Basketball players between first and sixth grades will have an opportunity to hone their talents in a fast-paced environment.
Puyallup Parks and Recreation and Puyallup Vikings boys basketball head coach Scott Campbell will hold the fourth annual 3-on-3 short-court league from Oct. 6 through Nov. 10 at the Puyallup High gymnasium. All games will take place on Sundays.
Campbell said there were about 150 participants last year, and he expects to see more this fall.
“We have many players, not only from Puyallup, but kids from Federal Way, Tacoma and the Bethel School District who play in this league,” Campbell said. “We take a regular full court and shrink it quite a bit. It is pretty much a full court with the three-point line back-to-back on each side. It is a really quick and really fast game.”
Campbell said there are six players on each team, and the squads are divided by grade level.
“We like to create a fun, competitive environment for all of the players,” he said. “We’re not trying to win a world championship here. We do keep score and keep it competitive, but it’s all about having fun.”
The goal is to work on each player’s decision-making skills, Campbell said.
“In 3-on-3, you get a lot more touches on the ball than you would get in normal 5-on-5 game,” he said. “The pace of the game is so fast, and players develop a thought process and learn to think and react faster than they usually do. By the time they get back to a regular 5-on-5 the game, it is much easier to them because it is so much slower than the 3-on-3 short court.”
Campbell said the league consists of two 20-minute halves with a running clock. Subs enter the game every five minutes, so each player gets an ample amount of playing time.
“There are no timeouts allowed to be called by the coaches,” Campbell said. “The scores of the games are in the 100s. An average score might be 100-88, whereas in a regular 5-on-5 game with kids this age, the score would be in the 20s or 30s.”
For more information, call Campbell at 253-651-5509. The cost is $75 per person for all six-game sessions. The registration deadline is Sept. 25.