Bay Basketball Club Proudly Hosts ‘Continuous 3 On 3’ Shootouts and Leagues

3 On 3 or 3X3 is the number one played sport in the world. It's also an Olympic Sport starting in 2020. 3 On 3 is the greatest exercise to develop young basketball players. I never understood the rush to make or kids play 5 on 5. Players need touches, need trial and error decision making, need to score and small sided basketball exposes players to all the growth experiences needed for success. Here are the benefits:

  • Players are given more freedom to make decisions, be creative, learn from trial and errors and be more active participants

  • 12 minute games offer players a ‘deep concentration’ to develop instinctive decision making ans apply skills at game speed over and over again

  • Players learn to play under constant pressure and make quick basketball decisions that stimulate brain activity that creates 'Basketball IQ'

  • Players learn to play with proper 10-15 foot spacing allowing dribble drives, dribble & kicks, dribble dumps and lobs, screen & roles, screen and pops, dribble-ats, dribble exchanges, 1 on 1 clear-outs, dribble drags and post entry passing, proper cuts and spacing and low post moves

  • Quick transition for players learn to transition from offense to defense quickly which develops 'Next Play Mentality'

  • Maximized touches on the ball whether steals, rebounds, catching, passing, dribbling drives, shots and scores!

  • Forces players to communicate and become leaders

  • Limited stoppages and more time driving the ball to the basket vs walking the ball up the court

  • Best for parents to limit cheering and allow players to communicate with teammates

  • On defense players will learn to stop ball and switch men defensively increasing communication skills.

Negatives of 5 on 5 in Youth Basketball Development. Players need to trial and error.  They need success to propel interest.  Starting 5 On 5 limits player enjoyment and chances to make a great pass, get a steal, make a dribble drive contested lay-up and hit a jump shot. Players need dozens of on ball pressure situations and learn to deal with it. Players learn space the court but remain in the play whether cutting back door, flare cutting, ball screens and screening away.

  • Play is dominated by 1-3 developed players

  • Spacing is congested

  • Walking ball up and entering the ball against no pressure is not development.

  • Fewer touches of the ball.

  • Over coached and over complicated for players in elementary school

  • Too much stress and for young players causes loss of interest

  • Plays designed for only the best performers (Which is understood but limits fun and growth development)