Geneva, Switzerland, June 13, 2012: (3×3 basketball) – FIBA on Wednesday launched www.3x3planet.com, the revolutionary community website and individual worldwide ranking system for players and tournament organisers. Once players have registered and created a personalised profile on 3x3planet.com, they can connect and communicate with other 3×3 users, find team mates and opponents, locate and sign up to a large number of available tournaments, collecting ranking points every time they play.
FIBA’s extensive 3×3 competition network – which already includes more than 300 tournaments in over 50 countries – is integrated into 3x3planet.com. The simple endorsement process allows any tournament to become a part of the network, while tournament organisers can manage all aspects of their event thanks to the EventMaker competition management freeware.
A variety of different competition levels are available, from basic standalone tournaments to higher-rated 3×3 World Tour qualifying events, with the top flagship events being FIBA 3×3 World Tour and FIBA 3×3 World Championship.
In addition to 3x3planet.com and the 3x3planet EventMaker, FIBA is set to unveil the 3x3planet mobile App later this summer, allowing players to record results and score ranking points from pick-up games (informal or friendly games that do not belong to a formal tournament).
FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann said: “The launch of 3x3planet.com represents a major milestone in the development of 3×3 basketball. It makes organising and playing basketball more simple and accessible, giving millions of orphaned players the opportunity to be part of a worldwide community. 3x3planet.com is the Facebook of basketball and much more; it’s something every 3×3 player needs to be a part of.”
For an overview of 3x3planet.com, watch the “Join 3x3planet.com” video (http://bit.ly/L5UhR2).
About FIBA and 3×3 basketball
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3×3 basketball is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide. Endorsed by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a standard half-court. It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore, while the first-ever FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championships were held in Rimini, Italy in September 2011.
The FIBA 3×3 World Tour will see men’s teams from around the world qualify for Masters tournaments in some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities with the best teams qualifying for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final. The FIBA 3×3 World Championships for Men, Women and U18s are national team competitions that determine the best 3×3 nation for each respective category.
For further information about 3×3 basketball, please visit www.fiba.com/3×3, http://twitter.com/3x3planet and http://youtube.com/3x3planet or contact 3×firstname.lastname@example.org. Image: FIBA
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