General Information

DATES: July 18-19, 2020

SITES: Speedway Sports Complex, 345 Speedway Cir, Lincoln – View Map

SCHEDULES/BRACKETS: Games begin at 9 a.m. each day. Tournament brackets will be posted at the week of competition. Teams are responsible for checking website for game times and locations.

NOTE: Teams outside of 50 miles away from Lincoln will get latest schedule times for first game.

ADMISSION: Admission will be charged daily at all Basketball venues.

Adults: $5
Students (6-18 Years): $2
Children (5 & Younger): FREE
Admission with Super Pass: FREE

All registered athletes receive a complimentary Super Pass in the athlete packet. Additional Super Passes for spectators and family members can be purchased for $15. The Super Pass gains free admission to all 2020 Cornhusker State Games events and venues, including the Opening Ceremonies.

Athletes must wear the Athlete Pass each time they enter the facility.  Spectators may purchase a Spectator Pass which will be different than the Athlete Pass.  Athletes will not be allowed to share their Athlete Pass with family or friends.

ELIGIBILITY: Enter the corresponding grade division that the players were in during the 2019-2020 school year. Players may need to provide proof of school status via a school I.D. card. There must be at least four teams entered to provide a tournament for an age group. Age groups may be cancelled if these requirements are not met. Tournament Director can combine or cancel divisions depending on the amount of teams entered. All teams will be notified if division updates are made.

AWARDS: Custom Cornhusker State Games gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three teams in each division of 5 or more teams.

Age Groups & Divisions

Event Name

Boys and Girls
Exiting 2nd Grade
Exiting 3rd Grade
Exiting 4th Grade
Exiting 5th Grade
Exiting 6th Grade
Exiting 7th Grade
Exiting 8th Grade

Note: Teams wishing to play in 9th – 12th grade divisions must view the Adult/High School Basketball information.

Each grade division will be split up into a Level A bracket and a Level B bracket:

Level A – Competitive level teams that are tryout or coach/parent select teams.
Level B –
Lower competitive teams that are randomly assigned by organizations or school teams.

During online registration, teams must select Level A or Level B. If registering via the paper form, teams must list Level A or Level B in the Additional Details/Special Instructions section. 

For seeding purposes, teams must also rate themselves from 1 to 5, with 5 being well above average and 1 being well below average. A rating must be selected during online registration, or listed in the Additional Details/Special Instructions section of the paper entry form.


  1. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of three scheduled games. Number of teams entered will determine how four games are played. i.e. round robin, pool play etc.
  2. Federation High School rules will be followed with the following exceptions:
    *20 minute running clock except for last two minutes of each half, (where clock will stop on all whistles) unless one team is ahead by more than 15 points. If lead falls below 15 points, clock will again stop. In addition, clock will stop on all technical fouls, injuries or timeouts. Clock does not restart until it would in a normal dead ball situation.
    *Overtimes will be three minutes in length with running clock until last 30 seconds. Five-minute halftime and 5 minute pre-game warm-up. Game time is forfeit time (no grace period).
    *2nd – 7th Grade boys and all girls will use an Intermediate ball (28.5”)
    *Teams must wear jerseys with numbers on front or back. There are no number restrictions.
    *Three full timeouts per game, one 30-second timeout.
    *No full court press for 2nd & 3rd grade divisions until final minute of game if score is within 5 points.
    *No restriction on press or fast break (except 2nd & 3rd grade) but only to a 15 point lead.
  1. No locker rooms or game balls will be provided (each team must provide a game ball and officials will choose, teams are responsible for securing game ball after game.)
  2. Players may play on only one team within a tournament age group. Players’ eligibility will be checked by a current grade card, if requested. Players may play “up” in an older age group. This could mean a player plays in the 8th grade tournament and the 9th-10th grade division. But they cannot play on two teams in the same 8th grade tournament (unless tournament combines).
  3. Each team is required to provide a scorekeeper or clock operator for each game, failure to do so will result in forfeit.
  4. All games will be officiated by high school registered officials.
  5. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated! A referee may remove persons from the game or tournament for inappropriate behavior. Do not allow or condone poor sportsmanship. This includes coaches and parents!
  6. With a running clock, a referee may stop clock with reason. Intentionally wasting time to shorten the game can be punished with a technical foul. This does not mean a team can’t use a delay offense at any time they choose. They simply can’t delay to line up for free throws or sub one player at a time to run the clock.
  7. Each tournament site will have two directors. Please direct questions to these individuals during the weekend.
  8. No food or drinks (other than bottled water/Gatorade for players) are allowed in the tournament facilities (concessions may or may not be provided by host sites).
  9. Tiebreaker procedure is as follows: First criteria is head to head competition. If a three-way tie exists refer to individual bracket.

