Tri State Basketball Tournament

Tournament Dates: March 26-27, 2021 

Join us in celebrating the 91st Boys Tri-State Basketball Tournament on March 26th-27th, 2021! Each year, hundreds of boys, grades 2-8, come together for an amazing twenty-four hour mega-tournament. Players come from all over the tri-state area and locations beyond. 


The History:

In 1930, A.S. Andy Anderson started the first tri-state tournament with 16 teams from Des Moines, Aberdeen, Plankinton and Sioux Falls playing in the Friendly Indian, Pioneer and Comrades divisions. There were 112 boys and young men playing in the 1-day tournament in one gym. Today, the tournament has teams playing in gyms throughout Sioux Falls and the surrounding area. The games are played in less than 24 hours with the boys participating in a tradition that has grown to the biggest and best basketball tournament in the world based upon Athletic Sportsmanship and Christian Fellowship.


More information:

  • Each team this year is guaranteed to play three games (forfeits or byes are considered a game). Brackets can be broken into several different formations to fit the number of teams registered and competition level.

  • Due to Covid-19 there will be no 3-point competition this year. 

  • Registration is 150 for the first 10 players and 10 dollars for any additional players. 

  • We will be utilizing church gyms around Sioux Falls this year for the tournament.

Covid-19 Precautions 

  • There will be no postgame handshake.  Teams will wave to the opposing team from a safe physical distance.  

  • Spectators are highly encouraged to wear a cloth mask or face covering in order to provide the safest possible environment for everyone involved.

  • Coaches are encouraged to wear a cloth mask or face covering when they are unable to maintain a safe physical distance from players (timeouts, half-time, sitting on the bench, etc). 

  • Players have the option of wearing a mask or face covering, but it is encouraged whenever possible.

  • Parents/Guardians and coaches will not allow players who are exhibiting Covid symptoms or who are under quarantine/isolation to participate in practices or games.  

  • ALL Spectators at Our Saviors Lutheran MUST wear a cloth mask or face covering inside the building and have their temperature checked when entering the gym. 

If you have any questions about the tournament, please contact

Nicole Bissell at or call (605) 336-3190ext 25.  

Tournament Brackets

  • YMCA Camp Leif Ericson
  • Sioux Falls YMCA
  • Sioux Falls YMCA