his/her age or in the case of substitution of person.
Article 82. Every sanction applicable to a player, which is part of the executive bodies of the Organizing Committee or at any FIMBA level, shall be the double of the corresponding one, remaining unable for the position until the full accomplishment.
Article 83. The aggression by any individual as mentioned in the above Article, shall determine his ejection as player and as authority in the tournament, and the sanction of disablement from three (3) to five (5) years in his position at the corresponding FIMBA level shall be applied.
CHAPTER V

TRANSGRESSIONS AGAINST THE ENTITY AND MAXIBASKETBALL

Article 84. Any irregularities, transgression and violation committed against the entity or against Maxibasketball category will be considered and sanctioned by the Honorable Discipline Board of FIMBA with the procedure and penalties that are set in the following articles.

Article 85. Shall be considered an act subject to penalty and accordingly, may be punishable, any act, omission or ocurrence affecting the normal development and objectives of FIMBA, its Committees and their governing bodies, the organization of events, tournament and championships sponsored or organized by it, because a violation of the rules of this Code, the endanger of the performing of any scheduled championship, the threaten to the normal development of the activities or the operation of the entity, or because imply a violation of the general rules or internal regulations, and to the moral and good faith principles governing the development of the world FIMBA Maxibasketball .

COMPLAINTS

Article 86. A complaint may be made for any given infringement according the previous and previous article, by:

  1. the members of a governing body of any committee, the Representatives and Referees FIMBA ;
  2. the participant at any FIMBA event , and
  3. the registered people to a FIMBA event.

 

It will be presented personally at the FIMBA Secretary or sent by mail to fimba@fimba.net in Spanish or English language.

Article 87. The complaints will be raised for treatment to the H.D.B. The decisions will be made within a period of ten (10) days after the discharge or after out tests the proves; they will be communicated to the accused in person or by digital way, being notified by sending an e- mail or by posting it on the website FIMBA official website.

PENALTIES

Article 88. A fine up to five hundred dollars (U$D 500.-) and the penalty of ejection from the event, shall be applied to the participant or registered person in a FIMBA event, indirectly involved in the infringement of Article 85 .

Article 89. A fine up to eight hundred dollars (U$D 800.-) and the penalty of ejection from the event which takes part or is registered, and the suspension for three ( 3) years to five (5) years to participate in any FIMBA event or sponsored by FIMBA, shall be applied to who participate directly in the infringement of Article 85.

Article 90. A fine up to one thousand dollars (U$D 1000.-), the ejection of the entity and the disqualification to participate in any social or sporting FIMBA event, shall be applied to the member of any section of FIMBA directly involved in the infringement of Article 85.

Article 91. The penalty of disqualification from participating in any social or sporting FIMBA event, shall be applied to whom falls within the provisions of Article 85 and/or boycott the total or the partial realization of any official FIMBA event: a) Pan American Championships , b) Central Caribbean Championship, c) South American Championship, d) European Championship, e) Leagues, f) official tournaments, g) World Tour of 3x3, h) World Championship, i) Basketball on the Sea, j) Congresses and Pan American Conferences, k) Congresses and European Conferences, l) Congresses and world Conferences, or any other that are formalized in the future.

Article 92. The penalty of disqualification from participation for a period of five (5) to ten (10) years in any social or sporting event FIMBA shall be applied to whom participate in an event, tournament or championship affecting in any way one official social or sporting event FIMBA .

 REMISSION OR COMMUTATION OF PENALTY

Article 93. It may be required the reduction or commutation of the following sentences:

  1. Suspension: when it has fulfilled 50% of the penalty provided;
  2. Ejection: showing that the criminal action has ceased and since that time has elapsed a term equal to the minimum of the corresponding article;
  3. Disqualification to participate: showing that the criminal action has ceased and since that time has elapsed a term equal to the minimum of the corresponding article.

 

Article 94. The reduction or commutation of sentences should be required to the H.D.B. by appeal in writing and with the payment of (U$S 200.-) two Hundred US Dollars fee.

