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. Through these sanctioned tournaments, now anyone can represent the United States in international competition by earning a spot on a USA Basketball 3x3 National Team.
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 U18 World Championships and World Championships at the Open (adult) division. Today, 3x3 event operators can set up local sanctioned qualifying tournaments and send winning teams to the play in the 3x3 National Tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo. From the National Tournament, USA Basketball 3x3 National Team players are named.
Following the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, 2011 saw the first 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 in Moscow. Nanjing, China was host to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. In 2015, Hungary hosted the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships. This year, USA Basketball National Teams will participate in the FIBA U18 3x3 World Championships in Kazakhstan on June 1-5 and in the FIBA World Championship on October 11-15 in China.
ANYONE CAN PLAY
Before taking on the world, a 3x3 team must earn its way to Colorado Springs, Colo. to compete in the USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament. To earn a bid to the National Tournament, teams must compete in a nationally recognized and USA Basketball sanctioned 3x3 basketball qualifying tournament using FIBA 3x3 rules.
Here’s everything you need to know about the USA Basketball 3x3 qualifying process:
Create an official FIBA 3x3 endorsed tournament by using the FIBA 3x3 Event Maker online platform.
In order to host a sanctioned qualifying event, organizers must set up their tournaments on the event maker platform to accurately record tournament results. All qualifying tournaments need to be played using the following official rules: FIBA 3x3 Rules | Scorer’s Table version |Video.
Event operators also need to agree to all terms with USA Basketball to become an official USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament qualifier and have the opportunity to send a team(s) to participate.
USA Basketball encourages all 3x3 participants registered for official FIBA 3x3 tournaments to create a 3x3 player profile on FIBA 3x3 Planet.
By registering your player profile on the FIBA 3x3 Planet website, your individual player ranking points can be tracked against the top 100 players in the United States. In addition, by adding your profile to the FIBA platform your points contribute to the overall country ranking points which allows USA Basketball teams to qualify for international competition.
Full details on how to create and confirm a 3x3 player profile can be found at How To Create Your 3x3 Player Profile.
For more information on 3x3 basketball, follow the links below.
FIBA 3X3 LINKS
USA Basketball and Red Bull hosted a panel discussion with several USA Basketball athletes on the growth of 3x3.