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3 on 3 Tournaments and Leagues

For Columbus Day 3v3 results and schedule click here: 3v3 schedColumbDay2020

In the Zone is organizing a Fall 3v3 League on Saturday afternoons starting Sep 12 and concluding Oct 31.  

Click here for Sat Oct 24 schedules and results and standings through week 6: 3v3 Boys Fall league sched 20  and  3v3 Girls Fall league sched 20

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 (we need to find something to do instead of watching Penn State Football….) 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 12 and concludes Oct 31.
  • 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.
  • Playoffs will be determined once we get clarity on Fall and Winter PIAA sports.

 

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 (they will play 3v3 on Sep 12, Sep 26, Oct 10 and Oct 24). 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 but 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 Discount:  Teams with at least THREE 2020 Spring, Summer 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 2020), 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 at   http://inthezonesports.biz/event-registration?ee=163  or using PayPal at sturpening@aol.com.

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.

Additionally, we all should expect some pandemic issues during the fall whether it affects PIAA sports, youth sports or life in general so please remain flexible—which is something we all have gotten accustomed to under these circumstances.

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.

 

Game Rules:

  • 20 minute, half court games with running clock; stop clock last 2 minutes on whistles and made baskets.  Clock also stops for technical fouls when the referee informs the scorer that a Technical Foul has been assessed.
  • Made shots from behind the 3pt arc are worth 3 pts; other FG are worth 2; Foul Shots are worth 1.
  • Three 30-second timeouts per game; one additional 30-second time out for each OT period.
  • 2-minute overtime followed by additional 1 minute overtimes. No sudden death.
  • No “make it, take it”
  • NO STALLING:  Due to the limited number of players on the floor, it is extremely difficult to defend a stalling offense; therefore, stalling is not allowed.  Stalling is defined as not making an effort to attack the basket within 5 seconds.  An attack is considered taking 2 steps toward the basket.  The referee will warn the team after the first offense; subsequent offenses will result in technical fouls assessed to the bench (these T’s do not count toward removal of coach or player).

 

Checking/Take Backs

  • The ball must be taken back (not checked) after each change of possession (steal, defensive rebound, etc).  The defensive team must take the ball back even if the offensive team shoots an air ball.  Failure to properly take the ball back will result in a stop in play and checking the ball (no turnover).  If a basket is made after an improper take back, the basket will not count.
  • The take back line is the 3-point arc.
  • To properly take the ball back, the player with the ball must touch/go over the 3-point arc.
  • The ball will be checked after each made basket and stop in play (i.e. violation, out of bounds) at the top of the key behind the 3 pt arc.
  • When checking the ball, the offensive player tosses the ball to the defensive player who then gives the ball back at about waist level and in a manner that the offensive player can easily control the ball.  Once the offensive player receives the ball, the game is live.  There will be no “street” moves or funny/cute checking procedures.  Failure to check properly will result in a warning to the team. 2nd team violation will result in a technical foul.

 

Fouls/Foul Shots

  • Each player is allowed 5 personal fouls each game.
  • Fouls shots are performed the same way they are in regular 5 on 5 games.
  • Bonus will occur on the 7th team foul.  Double Bonus will occur on the 10th team foul.
  • Any player or coach receiving two technical fouls will be ejected from that game and will not be allowed to play in their next game.

Miscellaneous

  • Substitute on any dead ball including made baskets; procedure is similar to regular games.
  • First possession for game and each overtime period is determined by coin-flip.  Then alternates.
  • Coaches are responsible for ensuring that players know the rules of the 3v3 format.
  • Any player ejected for fighting will be expelled from the League.
  • 5 minute grace period from start of game before forfeit is announced.
  • Half court line is out-of bounds.
  • Each team should supply one responsible person to assist the scorekeeper and/or clock operator.
  • 5-6th grade w/ 28.5” ball.
  • Games can continue with a minimum of 1 player.
  • Other PIAA playing rules in effect except regarding score book and uniform requirements.

********* 3 v 3 Tournament Info Follows **********

3 on 3 is an official Olympic Sport in 2020 (or whenever they’re held again).   

USA Basketball, FIBA and the AAU are starting to promote the 3 on 3 game.  

At In the Zone, we’ve been ahead of the curve and have been playing and promoting 3 on 3 for 15 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

3 on 3 Tournaments:

In the Zone typically runs about eight 3 on 3 tournaments each year.