DEADLINES

Article 95. The deadlines set out in this Chapter shall run from the day following the notification of the decision.

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES

Article 96.  Extenuating circumstances are:

  1. The lack of disciplinary background of the accused person, according to the Registry of Recidivism of the Article 53;
  2. Any fact or circumstance that according to the H.D.B., constitute a mitigating element in the conduct of the person subject to prosecution.

 

CHAPTER I

GENERAL REGULATIONS

Article 1. The rules of the present Regulation apply for all the Leagues, Regional and World Championships of both branches supported or organized by FIMBA

AUTHORITIES OF THE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Article 2. The FIMBA Championships authorities shall be:

The Competition Director
The Technical Coordinator
The Disciplinary Board.

OFFICIAL LANUAGES

Article 3. The official languages of championship are Spanish and English. The Organizing Committee is obliged to have available interpreters. Russian and Portuguese languages are optional and there should be available interpreters if necessary.

LEAGUES, WORLD AND REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Article 4. The World and Regional championships shall last up to ten (10) days. They will begin on Friday at 09:00 am with the teams, players, companions and participants’ registration, and the mandatory Technical Congress and will be played in nine eight (8) or nine (9) days, starting on Saturday morning and ending Saturday or Sunday of the next week at 20:00 pm. There shall be two (2) or three (3) rest days for team throughout the whole event. The rest days must not be consecutive nor occur in the same phase.

Article 4. bis. The Leagues shall last six (6) days. They will begin on Friday at 12:00 pm with the teams and players accreditation. That day will be organized the informative Technical Congress. It will be played in five (5) days, starting on Saturday after the Opening Celebration and will last until Wednesday at 6:00 pm.

CHAPTER II

THE TEAMS

AGE CATEGORIES

Article 5. Maxibasketball Leagues, Regional and World Championships age categories (referred categories in the following) are as follows:

Women: 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and 65 years and over,
Men: 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 65, 70 and 75 years and over.

Article 6. In the future new categories could be introduced.

AGE OF THE PLAYERS

Article 7. The participations of the players in the categories established in the preceding articles shall be subject to the following rules:

Players must have the age of his/her category or reach it during the year of the tournament.
Player cannot play in any higher age category.
In the categories 75+ and 70+ may play only two (2) players of one (1) year below the age, only for completing the minimum of 10 players of the team roster. The inclusion has to be authorized by the FMBA Representative of the country who will inform the fact 30 days prior the registration deadline.

QUANTITY OF COUNTRIES AND TEAMS BY CATEGORY

Article 8. The minimum quantity of countries for setting a category shall be three (3).

Article 9. If there is not a minimum of four (4) teams in an official category, the teams of this category shall play against the teams in the lower category. For the final standing and if there are at least two (2) teams from different countries, there shall be final games for the first place amongst the teams of their own category. The teams will receive the corresponding championship medals on the basis of their placing in their own category.

TEAMS PER COUNTRY AND CATEGORIES

Article 10. Every country may register more than one team by category. The teams will be identified as A, B, etc.
All teams need the endorsement of the national FIMBA Representative in order to make the registration.
Article 10 bis. In the regional championships there will be accepted teams from other regions. They will be called "Ambassadors".

Players of these teams may be of the same country or different but of the same region,
Ambassadors teams from the same country must have participated or be registered in their region championship of the same year,
In case of teams with players from different countries the players must have participated or be enrolled in teams of their region in the same year. These teams are referred as FIMBA teams,
Ambassador teams cannot access the games for the final positions,
The amount, the category and the branch will be determined by FIMBA in each championship.

FINALS BETWEEN COUNTRIES

Article 11. No country may be worthy for both 1st and 2nd place awards in the same category.

The teams of a country participating in the same category must eliminate each other, so that only one maximum team may reach the final regardless of the pools from which they come and their location in them.

PLAYING SYSTEM

Article 12. The championship playing system will be by classification pools, which will be formed by drawing and according to official calendars.

