The annual Rip City 3-on-3 basketball tournament is back for its sixth year Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28, and you're invited to play.
The tournament, promoted as Portland's Premier Outdoor 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, is open to players — both male and female — ages 5 and older and will be held at the Rose Quarter Campus.
This year's event will feature competition in six divisions, the Lay-Ups Division for ages 5-7 on an 8-foot basket, the Junior Youth Division for ages 8-9, the Senior Youth Division for ages 10-12, the Teen Division for ages 13-19, the Adult Division for ages 20-39, the Adult Division for ages 40 and older, the men's and women's Elite Divisions for ages 18 and older, the Wheelchair Division and the Special Olympics Division.
"Rip City 3-on-3 is more than just a basketball tournament — it is a way to get to know our surrounding community and get people active," said Todd Bosma, Director of Game Operations for the Portland Trail Blazers. "We're proud to partner with the Trail Blazers Foundation whose mission it is to improve the lives of underserved youth where they live, learn and play. We hope this year's tournament paves the way to positively impact more local children and families."
Rip City 3-on-3
• Who: It's open to players 5 and older
• When: July 27-28
• Where: Rose Quarter Campus
• Sign Up: Go to ripcity3on3.com/?utm_source=pamplin&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=3on3
Youth, teen and adult divisions will be segmented by tournament organizers into smaller pools and brackets based on skill, size, playing experience and gender, and mixed gender teams may be grouped into co-ed brackets if enough teams sign up.
Teams of three or four players will begin the tournament with at least three pool play games, with some teams advancing to single-elimination playoff brackets after that.
Besides the tournament itself, players can choose to participate in three other related competitions — the 3-Point Shootout, the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, the Toyota Youth Skills Challenge and the Nike Youth Basketball Clinic.
"We look forward to this tournament every year and it keeps getting bigger and bigger," said Willen Sin, Manager of Game Operations & Events for the Blazers. "We're excited to bring back so many opportunities, like the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point Shootout, to showcase the community's talent. For newer players, we hope the Toyota Youth Skills Challenge and Nike Youth Basketball Clinic will spark the love for basketball that we already have."
New to the event this year are additional food trucks, new vendors and more qualification slots for people interested in playing in the 3-Point Shootout and Youth Skills Challenge. Various Blazers coaches, players and alumni have attended the event in previous years and are expected do so again this summer.
The cost to participate ranges from $120 to $184 per team through June 30, with costs shifting to $128 to $200 after July 1. The Wheelchair and Special Olympics divisions are free. The registration deadline is July 14. Teams can register by clicking here and will save $20 by using the promo code RIPCITY.
Included with each registration is a free 2019-20 preseason Trail Blazers game ticket. Specific instructions on how to redeem your free ticket will be available at ripcity3on3.com.
More information is available at ripcity3on3.com. Pamplin Media Group is a sponsor of the 2019 Rip City 3-on-3 tournament.
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