The first BWB sanctioned Wheelchair Basketball event since before the start of the pandemic will take place this weekend with The Ball Out 3×3 National Tour featuring a 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball competition for the first time.
The Ball Out 3×3 National Tour has been touring across England in recent weeks and the latest stop at Leeds Carnegie Sports Centre on Saturday (7 August) will include Adult and Junior 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball competitions with representation from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Dragons, Hot Shots, Little Welsh Ladies and The Three Kings will contest the Junior competition with each team playing each other once in the pool stage. The top-two teams at the end of the pool stage will then go head-to-head in the junior final.
The Adult competition will take place in the afternoon with the eight teams split across two groups of four:
|Pool A||Pool B|
|99 Problems and a swish ain’t one||Fire Dragons|
|Celts Cymru||Red Dragons|
|Ice Dragons||Sid FC|
|Rule of 3||Tartan Terrors|
The top-two teams in each pool will qualify for the semi-finals where the top team in each pool will face the second-place team in the opposite group. The winners of the two semi-finals will then meet in the final.
The competition will not only be an opportunity for players to return to competition for the first time since before the start of the pandemic, but also play the exciting new format of 3×3 which will take centre stage during Wheelchair Basketball’s Commonwealth Games debut at Birmingham 2022 next summer.
Played on half-court, 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball is quick and intense with teams having just 12 seconds to shoot during each phase of play with games played over a single period of 10 minutes (or less, as the game could end before the end of regular time with the first team scoring 21 points or more winning the game).
More information on Ball Out 3×3 can be found on their website: https://www.ball-out.co.uk/