Before the draw for the establishment of the pools and the realization of the official schedule, those teams that for reasons of religion, special situations or force majeure cannot play some day of the championship shall inform in writing to the FIMBA Technical Committee, in order to to have foreseen at the time of making the respective calendar. After this date there will be no changes for any reason.

CHAPTER III

PARTICIPANTS – PLAYERS AND ROSTERS

PARTICIPANTS

Article 13. Participants means: all players, delegates, coaches, auxiliaries, referees, score keepers, registered companions, event governors, staff and FIMBA governors, etc.

An auxiliary means an official team member other than a player, coach or delegate.

DIPLOMAS

Article 14. The Organizing Committee will give a diploma of participation to all the Championship’s participants, signed by the President of the Organizing Committee, the President of FIMBA and/or the President of the Regional Committee.

TEAMS

Article 15. Every team may have a delegate responsible.

Article 16. Derogated

Article 17. Teams shall afford the following expenses:

Lodging and travel,
The payment of the championship entry fee,
All members’ charges and expenses during the tournament, and
The domestic travel expenses.

Article 17 bis. The teams, the auxiliaries and the companions who by any reason cannot participate in a championship, will be refunded with the 50% of the payment of the registration fees subject to the information to the Organizing Committee not later than forty five (45) days previous to the beginning of the championship.

After that time no refund will be reimbursed for retirement or nonattendance. The registration fees paid will be kept to cover the expenses of the championship.

REGISTRATION CARD

Article 18. Each member of the participating teams will receive a personal registration card with the Fimba License number, his/her personal data, birth date and representing country.

PLAYERS

Article 19. The participating teams shall be composed of native players of their country.

Players pretending to play in a different country of his/her nationality must demonstrate conclusively with the signature of the FIMBA Representative of his country to have one-year of residence in it.
Players playing for a country will not be allowed to play for another one until the next tournament of the same kind of championship. The period will never be less than two years.

ELIGIBILLITY OF THE PLAYERS

Article 20. A player eligible to play at FIMBA Championships, Leagues, Regional and World Championships is one who:

Has his/her Fimba License,
Demonstrate the appropriate age or whose corresponding birthday takes place within the current calendar year in compliance with Article 7,
b) Is registered in the team roster of his/her team previous to the start of the championship,
d) Has presented to the national FIMBA Representative his/her physical aptitude and signed a waiver of responsibilities.

DELEGATES

Article 21. For the championship authorities the delegate is the team representative and responsible for:

Registering the team,
Submitting the official team roster on time including the Fimba License number of each player, and accomplishing all the formalities,
Making changes and adding players on time.
Accomplishing all and every FIMBA rules and regulations,
Signing the Delegate Waiver Form.

TEAM ROSTER

Article 22. The team roster of each team participating in a FIMBA Championship, Leagues, Regional or World Championships shall be filled on-line or e-mailed to the Organizing Committee, prior to the deadline of the tournament registration with each player’s Fimba License number.

In case there is a player without Fimba License it is mandatory to inform the birth date and the active passport number issued by the national authority and bring a copy of it.

Article 22 bis. In the team roster shall be a minimum of players according to the category and up to twelve (12) players.

They may have three (3) technical auxiliaries to complete fifteen (15) people in total.
Separately may be registered up to four (4) extra auxiliaries.
In the categories: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+ and 50+ the team roster shall have a minimum of 8 players.
In the categories: 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+ and 75+ the team roster shall have a minimum of 10 players
Teams with less than 12 players are allowed to include the coaches, assistants or the delegate as player.
After the first game if a team doesn’t have the necessary amount required to participate because a major force, they can play with the minimum amount necessary for the game according to the FIBA rules.
Only twelve (12) players may play in a game.

PLAYING IN MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY OR TEAM

Article 23. No player is allowed to play in more than one category or team at the same championship.

EXTRA AUXILIARIES

Article 24. Any person added to the team roster of 15 people may not request from the Organizing Committee any right and/or obligation, except they had paid the fees as extra auxiliaries.

Up to four (4) extra auxiliaries in the same team will be allowed.

CHANGES AND INCORPORATIONS

Article 25. Any change or add of players, coach or auxiliaries at the team roster may be made until seven (7) days before to the starting of the championship.

