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The information on this website can be used by anyone, but it was designed to be a help to those running a 3on3 b-ball tournament

How To Organize a 3on3 B-Ball Tournament:
1. Choose a location and date.
- This must  be done first. If you don't have a gym, you don't have a tournament.
- If you are going to use a school gym or the YMCA then you need to check for availability and decide the date for your tournament with them in mind. We have rented a high school gym for as little as $100 a day. The YMCA may cost significantly more.
- One way to reduce the cost of renting a gym is asking the school or YMCA to co-sponsor the event. This will benefit them because it makes them look good, and it will benefit you because your 3on3 b-ball tournament will look more professional with sponsors.
2. Determine the length and rules of your 3on3 b-ball tournament.
- Will you have a one or two day tournament? When will the speaker give his presentation? Will you allow a fourth player as substitute? Will you keep track of fouls or are you playing "street ball"? Will the games have a time limit? Will games have a score limit?
- These are just some of the questions you will have to ask yourself when putting together your 3on3 b-ball tournament. Let's take a look at some of the answers.
- One or two days? How many teens are you planning on attending? If you are planning on 200 or less I would recommend a one day tournament. A two day tournament just makes more work for you. Another problem with a two day tournament is that  many teens will come the first day, get discouraged and not attend the second day.
- For a two day tournament, make the first day round robin - no eliminations. The second day can be single or double elimination. For a one day tournament, round robin in the morning and single elimination after lunch. The reason you do round robin in the morning is it gives you more time to allow other teams to show up late and still play. You can also take this time to begin putting together your single or double elimination brackets together for the afternoon games.
- In order to answer the rest of your questions regarding rules, please read this sample 3on3 b-ball  rules form. Feel free to copy it for your own personal use.
- There are two benefits in holding a dunking contest and/or a three point contest. It will increase the number of people during lunch time (friends, family, teams wanting to participate or watch). It will also make the 3on3 b-ball tournament  more exciting.
- When deciding the age divisions for your 3on3 b-ball tournament, you should be careful to make the teams fair. Don't put 13 year olds against 18 year olds, no one will have fun if you do. From my experience, very few girls will register and attend a 3on3 b-ball tournament; you may only get a handful of girls teams. But, you can get around this by keeping the disclaimer on your rules sheet stating that any division can be canceled if there are not enough people registered.
3. Design your website and flyers
- I can't stress enough the importance of a sharp looking website to promote your 3on3 b-ball tournament. Teenagers will determine the quality and validity of your tournament from two sources: your website and your flyers. If you don't have a website, then you may not reach your potential for numbers. Low quality websites or flyers will reflect badly on your 3on3 b-ball tournament.
- One big problem with 3on3 b-ball tournaments is guessing on how many will attend. With a website, your players can pre-register. Pre-registration can also be done over the phone, but teens are more likely to go online than to make a call.
4. Get Sponsors
- You may not want to get co-sponsors for your 3on3 b-ball tournament. But whether you are sponsored or not, I would not recommend charging the players for attending your tournament. Once again, ask yourself why you are holding this 3on3 b-ball tournament. Many teens who may have attended will not come due to the cost.
- Business sponsors will only be interested in helping out a non-profit organization. If you are charging the players to attend, you may not have much success getting sponsors. When talking with potential sponsors be sure to let them know that you are holding a free 3on3 b-ball tournament as a community service to the teenagers of your town.
- If your tournament is free, you may be able to get free advertising with local radios, newspapers, and television.
- If you can succeed in getting one of the local high schools to co-sponsor your tournament, this will give you an open door to get flyers into all your local public high schools.
- You should also try getting the military as a sponsor. Each branch of the military has funding for advertising. Allow them to set up a booth during the tournament for $500, or ask for less and put their names on flyers and websites.
- Be sure to mention your sponsors during the tournament and send them progress reports and thank you cards after the tournament. This insures that they will be interested next year.
5. Get Volunteers
- You can't run this tournament on your own, so don't try. You will need plenty of help, some of which you may have to pay for.
- You will need referees, score keepers, bracket keepers, people for registration, snack bar workers, and maybe security guards. If you are holding the 3on3 b-ball tournament at a public high school, you may be asked about providing security. The local police force may offer volunteers; otherwise you will have to hire one or two.
- Referees will make or break your tournament. If the referees are clueless, ignorant, or mean; the teens may not be as attentive during the preaching. Bad referees may also cause a fight amongst the players. Choose men and women who are confident and knowledgeable. Give them referee shirts and whistles. Make sure you announce before the tournament that the referees have the final word.
6. Equipment
- You will need one table at each hoop (unless you are playing full court). At the table someone should be keeping record of fouls and score. It is a good idea to display the score so there is no confusion or arguments. This also keep the spectators interested. Here is an idea for a scoreboard.
- Your main table should be in a key location. At this table should be a record of the morning's round robin stats and the afternoon's single elimination brackets. Here is a sample double elimination, to covert to single elimination, just use the top portion of each side. If you will be using a projector, here are the brackets in powerpoint.