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How To Get Involved With 3x3 Basketball

(Quick links to each section: 3x3 History / Get Involved as a Player / Get Involved as an Operator / Get Involved as a Coach)

3x3 HISTORY

The growth of 3x3 basketball globally now offers the opportunity for players to not only organize pick-up games in the park, but to play in officially sanctioned 3x3 tournaments across the country.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) first introduced 3x3 basketball as a sanctioned sport at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Since then, 3x3 has grown internationally to include 3x3 World Cups at the U18 and open (adult) divisions. 2011 saw the first 3x3 U18 World Cups in Rimini, Italy. A year later, the FIBA 3x3 World Cups for the open divisions debuted in Athens. Countries including China, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia and Spain have all played host to FIBA 3x3 World Cups or FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cups.

The 2018 Youth Olympic Games will take place in Buenos Aries, Argentina, Oct. 6-18, and takes the place of the annual FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cups. The 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup will be held in Manila, Philippines, June 6-10.

GET INVOLVED AS A PLAYER

3x3 basketball is a sport that can be enjoyed by players of all levels in a competitive or skill-development setting. This fast-paced game encourages creative thinking and exposes players to all skills, positions and facets of the game.

While 3x3 is frequently enjoyed in a pick-up setting or informally as part of team practices, players can also compete in FIBA 3x3 endorsed events and play by official 3x3 rules. FIBA 3x3 tournaments are held year-round by event operators all over the United States. Search for upcoming 3x3 tournaments on the FIBA 3x3 Planet Events website.

Certain tournaments that meet USA Basketball requirements also serve as qualifier events for the USA Basketball 3x3 Open and U18 National Championships. By participating in these tournaments, your team could win a bid to play in the USA Basketball 3x3 Open and U18 National Championships held annually in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where the USA Basketball 3x3 World Cup teams are selected. Find a full list of confirmed qualifier events on the USA 3x3 National Championships qualifier events page.

To participate in an official FIBA 3x3 tournament or USA Basketball 3x3 National Championships qualifier, players must create and confirm a 3x3 player profile. Full details on how to create and confirm a 3x3 player profile can be found HERE.

GET INVOLVED AS AN OPERATOR

If you are an event operator currently running 3x3 tournaments, you can officially endorse your tournaments through FIBA 3x3 by creating them on the FIBA 3x3 event maker platform.  Official FIBA 3x3 events must follow FIBA 3x3 rules and have all participating players complete their player profiles.

In addition, USA Basketball is looking for operators to host official USA Basketball 3x3 National Championships qualifiers. Qualifier events can be held for any of the four divisions of competition – U18 women, U18 men, open (adult) women and/or open (adult) men. As a qualifier event, your tournament will be listed on the USA Basketball website and earn a bid to send teams to the USA 3x3 National Championships held at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

To apply to become a qualifier event, please visit our Host a Qualifier page.

GET INVOLVED AS A COACH

Coaches, make your teams better and teach individual skill development to players by incorporating 3x3 into your practices. 3x3 games are an excellent way to teach fundamental skills to players of all ability levels.

By incorporating a 12-second shot clock, players are challenged to make quick decisions and work together to score. Players are exposed to all positions on the court while learning to pass, attack and move with and without the basketball. 3x3 games can take place in an informal setting or by following the official 3x3 rules of the game.

Add an extra level of competitiveness to your practices by creating your own official 3x3 events on the FIBA 3x3 event maker platform and having your players create FIBA 3x3 player profiles. Player profiles earn individual ranking points which can be tracked against each other. By the end of the season, see which players break into the top 100 for all 3x3 players in the United States!

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