3×3

3×3 is vital in the development and growth of the sport of basketball in Ontario. 3×3 is gaining momentum worldwide with the FIBA 3×3 Men’s World Tour and FIBA 3×3 World Championships, and 3×3 being included as an Olympic sport in 2020.

3×3 Canada Quest

FIBA’s flagship 3×3 competition is an annual FIBA 3×3 Men’s World Tour comprised of a series of Masters Qualifiers and one Final, which awards six-figure prize money.

Leading up to the FIBA 3×3 Men’s World Tour, regional events take place across the country as part of Canada Basketball’s 3×3 Canada Quest Men’s Regionals. The winners of the elite division in each of the regionals, along with wild card teams, qualify for the 3×3 Canada Quest Men’s Finals which in 2019 will be held in Saskatoon and Montreal. The top two Finals teams then qualify to the FIBA 3×3 Men’s World Tour Masters Qualifier and compete for a spot in the FIBA 3×3 Men’s World Tour Final.

In 2019 Canada Basketball partnered with Red Bull to provide more opportunities for Canadians to participate in 3×3 basketball ahead of its inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games. The two winning teams from select Red Bull Reign events will now get the opportunity to qualify for the 3×3 Canada Quest Finals and the chance at securing a berth in one of Canada’s FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters events.

The FIBA 3×3 Men’s World Tour and all related qualifying events are open to adult males (ages 18+). See below for 3×3 qualifying events in Ontario for FIBA Canada Quest and Red Bull Reign.

CompetitionDateLocation
FIBA Canada Quest - London RegionalMay 25, 2019London
Red Bull Reign - OttawaJune 8, 2019Ottawa
Red Bull Reign - TorontoJune 15, 2019Toronto
FIBA Canada Quest - Hamilton RegionalJune 22, 2019Hamilton
FIBA Canada Quest - Toronto RegionalJuly 20-21, 2019Toronto
FIBA Canada Quest - Ottawa RegionalAugust 10, 2019Almonte

Upcoming 3×3 Events

OBA 3-on-3 Kumar Classic

3×3 Kumar Classic

The 3×3 Kumar Classic is hosted annually by the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Basketball Association in honour of one of their young players, Jay Kumar, who passed away in 2014.

2019 3×3 Kumar Classic

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Location: Conestoga College, Kitchener

Eligibility: Elementary and high school students ages 19 and under

Register for the 3x3 Kumar Classic
OBA 3X3: Naismith Basketball Association

Naismith 3×3 Basketball Tournament

The Naismith 3×3 Basketball Tournament is hosted annually in August by the Naismith Basketball Association in Almonte, the birthplace of the inventor of basketball, James Naismith.

The 2019 tournament will take place on Saturday, August 10 to Sunday, August 11.

Learn more about Naismith 3x3 Basketball Tournament

CNE x OBA 3×3 Basketball Tournament

The CNE x OBA 3×3 Basketball Tournament is an annual tournament during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto.

2019 CNE x OBA 3×3 Basketball Tournament

Date: Saturday August 17 (for U13) & Sunday August 18 (for U10), 2019
Location: OVO Athletic Centre, Toronto

Eligibility: U10 (born 2009 and later) and U13 (born 2006 and later) boys and girls, including mixed teams

Register for the 2019 CNE x OBA 3x3 Basketball Tournament

BECAUSE WE CAN: A 3×3 Tournament to Empower Girls

Lead Thru Sport and 21 Basketball Academy present BECAUSE WE CAN: A 3×3 Tournament to Empower Girls.

The tournament is called BECAUSE WE CAN to break down internal and external barriers for female athletes. Lead Thru Sport wants to empower girls to try new things, to explore different opportunities on and off the court, to embrace new challenges, and to go in with the positive and confident attitude of BECAUSE WE CAN.

3×3 tournaments are a safe space for athletes to try new skills they might not normally try in a formalized game environment. The nature of having fewer players on the court allows athletes to truly participate, have more touches on the basketball, and have more opportunities to be leaders.

Proceeds from the tournament go towards funding Lead Thru Sport’s FREE programs and events, including their speaker series, In the Huddle: Lessons from Female Leaders in Sport, and their work experience and mentorship program, WORK Thru Sport.

Save the Date!

The 2019 BECAUSE WE CAN 3×3 Basketball Tournament is on Saturday October 26.

Learn more about BECAUSE WE CAN: A 3×3 Tournament to Empower Girls

Hoopfest

Hoopfest, presented by Toyota Canada, is Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s signature fundraising event.

The half-day corporate challenge provides participants with a fun and inclusive 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball experience alongside Team Canada’s finest athletes.

The goal of the event is to raise funds that enable more Canadians to experience the life-changing impact of wheelchair basketball while bringing awareness to the sport and athletes.

Save the Date!

The 2019 Hoopfest fundraiser is on Wednesday, November 6 in Toronto.

Learn more about Hoopfest

Annual 3×3 Events

3’s In The Zone tournament

The 3’s In The Zone 3×3 tournament is a charity event where all proceeds will be donated to Kids Help Phone. There are two age divisions (U10-14 and U14-17) and both competitive and recreational divisions. Win great prizes including an iPhone XR, Raptors jerseys, and Beats Wireless Earbuds!

The 2019 edition of the 3’s In The Zone Tournament took place on May 11, 2019 at Seneca College, King Campus in King City.

Register for the 3's In The Zone tournament

Lay-Up 3-on-3 Tournament

Lay-Up Youth Basketball’s annual 3-on-3 Tournament raises money for kids from Toronto’s priority communities to participate in Lay-Up’s year-round quality basketball programs.

The 2019 edition of the Lay-Up 3-on-3 Tournament took place on April 28, 2019 at the York School in Toronto.

Register for the Lay-Up 3-on-3 Tournament

3×3 Crossover Fundraiser

The 3×3 Crossover Fundraiser is hosted annually by girls addicted to basketball (g.a.b) to encourage female youth to use basketball to pursue their career goals at the college or university level. Proceeds from the tournament go towards the g.a.b Scholarship Fund, which supports one former g.a.b participant pursuing post-secondary education each year.

The 2018 tournament took place on Saturday, November 24 at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Learn more about 3x3 Crossover Fundraiser

3×3 Provincial House League Festival

In recognition of the important role that house league programming plays in the development of young athletes, Ontario Basketball introduced the inaugural 3×3 Provincial House League Basketball Festival for U9 to U12 teams in Spring 2017. There were several regional qualifying events that culminated with the Provincial Festival.

Stay tuned for information about future 3×3 Provincial House League Festivals!

Resources

OBA 3X3: Mini-Basket

Mini-Basket

Mini-Basket is designed for school, community or club basketball players and programs. The philosophy of Mini-Basket is to allow children to play a game that is better suited to the development of their physical, mental and basketball skills by instituting Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) modifications. It aims to provide a rich and high-quality experience for youth basketball players to help foster their passion as they grow with the sport.

There are fewer rules that are gradually introduced as the players progress in their skill development and understanding of the game, keeping it developmentally appropriate. There are certain aspects to the game that are modified (e.g., ball size, court size, number of players, height of the hoop, etc.) to maximize the development plan to its full potential.

Mini-Basket is currently being delivered by the following organizations and Mini-Basket resources to run the programming are available on the Canada Basketball website. Get started with Mini-Basket today!

Organization NameCityAge Range
Next Level BasketballBarrie7–12
Clarington BasketballBowmanville5–12
Orangeville HawksOrangeville4–7

If your school/program/club is running Mini-Basket, let us know! To have your organization listed on our website, contact Katrina Krawec.