Simplified, there are three types of FIBA 3x3 endorsed events:
- Pro circuit events: For city-based pro teams
- National team events: For national teams of basketball federations.
- Grassroots events (also known as 'endorsed' events): Open to all teams, all ages and all skill levels
All events operate under the same in-court rules and off-court regulations, creating an interconnected competition pyramid. A team might get together into a local recreational event, hit it off - both chemistry- and result-wise - and later find themselves competing as FIBA 3x3 professionals on the World Tour. A 3x3 national team coach may spot a basketball prospect from the World Tour and make a player’s dream to play for her/his country possible in a new and exciting way. Or basketball crazy people just want to do what’s most fun in basketball - just play.