AGES, PHISICAL APTITUDE AND RELEASED WAIVERS

Article 26. At the accreditation the team delegate shall submit to the Organizer Committee: a) copy of the I.D´s of the members without Fimba License, b) the waivers signed by each person of the team roster, and c) will sign the delegate form confirming the possession of the physical aptitude of each member of the team.

PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATE

Article 27. Any participant may request to the Organizing Committee a certificate of his/her participation for the length of the tournament.

PLAYING JERSEYS

Article 28. At the time of registration, each team delegate shall inform the colors of the two sets of the mandatory play jerseys, one light and one dark.

Thirty (30) minutes before each game the delegate shall confirm to the score table the team roster of the 12 players with the numbers of the jerseys for the game.

Article 29. The jerseys may show the team country name and/or advertising. Advertising shall be informed prior to FIMBA for being authorized. No discriminatory images or morally unaccepted inscriptions are allowed. All the jerseys shall have in any front superior angle the FIMBA logo.

CHAPTER IV

TECHNICAL CONGRESS OF A CHAMPIONSHIP AND INFORMATION

Article 30. The Organizing Committee shall arrange an informative Technical Congress with obligatory attendance of all the teams’ delegates before the start of the games.

All information will be previously communicated by the Organizing Committee in the official magazine "Overtime " of the championship. The Organizing Committee must necessarily have translators of English, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish during the Congress.

At the Technical Congress will be informed the following:

The location of the courts, the games schedule, the tournament and game rules, info of referees and score-keepers, celebrations, ceremonies, general information, etc.
The championship meetings schedule.

3. There will not be changes to the schedule nor any modification of games or dates at the Congress.
4. Any additional information during the tournament shall be notified to the delegates of all the participant teams with certainty of its reception.

ISSUES OF MAXIBASKETBALL GENERAL CONCERN

Article 31. After the Technical Congress it will be able to treat all the matters considered by FIMBA and/or the Regional Committees of general interest for the development and improvement of Maxibasketball, being able to agree time and place of future meetings during the tournament at which teams delegates, the authorities of the Organizing Committee, the Regional authorities, the FIMBA Representatives, the Technical Coordinator, the Competition Director and the authorities of FIMBA will attend.

CHAPTER V

THE TECHNICAL COORDINATOR AND THE COMPETITION DIRECTOR

Article 32. The championship Technical Coordinator will be appointed by FIMBA and shall be considered as:

The Technical Commissioner and controller of the championship,
The coordinator of the referees and the scorekeepers,
The technical chief during the tournament,
The evaluator of the aspirants for FIMBA Referee,
The one who send daily the score sheets and the referees’ reports to the Disciplinary Board informing the disqualification of players without report and the automatic suspensions.

Their duties and rights start whit the appointment and finish with the final report.
The Organizing Committee shall appoint a bilingual person of local language available for assistance and cooperation.

He/she has the duty of attending with the Technical Coordinator to the Technical Congress and to any other meetings scheduled during the tournament in which the Technical Coordinator has to be present.

The duties and rights of the Technical Coordinator are as follows:

Ninety (90) days before the championship will request from the Organizer the list of the minimum and necessary number of referees for the championship, with the level and experience of each one. Will manage more referees in case they are not enough.
Will request the list of the minimum and necessary number of scorekeepers for the championship and will manage more in case they are not enough.
Twenty (20) days prior the championship will make a videoconference with the FIMBA Referees appointed to refresh rules and organize the joint work.
The prior day of the starting of the championship and in a scheduled meeting will have a technical meeting with the championship referees to:

Introduce the national and international referees and,
Inform: a) the rules of the tourney, b) the games schedule, c) the playing system, d) the suggestions for refereeing, e) the changes and information of last moment, etc.

