THE AFRICAN CITIES INVITATION BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
2017 OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

Th e following sets forth the rules and regulations (the “Rules”) that will apply to The Africa City Challenge basketball tournament (“The Challenge”) for 2017. The Africa City Challenge Pty Ltd is the Organizer of the Tournament (the “Organizer”). The Organizer is a sports entertainment business located at (6th floor, Tower A, 1 Cybercity. Ebene Mauritius) (email: info@africacitychallenge.com) The Challenge is currently intended to be produced for live stream on the internet and telecast on television/cable networks.

Note: The Organizer shall have the power and authority to determine all matters with respect to The Challenge and the Rules, including without limitation to make a final determination with respect to the applicability of or compliance with any Rule.

I. BACKGROUND

The Africa City Challenge basketball tournament will bring together top men’s all-star teams from various cities across the African continent to compete for city pride and a lucrative cash prize. The inaugural “Africa City Challenge” will take place in Nairobi, Kenya between 6 East African city all-star teams. 10 tournament games will be broadcast LIVE on Kwese Free Sports. The total cash prize offering for the tournament is in excess of Kshs 1,2 million.The 2017 Africa City Challenge is a

The 2017 Africa City Challenge is a 5-day tournament. The 6 teams will compete in a round-robin format over the initial three days of the tournament before the knockout phase that will lead to the Semi-Finals and Championship game on Friday the 16th of June.

II. TEAM AND PLAYER ROLES

1. TEAM COMPOSITION AND RULES

1.1 Teams cannot be an existing club team or country national team
1.2 Each team is expected to search for the top 10 players in their respective cities and encouraged to include foreign-born players that reside in the city
1.3 Teams are allowed and encouraged to include foreign-born players in each team.
1.4 Team Composition must consist of a maximum of 10 players, 3 Administrators (Coaches, management, medical, etc)

1.4.1 10 players
1.4.2 3 administrators
1.4.3 1 referee

1.5 Player – A Player is someone who is on a Team’s roster of individuals available to play in the basketball games in The Challenge. Each team must have at least seven (7) and no more than ten (10) Players in The Challenge. To be eligible to compete, a TEAM MUST HAVE 10 PLAYERS REGISTERED TO COMPETE.
1.6 General Manager (GM) – There must be one GM per Team. The GM is the individual who registers a team and who oversees all management aspects of the team, including, without limitation, naming the Team and recruiting players to name a few
1.7 Head Coach – Each team must have one or more Coaches and must have a head coach.
Each coach must follow the coaching guidelines set forth by the Challenge

2. COACHES DRESS CODE: All coaches and assistant coaches MUST wear a Jacket and dress shoes for all games to be eligible on the bench.

3. ANY PLAYER PARTICIPATING IN THE CHALLENGE FORFEITS THEIR
FUTURE ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY NCAA (NATIONAL
COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION) ACTIVITIES

3.1 Participating teams are encouraged NOT to include ANY YOUTH PLAYERS THAT HAVE AN AMBITION OR REAL POTENTIAL TO RECEIVE A UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES

4. The Organizers may disqualify any person from being a Participant in the Tournament if Organizer and the Local Organizing Committee deem such person’s participation is or may become harmful to or interfere with the integrity, competition, production and/or telecast of the Tournament

5. EVERY PARTICIPATING PLAYER AND TEAM MUST BE PRESENT AND
COMPLETE REGISTRATION NO LATER THAN 12 NOON SATURDAY JUNE 10TH 2017 FOR OFFICIAL TEAM BRIEFING.

6. PRIOR TO COMMENCEMENT OF PLAY EACH TEAM PARTICIPANT (PLAYERS AND ADMINISTRATORS) MUST REVIEW AND ACCEPT IN WRITING THE ORGANIZER’S PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT (THE “WAIVER”) AND PRODUCTION AGREEMENT.

7. Players and administrators on selected Teams in The Challenge must supply all basic information requested by the Organizer (collectively, a “Profile”), including, without limitation, player history & stats, position, height, weight and all other information about such individual.

7.1.1 Each Player must show their current valid and unexpired picture identification (current passport, driver’s license or state or military identification card) acceptable to the Organizer at the time of the on-site player clearing process. This will enable the Organizer to issue the official tournament players ID.
7.1.2 Participants must be legally eligible to enter the Republic of Kenya and may be required by Organizer to submit documentation
7.1.3 PARTICIPANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING ANY AND ALL
LICENSES AND/OR REGISTRATIONS AND FOR PAYMENT OF ANY AND
ALL TAXES AND OTHER FEES THAT MAY BE ASSOCIATED WITH
PARTICIPATION IN AND THE WINNING OF THE TOURNAMENT.

