Griffen Gardoski takes the ball at the top of the arc as he looks on at the defense during last year's 3on3X basketball tournament at Arlington Municipal Airport on Aug. 12, 2018.


Western Washington’s Premier three-on-three basketball tournament, 3on3X, is coming up fast as it will be held at the Arlington Airport from Aug. 11-12.

This will be the 14th annual tournament, as nearly 200 teams come out to compete on the blacktop ever year. 3on3X looks to include the entire community as there are divisions for everyone who wants to pick up a basketball. Over the last few years a third-grade division has been added as well as a co-ed division. The divisions are organized by difficulty, the lowest being Bronze, then Recreational, and finally Gold for the most experienced and serious ballers. 

“Three-on-three is so different compared to normal tournaments because of the atmosphere that surrounds it. We get to play outside and have a lot of fun, while still bringing in so much talent from all over the area,” said Board Member Jeff Bryson.

If you want to enter your team into the tournament there is an entry fee of $120 for a three-person team, plus one alternate. The deadline was originally set for Aug. 1 but has been moved to Aug. 5 to give everyone more time to get in on the action. 

In addition to being a great community event, 3on3X also contributes all of their proceeds to local youth basketball and the American Cancer Society. Every summer the organization is able to raise thousands of dollars while also providing hoopers with a chance to prove their stuff out on the court. 

“It’s cool to see that the event is not just for people that want to play basketball, it’s also for the people that want to watch or just come out to have fun in the community. It takes a huge amount of volunteers to put the whole thing on and it’s amazing to see all of the support,” said Bryson.

Alongside the tournament there will also be attractions from all over the community including concessions, live music, vendors and on-site camping that is now available. 

If you want to know more about the tournament or register to compete you can check out the website at www.3on3x.com. If you have any other questions you can contact a tournament representative at hoops@3on3x.com


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