To appoint referees for the games. To appoint the main, the second and or third referee, plus a substitute referee just in case of absence or any circumstantial problem of any of the appointed. A FIMBA Referee will always be the main referee. To remove from the referees board those who do not show enough technical skills to perform in the tournament;
To appoint the scorekeepers -aged not younger than 18 years prior to the start- and to hold meetings with them in order to test their responsibility and knowledge skills;
To control and endorse all the score sheets, checking the progressive score and each player score, as well as the partial and the final results;
At the 72 hours of the start of the tournament will report the evaluation of the aspirants for FIMBA Referee. Those who were showing positive aptitudes will continue and those who are reproved will finish the performance losing the rights of accommodation and extras, returning to the places of origin;
Will submit to FIMBA authorities a general summary of the championship´s technical development, including the qualification of the aspirants for FIMBA Referee;
Will collect from the Organizer and pay to the FIMBA Referees their fees;
Will send or by his/her assistance to the Competition Director of the championship the score sheets, the reports received and the information of the disqualified players without report for the automatic suspension.

Article 33. The referee’s appointment by the championship Technical Coordinator shall not be opposed or objected under any circumstances.

Article 34. The Organizing Committee shall have enough quantity of domestic referees and scorekeepers with skills to cover all the games of the championship, and enough staff to cooperate as supervisors. All of them must be over 18 years old.

If necessary the Technical Coordinator may:

a) Remove referees, scorekeepers and supervisor, and
b) Request and appoint new referees, scorekeepers or supervisors.

Article 35. The person appointed by the Organizing Committee to cooperate with the Technical Coordinator, will indicate the local referees’ level, which will have to be duly authorized by national and international entity to be eligible to cooperate with the international FIMBA referees designated for the tournament.

Any FIMBA referee must have the annual license updated to be eligible for appointment.

COMPETITION DIRECTOR

Article 35 bis. The Competition Director of the championship will be appointed by FIMBA.

1) Their work began the day of his/her appointment and ends with the delivery of the final summary;
2) Have the following powers and duties:

a) Prior to the start of the championship will organize the public teams draw in each category according to the number in each one; after the draw will prepare the championship game schedule with the time table and the courts for each game according to the regulations;
b) During the Technical Congress where shall attend, will:

Remember the rules of the tournament;
Make recommendations for the good discipline of teams and players;
Clarification of the rules;
Recall the obligation of the playing shirts as local or visitors, timeliness of start times of the games, the calendar system in each category, the automatic disqualification or suspension by double technical foul, etc.;
Answer any question of the area;

c) Will maintain the results of all the games of the tournament and the team qualifications list; will be responsible and accountable for completing the qualifying teams drawing for the semi-finals and finals and other position games, accomplishing the FIMBA rules;
d) Upon conclusion of the championship will present to the Organizer and the authorities of FIMBA a summary of the results of all games, the final ranking of the teams and the scoring by category.

CHAPTER VI

CELEBRATIONS

OPENING CELEBRATION

Article 36. The starting day will be organized an Opening Celebration, mandatory for every participant team, in the gym where after the celebration may be organized one game, or where the Organizer propose and is accepted by FIMBA.

The Organizing Committee and FIMBA may decide other kind of celebration appropriate to the tournament interest.

Article 37. Every participant of the country teams shall:

Parade behind their flags and their countries names, carried by people appointed by the Organizing Committee in alphabetical order of countries, excluding the teams of the Organizing country which shall close the parade.
Stand in front at the Honor Stage in a row behind their banner or flag or where the Organizer decides.

The celebration will follow:

The official FIMBA music or any other appropriated will be played during the parade.
Once the teams are in their positions, the National Anthem of the Organizing country will be played.
Next the President of the Organizing Committee will say a few welcome words. Shall not exceed two (2) minutes.
FIMBA President or his representative will greet. The speech shall not exceed three (3) minutes.
The Director of the Regional Entity where the championship is held will officially open the Championship, with these words: “As President of (regional entity), I declare the (number) (Regional or World) Maxibasketball Championship (City and year) officially open”.
Any appropriate music or the official FIMBA anthem will sound and the teams, in case they are in the court, will leave the place through the shortest way, in the entrance order.
After that a show according the event will be presented.
The celebration must not last more than 45 minutes in total.
Once the celebration has finished may be played a nice game scheduled for the date.
After the celebration or the game will start the Welcome Party.

