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. 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.

The FIBA 3×3 Men’s World Tour and all related qualifying events are open to adult males (ages 18+).

3×3 Canada Quest Men’s Regionals

The 2018 3×3 Canada Quest Men’s Regionals were held in major cities across the country in May and June.

May 18–20Kelowna, B.C.
June 2–3Edmonton
June 9–10Montreal
June 16Hamilton
June 16Ottawa
June 23–24Winnipeg
June 23–24Richmond, B.C.

3×3 Canada Quest Men’s Finals

Winners from each Regional Qualifier advance to the 3×3 Canada Quest Men’s Finals.

Date: July 6–8, 2018
Location: Edmonton

Winner: Team Toronto (Alex Johnson, Shaquille Keith, Tramar Sutherland and Marlo Davis)

FIBA 3×3 Men’s World Tour Qualifier

Top teams from the Canada Quest Men’s Finals qualify for the FIBA 3×3 Men’s World Tour Qualifier.

Date: July 21–22, 2018
Location: Saskatoon

Winner: Team Novi Sad (Serbia)

FIBA 3×3 Men’s World Tour Final

World Tour Qualifier winners earn a spot at the FIBA 3×3 Men’s World Tour Final.

Date: October 27–28, 2018
Location: Beijing, China

Winner: Team Novi Sad (Serbia)

Upcoming 3×3 Events

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.

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Location: Villanova Athletic Centre (King City)

Age Categories:

  • U11 (born 2008 or later)
  • U12 (born 2007 or later)
  • U13 (born 2006 or later)
  • U14 (born 2005 or later)
  • Junior (born 2003 or later)
  • Senior (born 2000 or later)
  • Women (19+)

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

Registration includes:

  • 3 guaranteed games
  • Under Armour reversible jersey and shorts for each participant
  • Skills competitions
  • Awards
  • Prizes
  • Guest speakers
  • Mentorship opportunities

Cost: $120/team
Registration Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2018

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

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.

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Ryerson University – Kerr Hall Gymnasium (379 Victoria Street, Toronto)

Age Categories:

  • U14 Girls* (born 2005 or later)
  • U16 Junior Girls* (born 2003 or later)
  • U19 Senior Girls* (born 2000 or later)
  • Women’s (ages 19+)

*Participants in the girls’ divisions must have played on their school team or rep team during the 2017-18 season.

Team Size: Maximum 4 players per team

Register for 3×3 Crossover Fundraiser

Registration includes:

  • Guaranteed 3 games
  • 3-point competition
  • Life skill session
  • Awards
  • Cash prizes for Women’s Division
  • Announcement of g.a.b Scholarship Fund recipient

Cost (Early Bird):

  • Girls’ divisions: $130/team
  • Women’s division: $160/team

Cost (after Nov. 1):

  • Girls’ divisions: $150/team
  • Women’s division: $180/team

Learn more about the 3×3 Crossover Fundraiser.

Annual 3×3 Events

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 2018 tournament took place on Sunday, April 22 in Toronto.

Learn more about the Lay-Up 3-on-3 Tournament.

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.

The 2018 tournament took place on Saturday, June 16 at Conestoga College in Kitchener.

Learn more about the 3×3 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 2018 tournament took place on Saturday, August 11.

Learn more about the Naismith 3×3 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.

The inaugural tournament took place during opening weekend of the 2018 CNE on August 18 and 19 at the Toronto Raptors Practice Facility.

Read about the 2018 CNE x OBA 3×3 Basketball Tournament.

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!


OBA 3X3: 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.