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3 on 3 Tournaments and Leagues

In the Zone is organizing a Fall 3v3 League on Saturday afternoons starting Sep 11 and concluding Oct 30.  

Schedule for 3v3 League Saturday  with results through week 2:  3v3 Fall league sched 21 posted 9/18

Why Play 3 v 3?

  • USA Basketball, FIBA and AAU have recognized 3v3 as “a great way for coaches and players to evaluate and improve on individual skill development.” (usab.com/3×3/3×3-basketball.aspx) and have developed 3v3 leagues, tournaments, national and world championships.
  • 3 v 3 is Recognized by the international basketball community and is now an Official Olympic Sport!

3 v 3 Compared to 5 v 5 (or 4 v 4)

  • 3v3 focuses on the pure fundamentals of the game: pick and rolls, give and goes, back door cuts, hand off’s, away screens, etc.
  • Fewer players on the court means more touches per player. Everyone is involved in the game—everyone gets better!
  • No transition game. No fast breaks, no coast to coast baskets, no cherry picking—nothing but fundamental half-court offense. (compare to 4v4 where there are a lot of full court break-away lay-ups and cherry picking).
  • No pressing, gimmick defenses or junk traps. 3v3 stresses fundamental man to man defense.
  • Easier to get 3 kids for a game than 4 or 5. This will be a big advantage during these uncertain times…..
  • Fast paced, high scoring and exciting. In a 20 minute game, teams routinely score in the high 30’s (that’s 70+ points in full game). High school teams score 50-70 points in 20 min—that’s triple digits in a regular length game!!
  • It’s a more relaxed, fun atmosphere and consequently more enjoyable.
  • It’s not just another league—it’s something different.
  • The only time people play 4v4 is when they don’t have enough players for 5v5.

3 v 3 Fall League.  Age brackets:  

BOYS                          GIRLS

5/6th grades               5/6th grades

7/8th grades               7/8th grades

9/10th grades             High School (grades 9-12)

11/12th grades

  • Games are on Saturday Afternoons: Younger kids will generally play earlier and older kids play later in the afternoon.  This may change depending on scheduling issues but that’s the initial plan.
  • Season starts Sep 11 and concludes Oct 30.
  • Double headers (2 games) each Saturday (either back to back or 30 min break).  16 game season.
  • Half court games.
  • 3’s are worth 3, 2’s are worth 2, Foul shots are worth 1.
  • 20 minute games, running clock, stops last 2 minutes on whistles and made baskets.
  • Max 6 players/team; max 2 coaches on bench.
  • One referee/game
  • Clock operator/scorer provided.
  • No Playoffs or standings.  Focus of league is to get ready for the winter season.

Composition of the League

The league will have 3 types of teams:

  • League teams: These are teams that sign up for the league and plan on playing 2 games every weekend (might request byes based on player availability but the intent is to play every Saturday).
  • Fall Tourney teams: These are teams that are going to play 3 games every other weekend when the ITZ Fall AAU teams are NOT playing in tournaments (Tourney teams will play 3v3 on Sep 18, Oct 2, Oct 16, and Oct 30). The intent is to allow the ITZ Fall AAU players (and other AAU program players) to play in both the 3v3 league and the Fall AAU tournament circuit.
  • Guest Teams: These are teams that want to play but can’t commit to either of the above 2 options. They can play as much or as little as they want.   Guest teams can play 2 or 3 games on a Saturday and pick which days they want to play.  They must register to play 2 weeks before the play date.

League Fees

  • Registration fee for League Teams is $480 (8 weeks, 16 games)
  • Registration fee for Fall Tourney Teams is $400 (4 weeks, 12 games)
  • Registration fee for Guest Teams is $70/week for 2 games or $100/week for 3 games.

ITZ AAU Player Discounts:  Teams with at least THREE 2021 Spring or Fall ITZ AAU players will receive about 30% off the above prices:

  • League teams: $335
  • Fall Tourney Teams: $280
  • Guest teams: $50/2 games, $70 for 3 games

The registration fee includes referee fees, court time and clock operator/scorer but not practice time.   Teams may also receive discounted court time for practice.

 

Registration

To Register a team, email Steve at sturpening@aol.com with team manager’s name, phone, email, grade (fall of 2021), boys or girls and registration level (League, ITZ AAU or guest).  Also include preliminary roster and relative strength of team (A=AAU/Travel team, B=Average/Rec team, C=Developmental).  Final rosters due by start of 3rd game. Please note, we’d rather a team use a guest player than forfeit if they don’t have enough players.  The guest player should be the appropriate age and should not alter the competitiveness of the team (ie, not be the best player on the team). Please let us know if you need to use a guest player(s). 