Roster Info

Teams can make roster updates online.

The deadline to make roster updates is 5 p.m. on TUESDAY, JULY 14. Rosters are considered FINAL after that date.

Teams that register online are able to login and make roster substitutions free of charge. Teams that register via the paper entry form will be charged a $10 processing fee to substitute players. Teams are strongly encouraged to register online to eliminate any roster change fees.

MINIMUM ROSTER SIZE: Five players. If registering online, the minimum roster size must be entered to advance to check-out.

MAXIMUM ROSTER SIZE: Ten players. If team has more than 10 players, contact the State Games office.

NOTE: Rosters WILL be checked during tournament. Please make sure your roster is current prior to the July 14 deadline.

TEAM WAIVER: The team waiver form must be signed by each team member, or by parent/guardian if the participant is 18 years or younger. If the team is registered online, and the online waiver for each player is clicked as ‘Accepted’, no printed/signed waiver is needed. All team waivers must be clicked as ‘Accepted’ or submitted to the Cornhusker State Games office by TUESDAY, JULY 14 to be eligible for competition.

Registration Fees & Deadlines

$175/Team* until May 28
$225/Team* until July 6
*Maximum of 10 players per team

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES: Competition in the 2020 Cornhusker State Games; White cotton athlete shirt (micro-fiber or soft cotton lightweight tri-blend upgrade available); Pass for free admission to SportFest, the Opening Ceremonies, and all competition venues; Sponsor gifts and coupons.

TEAM ONLINE REGISTRATION NOTE: When registering your team online, please note that the system will ask you to enter your team name and roster prior to selecting your sport and division. In the INDIVIDUAL Shipping dropdown menu, be sure to select “TEAM” for each team member. If you wish to have your team packet shipped, you will select that in the TEAM Shipping dropdown menu.

PAPER ENTRY FORMS: Paper entry forms will be accepted with a $10 processing fee per team. Registering online saves time, money and trees. If registering via the paper entry form, please rate your team as being Above Average, Average or Below Average. List this information in the Additional Details/Special Instructions section of the entry form.

Athlete Packets

Choose the Shipping Option and get a Free Arby’s Sandwich!

Save time, avoid hassles and receive your CSG gear more than a week before the Opening Ceremonies by shipping your athlete packet ($10) or team box ($15).  Athlete packets contain the athlete shirt and Super Pass. Athlete packets will begin to ship in late June. The packet shipping option will only be available for those registered by the final entry deadline. If you don’t choose the shipping option, you will need to pick up your athlete packet or team box.

For those who did not select the packet shipping option during registration, athlete packets and team boxes can be picked up at the following locations, dates and times:

Lincoln East High School (enter through the southeast doors), 1000 S. 70th St. (Lincoln – View Map)
Thursday, July 16 | 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, July 17 | 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 18 | 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 19 | 7 a.m. – Noon

Athlete packets contain the athlete shirt and Super Pass, which includes admission to all venues and SportFest and the Opening Ceremonies.  The athlete packets DO NOT contain any sport specific information such as schedules, maps, bib numbers, etc. For sport-specific details, refer to your sport General Information.

Further Information

Sport Specific Questions: Contact Basketball Sport Director Vern Schulte at

Online Registration/Website Questions: Contact the Cornhusker State Games office at 402-471-2544 or

Event Sponsors

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Phone: 402-471-2544

Fax: 402-413-1119

Mailing address: 
Po Box 29366
Lincoln, NE 68529

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Lincoln, NE 68504