3 on 3 Changing the Game
How has 3 on 3 Basketball become the worlds fast growing sport? My Hoop Journey takes a more in depth look at 3 on 3 basketball and how it’s become so popular.
The game of 3-on-3 basketball has been one of the most exciting street games in the world over the years. It’s exactly as it sounds in that it entails two teams of three people competing in a basketball game. It has grown over the years thanks to how easy it is to play and has become increasingly regulated in recent time.
Such a game is played on a half-court setting and is often outdoors although it could be indoors. It may also include a number of specific rules as well as standards in terms of how many points one needs in order to win a game.
The world of 3-on-3 basketball has grown exceptionally over the years. The game has recently reached its biggest development when it was announced recently that 3-on-3 basketball will be included as a sport in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The Growth of the Game
The world of 3-on-3 basketball has been prominent over the years. It first became popular in the United States in the 1980s although where it first started out at is unknown. Various groups like Adidas and the Gus Macker organization established a variety of 3-on-3 tournaments over the years.
How Is It Played?
3-on-3 basketball is played with a number of key standards in mind:
It entails three people on a side although one or two substitutes may be included.
Instead of a jump ball, a coin toss is used to determine who gets the ball first.
A typical game entails a single ten-minute period with a sudden death at 21 points. Scoring standards might vary though as some games may entail scoring a certain number of points to win.
A 12-second shot clock is often used.
Fouls can entail people having to make free throws. The number of free throws needed will vary based on the specific shot that was taken or where a foul was committed.
Also, this game can be placed either indoors or outdoors. It can also be played by men or women although mixed gender teams can be included too.
The rules for getting a game ready can vary. This is where FIBA has come into play as FIBA has been working to create some kind of standard with regards to getting the game organized properly.
In the 2000s, the International Basketball Federation or FIBA recognized 3-on-3 basketball as an official form of the sport. This allows FIBA to certify and regulate a number of international tournaments.
The 2010 Youth Summer Games was the first occasion in which FIBA certified a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. This offers men’s and women’s tournaments in both open and U18 forms.
The Big3 League
In 2017, the Big3 League was formed as a special league where various former NBA stars compete in 3-on-3 basketball events. This was created as a means of promoting this style of basketball.
The league features a number of teams that include a variety of people who used to play professional basketball. These include teams that are run by Allen Iverson, Charles Oakley and Clyde Drexler. Some of the former NBA stars who compete in the league include Kenyon Martin, Jermaine O’Neal, Joe Smith and Latrell Sprewell.
The league holds its games in different cities on weekends. These include such prominent basketball cities as Brooklyn, Chicago, Lexington and Los Angeles. The competition has especially been promoted as an appealing one for all basketball games to check out. The rules are slightly different from FIBA rules in that Big3 teams have to score 60 points in win and that halftime starts when someone gets to 30.
The Olympic Development
The biggest development in 3-on-3 basketball came in June 2017 when it was announced by the International Olympic Committee that this game will be included in the 2020 Summer Olympics. The game will entail eight teams for men and women competing with each other. Details on how many players will be involved on each team and the qualifying tournaments for the event will be released in the future.
This is a very exciting feature although more information on how the game will be organized has to be released. Also, it is extremely doubtful that any professional basketball players will compete in the event. This would make it different from the many regular basketball games that are held during the Summer Olympics.
This will certainly make for an exciting event for all to look forward to. 3-on-3 basketball is a great game worth checking out but the new development of this being in the Olympics will certainly be something exciting for all fans of the game to look forward to.