Why play 3 on 3?

      • Focuses on the pure fundamentals of the game: pick and rolls, give and goes, back door cuts, using screens, etc.
      • Stresses basic man to man defense.
      • Fewer players on court means more touches per player. Everyone is involved in the game.
      • No transition game. No fast break, coast to coast baskets—nothing but fundamental half court offense and defense.
      • No pressing, gimmick defenses or strange traps.
      • Fast paced, high scoring and exciting game.
      • More relaxed atmosphere and consequently…more enjoyable.
      • It’s fun!!
      • and its different!!

3 on 3 Tournaments in Fall-Winter 2020-2021

      • Columbus Day, Monday October 12, 2020
      • 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

Age Brackets:

  • 3-4th grade  co-ed
  • 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).

Format:

Generally there are 2 preliminary games used for seeding and then teams enter single elimination bracket play. 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

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

Game Rules:

      • 20 minute, half court games with running clock; Clock stops on Technical fouls. Clock stops last 2 minutes of game on whistles and made baskets.
      • Three 30 second timeouts per game; one additional 30 second time out for each OT period.
      • 2 minute overtime followed by 1 minute overtimes.  No sudden death.
      • No “make it, take it”
      • NO STALLING:Due to the limited number of players on the floor, it is extremely difficult to defend a stalling offense; therefore, stalling is not allowed. Stalling is defined as not making an effort to attack the basket within 5 seconds. An attack is considered taking 2 steps toward the basket. The referee will warn the team after the first offense; subsequent offenses will result in technical fouls assessed to the bench (these T’s do not count toward removal of coach or player).
      • Checking/Take Backs: The ball must be taken back (not checked) after each change of possession (steal, defensive rebound, etc). The ball must be taken back by the defensive team even if the offensive team shoots an air ball. Failure to properly take the ball back will result in a stop in play and checking the ball (no turnover). If a basket is made after an improper take back, the basket will not count but that team will retain possession.
      • The take back line is the 3 point arc.
      • To properly take the ball back, the player with the ball must at least touch/go over the 3 point arc.
      • The ball will be checked after each made basket and stop in play (i.e. violation, out of bounds) at the top of the key behind the 3 pt arc.
      • When checking the ball, the offensive player tosses the ball to the defensive player who then gives the ball back at about waist level and in a manner that the offensive player can easily control the ball. Once the offensive player receives the ball, the game is live. There will be no “street” moves or funny/cute checking procedures. Failure to check properly will result in a warning to the team. 2nd team violation will result in a technical foul.

Fouls/Foul Shots:

      • Each player is allowed 5 personal fouls each game.
      • Fouls shots are performed the same way they are in regular 5 on 5 games.
      • Bonus will occur on the 7th team foul.
      • Double Bonus will occur on the 10th team foul.
      • Any player or coach receiving two technical fouls will be ejected from that game and will not be allowed to play in their next game.

Miscellaneous:

    • Cost is $100/team.
    • Admission fees:  $3/adult.  $1/Seniors (65+) and students (k-12).
    • Teams need to share the court for warm-ups.
    • First possession for game and each overtime period is determined by coin-flip.
    • Coaches responsible for ensuring that players know the rules of the 3v3 format.
    • Any player ejected for fighting will be expelled from the tournament—no refunds.
    • 5 minute grace period from start of game before forfeit is announced.
    • Half court line is out-of bounds.
    • Each team should supply one responsible person to assist the scorekeeper and/or clock operator.
    • 3rd & 4th grade brackets will play with a 28.5” ball and a 12 foot foul line with lowest block occupied. 3-4th grade may jump over the 12′ foul line but as long as the jump does not gain advantage for an offensive rebound. 5-6th grade boys will use a 28.5” ball.
    • Games can continue with a minimum of 1 player.
    • Other PIAA rules are in effect. 2pt FG are worth 2 pts; 3pt FG are worth 3pt; FT are worth 1.

