MM Frequently Asked Questions

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We’ve listed the most commonly asked Midnight Madness questions below, however if your query isn’t answered in our FAQ please use our Contact Us‘ page to get in touch and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

[toggle title=”Q: What is Midnight Madness?” state=”close” ]A:  Primarily a summer basketball competition – delivered with a difference.  Midnight Madness is a talent search which finds the best players across the country and provides them with a platform to showcase their talents to fans and coaches worldwide while competing for life-changing opportunities, both at home and abroad. [/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: What makes Midnight Madness different?” state=”close” ]A:  Midnight Madness events also feature live DJ’s, live commentary, console gaming zones and chill out lounges where players and spectators can relax and watch the latest in fashion, film and culture in wide screen cinema.  The event experience represents the ultimate fusion of basketball culture and the lifestyle that surrounds the game and have grown to become the most anticipated dates on the summer basketball calendar.[/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: How do I sign up for Midnight Madness? ” state=”close” ]A: You sign up for Midnight Madness online, simply by filling out the player registration form which can be found on the Player Registration page on this site.[/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: How will I know if I’ve been successful with my sign up?” state=”close” ]A: You will be emailed a confirmation to the email address you submit upon registration.  You must keep this email and be sure to read and check the waiver, or have it checked by a parent or guardian (if you’re under 18).   Playing places for Midnight Madness traditionally fill up quickly so you are advised to register today to avoid disappointment.[/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: What do I need to bring with me on the day of a qualifier?” state=”close” ]A: You’ll need to bring a pair of shorts and a top to play in, along with your playing shoes.

The first 50 players at each event receive a FREE Midnight Madness tee-shirt.  If you qualify for the Elite Court at one of the events, you’ll also be given a Nike Elite kit to play in, so we can track all of your stats.

Each of the venues we stage our events in have refreshment facilities, though you are advised to bring your own resources to ensure you stay hydrated through the event.

[/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: What are the different age divisions for Midnight Madness?” state=”close” ]A: The tournament is divided into the following divisions:

Males:

MM Pro/Am – for all players over 20

MM College – for all players aged 16-20

Females:

MM She Got Next – for all players 16+

[/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: If I win 5 games in a row do I automatically win an Elite place?” state=”close” ]A: No.  While winning is always taken into consideration and increases the time a scout will get to assess your skills, not all 5 players on a continuously winning team automatically qualify for the Elite Court.  Players will be judged on their own individual skills base and so players who play just 1 game may still make it through to Elite Court, just as a player who plays 5 or 10 games may not automatically make it onto Elite Court.  This is a search for talent and it’s up to you show and prove you belong amongst the best. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Q: I’m under 16, can I still come and play at Midnight Madness?” state=”close” ]A: Yes.  We provide free instructional coaching clinics for 8-16 year olds (both boys and girls).

The clinics feature some of the top names in the UK game brought in especially to help you!  Clinics provide an excellent opportunity for players of all abilities to come along and be coached in the fundamentals of the game.  Whether just starting out or at an advanced level for your age, we have a team of coaches who will certainly be able to help you improve your skills.

You can sign up for the FREE coaching clinics by contacting us here. [/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: How much does it cost to play at Midnight Madness?” state=”close” ]A:  Playing spots at MM Qualifying events are FREE, for all players, but places are allocated on a ‘first come – first served’ basis, so you are advised to sign up as early as possible to avoid disappointment. [/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: Do I receive any money for winning the tournament?” state=”close” ]A: No.  Midnight Madness is an amateur competition with no monetary rewards for winning.  Players compete in Midnight Madness for the competition, love of the game and to increase their exposure through playing in our finals and travelling teams.[/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: How do I get tickets for the MM Finals?” state=”close” ]A: Tickets for MM Finals are available via Ticketweb.

Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis and priority notice goes out to all those on our mailing list and social media – so you are advised to join our mailing list, follow us on twitter and like our Facebook and instagram pages to be the ‘first in line’.

