Basketball 3×3 History – Evolution Of The Game Of Basketball
Basketball has undergone a tremendous evolution curve since its early days. It has grown into one of the most popular sports globally. Just like other games including Ringball from South Africa and Korfball from the Netherlands, it gained popularity and massive support from fans all over the world.
There are different types of basketball and each variation has its own unique set of rules and regulations governing fair play. The different types are differentiated according to the number of players participating in a game.
It is not every day that a game usually played in the streets gets promoted into championship level but that is exactly the case for basketball 3×3. The unconventional basketball game is played by two opposing teams each consisting of only three teammates. The game is not played on the full court but instead on half-court using only one basket.
The basketball sizes also depend on the players participating in the sport. Mini size basketballs are mainly meant for kids under 10 years. Junior size basketball is for middle school kids aged 10-12 years old and still can participate in the 3×3 basketball. With the different basketballs and leagues in this sport, 3×3 games were identified as a lucrative sport in elementary schools and tournaments.
Basketball 3×3 was first introduced as a sport in the 1980s. An interesting fact about its history is that was among the games played in the Olympics championships. It was however yanked off the championships as committee classes it among the inadequate sports which lacked the minimum sportsmen required.
In the meantime, the sport continued growing and spreading to other countries as well. Within no time, the basketball 3×3 had gained massive popularity. It is currently playing at the championships level in the US. The champions usually take home with expensive goodies.
The sport finally gained its recognition in the international space in 2007. This was all thanks to FIBA who decided to place it in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. This move was aimed at realizing the potential of the youth worldwide. It contributed to the evolution of basketball in a major way especially at tertiary levels where facilities are limited. It also enhanced the image of basketball in the world’s sports arena to compete with other athletic sports.
At the 2010 Singapore games, the 3×3 games were closely watched. FIBA also made a calendar for the sport and took the lead to enhance the game in games to come. According to veteran players, they said that some sportsmen and fans called it the “hottest ticket in town” because of its urban-centric.
The basketball committee under FIBA set up rules to govern the games after the 2010 Singapore championships. This decision arrived at by the committee consisted of combining strong teams across the States that feature the urban game and ranking them in subsequent games in the basketball 3×3 calendar. The best performing players received rewards. They were ranked individually according to participation and performance.
The rules set were first applied in 2011 when FIBA held a test on the tournaments formed in 2010. With this, the tournament succeeded and enabled the games to reach far and wide. The games conducted in the summer of 2011 provided FIBA with the necessary feedback on basketball 3×3’s capacity as a big sport.
The games marked an important milestone in September of the same year when FIBA conducted a world cup of Under 18 for both boys and girls. It came as no surprise when teams flooded the sign-up sheets to compete for the urban hottest ticket.
In June 2012, FIBA recognized the game as a lucrative urban sport to be competed on in championships. This means that it got fully-fledged and rated as a sport. It inevitably led to the setting of its annual calendar for competitions in the world of sports. A higher percentage was recognized from colleges and high schools where under 18 students participated in the world under 18 games and other related tournaments. Basketball 3×3 benefitted greatly after FIBA mentioned it among the fastest-rising sports of the 21st century.
At the moment, the game runs for ten minutes, having a shot clock of 12 seconds. In the recent rules, the game has no coaches which make players disciplined and self-driven.