Day: February 5, 2023

Opening Night Approaches…

The American-Armenian Basketball Association (AABA) is gearing up for the start of a new season on February 25th, and fans are eager to see what this year has in store for their favorite teams and players. As the league enters its fourth season, the excitement surrounding the competition is palpable, and expectations are high.

Led by Commissioner Suren Arzoumanian, and expertly organized by Director of Media Operations Rich Elmoyan and Director of Technical Operations Chris Sarkissian, AABA is dedicated to providing a platform for local athletes with regional and international basketball aspirations. With a mission to elevate, highlight, and give media exposure to these talented individuals, AABA is helping players reach their full potential and bridge the gap between local and global basketball communities.

With major media forces Fanzia and Miaseen Inc on board, AABA operates at the highest level of professionalism and competitiveness, offering fans exciting and competitive games throughout two seasons per year. The fall season will kick off on February 25th, and fans are eager to see how their favorite teams will perform.

This year’s roster of participating teams and athletes is shaping up to be one of the most talented yet, and fans can expect to see intense matchups and electrifying plays. Whether you’re a player, coach, fan, or simply passionate about sports, AABA invites you to join them on this exciting journey.

For those looking to get involved with the league, questions, comments, or requests to participate can be sent to aaba.basketball@gmail.com. The AABA Pro-Am League is dedicated to promoting the sport of basketball and supporting the dreams of local athletes. Get ready for an unforgettable season filled with action-packed games and unforgettable moments. The stage is set for another thrilling season of American-Armenian Basketball Association.

About Us

Based in Los Angeles, California, the American-Armenian Basketball Association is a professional-amateur basketball league that strives to provide a platform for local athletes with regional and international basketball aspirations. Our mission is to elevate, highlight, and give media exposure to these talented individuals, and help them reach their full potential.

As a developmental league for professional teams in Armenia and the the Armenian National Team, we aim to create a bridge between local and global basketball communities and economies. Our league is a prime example of the power of sports to bring people together, transcending cultural and geographical boundaries.

Led by Commissioner Suren Arzoumanian, the AABA Pro-Am League is expertly organized by Director of Media Operations Rich Elmoyan and Director of Technical Operations, Chris Sarkissian and partnered with major media forces Fanzia and Miaseen Inc. With a combined wealth of experience and passion for the sport, AABA operates at the highest level of professionalism and competitiveness.

Entering its 4th season, the AABA Pro-Am League holds two seasons per year, one in the fall and one in the spring. With a growing list of participating teams and talented athletes, we aim to continue to provide exciting and competitive games for fans to enjoy.

AABA is dedicated to promoting the sport of basketball and supporting the dreams of local athletes. Whether you’re a player, coach, fan, or simply passionate about sports, we invite you to join us on this journey.

For questions, comments, or request to partake in the league, please provide us a detailed description to aaba.basketball@gmail.com

AABA Rulebook

Game Length and Clock Operations:

  1. The game will consist of four (4) 10-minute quarters, with a stop clock in operation.
  2. Halftime will last for 5 minutes.
  3. A 5-minute warmup period will take place prior to the start of the game.
  4. There will be a one (1) minute break between each quarter.
  5. The clock will stop on all whistles.
  6. In the last one (1) minute of the fourth quarter, the clock will stop after a made basket.

Ball Advancement and Shot Clock:

  1. In the last one (1) minute of the fourth quarter, teams will have the option to advance the ball using either the front or back court.
  2. In the fourth quarter only, once a team advances the ball, they will have 14 seconds on the shot clock to attempt a shot.
  3. Jump balls will take place at the start of the game, with the possession arrow used for in-game jump balls. Alternating arrow possession is allowed.
  4. A 24-second shot clock will be used. Shot clock resets will be 14 seconds in the front court, and will remain at its current time if above 14 seconds.
  5. All defensive backcourt, technical, and defensive fouls will reset the shot clock to 24 seconds.

Officials and Foul Limits:

  1. The game will be officiated by three (3) officials.
  2. Each player is limited to five (5) personal fouls per game.
  3. Teams are allocated five (5) full timeouts per game: two (2) in the first half and three (3) in the second half. In the last two (2) minutes of the fourth quarter, if a team has not used its three (3) timeouts, they will only have two (2) timeouts remaining.

Overtime:

  1. Overtime periods will last two (2) minutes, with the clock stopping on all whistles and stopping after a made basket in the last minute.
  2. Each team will have one (1) timeout per overtime period.
  3. In the last two (2) minutes of overtime, each team will have three (3) team fouls to shoot the penalty (2 free throws)

Team Roster and Eligibility:

  1. Four (4) non-Armenian players are eligible to be on the team roster, with a maximum of two (2) allowed on the court at the same time.
  2. Both zone and man-to-man defense are allowed.
  3. There is no defensive 3-second rule.
  4. If you’re on the roster and don’t play in any games you are a free agent. (We keep live stats and scorebook to confirm)
  5. If you sit out the whole year and not play and if you’re on a roster you become a free agent.
  6. If the coach/Gm agrees to release a player all parties must agree with the commissioner’s final confirmation.
  7. Once a temporary roster is sent and a player is not on it. The player is presumed a free agent.

Miscellaneous Rules:

  1. A delay of game warning will be issued for the first offense, with a technical foul for the second offense.
  2. Teams will shoot penalty free throws on the fifth team foul of each quarter. All penalty free throws are two shots.
  3. Teams have 8 seconds to advance the ball over the half-court line.
  4. Only the head coach is allowed to stand during the game. Players may stand to cheer but must be seated immediately afterward.
  5. Non-shooting fouls will be inbounded at the nearest spot to the point of interruption.
  6. If a player leaves the bench to fight or argue with an opposing player or official, they will be automatically ejected (no technical foul) and face a suspension as determined by the commissioner.

Playoff Roster Eligibility:

  1. A player must have played in five (5) regular season games to be eligible for the playoffs.
  2. In the event the season is cut short for any reason, players must have played in at least two (2) regular season games to be eligible.