MM Finals historically sell out of tickets pre-event, leaving many spectators who do not buy in advance disappointed – so all spectators are advised to get their tickets today to avoid missing out on what will be a fantastic night of basketball entertainment. [/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: How much are tickets for MM Finals?” state=”close” ]A: Ticket prices for MM Finals range from just £10 through to £25 for VIP premium seating.  The best deals are secured by those who purchase early.

*Limited VIP packages are also available upon request by contacting: ticketing@midnight-madness.com[/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: How does the tournament work’?” state=”close” ]A:  The Midnight Madness tournament is staged over 4 rounds of qualification.:

(1)  Midday Madness Regional Qualifiers

The first round are the Midday Madness Regional Qualifiers, which are open to any player across Great Britain (providing you register in advance).  Players can come and play alone, or as part of a team – either is fine and both are welcomed.  At the Regional Qualifiers, every player is placed on a team of 5 (for those who do not come as a team), and play full court ‘pick up’ style basketball on the Show & Prove courts for the first half of the competition.

The aim of the game at this stage is to win as many games as you and your team mates can, showing your full basketball abilities to the onlooking talent scouts and coaches we have at every event.  If you are able to ‘Show’ and ‘Prove’ you are one of the top players in your division on the day, you will earn an Elite Pass, which qualifies you for the Elite Court for the second half of the competition.

Once on the Elite Court, players are split into balanced teams by position and given a coach.  Teams play short games of 5 on 5 basketball with qualified referees officiating the games.  Once again, the name of the game is to win as many games as possible with your team as we run a ‘winner stays on’ format and the more games you win, the higher your individual score is likely to be.  Every player on the Elite Court is individually tracked and scored using our digital ‘Ball Without Bias’ player performance system.  Ball Without Bias will track who the top 20 players (top 4 by position) on the Elite Court are via the event ‘Leaderboard’, and if your name is amongst the top 20 at the end of the event – you earn a ‘Golden Ticket’ pass through to the next round.

(2) Midnight Madness National Semi-Finals

All of the ‘Golden Ticket’ winners from the first round of qualifiers progress through to an ‘all-night’ tournament, fully officiated like a regular game.  Each Quarter-Finalist is placed on a balanced team and plays multiple games, during which all of their statistics are tracked and scored using the Ball Without Bias system.

A ‘rites of passage’ of sorts, players are challenged to to ‘ball through the night’ to make it to the ‘promised land’.

Many of the best British players of the past decade have come through the MM All-Nighter – is this the year you follow in their footsteps?

At the conclusion of all games, the top 4 players at each position (20 players in total) progress through to the Finals.

(3) Midnight Madness Finals Night

At Finals, the top 20 players square off against each other in  All-Star Game, on the biggest stage of the British basketball summer.

All players are tracked individually using the Ball Without Bias system with the ultimate winners being named from the top 10 performers on the day.

1 overall male MVP is crowned ‘King Of The Summer’.

1 overall female MVP is crowned ‘Queen Of The Summer’.

[/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: What is ‘Ball Without Bias’?” state=”close” ]A: Ball Without Bias (also known as ‘BWB’) is our stats based scoring system that we use to evaluate player performance at all our events and is the system players need to score well on to advance in the competition.  We call it Ball Without Bias, because it is based purely on statistics, which removes any bias out of whether or not a player progresses through to the next round.  However, it is not as simple as just ‘putting up numbers’ – we also score intangibles that do not always show up on a regular stat sheet, such as hustle plays (e.g, drawing charges, keeping rebounds alive, being first to a loose ball)[/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: How does Ball Without Bias work’?” state=”close” ]A: We have a team of statisticians watching your every move, recording everything you do statistically. Every made shot/missed shot, rebound, assist/turnover, steal/turnover, block, foul drawn/foul made, team win/team loss, hustle play/lazy play, smart play/negative play and degree of difficulty play you make is recorded and entered into the BWB player efficiency stats evaluator.  For the first time, this year we will also factor in how many times you are scored on to keep track of individual defensive prowess.

