2021 3×3 Tournament

Ontario Basketball is planning to launch a new 3×3 basketball tournament structure in summer 2021, COVID-permitting. This summer, 3×3 competitions will take place across Ontario, for five weekends between the end of June and beginning of August.

If the COVID-19 pandemic continues to prevent indoor sports activities through summer 2021, the entire tournament will be held outside on outdoor court facilities.

Further details on exact venues will be available closer to the launch of the tournament. OBA would like to host tournaments in the following communities, regional public health permitting: London, Sudbury, GTA, Peterborough, Ottawa, and Kitchener-Waterloo.

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COVID-19 Permitting

Registration will open once the province-wide lockdown is lifted and the province returns to regional colour-coded framework. 3×3 events will only take place in regions in green, yellow and orange zones. For now, mark your calendars & start thinking about your squads!

The events will only run in the cities below if local public health guidelines allow. If outdoor activities are allowed but indoor activities are not, the events will run outside, weather permitting.

Dates & Locations

  • June 26 & 27, 2021: Location(s) TBD
  • July 10 & 11, 2021: Location(s) TBD
  • July 17 & 18, 2021: Location(s) TBD
  • July 24 & 25, 2021: Location(s) TBD
  • July 31 & August 1, 2021: Location(s) TBD

Teams & Age Divisions

Teams will need to have a minimum of 4 players and a maximum of 5 per roster, with all players meeting the correct age requirements of each of the outlined divisions; U10, U12, U14, U16, U19, 21+.

Age DivisionBirthyear
U102011 or later
U122009 & 2010
U142007 & 2008
U162005 & 2006
U192003 & 2004
21+2002 & up
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Game Rules

All games will be 10-minutes or first to 21 points. If no one reaches 21 points after 10mins the team with the higher score wins.

Baskets are worth 1pt for anything inside the 3pt line and 2pts for anything outside of the arc. Every made free throw will be worth 1pt.

Any tournament tie-breaks will follow the Ontario Basketball tie breaking rules outlined in the Rules & Regulations Manual.

A coin flip shall determine which team gets the first possession. The team that wins the coin flip can either choose to benefit from the ball possession at the beginning of the game or at the beginning of a potential overtime.

When a team is scored on, they must take the ball from the basket, inside the charge circle (or designated box under the basket) and clear the ball outside the 3pt arc for their possession to begin. The defensive player is not allowed to play for the ball in the “no-charge semi-circle area” underneath the basket.

Following each unsuccessful field goal or last free throw, if the offensive player rebounds the ball, they may continue to attempt to score without returning the ball behind the arc. If the defensive player rebounds the ball, they must return the ball behind the arc (by passing or dribbling).

There are no breaks in the game, no half-time or quarters.

There is no coaching. For U10, U12 and U14 divisions teams will be required to have a parent chaperone to assist with substitutions and schedule management.

Substitutions may occur on a dead ball but not following a basket.

U10 & U12 Modifications

The first team to score in overtime wins the game.

No shot clock is used. If a team is not sufficiently trying to attack the basket, the officials shall give them a warning by counting the last 5 seconds.

Penalty situations are not applicable. All fouls are followed by check-ball, except those in act of shooting, technical fouls and unsportsmanlike fouls.

No time-outs are granted.

U14, U16, U19 & 21+ Additional Rules

If the score is tied at the end of regular playing time, an overtime shall be played. There shall be an interval of 1 minute before the overtime starts. The first team to score 2 points in the overtime wins the game.

There will be a 12 second shot clock.

1 timeout per game that they can request from the official during a dead ball. The timeout will be 30-seconds in length.

6 Team Fouls will result in a bonus situation. Personal fouls are not tracked but any player who has committed 2 unsportsmanlike fouls will be disqualified from the game and will be under review by the event organizers for possible removal from the event.

If the foul is committed on a player in the act of shooting, that player shall be awarded a number of free throws as follows:

  • If the shot released from the field goal area is successful, the goal shall count and, in addition, 1 free throw. 2 free throws shall be awarded as of the 7th team foul.
  • If the shot released from inside the arc is unsuccessful, 1 free throw. 2 free throws shall be awarded as of the 7th team foul.
  • If the shot released from behind the arc is unsuccessful, 2 free throws.

Unsportsmanlike and disqualifying fouls are counted as 2 fouls for team fouls purposes. The first unsportsmanlike foul of a player shall be penalized with 2 free throws, but no ball possession. All disqualifying fouls (including the second unsportsmanlike of a player) shall be penalized with 2 free throws and ball possession.

Team fouls 7, 8 and 9 shall always be penalized with 2 free throws. Team foul 10 and any subsequent team fouls shall be penalized with 2 free throws and ball possession. This clause is applied also to unsportsmanlike fouls and to fouls on the act of shooting and overrules Art. 7.2 and 7.3 but shall not be applied to technical fouls.

All technical fouls shall be always penalized with 1 free throw. The free throw shall be administered immediately. After the free throw, the check-ball shall be administered by the team which had control of the ball or was entitled to the ball when the technical foul was called. The game shall be resumed as follows:

  • If the technical foul was committed by a defensive player, the shot clock for the opponents shall be reset to 12 seconds.

If the technical foul was committed by the offensive team, the shot clock for that team shall continue from the time it was stopped.

Photo Recap

From the last event in 2019!


Kauri LaFontaine
Director, Basketball Operations