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 takes place June 5-7 in Moscow. The 3x3 U18 men’s national team that will be decided May 30-June 1 competes in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games this August in Nanjing, China. Next year’s U18 World Championships take place June 4-7, 2015 in Tel Aviv.
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.
In 2015 USA Basketball will field five women’s teams for international events. In the traditional full-court, 5-on-5 game, USA Basketball will field 12-member teams for the FIBA U19 World Championship, FIBA Americas U16 Championship, World University Games and Pan American Games. In 3x3...
In 2015 USA Basketball will field four men’s teams for international events. In the traditional full-court, 5-on-5 game, USA Basketball will field 12-member teams for the FIBA U19 World Championship, FIBA Americas U16 Championship and Pan American Games. In 3x3 action, USA Basketball will host a pair of 3x3 national tournaments and send four-member teams to the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships. Here is the eligibility information for each USA Basketball men's team for 2015.