8. TEAM SOCIAL MEDIA: Each team is required to establish and manage team social media pages … Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Snapchat

8.1 Each team must work in partnership with the Organizers and their appointed partners (television network, event organizers, sponsorship partners and others recommended) to promote the tournament

9. Before and after the end of the Tournament, the winning Team must be available to render press and publicity services as requested by The Challenge organizers.

9.1 All participants must sign a Waiver that gives the right of use of their image to the organizer at all times for promotional use ONLY.

10. TEAM REFEREE: Each team is required to appoint a qualified referee to travel with their team

10.1.1 Referees names and qualifications must be submitted to The Challenge committee for approval to participate
10.1.2 Referees fees, accommodation, and meals will be provided by The Challenge organizers from 11-16 June or when the team is eliminated from the tournament

III. THE CHALLENGE COMPETITION AND FORMAT:

1. The 2017 edition of the Challenge will be played by 6 City All-Star teams in Nairobi, Kenya at the Nyayo National Indoor Stadium2. The following teams have been confirmed to compete in the 2017 event:

2. The following teams have been confirmed to compete in the 2017 event:

  • DAR DREAM TEAM
  • KAMPALA RED STARS
  • JUBA BRIGHT STARS
  • MOGADISHU CITY
  • KIGALI CITY
  • NAIROBI MORANS

3. The Challenge shall be played in a tournament format with 2 groups of 3 teams (Group A and B). These two groups shall be seeded by the Organizer and the LOC.

4. The Semi-finals competition will be played by the top 2 teams of each group after the Round Robin competition. Semi-Finals teams will be determined by the number of wins combined with point differential of their initial two games

5. Knock Out Round:

5.1 After the seeding of teams from the initial three-day Round Robin
competition, the Challenge Knock Out round begins and will remain for the
rest of the competition.

6. The Challenge Tournament Games will be officiated using the official FIBA basketball rules.

7. The Organizer retains the right to disqualify any Team or Participant at any point in the Tournament if the Organizer believes that the participation of such Team or Participant is or may become harmful to or interfere with the integrity, competition, production and/or telecast of the Tournament.

8. If a Team is disqualified from the Tournament, is not present for any game in which it is scheduled to play or if a Team determines that it is unable to compete in the Tournament, the Organizer shall have the right to select a replacement Team from among the pool of previously eliminated Teams. If a Team is disqualified from the Tournament during play, all results from its previous victories stand and cannot be challenged or changed.
Organizer retains the right and authority to replace a disqualified team with another team (including for the championship game).

9. Each Participant further acknowledges that he/she has been provided with a reasonable period of time to review the foregoing Rules, and to ask Organizer any and all questions that Participant may have with respect to the Rules, the Tournament, the prizes and any other questions it may have, and by filling and signing The “WAIVER” form each Participant agrees to all of the foregoing Rules.

10. EFFECT OF A TEAM’S FORFEIT. If a Team is selected to compete in the Tournament and does not appear to compete, thereby forfeiting its game, the Organizer shall, in its discretion, suspend all members of that Team and prohibit those members from future competitions indefinitely.

IV: “CHALLENGE” PRIZE MONEY ON OFFER

  • 1st place
  • 2nd place
  • 3rd place
  • 4th place
  • 5th place
  • 6th place

PRIZE MONEY DISTRIBUTION:

All prize money won by any team shall be split between players and management 80% and the basketball federation responsible for supporting the representative city team. The 80% should be equally split between the 10 players and 3 members of management (Coaches and team staff).

The federation that is designated to receive payment must be communicated in writing in advance and the funds will be paid to the designated “Head of Delegation” on site at the tournament.

All team prize money shall be distributed immediately after the event and not later than Saturday, June 17th by 2pm.

Money shall be distributed as cash money in Kenya shillings or USD to the team GM in the presence of the captain and the Head Coach of the team.

No money will be distributed to a team that does not have these 3 representatives present at the time.

For teams to receive their prize money they must compete in ALL of their scheduled games.

Failure to do so will result in the loss of the said prize money for that team.

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