By which rules will the camp games be played (FIBA, NCAA, NBA)?

The Basketball rules are the same all over the world. Except for the US, where Highschool, NCAA, and NBA have different rules.

Since the goal of our camp is to give players exposure to international teams from all over the world, it would be natural to play with the official FIBA rules at our camp.

Unfortunately, that is not possible.

First of all, the American referees and the people behind the scorer’s table are not familiar with the FIBA rules.

Secondly, the measurements of the court are different than a standard FIBA court.

The measurement of the camp gym is 84 feet long by 50 feet wide (25,6 meter by 15,24 meter). The FIBA standard for international competition is 91 feet by 50 feet (28 meters by 15,24 meters, meaning that a standard FIBA court is 7 feet longer (2,13 meter).

However, the FIBA allows national leagues to have courts as small as 26 meters by 14 meters (85 feet and 20 inches by 45 feet and 11 inches).

In addition, all painted areas and all lines on the court will be according to the (old) NCAA rules, which for example means that the three-point line will be at 19 feet and 9 inches (6.02 meter). Both the NCAA and the FIBA are in the process of changing these measurements, but we may assume that the painted areas and the lines on the court in our Pro Camp gym will remain as described above for some years to come.

We have to adapt the rules of the game to the referees, the camp staff and the measurements of the court, so we will be playing by official NCAA rules. However, the following elements of FIBA rules (or our own camp rules) will be inserted:

1-Playing time will be 4 x 10 minutes (NCAA is 2 x 20)
2-10 players per team
3-Shot clock will be 24 seconds (NCAA is 35 seconds)
4-Time outs can only be called by the coaches (NCAA allows players to call time-outs)
5-We will play all games in our camp with the FIBA approved “Molten G7” Basketball. This is the ball that is used in most European leagues as well as in FIBA competition (including the Olympic Games). In NCAA competition, “Wilson” is the official game ball.

As a special camp rule, we will only allow the Man-To-Man defense. No Zone defenses.

Which ball will be used at the games of the camp?

Molten ‘GG7’. This is the ball that is used in most professional leagues in Europe, as well as in many FIBA competitions (including the Olympic Games).

Will there be any additional information on the players participating in the camp?

Yes. All games will be videotaped and there will be stats and box scores available immediately after each game. Player profiles on all participants are available as well.

I am a coach and want to attend the camp. What do I need to do ? Do I need to register somewhere?

Yes, you need to register at the entrance of the gym. After that you will have free entrance to the gym, all practices and all games.

I am a player who lives in Las Vegas, so I don’t need a hotel room. Does that mean that I can participate in the camp for free, or at least pay a lesser camp fee?

No. You still have to pay the full camp fee. There are no exceptions. The camp fee is used not only to pay for the hotel rooms but for many other things like the breakfast buffet vouchers, Hotel tax & resort fees which include: airport shuttle, wireless internet, pool, fitness center, and more. Camp costs, which include: insurance, gym rental, equipment, referees, scorer’s table, statisticians, trainers, office space, uniforms, measurers (weight, height, wingspan, etc.), camp staff, coaches, print work, promotional materials, transportation, communication, rental cars, drivers, etc.

I am a player; do I need to book a hotel room after I have registered for the camp?

No, your room has already been booked and paid for.

I am a player, how do I register for the camp?

See our sign up page.

Will every player get playing time during the camp?

Yes, the main task of the coaches at the camp is to divide the playing time as equally as possible. A player who plays a lot of minutes in his first game is very likely to play less minutes in his second game and vice versa. The goal is to ensure each player an average of 15-25 minutes per game over the course of the camp.

Where did the idea for the Euro Challenge come from?

Court Side has organized the famous Pro Camp for nearly two decades and by experience we know that the roster spots for that camp are filled up very quickly. Each year we have to disappoint many talented players because our Pro Camp is sold out so soon. With the Euro Challenge we now hope to be able to offer ALL players an opportunity to showcase themselves.

Why was the Tarkanian Basketball Academy chosen for the Euro Challenge?

The Tarkanian Basketball Academy is well known in Las Vegas and is very conveniently located just across the street from the Palace Station hotel. Many of the coaches from overseas stay here because of the free shuttles from the hotel to the airport and “the Strip”, as well as its proximity to the I-15.

What is the deadline for signing up for the camp and paying the camp fee?

There is no deadline. We work on the base of first come first serve until the camp is sold out. We do however, advise you to sign up ASAP, even if you can not pay the camp fee immediately but choose to do so at a later stage. Because if you have signed up, then at least we can let you know on time of the camp is starting to sell out.

Why is the Euro Challenge organized in Las Vegas?

Las Vegas is the global basketball hot spot in the month of July. The NBA Summer League is organized there and attracts many coaches, scouts, agents, and team officials from all over the world. In addition, some leagues have their own Draft camps in Las Vegas while agents organize Exposure Camps.