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The World Cup in Antwerp gives 3×3 basketball a firm boost. It not only provides a fast and attractive spectacle, but also inspires many sports enthusiasts to throw a ball themselves. We will show you the way in your search for a first two-pointer.

“3×3 has some great assets to grow into a popular recreational sport”, says Lisa Van Ranst, project coordinator at Basketball Flanders† “First and foremost the proximity. You can go to every basketball court, both indoor and outdooroutdoor, although it is of course more fun to play outside in the summer.”

“A 3×3 court is in fact no more than half a field of 5-5 basketball, so municipalities that are limited in space or budget should better build a nice 3×3 court,” she laughs.

“Cities such as Aalst, Dendermonde, Ypres and Hasselt have invested in beautiful hype courts in recent years, where they collaborated with street artists. It gives the courts a high “urban sports” quality.”

The hype court in Dendermonde.

With two, four or six

You can always throw a ball on your own, but for a competition streetball you don’t even have to be six to play. “Three against three is of course the real thing,” admits Van Ranst. “But even if there are only four or two of you, you can finish a game perfectly.”

“3×3 fully lives up to the philosophy of ‘basketball never stops’. It can be done anytime and anywhere. And you don’t have to be an expert on the field: fun is what it’s all about.”

Basketball Vlaanderen now also facilitates that thought with its new Hoops app
You will find more than 100 basketball courts and look for fellow players and opponents to play 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3. If your basketball court is not yet in the app, you can add it yourself.

Children allowed

Children can of course also play 3×3, but some rules of the game are adapted to the child for under-12s.

Lisa Van Ranst: “Children shot to a ring of 2.60 m high, which is 45 cm lower than the standard height. They also play with a smaller ball (5 instead of 6) and the competition rules are different: the two-pointer and the shot clock are different. (12 seconds) not applicable. Some coaching is allowed at tournaments, but from the age of 12 the matches are strictly player-controlled.”

3×3 lives up to the “basketball never stops” philosophy. It can be done anytime and anywhere

Lisa Van Ranst, Basketball Flanders

Tournaments for everyone

Would you like to compete with other 3×3 enthusiasts? You can do that at local grassroots tournaments. Anyone can participate, regardless of age or level.

Lisa Van Ranst explains: “Because they use the same rules of the game, all tournaments are connected thanks to an ingenious ranking system. Whoever plays collects ranking points. The more points, the higher you get on the ranking.”

“Who knows, you will eventually form your own professional 3×3 team or you will be invited to the national team? find all tournaments near you.”

“Our Crelan 3×3 Masters Tour is a good example. The first edition of this summer will start next weekend in Antwerp. All summer long we will be at a different location every weekend. You can still register, so take your chance!”

Basketball Vlaanderen also organizes a number of other tours:

  • The Girls Got Gametour includes ten 3×3 tournaments for girls U10, U12, U14 and U16, culminating in a national final day.
  • For wheelchair basketball players there are the 3×3 on wheelstournaments, four editions per season for adults and youth teams.
  • This year, for the first time, the 3×3 Club Tour organized for girls, boys and mixed U19 teams.
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