MIES (Switzerland) - FIBA has announced today that it will freeze the FIBA 3x3 Individual World, Team and Federation Rankings in all categories.
The FIBA 3x3 Rankings are based on the 9 best performances of the players in the previous 12 months. April traditionally marks the start of the professional 3x3 season. However, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans, FIBA competitions have been suspended since March 13, 2020.
In light of this suspension, the following shall apply:
- All rankings are frozen as of April 1, 2020 until the suspension of competitions is lifted by FIBA or until any later date so communicated by FIBA.
- Ranking points will still be awarded for events taking place during this period but will only count towards the rankings - for the usual 12-month period - when rankings are unfrozen.
- The lifespan of the ranking points awarded for events that took place prior to the freeze will be extended by the duration of the freeze. However, this extension shall not exceed the date of October 1, 2021.
The freezing of the ranking is undertaken with the full support of the 3x3 athletes of the FIBA Players' Commission, with whom FIBA will continue to liaise before the rankings are unfrozen.
FIBA will continue to monitor the situation on a regular basis and will evaluate the options for the continuation or not of the respective competitions, when and if the situation allows.
The FIBA 3x3 Rankings are a key component of the 3x3 basketball system; federations qualify to national team competitions based on the Federation Ranking and teams are granted privileged access to the professional circuit based on the Team Ranking.
For more information, including examples on how the ranking points will be calculated once the freeze is lifted, go to our rankings page.
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3x3 World Tour and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups.
On 9 June 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Wilson is the Global Ball Partner and Tissot the Official Timekeeper of FIBA 3x3.
FIBA 3x3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, and the Magic Sky canopy system.
For further information about 3x3, visit fiba3x3.basketball, FIBA 3x3 accounts on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Sina Weibo, Tencent, Twitter, Youku and YouTube or contact email@example.com.