Held annually since 2012, this spring will mark the eighth edition of the USA Basketball Men's 3x3 U18 National Championship. The 2019 USA 3x3 U18 National Championship weekend, which also will feature a women's championship, will be held April 13-14 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In order to advance to compete in Colorado Springs, teams must first compete in one of the many USA 3x3 U18 National Championship qualifying tournaments.
Played on a half court, FIBA 3x3 rules have evolved since first launching in 2010. Currently, each field goal inside the arc is one point, while buckets launched from outside the arc are worth two points. The first team to score 21 points, or the team with the most points at the end of the 10-minute game, is declared the winner.
A team named Bulldogs and comprised of Larry Austin, DeMonte Flannigan and Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson captured the inaugural USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship and earned the right to represent the USA at the 2012 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup. Since then, teams by the names of DLDC (2013), Legit (2014), Stars (2015), Ballerz (2016) and Hoopla (2017) have earned the championship trophy.