- Aspiring professional male and female basketball players from across India, & even abroad, attended Season 3 tryouts in Chandigarh (16-17 October) & Hyderabad (23-24 October).
- 250 participants from 26 States/Union Territories are vying for select spots in the upcoming Season 3 of 3×3 Pro Basketball League or ‘3BL’.
- 3BL is India’s only FIBA/BFI recognized Pro Basketball League. Earlier this year, the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) granted recognition to 3BL, paving the way for the country’s top players to participate.
- Season 3 auction & tip off dates will be announced in coming weeks.
3BL S3 tryouts male & female participants in Chandigarh (top row) & Hyderabad
Delhi, 10th November 2021: From New York in the west to Mizoram in the east, Uttarakhand up north to Kerala down south, hundreds of aspiring professional basketball players attended 3BL Season 3 tryouts last month, across two different cities.
On 16th & 17th October, Chandigarh’s Sector 42 Sports Complex hosted the tryouts, followed by Hyderabad’s Loyola Academy on 23rd & 24th October.
“It was heartening to see the response and hunger among participants – young and old, male & female – to get selected in India’s only FIBA/BFI recognized Professional Basketball League,” Mr Rohit Bakshi, Commissioner (3BL) said. “We would like to thank our local organizing partners Chandigarh Basketball Association, Telangana Basketball Association and Loyola Academy, Hyderabad.”
3BL’s coaches and scouts put the 250 odd attendees through the paces with conditioning drills, individual skills showcases and 3×3 game scrimmages.
“It was great to see this level of turnout as it shows that players have faith in the system. So many players consider 3BL as a key source of income as it is theonly professional basketball league in India. Thanks to BFI’s approval we now have access to the best talent from across the country,” said Inderbir Singh Gill, Co-ordinating Coach at the tryouts & Star Player from Mumbai Heroes.
“Players like Dhruv Barman, Abhyudaya Yadav and Harkirat Singh Jattana were products of the 3BL Tryouts 2018. They have risen up the ranks in 3BL and are now conducting tryouts for 3BL which should act as motivation to the players,” added Gill.“We are looking for players who are all-rounders, are athletic, can play offense and defense and have good strength, size and skill.”
The names of drafted players from this year’s tryouts will be revealed ahead of the upcoming 3BL Season 3 auction ceremony, the dates of which will be announced soon.
About 3×3 Pro Basketball League Indian Sub-continent (3BL)
3BL, 3×3 Pro Basketball League Indian Sub-continent, is an intellectual property of YKBK Enterprise Pvt. Ltd. It has 6 Women’s teams and 12 Men’s teams competing in the professional circuit. 3BL is the exclusive rights holder for 3×3 basketball in India officially approved and recognized by FIBA, International Basketball Federation, and BFI, Basketball Federation of India.
Two Seasons of the Men’s League and one season of the Women’s League has been held so far.
3BL is the only exclusive provider for an opportunity to compete at FIBA 3×3’s international circuit such as Challengers and World Tours from the Indian Sub-continent directly.
More information at www.3x3bl.com
About YKBK Enterprise Pvt Ltd
YKBK Enterprise Pvt Ltd is the exclusive rights holder for conducting 3×3 professional basketball leagues in the Indian Sub-continent, which includes sixcountries i.e. India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan. It also owns the rights to host a 3×3 professional basketball league in the Kingdom of Thailand located in South East Asia.
Founded by Mr. Yoshiya Kato (Chairman, 3BL) and Mr. Rohit Bakshi (League Commissioner, 3BL) in 2017, YKBK has a clear vision to grow and promote 3×3 culture and its potential throughout the Indian Sub-continent and South East Asia by organizing a Professional Circuit, Grassroots Programs and build indoor 3×3 basketball facilities for the betterment of existing and upcoming players.
About 3×3 Basketball
Akin to the T20 version of cricket, 3×3 basketball is one of the fastest growing urban sports in the world. It is also played widely in Indian schools and colleges, as well as in casual neighbourhood ‘pick-up’ games.
3×3 Basketball is the fastest and shortest format of basketball in the world. All you need is one hoop, a half-court and six players. Games can be staged outdoor and indoor in iconic locations to bring basketball directly to the people. It’s a 10-minute game. Highest score in 10 minutes or first team to score 21 points wins. 3×3 is not only FIBA’s second official discipline but made its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and will be played at the Commonwealth Games – Birmingham 2022 and at the Paris 2024 Olympics.
FIBA 3×3 Video for more details: FIBA 3×3