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. 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+).

CompetitionDateLocationWinner
3x3 Canada Quest Men's RegionalsMay 18–20, 2018Kelowna, B.C.
June 2–3, 2018Edmonton
June 9–10, 2018Montreal
June 16, 2018Hamilton
June 16, 2018Ottawa
June 23–24, 2018Winnipeg
June 23–24, 2018Richmond, B.C.
3x3 Canada Quest Men's FinalsJuly 6–8, 2018EdmontonTeam Toronto
FIBA 3x3 Men's World Tour QualifierJuly 21–22, 2018SaskatoonTeam Novi Sad (Serbia)
FIBA 3x3 Men's World Tour FinalOctober 27–28, 2018Beijing, ChinaTeam Novi Sad (Serbia)

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.

Save the Date!

The 2019 Kumar Classic is on Saturday, June 15 in Kitchener.

Learn more about 3x3 Kumar Classic

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

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 Lay-Up 3-on-3 Tournament
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 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.

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 2018 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.

The 2018 tournament took place on Saturday, October 27 at Villanova Athletic Centre in King City.

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.

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.