SOCIAL EVENT

Article 38. On Tuesday night before the ending of the qualification groups, a free social event with dinner and amusement will take place joining all the championship participants, authorities and staff. During the event the next host cities will be announced.

REPRESENTATIVE DINNER

Article 39. On Thursday’s night a formal dinner will be served for FIMBA Representatives, authorities and staff of FIMBA, authorities of the Organizing Committee and special guests.

CHAPTER VII

AWARDS AND FINISH OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP

MEDALS AND CUPS

Article 40. Every member of the teams in the four best places in each category and branch shall receive medals as follows, immediately after the end of the games:

A bronze medal for the third place and a grey steel medal for the fourth place.
A gold medal for the first place and a silver medal for the second place.
There will be 15 medals in total for each of the four teams.
Every 1st place team in each category shall receive a cup or a respective award.

TIME OF THE LAST GAME OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Article 41. The firsts games will be scheduled after 9 am of the first day and the last scheduled game shall start before 6 pm of the last day.

PRESENTATION OF THE AWARDS

Article 42. FIMBA authorities and the Organizing Committee will present the medals corresponding to the fourth first places and the cup for the first place.

GOODBYE GREET

Article 43. The President of the Organizing Committee will give a goodbye greet to the participants in each celebration.

CHAPTER VIII

THE GAMES

Article 44. All the games in the qualification groups shall have the following score:

Two points (2): For a win;
One point (l): For a loss;
Zero point (0): For the team who fails to attend the game on the scheduled time and court or who leaves the game.

Article 45. Every team shall play no more than one game a day.

Article 46. No team may play two consecutive games in less than 20 hours or play more than three consecutive days.

Article 47. All teams will play a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of seven (7) games during the Regional and World Championship and four (4) maximum in a League. Men categories M60+ and F50+ cannot play more than 5 games in a Regional and World Championship.

Article 48. The games shall be scheduled every one hour and forty-five minutes during the qualification, and every two hours at the finals. There shall not be any tolerance. The team, which not shows at the fixed time, shall lose the game.

SUSPENSION OF GAMES

Article 49. A game suspended due to any reason once started or prior its start, shall not be rescheduled. The Disciplinary Board shall decide the corresponding sanctions and the result.

In the case of force majeure without responsibility of any of both teams will be solved by draft made by the Competition Director with the presence of both delegates and the team’s captains.

If the game is suspended after starting for force majeure cause it will be defined with the score until that moment.

Article 50. Derogated

Article 51. Once the draft is made, according the art. 12, there shall not be any change of date or game, nor any reschedule of games for any reason.

GAMES DISPUTE

Article 52. Every game played shall not be played again for any reason, respecting the sanctions and results decided by the Disciplinary Board.

Article 53. All scheduled games shall be played.

FINAL GAMES

Article 54. In all the cases there will be final game in each category, which shall be held, if it is possible, the same day.

TIE SCORE SYSTEM

Article 55. In the event of a tie between two, three or more teams, the standings shall be defined as follows:

Between two teams, the winner of the game qualifies,
Among three or more teams, the Olympic procedure will be applied:

Winners among themselves,
If still remains, goals’ difference (for and against) in the pool,
If still remains, the one who had achieved more goals in the pool.

TRAINING

Article 56. The Organizing Committee shall foresee, within 48 hours prior to the tournament and during the free time of the championship, places and times for training and practice of the teams who had duly requested and submitted in written to the Registration or Information Center.

CHAPTER IX

PLAYING RULES

Article 57. Any playing rule not expressly modified herein, shall be governed by the valid official basketball rules approved by FIBA.

QUARTERS

Article 58. Maxibasketball games shall be played in two (2) halves of 20 minutes each, divided into four (4) quarters of 10 minutes each.

REST BETWEEN QUARTERS

Article 59. There shall be an obligatory 2-minute rest between the first and the second quarter, and between the third and the fourth quarter. There shall be an obligatory 5 to10-minute rest between the first and the second half, i.e. between the second and the third quarter.

