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.
Unlike most USA Basketball teams, there are no trials held for the USA 3x3 U18 World Championship squads, each of which will be made up of four athletes who are 18 years old or younger (born on or before Jan. 1, 1997).