Hi there, my amazing Stemian friends. Yesterday in my hometown I watched a great 3x3 tournament in basketball. I am not sure if you have been following much about it. But, in the last 5 years, 3x3 basketball had grown exponentially across Europe and the World. It has grown so much that it will become an Olympic sport in 2020. And, that is a big deal. It has become a professional sport and some of the biggest tournaments all across Europe have some great cash prizes. It is a truly "new" way of playing baketball.
What do I mean by "new" way? Well, it is played with very particular rules. The games a very intense, high paced, and very physical. It is honestly way more physical than today's NBA or Euroleague as the referee's sometimes are allowing really hard contact. I mean like back in the days when The Bad Boys of Detroit would beat up on Michael Jordan. It is not by any means for everybody. You have to ready to receive some beating and give some as well. It is played by a very unique set of rules you have follow.
basksket on 1 half-court
2 teams of 3 players and up to 1 substitute per team
1st team to reach 21 points or best after 10 mines win
You alwaways have to take the ball outside the 3 point line when the opponent shots. And, 12 seconds shot-clock make it a high paced game. You have to be in great condition so you can keep up the pace. Teams have to be great both offensiveland defensively. There are many more other rules, but unless you are going try and play this type of basketball it is not really important to know. ThThere is actually a lot of tactics which goes with playing this type of basketball. It is much different than 5X5 basketball. And, it takes time and great effort to build a great team which can compete in the biggest tonaments.
I visiteted the tournament in my city which had some great teams participating. Including former 2nd team in the world. In the group stages, the quality of basketball was not the greatest as it is an open registration tournament and anyone can register a team. But as the group stages finished only the best teams were left and the competition has gotten a lot better. I have made a highlight video for you guys, so you can check out the future Olympic sport. Many teams in this tournament have professional players on their teams. The players who play professional basketball acr Europe.
The tourournament was full of great moves and highlights and hope you guys enjoy my not so professional editing skills. lol I tried my best to bring you guys a bit closer to the new style of playing basketball which has become very popular in recent years. I was supposed to play in the tournament, but I am currently recovering from an injury from my previous basketball season in Italy. Soon I should back playing the sport I love. Let me know what do you thibout it?
hank ank you all for watching, have a blessed day,