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3 vs 3 Events

GTH is organizing a Fall 3v3 League on Tuesday evenings, Saturday, and Sundays starting September 19, 2023.  

Thanks to everyone who is interested in participating in our 3v3 league this coming fall of 2023.

The 3v3 leagues will be a year round, running every five weeks, with a week off between leagues. 

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.” (×3/3×3-basketball.aspx) 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. This will be a big advantage during these uncertain times…

  • 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.

Composition of the League

The league Format:

  • Members League teams: These are teams that sign up for the league and will play under the GTH organization. Members will receive practice time at the facility twice a week. One of the sessions will be a traditional team practice working on team concepts and the other session will be focus more on skill development. Each team practice will have the ability to adjust each session according to the team needs. 
  • Non-Member teams: These teams will be responsible for their own practice times and simply participate in the league.
  • Games will be on Tuesday, Saturday, and Sundays: Younger kids will generally play earlier and older kids play later in the day.  This may change depending on scheduling issues but that’s the initial plan.
  • Season starts September 19, 2023 and concludes October 21, 2023.
  • Double headers (2 games) each day a team plays (between games with more than to sit. to back or between one 
  • Half court games.
  • 3’s are worth 3, 2’s are worth 2, Foul shots are worth 1.
  • 10 minute games, stop clock, or first to 21 points
  • There will be a 14 second shot clock 
  • Max 4 players/team; max 2 coaches on bench.
  • One referee/game
  • Clock operator/scorer provided


Beginning of the Game

Each team shall consist of no more than 4 players (3 players on the court and 1 substitute).

  • Both teams shall warm-up simultaneously prior to the game. 
  • A coin flip shall determine which team gets the first possession. 
  • The team that wins the coin flip can either choose to benefit from the ball possession at the beginning of the game or at the beginning of a potential overtime. 

o   A coin flip shall determine which team gets the first possession. The team that wins the coin flip can either choose to benefit from the ball possession at the beginning of the game or at the beginning of a potential overtime.

o   The game cannot begin if one of the teams is not the playing court with 3 players ready to play. 

During the game a person acting as a coach, seated out of the court, gives instructions to the players. This situation happens: 

  • During playing time. 
  • During a time-out. 


In both cases, players may not interact with anybody outside the court. Inappropriate interaction with people outside the court or any form of communication between players and coaches during the game may be considered as an unsportsmanlike behavior. One warning shall be given to the team. Any such subsequent violation shall result in a technical foul. The Sports Supervisor of the competition may make the Official aware of such infractions. 

Holding/Grabbing on a Cut

Holding/Grabbing on a Roll – Foul

Holding/Grabbing on a Post – Offensive Foul

Holding/Grabbing on a Post up - Foul

Holding/Grabbing Foul