why play 3v3 basketball?

  • Players get more touches on the ball

    Because fewer players are on the floor, each team member is engaged in every possession. This gives them more opportunities to shoot, pass, dribble, and rebound. In 5-on-5, players can go almost the whole game without touching the ball (especially at the youth level). Increased involvement accelerates skill development, which means your player will improve more (and faster) than those who hardly play or touch the ball in a 5-on-5 setting. 

  • All players have equal opportunity to make plays and contribute to the team.

    Sitting on the bench is never fun, which is often the case when we have 10+ kids on a team. And at the youth level, where the focus is usually on equal playing time, this may mean your child only gets into the game for a couple of short shifts each game. This can lead to less engagement and decreased motivation for kids who want to play. With 3-on-3, everyone plays, and you only ever have a maximum of two players subbing. As a result, players are more engaged and into the game, which makes them feel a big part of it!

  • Players will IMPROVE their passing, dribbling, shooting, cutting, spacing, rebounding, and defense.

    In 3-on-3, every player gets to play every position. Players develop all skills in this format versus just “position-specific” skills. This encourages every player to pass, dribble, rebound, and shoot in multiple areas of the court.

  • Players develop teamwork & communication

    3-on-3 basketball emphasizes teamwork and effective communication. Players must work together closely to coordinate offensive plays, defensive rotations, and help-side defense. This promotes better communication skills and enhances players’ ability to understand and adapt to their teammates’ strengths and weaknesses.

    In a 3-on-3 setting, each player’s contributions directly impact the team’s success. Even for young kids, this understanding of team dynamics helps foster a sense of responsibility and accountability among players.

  • Players improve decision making and problem solving

    Limited time and space require quick thinking and adaptation. 3-on-3 basketball challenges players to make split-second decisions. With limited time and space, players must adapt to changing situations, read the defense, and make smart choices. This improves their problem-solving skills and ability to execute effective strategies under pressure. In addition, we do not allow coaches in our leagues, so kids are forced to make their own decisions versus looking to an adult for answers or running a play out of memory.