USA Basketball 3x3 Tournaments

Get in the Game With 3x3

It’s always been easy to get a 3x3 basketball game going with your friends at the park. Did you know it’s just as easy to organize a sanctioned 3x3 tournament that can send its champions all over the world?

With the unbelievable growth in popularity of 3x3 basketball globally, what used to be a simple half-court pickup game is now an officially sanctioned event. And now anyone has the chance to play for the honor of representing the United States in international competition.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) first introduced 3x3 basketball as a sanctioned sport at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Then came the 2011 3x3 U18 World Championships in Rimini, Italy. A year later, the first-ever FIBA 3x3 World Championship was held in Athens. A biennial competition, the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championship took place June 5-7 in Moscow. The 2014 Youth Olympic Games took place August 16-28 in Nanjing, China. This year’s FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships take place June 4-7, 2015 in Debrecen, Hungary.

To get there, the first step is playing in a local tournament. If there’s not a local 3x3 tournament in your area, you can go ahead and create one. It’s easy to do, and details can be found below. 


Before taking on the world, a 3x3 team must earn its way to Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete for the USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament. That can be done by competing in an official nationally recognized and USA Basketball sanctioned 3x3 basketball tournament using FIBA 3x3 rules.

Here’s everything you need to know about the USA Basketball 3x3 qualifying process:

Event Organizers

Create an official FIBA 3x3 endorsed tournament by using the FIBA Event Maker Tournament Software

Event Participants

All 3x3 participants registered for official FIBA 3x3 tournaments MUST create a 3x3 player profile on FIBA 3x3 Planet 


Other things you need to know before getting started:
  • All tournaments MUST be played using the official FIBA 3x3 Rules | Scorer’s Table version | Video
  • Particpiants must agree to all terms with USA Basketball to become an official USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament qualifier for the chance to send a team(s) to participate.


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