Endorsed as an Olympic sport in 2020, 3×3 basketball is rapidly growing in popularity around the world. The game is played on a half-court with only one hoop, a slightly smaller ball to make the game faster, has a shot clock, and just three members on each team.
Some of Australia’s top-ranked players will be part of a demonstration event on the Batemans Bay foreshore on the weekend of 27-28 February, on a custom-built outdoor 3×3 court.
Eurobodalla Shire Council’s coordinator of recreation, Mathew Neason, said the Batemans Bay foreshore is the ideal location to showcase the sport to locals.
“We’ve got two 3x3Hustle events coming to the Clyde River,” he said.
“The games are fast and exciting, and we’ll have some top-level competition with the pro event on Saturday, 20 February.
“We’ve already locked away Aussie men’s number one Lucas Walker, as well as other ranked players. In the women’s games, Abby Cubillo and Alex Delaney from the Canberra Capitals headline the registrations.
“It’s perfect weekend entertainment; watch and learn from some of the best in the country.”
Mr Neason said locals wanting to try their hand at 3×3 basketball can participate in age-group games, ranging from under-12s to under-18s, on Saturday, 27 February, and Sunday, 28 February.
“Of course, we welcome spectators for both the professional games and the local carnival,” he said.
“The events are part of a larger strategy to bring more activity and life to the Batemans Bay town centre. They showcase what this town has to offer and drive more traffic to local business.”
The 3×3 basketball events form part of the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces project.