RESTART OF THE GAME

Article 60. The first quarter begins with a jump ball between both teams at the court center circle. The rest of the quarters follow the rule of the alternate ball.

TIMEOUTS

Article 61. Each team may request three time outs during the first and second half with a maximum of two per quarter.

M60+ and over, and F50+ and over categories will have four time outs per half period, having the right to ask only two per quarter.

Overtimes have one timeout per team.

TEAM FOULS

Article 62. A four fouls accumulation by team and per quarter will determine at the fifth foul, the sanction of two throws by the fouled player.

The accumulation of four fouls is per quarter and shall be informed by the table of control in a visible way. Every quarter begin without accumulation of team fouls.

PLAY SHIRTS COLORS

Article 63. The team on the left side of the schedule shall use light jerseys. The team on the right side of the schedule shall use dark jerseys.

SPECIAL RULES FOR UPPER CATEGORIES

Article 64. M60+ and over, and F50+ and over categories will be played by a special rule of ball possession: teams will have 10-seconds for transposing the middle court and the 24-seconds clock will start when it happens.

M60+ and over, and F50+ and over categories will play in the shortest and smallest court used for the event.

SCORE SHEETS

Article 65. Score sheets shall be issued and filled by the Organizing Committee with up to twelve (12) players with the jersey’s numbers submitted by the team delegate 30 minutes prior the game. Players shall be registered at the team roster.

Any administration mistake shall be exclusive on the responsibility of the Organizing Committee and not of the participating teams.

SIGNATURE OF THE SCORE SHEET

Article 66. The captain of the team shall be the only responsible person for signing the score sheet prior to the start of the game in case it is not digital.

CHAPTER X

DISCIPLINARY BOARD OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Article 67. A Disciplinary Board will be appointed for every championship composed by three (3) titular members, according the Procedure and Penalties Code for FIMBA Championships. The Organizing Committee shall provide an office at the Information Center, a visible billboard for the information of sanctions, suspensions, appeals, complaints and the decisions of the Disciplinary Board and a similar billboard at the website of the championship.

PREVIOUS DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS

Article 68. Any person or team punished with a sanction to be complete in a future championship, won´t be allowed to play or participate in any way until the whole punishment is completed.

AUTOMATIC SUSPENSION

Article 69. A disqualified player in a game is suspended for the next game. If a report is sent to the Disciplinary Board he/she must follow the regulations of the Procedure and Penalty Rules.

DOUBLE TECHNICAL FOUL

Article 70. A player punished in the game with a second technical foul will be disqualified from the game.

CHAPTER XI

ESPECIFIC REGULATIONS

Article 71. Every team, player, coach and auxiliary, the FIMBA championships organizers and any official attendant shall fulfill and honor all and every FIMBA rules and regulations.

RIGHT OF ADMISSION

Article 72. FIMBA reserves the right to admit or not the registration of teams and/or team members to the different events and championships organized or sponsored by it with or without the endorsement of the national FIMBA Representative, in the cases where teams or any of its members have committed any of the following: a) Oppose the ideals of FIMBA and/or maxibasketball, b) Do not accept the rules established by FIMBA for the conduct of tournaments of maxibasketball, c) Perform acts or events tending to prevent the organization of the events and tournaments organized or promoted by FIMBA, d) Perform acts or events that tend to damage the image of FIMBA and/or any of its directors. The FIMBA Disciplinary Board may intercede ex officio or in response to any complaint submitted due to the facts mentioned. It is expressly clear that these facts have a merely enunciate character. .

EVENTS PROMOTION

Article 73. FIMBA will only accept the publicity in its own means of the events and championships organized, sponsored or authorized. Will only allow the use of its name and logos for the promotion of tournaments that have been organized, sponsored or previously authorized. It is understood by promotion or publicity in its entire means, to the graphics, televising, social networks, championships, events, congresses, conferences, etc. FIMBA will be able to take action for damages and losses caused against who or whose have breached this rule or used its name or isologotype without authorization.


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