3x3 (pronounced 3 on 3, 3 by 3 or 3X3), also known as street ball or street basketball, is a form of basketball played three a side on one hoop.
It is the largest urban team sport in the world (ESSEC study commissioned by IOC) with over 250 million players worldwide and ranked among the most played recreational sports on the planet, 3X3 basketball is increasingly becoming an important influence in the development of basketball worldwide.
3x3 was officially announced as a new Olympic sport in June 2017 and will debut at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
The FIBA 3X3 World Tour and other 3X3 events
The 3X3 discipline is being promoted and structured by FIBA, the sport's governing body. Its flagship competition is an annual FIBA 3X3 World Tour comprised of a series of Masters and one Final awarding six-figure prize money in US dollars. There are also annual an Open World Cup, U18 World Cup with Youth Olympic events every 4 years and also Zone Cups around the world.
3x3 events are authentic urban culture festivals that can be hosted virtually anywhere: in the heart of the city or in iconic locations downtown with non-stop music throughout the event. Due to the nature of the 3x3 basketball game and the street culture that it embodies, side events such as concerts, dance competitions, art exhibitions and, especially slam dunk contests among other creative activities, are able to be incorporated into the event run down.
More about 3X3
3x3 is played on a half court, 1 hoop, 2 teams, 3 players per team (and up to one substitute) and no coach on court. Coaches or instructors have a role in helping in preparing for competitions or raising skill level of players.
3X3 is widely played throughout the world in street courts, yards, parks, squares, basketball courts and gyms.
3X3 is organised differently than 5X5 basketball. 3X3 is a promoter-driven discipline closer to tennis or golf and organised around tournaments and events; instead of a club-driven discipline organised around leagues like 5X5 basketball.
One of the biggest strengths of 3X3 is its simplicity both in terms of rules and in terms of required facilities, allowing it to be held in the most spectacular settings, using iconic landmarks as backdrops.
The 3x3 Quest Tour
The 3X3 Quest Tour is returning to a community near you. This summer’s tour will be visiting 10 locations around the country between December 2017 and March 2018. It is a fun-filled event with a friendly atmosphere, grades for all, prizes, and this year we have your entry fee covered - so entry is FREE!
The winners of the Open Men’s Grade at any of the regional events are eligible to play in the 2018 World Tour Qualifier Final, to be played in Auckland on 10 March 2018.
Will you be king of the court? Register your team and come along to a court near you this summer. Click here for more information.
All 3X3 Quest Tour events are endorsed by FIBA as Quest events, which means players will receive the maximum points for playing. By joining FIBA’s play.fiba3x3.com, you’ll be able to compare your skills with your friends, and even with pros on the international circuit. The more events you play, the more ranking points you’ll get. You may even catch the eye of national selectors as they look to identify talent for New Zealand representative 3X3 sides to compete at the following events - Men’s and Women’s FIBA 3X3 U18 and Open World Cups and FIBA 3x3 Asia Zone Cups.