In 1967 the American Basketball Association was first formed. It quickly rivaled the National Basketball Association, and they fought the NBA for talent. However, it would cease to exist after its 1976 season because they decided to merge with the NBA.
In 2000, Joe Newman, brought the ABA back. The new league began with eight teams, and that season, with the Detroit Dawgs as its inagural champions.
The league has grown to 93 teams including its traveling teams. The playoffs are stuctured similar to the NCAA tournament. The teams qualify through their regional regular season/playoffs. Thirty-two of the ninety-three teams will qualify for the playoffs with eight of them automatically qualifying for the championship tournament through a bye and the other twenty-four vying for the remaiing eight tournament spots. Then they play a single elimination tournament until the finals which is a three-game series.
The ABA is a fun and entertaining experience, especially if you love the game of basketball. It’s non-stop action for four quarters. It’s cheaper than a trip to your NBA franchise’s home game, and even cheaper than a trip to the movie theater.
The 2013-14 ABA season kicks off late in the fall between the end of October and beginning of Novemeber. Make sure you get your tickets for this exciting game.
There are some unique rules to the ABA:
- The 3-D Rule light is On when…
- The offensive team loses possession of the ball while the ball has backcourt status
- The ball goes out-of-bounds after touching the frontcourt (or a player or official in the Frontcourt)
- If the offensive team does not establish ball control in the frontcourt, the 3D Light will remain in effect.
- When the 3-D Rule is on, an additional point is added to the point value of the field goal. (i.e. two point (2pt) baskets count as three, three point (3pt) baskets count as four)
- 3-D Rule remains on until the team scores, attempts a free throw for a personal foul; or the other team gains control of the ball.
- When the defense commits a foul with in 3D, the number of free throws will be increased by one.
- When the defensive team receives a technical foul in 3D, the 3D light remains on following the Free Throws
6th FOUL RULE
- When a player has committed a 6th Foul (combination of personals & a direct technical); he may continue to participate in the game as a 6th Foul Player.
- When a 6th Foul Player commits a Personal Foul, the penalty is One Free Throw (or one additional free throw) for the offended team, plus the ball for a throw-in at a designated spot, nearest the foul.
- The 6th Foul Player Rule allows the extra free throw attempt by either one of the five players of the offended team.
All FOUR of the following factors must be Present for a violation to occur:
- Player must be dribbling
- Player must be closely guarded
- Player must have his back to the basket
- Player must be below the free throw line extended
- The covering official shall use a visible count.
- The offensive player may NOT continue his dribble for more than Three seconds.
- The Back-Down count ENDS when ONE of the four factors is Missing.
- The penalty is a VIOLATION by the Dribbler and the team loses possession.
- All Overtime periods begin with a jump ball.
- The length of the first overtime period is 3 MINUTES
All Team Members are allowed to play during the Overtime period.
- 6th Foul Players status is cancelled.
- Players who have been disqualified are not eligible
There are NO TIME-OUTS ALLOWED during the Overtime period(s)
During the first Overtime Period, the clock is used the same as during regulation play.
Fouls in the Overtime period:
- A player fouls out on his 2nd Foul (could be only his 2nd foul of the game)
- A Bonus situation occurs on the 4th Foul of the Overtime period
- The fouled player gets Three (3) Free Throws. If fouled in the “Act of Shooting” and the shot is missed, the shooter will receive three free throws. If the shot is made…just one free throw is attempted.
Double Overtime: There is no clock involved
The Game Clock is NOT used.
- The Shot Clock IS used.
- Team members who fouled out during the first overtime period are NOT allowed to return to play in the 2nd Overtime period.
- The first team to score 10 points is the winner.
These rules make the game more exciting for the fans. Also, there is half-time entertainment at most games. So, come check out your local basketball franchise.