BARCELONA (3x3) – On 13 and 14 October, stakeholders of 3x3 basketball from all around the world were united in Barcelona for the 3x3 World Congress.
The event included a review of the first ever full season of 3x3 and discussions surrounding the packed upcoming year, which will include a bid for 3x3 to become an Olympic discipline by Rio 2016.
Representatives of FIBA’s Continental Zones, 40 National Federations and 42 3x3 promoters and project partners from all around the world were present, including sponsors Nike and official court suppliers Sportcourt International.
FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann and FIBA President Yvan Mainini officially started the World Congress by giving a welcome speech to all attendees.
Over the course of the two-day Congress, seven sessions and workshops were held covering a wide range of topics, including the events held over the past 12 months and the inner workings of the new worldwide 3x3 ranking system.
Among the centrepieces was such as the 'Click and Brick' update, that focused on the progress of the core strategy for the development of the discipline, which combines digital (and web-based) technology and a comprehensive worldwide Competition Network.
Since the launch in June of the community website and individual worldwide ranking system 3x3planet.com, 20,000 players have signed-up. The Event Maker tool for tournament organisers and the 3x3planet mobile app have also been released since.
In parallel, an update was given on the 3x3 Competition Network that caters for players of all ages, from grassroots to the elite level FIBA 3x3 World Tour as well as the FIBA 3x3 World Championships and the Youth Olympic Games.
Towards the end, emphasis was shifted to explaining the specifics of the 3x3 ranking so that the attendees could have a better grasp of how it works. Elements of play were also widely discussed, with a central theme being the ‘no coaching rule’.
“Ways need to be found in order to further implement the no coaching rule,” said George Raveling, Nike Director of International Basketball.
“It offers players the opportunity to discover themselves and it gives them more freedom. Make players responsible of their decisions, make it a players’ game.”
To end the Congress on a fun note, all participants ended the day by playing 3x3 basketball in downtown Barcelona.
After that of the 2011 edition, the success of this year’s event suggests that the 3x3 World Congress has already established itself a yearly fixture.
The fruits of the Congress will also serve as the basis of the 3x3 related discussions and decisions of the FIBA Central Board in Kuala Lumpur on 10-11 November.