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The 3 on 3 Game: Fundamentally Driven

In The Zone typically runs a half dozen one-day 3v3 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.” ( 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. 
  • 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.