BWB adds all your positive stats, takes away all of your negative stats, leaving you with an individual score each game you play. All of your stats are added up on the day and automatically entered into an overall leaderboard with the other players on the day. The top scores at the end of your session advance through to the next round. There is a minimum requirement ofat least +8 points (not including team win stats) for you to be eligible to progress through to the next round – to ensure the quality of play represents the level required to compete at the next level.  We employ this minimum requirement to ensure all players contribute to the team win in some way.  This may be a combination of any of the positive statistics (shooting, rebounding, assists, steals, blocks, hustle plays etc), or you may be dominant (a specialist?) in just one area – whichever the case, you need to display your skill(s) in this tournament and earn points through your play.  This simply means, whether you make it or not is entirely up to you. If you perform well, you advance, no matter who you are or where you’ve played.[/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: What do I win if I win the whole competition?” state=”close” ]A:

First of all, our trophies are widely regarded as ‘show stoppers’. As a MM winner, you get to keep a fantastic basketball trophy, which will forever remind you and tell all your friends and family that you were one of the UK’s top players in the year you win.

Getting to play in the MM Finals is a huge achievement and proves that you are one of the best players in the whole of the UK.  Making the final will put you in a strong position to make our coveted ‘All-GB’ teams, which recognise the very best players in your age group from Great Britain and give them worldwide exposure.  We are contacted all the time by coaches and scouts from America and Europe – alongside national team coaches and BBL teams – asking who the top players in the UK are each year.  Making the finals will put you in that conversation, winning the tournament will put your name on the map – and all the attention that comes with it.

In addition, we are releasing our own players ranking list complete with indepth scouting reports, player profiles, statistics and actual footage from the tournament at the end of the summer.  As a MM winner, your name and game will be promoted to coaches worldwide, as part of the report, giving you the type of exposure and credibility your game deserves.

Winners from our finals, also qualify for spots on our travelling team for a year, which means you may get to travel to play in tournaments against top level competition, representing the UK in international play. Winners from the MM Finals increase their exposure both nationally and internationally, dramatically, while competing in intense competitions that improve your skills and strengthen your ability to play in pressurised situations.

**Please note Travel team opportunities vary from year to year pending availability. Midnight Madness reserve the right to change, cancel or modify trips at any time. Going away on a travel team trip should not be assumed to be part of the overall prize for every player, as this is an additional benefit that is subject to availability**

[/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: What are ‘travelling teams?” state=”close” ]A: Travelling teams are teams made up from the winners of Midnight Madness each year who travel across the globe to play in competitive basketball tournaments that will benefit the players in some way.

Our teams represent Great Britain on the international stage playing for our ‘MM Select’ teams. Typically, MM Select teams will play against teams and/or players who play at the level they aspire to reach, while presenting players with the opportunity of playing in front of coaches who can help facilitate their next level of development. In some cases, this may be Europe, US college, academies, national teams or even the professional ranks.

Over the years, over 200 players who’ve played at MM have gone on to play US college and/or professional basketball.  Over 60 players have gone on to represent national teams in either U18, U20 or Senior competitions.

The travelling teams always provide life enhancing opportunities through broadening the horizons of players as they learn about new cultures and see parts of the world they may never have otherwise had the opportunity to visit. From a basketball standpoint, our travelling teams provide the type of competitive international experience that prove essential in the development of elite level British players, while ‘flying the flag’ for GB on the international stage.

[/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: Where do the travelling teams play?” state=”close” ]A: The travelling teams play wherever the best opportunities for the players are to grow culturally and competitively.  In past years our teams have travelled overseas to the following cities: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris, Milan, Spain, Washington DC, Baltimore and New Jersey.  Each year new opportunites come along, so this list is sure to grow.

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If you still have questions, please contact us.