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Secondary Schools 3x3 National Slam
In December 2013, BBNZ launched the Burger King 3X3 National Tour that travelled to 10 areas around the country. The tour is growing each year and now travels to 14 venues throughout New Zealand. One strength of the Tour is that it encourages informal participants who sit on the periphery of the sport to get involved. Anyone can enter with their mates and take part at a competitive or participative level. The event is also used to identify and grow talent and has led to the introduction of a 3X3 event for the Secondary Schools calendar in 2014, called the Secondary School 3X3 National Slam.
The 3X3 Slam event will again feature in 2016. We expect the event will continue to grow in popularity. Already the event has increased from 41 team registrations in 2014 to 64 in 2015.
Basketball New Zealand is working with Auckland Basketball Services Ltd and the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council (NZSSSC), to set a framework for 2016 onwards. This includes monitoring 3X3 rules and regulations, and cementing the event’s operational processes. The 2016 Slam will be the last year before the NZSSSC quota for ‘New to School’ and ‘Non-Domestic Students’ will be introduced to the Tournament in 2017.
In 2016 we look to promote 3X3 more to the South Island as only teams from Ashburton travelled north for the Slam in 2015. Teams from the South Island that make the trip in 2016 will be rewarded with a 50 percent discount off the early bird and after early bird team registration fee.
BBNZ is proud of the rise of 3X3 basketball in New Zealand. The support from our associations and participants has led to some athletes going all the way to the top by claiming World Titles. The first World Title came in 2011 when the New Zealand Under 18 Men’s Team were crowned the FIBA U18 3X3 World Champions. That title returned to New Zealand shores in 2015 after Tai Wynyard, Sam Timmins, Matthew Freeman and Nikau McCullough snatched victory in the final seconds in Hungary. The NZ U18 team has proven to be a dynamic stage for developing talent, with the majority of these players going onto higher honours that include professional leagues around the globe, NCAA Division 1 scholarships in the United States, and inclusion in the prestigious Tall Black rosters.
Already New Zealand is creating a 3X3 legacy at home and internationally. It’s a great game that is easily picked up and well-supported. We look forward to more events both here at home and on foreign shores. We particularly look forward to providing more Kiwi kids with the opportunity to step onto the 3X3 court.
2016 Secondary Schools 3X3 National Slam