By Greg Price
The Taber 3-on-3 Hardwood Hoedown basketball tournament has just gained provincial prominence.
The tournament has been officially sanctioned by Basketball Alberta and will be the first stop on the Alberta tour as the format continues to gain prominence not only provincially, but nationally and internationally as well.
“We are encouraging people to register early this year, because the publicity power of it being sanctioned by Basketball Alberta will really help it with the buzz,” said Aaron Edlund, a co-organizer of the Taber 3-on-3 Hardwood Hoedown. “We will be running it out in Barnwell on the four courts with the high school kids and adults on the Friday evening and the younger kids, U11, U13, U15 come out and play all day on the Saturday.”
Basketball Alberta approached Edlund, with the province being one of the leaders in the country in 3-on-3 basketball. At the Brazil Olympics, there were rumblings it would be a new sport that was introduced to the lineup.
“It has really taken off world wide, they are thinking it will be at the next Olympics, it will be an Olympic sport,” said Edlund.
“Basketball Alberta being one of the leaders here nationally, they have a big tournament in Calgary and Edmonton and they know southern Alberta is quite a hotbed for basketball. They looked around and tried to find gym time and it was tricky. One of the girls that works there that I know quite well, she said why not piggyback with one that already exists in southern Alberta.”
Being part of the official Alberta tour, teams who register for the Taber event register and compete in other 3-on-3 tournaments, they can achieve a world ranking of where your team stands.
To register or find out more information about the Taber 3-on-3 Hardwood Hoedown basketball tournament, you can log onto http://www.taber3on3.com. The tournament runs April 7-8.