Official Qualifier to the 2018 U.S. Open Basketball Championships for 8th Grade, 13U and 12U teams
and Blue Chip Summer Slam for others in 5th-12th Grades Jun 23 2018 - Jun 24 2018 | 4 Games
West Chester, PA

Event Information

Early Registration & Fee:

No early registration discount available.
$395 (Regular Fee)

Registration & Roster Deadline:

Jun-13-2018

This 24th Annual event has been a must stop on most AAU teams schedules. It is a great test for teams 9th-12th getting ready to go into the July evaluation period. If your team did not qualify for Nationals, then it gives them another opportunity to play against top competition.
This is also the Official Qualifier to the 2018 U.S. Open Basketball Championships for 8th Grade, 13U and 12U teams


Game Time Footage will be filming at this event. For more information please go to this site https://gametimefootage.com/pages/blue-chip


NEW for 2018!




The following groupings of play at the Blue Chip Basketball Summer Slam will serve as an Official Qualifier to the
USA Basketball 2018 U.S. Open Basketball Championships: 8th grade boys/girls, 13U boys/girls
and 12U boys/girls.
Teams will select to enter the Stars or Stripes division within each grouping
of play. The Stars division best suits established and competitive club travel teams while the
Stripes division is offered for locally-based, or newly formed, club and recreational teams.
The
first and second place teams from each group and division will earn a bid to enter the 2018 U.S.
Open Basketball Championships for boys on June 30-July 3 and for girls on July 19-22 in
Westfield, Indiana. Third and fourth place teams will receive waitlist bids should first and second
place teams not accept their bids.


Age and Grade Groupings


• 8th Grade: Enrolled in 8th grade or lower as of October 1, 2017 AND cannot turn 16 prior to
September 1, 2018.

• 13U: Cannot turn 14 prior to September 1, 2018 (this is an age division, grade exceptions
are not permitted).

• 12U: Cannot turn 13 prior to September 1, 2018 (this is an age division, grade exceptions
are not permitted).


Divisions of Competition


• Stars: Established and competitive club travel teams

• Stripes: Locally-based, or newly formed, club and recreational teams


Eligibility Verification


It is the responsibility of the head coach to provide age and grade (if applicable) verification for
players at any time throughout the event. Permitted forms of player age verification include
birth certificates, passports and government-issued IDs (originals, hard copies or digital copies).


Permitted forms of player grade verification include school-issued report cards or school
administrator confirmation of grade issued on school letterhead (originals, hard copies or digital
copies).




All coaches and bench personnel participating in the 8th grade, 13U or 12U divisions must have a
valid USA Basketball Coach License on file with USA Basketball prior to the start of the event.
The coach license process requires successfully passing a background check which generally
takes 7-10 business days to process. To obtain a coach license, visit https://
community.usab.com/.

It is the responsibility of the head coach to provide verification of coach licensure at any time
throughout the event. Once licensed, set your online coach account profile to “public” view for
real-time verification of licensure onsite. Only actively licensed coaches are permitted on the
bench to coach.


Rules


This tournament will be played by USA Basketball/National Federation of State High School
Associations rules.
• For a full list of USA Basketball rules click HERE and for a comparison to National
Federation of State High School Associations rules click HERE
or
• For a full list of National Federation of State High School Associations rules click HERE
About the USA Basketball 2018 U.S. Open Basketball Championships (optional)



This event has been approved to serve as an Official Qualifier to the USA Basketball 2018 U.S.
Open Basketball Championships.
USA Basketball, the National Governing Body of the sport under the United States Olympic
Committee, is committed to creating an inclusive tournament structure to best serve youth
basketball throughout the United States. In 2018, USA Basketball will host the U.S. Open
Basketball Championships in Westfield, Indiana for 8th grade, 13U and 12U divisions of play for
both boys and girls. The boys championship tournaments will occur on June 30–July 3 while the
girls championship tournaments will occur on July 19-22. In order to qualify for the culminating
event, teams must participate in USA Basketball approved U.S. Open Official Qualifiers
throughout the country. First and second place finishers in each qualifying division will earn an
automatic bid to the championships.




* 8th Grade: Enrolled in 8th grade or lower as of October 1, 2017 AND cannot turn 16prior to September 1, 2018.

* 13U: Cannot turn 14 prior to September 1, 2018.

* 12U: Cannot turn 13 prior to September 1, 2018.

Each group is divided into two divisions: Stars and Stripes. Participation in each division will be self-selected.

* Stars: Established and competitive club travel teams

* Stripes: New and locally-based club or recreational teams

1st and 2nd place finishers will be qualified to go to the USA Basketball U. S. Open Girls Championships ~ July 19-22 ~ in Westfield, Indiana



All 6th, 7th and 8th grade Coaches must obtain USA Gold or Associate License to participate.

See NCAA links under Main Menu




All Blue Chip events are STAY-TO-PLAY. All hotel arrangements must be secured exclusively through Apex Events. Please do not contact the hotels directly. All teams must book through Apex Events to be compliant with Blue Chip’s tournament hotel policy and avoid a $250 penalty per team. Booking Link: https://mmxreservations.com/fer/apex?pageCode=2018BlueChipBasketball
Please email Apex Events at info@apex-events.com or call 570-709-2478 with any questions.




*** BONUS ***: Once you register for the Summer Slam event, if you register for the USA Invitational, July 5-8 event also, you will receive a $295 credit for that event. Contact us at info@bluechipbasketball.com with your Team Name and Coach Name and we'll send you the promo code to sign up for the USA Invitational at a great price - $695 for 6 guaranteed games. (Just $595 if you register by Jun 1).