The sixth annual Rip City 3-on-3 basketball tournament is Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, at the Rose Quarter.
Promoted as Portland's Premier Outdoor 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, it is open to male and female players ages 5 and up.
Competition will take place in various divisions: the Lay-Ups, for ages 5-7 on an 8-foot basket; Junior Youth, ages 8-9; Senior Youth, 10-12; Teen, 13-19; Adult, 20-39; Adult, 40 and older; men's and women's Elite, 18 and up; Wheelchair; and Special Olympics.
"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," says Todd Bosma, Trail Blazers director of game operations. "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."
The youth, teen and adult divisions will be organized into pools and brackets based on skill, size, playing experience and gender. Mixed gender teams may be grouped into coed brackets if enough teams sign up.
Teams of three or four players will have at least three pool play games, with some teams advancing to single-elimination playoff brackets.
Players may participate in 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," says Willen Sin, the Blazers' manager of game operations and events. "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."
This year's event will have additional food trucks, new vendors and more qualification slots for those interested in the 3-Point Shootout and Youth Skills Challenge.
Blazers coaches, players and alumni have attended and are expected to do so this summer.
Cost is $120 to $184 per team through June 30, shifting to $128 to $200 after July 1. The Wheelchair and Special Olympics divisions are free.
Registration deadline is July 14.
Teams may register by going to ripcity3on3.com/?utm_source_pamplin&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=3on3.
Teams will save $20 by using the promo code RIPCITY.
Included with each registration is a 2019 Blazers preseason game ticket. Instructions on how to redeem the ticket, along with more information on the tournament, will be at ripcity3on3.com.
Pamplin Media Group is a sponsor of the 2019 Rip City 3-on-3 tournament.
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