USA Basketball and Red Bull 3X Celebrate #3x3Day on March 3
– :12 Second Challenge on Instagram Lets Fans Try Out 3x3’s 12-Second Shot Clock –
With four and ½ months until 3x3 basketball makes its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Olympic Games, USA Basketball and Red Bull 3X are celebrating #3x3Day tomorrow, March 3.
On #3x3Day, fans can take part in a :12 Second Challenge on Instagram. In honor of the 12-second shot clock used in 3x3 basketball and featuring a Red Bull 3X 12-second filter at @redbullusa, the challenge encourages participants to put their skills on display before the clock hits zero. Two Instagram filters still are available from the inaugural #3x3Day in 2020, featuring a Red Bull 3X headband and basketball.
In 2019, USA Basketball and Red Bull created the Red Bull 3X program, a series of 3x3 tournaments across the country to identify elite players to potentially represent USA Basketball 3x3 men’s and women’s national teams. The program continues in 2021 and beyond, and March 3 will be an official USA Basketball holiday to shine a light on 3x3 basketball. Learn more at www.redbull.com/3X.
Next up for USA Basketball on the 3x3 international schedule is the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament from May 26-30 in Austria. A USA men’s and women’s team each will compete against 19 other national teams in hopes of earning a top-three finish, which would qualify the USA for a berth into the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Representing the USA men at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament will be: Canyon Barry (Iowa Wolves/Florida/Colorado Springs, Colo.), Robbie Hummel (Purdue/Valparaiso, Ind.), Dominique Jones (Fort Hays State/Harlem, N.Y.) and Kareem Maddox (Princeton/Los Angeles, Calif.).
The women’s team includes: Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky/Connecticut/Port Jervis, N.Y.), Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings/South Carolina/Sandersville, Ga.), Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces/Washington/Poway, Calif.) and Katie Lou Samuelson (Seattle Storm/ Connecticut/Huntington Beach, Calif.).
Individuals who play 3x3 basketball also can register at play.fiba3x3.com, where participation points are tracked to rank players internationally.
Since its debut at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, international 3x3 competition has exploded in popularity. The game is played on a half court with a 12-second shot-clock. The winner is the first team to 21 points, or the leading team at the end of the 10-minute game clock. If the score is tied after 10 minutes, the game goes to overtime, and the first team to score two points wins. Made baskets inside the arc and free throws are worth one point, and baskets from outside the arc are worth two points. Each team consists of four players, with three on the court and one substitute, and one timeout per team.