Canbys annual 3-on-3 hoops tourney requires a lot of work and effort before the balls go through the net

by: RAY HUGHEY - One late July weekend every year, a small city rises on the streets surrounding Wait Park.

For one Saturday, a part of Canby is transformed into its own Hoop City. The air is filled with the sounds of dribbling basketballs and balls swooshing through nets to the accompaniment of cheers and applause.

The Canby Rotary Club has been staging its Nothing But Net 3-on-3 basketball tournament on the streets of Canby for 14 years. by: RAY HUGHEY - Proceeds from the event go to various area charities.

When play begins Saturday, the temporary city teems with 300 players, 21 referees, 24 scorers, Rotary volunteers and bleachers of spectators.

Building the temporary city is no small feat of construction. It takes 50 to 60 Rotary volunteers with the help of an inmate work crew from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. It goes up Friday afternoon and is gone Sunday.

They must unload and assemble 20 baskets and backstops. It takes four bolts to fasten each hoop to a backboard; four bolts each to fasten backboards to the folding backstops.

The backstop and bases each weigh 250 pounds. The bases are each filled with 50 gallons of water to add 400 pounds ballast.

Wby: RAY HUGHEY - ork crews unload and set up a dozen sets of bleachers, five rows high and 15-feet wide. Twenty picnic tables and 21 trash bins are added to the park.

Workers raise and prop up the aluminum frame and canvas roof for the scoring and bracketing tent. Scores and standings are posted on the six 8x4-foot white boards hung from the roof frame. Twenty-six scorer’s tables are set up.

The tournament this past weekend had 100 teams or 300 players, said Viki Pounds, tournament chairwoman. About one-third of them come from Canby. The others come from Portland, Vancouver, Camas, Battleground and even Seattle.

The Canby tournament is popular as a family style tournament rather than the more intense hard core events, Pounds said. And as a one-day event, it offers a significant advantage. The athletes can play their hearts out Saturday and have Sunday to recover.

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