Tournament Site 

New Covenant Believers Church (3400 Kohr Blvd Columbus, OH)

Bruce Howard Rec Center (2505 N. Cassidy Ave, Columbus)

REP Fieldhouse (5524 N. Hamilton Rd, Gahanna)

Dates: December 1st-3rd, 2023

Format: 3-Game Guarantee with all teams advancing to either Gold or Silver Bracket play

Costs: $250.00  


Grades: 4th & 5th

Awards: Team trophies for champions and runner-ups.  Individual awards for champions and runner-ups. All-Tournament Team & MVP plaques.

To register for this event, send the registration fee via Cash App to $robtaylorbpr.  Make sure to include the team name, grade, coach’s name and cell number in the “For/Note” section or send a check made payable to Rob Taylor to: PO Box 307793 Gahanna, OH 43230.

2022 Day I Report

2022 Day II Report

2022 Final Day Report

5th Grade Pools (tentative)

Pool A Pool B Pool C
Gahanna Olentangy Blue Pickerington
Riverside Worthington Red Norwalk
Reynoldsburg Gold Big Walnut Olentangy Orange
 Olentangy Berlin Lancaster Mayfield Wildcats

4th Grade Pools (tentative)

Pool D Pool E
Dublin Green Big Walnut
Pickerington Reynoldsburg Elite
Lancaster Gahanna

2023 Buckeye Prep Report Pre-Season Shootout

Game Rules 

  1. Two (2) 14-minute halves with stop and go clock. Clock runs with score 15 + in 2nd half.  
  2. Two (2) one-minute timeouts per half w/no carryover. One extra timeout in the 1st overtime. 
  3. Three-minute half-time warm-up. 
  4. Game time is also forfeit time.  No grace period will be allowed (Director’s Discretion).        
  5. Three-minute pre-game warm-up. 
  6. Only one coach at a time can be standing during the game. 
  7. Fouls: Team fouls 7-9 results in a 1-and-1 situation (per half). Team fouls 10 or more results in a two shot penalty (per half). 
  8. Scores tied after regulation will result in one two-minute overtime period. After the first overtime period, the 2nd 2-minute overtime period will be sudden death (Except in championship game).
  9. If a player, coach or parent is ejected from a game for any reason, they are ejected for the rest of the tournament. 
  10. All 4 teams in each 4-team pool will advance to bracket/single elimination play 
  11. Tiebreaker criteria:  
  12. Won-lost record 
  13. Head-to-head competition; 
  14. Point system (+15 / -15). (Note -Regardless of the point difference,  “winning margin,” no team will receive more than a plus “15” or a minus “15” for point differential. For example, if team “A” wins by 20 points, team “A” will receive a +15 for that game.) Also, only the teams involved in the tie will be subject to the following point system formula;
  15. Least amount of points allowed in pool games;  
  16. Coin flip. 
  17. Although we will attempt to provide clock operators, the home team will keep the official book and will provide a scorekeeper and the visiting team should be prepared to provide a clock operator. 
  18. The home team is the 1st/top team listed on the schedule and will wear light colored jerseys, and the visiting team will wear dark colored jerseys. 
  19. We will be using the smaller ball (28.5) for both divisions. The home team must provide a game ball. 
  20. Trapping and pressing is allowed for the entire game in the 5th grade division. No trapping or pressing at all for the 4th grade division.

Note: An All-Tournament Team and MVPs will be selected (by director) at the conclusion of the championship games.  In addition, individual awards will be presented to the champion and runner-up teams. 

Special note to Coaches

  1. You are responsible for the behavior of your players and parents! We’re not going to tolerate violence and madness from coaches, players or parents!  We will be ejecting anyone who’s is out of control and creating an unsafe environment!
  2. Two coaches and a score keeper/clock operator will be admitted free.
  3. Each team must be prepared to provide a score keeper or clock operator for each game.  The home team will be responsible for keeping the official score, and the away team must provide a clock operator.
  4. The home team is also responsible for providing a game ball.