Fiba 3 x 3 Rules vs In the Zone 3 x 3 rules:

In the Zone rules were designed and refined over 15 years to best simulate the traditional 5v5 game.  We look at 3v3 as a training program and player development tool, not as its own separate game.  A few of the main differences between the two sets of rules are:

  1.  Scoring:  Fiba awards 2 points for a shot from behind the ARC, 1 point for other field goals and 1 point for foul shots.  In the Zone uses the standard 3 points for a shot behind the arc, 2 points for other FGs and 1 point for free throws.   With a lot of kids just wanting to jack up 3s rather than playing good fundamental basketball and working for high percentage shots, we don’t feel that rewarding shots behind the arc with twice the value as other field goals is a good way to teach fundamental basketball strategy.    Simply put, 3’s are worth 3, 2’s are worth 2 and FTs are 1–that’s the way it is in regular basketball.
  2. Timed Games vs Playing to a target score:  We play 20 min games the same way regular games play timed periods/games.  Fiba plays to 21 points or a maximum of 10 min.  We feel that time management is an important part of the game and playing with a traditional timed period teaches clock management.  Also, younger players might struggle to score so they’d be limited to only playing a 10 minute game.
  3. Shot Clock:  FIBA has a 12 second shot clock.  Enforcing a shot clock is difficult for the clock operator and the referee. To do it right, it requires more personnel and equipment which increases the expenses and the price of the event.  Also, a 12 sec shot clock doesn’t reinforce working to get good high percentage shots and may promote forcing or rushing shots.
  4. Fouls and Foul Shots: Fiba allows unlimited fouls for players.  We feel managing and controlling fouls is an important aspect of the game so ITZ follows the normal protocol of 5 fouls/player, bonus and double bonus situations.

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

************ 3 v 3 Summer League Info Follows *********************

 

3 on 3 Summer League 2020

Tired of the same old summer leagues??  Want to try something different?

The 3v3 Summer League at In the Zone is your answer!!

Why play 3 on 3?

      • Focuses on the pure fundamentals of the game: pick and rolls, give and goes, back door cuts, using screens, etc.
      • Stresses basic man to man defense.
      • Fewer players on court means more touches per player. Everyone is involved in the game.
      • No transition game. No fast break, coast to coast baskets—nothing but fundamental half court offense and defense.
      • No pressing, gimmick defenses or strange traps.
      • Fast paced, high scoring and exciting play.
      • More relaxed atmosphere and consequently…more enjoyable.
      • It’s fun!!
      • and its different!!

The 3 on 3 league is for players entering grades 4-12 (grades as of Sep 2020).  The goal is to have a separate bracket for each grade, but depending on registrations, grade levels may be combined.  Coaches will be notified before the season if this happens and will be allowed to opt-out of the league.

There will be separate brackets for boys and girls.

      • Season Starts Tues June 2- July 29, 2020
      • 16 game regular season schedule.
      • Single elimination play-offs on Tues July 28 and Wed July 29.  All teams make playoffs.
      • 2 games scheduled each week, back to back or 30-60 min break between games and against different teams.
      • Max roster 6 players/team
      • One ref/game
      • League champions will receive T-Shirts.
      • Boys will play primarily on Tuesdays and girls primarily on Wednesdays 5:30-9:30.
      • Game rules same as 3v3 Tournament games (see above except max roster size)

 Benefits of entering the In the Zone Summer League:

      • All games are indoors at In the Zone and our building is AIR CONDITIONED!!
      • Plus: no gnats, sun, wind,  Thunderstorms, rainouts re-scheduling etc.
      • For the rest of the family, the batting cages, Aeroball, the fitness center and the snack bar will be open during the games.

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

Registration Fees:  $455/team

A $100 deposit is required to reserve your team’s spot.  The registration form, final roster and the balance of the entry fee is due before playing your team’s first game.   ENTRY DEADLINE is 9:00 pm on Tues, May 26th.  Current ITZ AAU players get 40% discount.  Team managers/Coaches need to collect fees from their players and make one payment to ITZ (besides the deposit) for their team. ITZ is not going to collect money from individual players or track down individuals for payment.

The following chart can be used to determine team fee based on # of ITZ AAU players on team and total number of players on team.   For example if there are 5 players on the roster and 3 of them are ITZ AAU players, the team fee is $347.

# ITZ 3 Total 4 Total 5 Total 6 Total
AAU
0 ITZ $455 $455 $455 $455
1 ITZ $395 $410 $419 $425
2 ITZ $334 $364 $383 $394
3 ITZ $273 $318 $347 $363
4 ITZ $273 $311 $332
5 ITZ $273 $301
6 ITZ $273

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.

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 for individual registrations. There is no guarantee that everyone who signs up individually will be put on a team.

For a printable brochure with registration form, click here: 3v3 BrochureSummer20

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