To secure a spot in the league, submit a non-refundable $100 deposit by either stopping in at ITZ with check, cash or credit card; calling ITZ with CC  (610-837-8605); mailing in check (payable to In the Zone, 6870 Chrisphalt Drive, Bath PA 18014); paying online , using PayPal at sturpening@aol.com or Venmo @Steve-TURPENING

To register a Guest Team, email Steve at sturpening@aol.com with above info and date(s) you’d like to play no later than 2 weeks before the play date.

Payment is done as a team, not as individuals.  ITZ does not want to track down payments from individual players. Please pay as a team.

 

Want to play but need a team?

Individual players can register and will be placed on a team if there are enough individual registrations in that division.  Cost is $120/player. There is no guarantee these players will get put on a team.  To register as an individual, email Steve at sturpening@aol.com.

 

Schedule Flexibility

In order to accommodate the Guest Teams, schedules will be done week to week, about 2 weeks in advance of play date.  At the beginning of the season, teams will be given a 2-3 hour window on Saturday afternoons during which their games will be scheduled, but the exact times and opponents will not be set until about 2 weeks before the date.

Uniforms:   Every player on a team needs to have the same color shirt with numbers clearly visible.

Technical Fouls:  Players receiving a total of 4 technical fouls during the season will be kicked out of the league.  Teams receiving a total of 8 technical fouls (which includes technical fouls given to individual players) during the season will be removed from the league.  No refunds.

Miscellaneous:  There should be enough time between games to allow for a 5 minute warm-up for each team; however, warm-up time is not guaranteed.  Coaches, managers and parents are expected to adhere to the standard policies of In the Zone and abide by these rules.

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Summer 3v3 League Schedule:

Final results for 3v3 Boys League Sched 2021 updated 8/2/21

Final results for 3v3 Girls League Sched 2021 updated 8/2/21

 

The 3 on 3 Game: Fundamentally Driven

In the Zone typically runs a half dozen one-day 3 on 3 tournaments each year and two 3v3 leagues.   Games are half court, fast paced and           fundamentally focused!

Why Play 3 v 3?

  • USA Basketball, FIBA and AAU have recognized 3v3 as “a great way for coaches and players to evaluate and improve on individual skill development.” (usab.com/3×3/3×3-basketball.aspx) and have developed 3v3 leagues, tournaments, national and world championships.
  • 3 v 3 is Recognized by the international basketball community and is now an Official Olympic Sport!

At In the Zone, we’ve been ahead of the curve and have been playing and promoting 3 on 3 for 16 years.  Over the years, we’ve developed our own game rules which, although different from FIBA and AAU, we feel facilitate skill development, court IQ and team work.

Click for GAME RULES and comparison to FIBA rules: Game Rules 3v3

3 v 3 Compared to 5 v 5 (or 4 v 4)

  • 3v3 focuses on the pure fundamentals of the game: pick and rolls, give and goes, back door cuts, hand off’s, away screens, etc.
  • Fewer players on the court means more touches per player. Everyone is involved in the game—everyone gets better!
  • No transition game. No walking the ball up court.  No fast breaks, no coast to coast baskets, no cherry picking—nothing but fundamental half-court offense. (compare to 4v4 where there are a lot of full court break-away lay-ups and cherry picking).
  • No pressing, gimmick defenses or junk traps. 3v3 stresses fundamental man to man defense.
  • Easier to get 3 kids for a game than 4 or 5. This will be a big advantage during these uncertain times…..
  • Fast paced, high scoring and exciting. In a 20 minute game, teams routinely score in the high 30’s (that’s 70+ points in full game). High school teams score 50-70 points in 20 min—that’s triple digits in a regular length game!!
  • It’s a more relaxed, fun atmosphere and consequently more enjoyable.
  • It’s not just another basketball league —it’s something different.
  • And seriously, the only time people play 4v4 is when they don’t have enough players for 5v5.

3 v 3 Tournaments  

3 on 3 Tournaments in Fall-Winter 2020-2021

  • Thanksgiving Weekend,  Friday Nov 27, 2020
  • Christmas Break, Wednesday, December 30, 2020
  • Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18, 2021
  • President’s Day, Monday, February 15, 2021
  • Good Friday, Apr 2, 2021

Format:

Generally there are two 20 minute preliminary games used for seeding and then teams enter single elimination bracket play. There is a 3 game guarantee. For brackets with 4 teams, each team plays other teams, 2 best records advance to finals.  Tie breakers: 1) head to head; 2) point differential in games between teams involved in tie (max 15 points/game); 3) Most points scored in games between teams in tie; 4) coin flip.  If a team drops out in any of the above steps but other teams are still tied, revert back to tie breaker #1

Age Brackets:

  • 3-4th grade  m/f
  • 5-6th grade  m/f
  • 7-8th grade  m/f
  • 9-10th grade  m/f
  • 11-12th  grade  m/f
  • Some brackets might be combined or changed slightly.
    Male and Female are separate brackets (unless otherwise specified).

Referee:  There will be one referee scheduled for each game.

Winning teams in each bracket will receive Tournament Champion T-Shirts!