Friday, May 2, 2014

SP 3 on 3 Shootout Tournament 2014 Rules & Information

SP 3 on 3 Shootout Tournament 2014

The mission of this event is to use the tournament as a platform to bring this community together. We also want to provide a fun and safe activity for the youth of Sun Prairie. We are operating as a non-profit group. Our goal is not to make money. We would like to connect with the youth and parents of Sun Prairie through this outreach opportunity.

The Date: Sunday, June 8th, 9am-9pm

The Divisions: Incoming 9th graders-Seniors; Young adults 18-30 Each member of a team must be within the division’s age requirements.

A division will be canceled if we do not have enough registered teams.

Teams must arrive at 9am for

Check-In. School or Picture I.D. must be shown to verify age in order to play in tournament.

The Teams: 3-4 players per team 4th player needed for substitution or if a player is disqualified for any reason.

4th team member is recommended but not required.

Players can only play on one team.

The Cost: $20 fee for young adult fee, Student teams are free

Teams that enter before May 17th will receive a $5 team discount.

These combined fees go to tournament 1st cash prize for Young Adult division.

Tournament Style: Teams will begin the tournament with two (subject to change) pool play games to determine their position for the bracket single elimination games.

No teams will be eliminated during pool play.

Referees will be present to enforce tournament rules.

Skills Challenge: The Skills Challenge will occur during intermission and will incorporate ball handling, passing, and shooting drills in one competition.

The winner will be determined by the participant that can complete the Challenge in the least amount of time.

Winner receives prize.

Their will be ten (subject to change) spots open for participation in the Skills Challenge.

First come, first serve.

Tournament Prize: 1st place in Young Adult division will receive a cash prize largely dependent on tournament participation.

Tournament rules: Tournament games will be determined by the first team to 21 points.

Regular field goals are one point; three-point field goals are worth two points. There is no “win by two”.

There will also be a 30 minute running clock.

First team to 21 or whoever has the lead at the end of 30 minutes wins game.

If there is a tie when the clock runs out, the victor will be determined by a free throw shootout.

All shooting fouls are 1 shot; if offense makes 1 free throw then they get the ball back (check up top).

If the free throw is missed then the ball is live after rebound.

There are no 2 shot fouls.

Each player is allowed 5 fouls.

Teams can start the game with 3-4 players and finish with 2.

**IMPORTANT** This is a play at your own risk event. In case of injury/death the organizers of the SP 3 on 3 Shootout, Sheehan Park, or the city of Sun Prairie is not responsible or liable.

Click the link on the navigation bar of this site to register your squad!

Monday, April 28, 2014

SP 3 on 3 Shootout 2014 Coming Soon!

We've begun planning the 2nd Annual SP 3-on-3 Shootout! We're developing an even better tournament, and additional activities for all members of the Sun Prairie community. Team registration is now open for all competitors in the link in the navigation bar so sign your squad up now! Check the flyer for more information.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

SP 3 on 3 Shootout Tournament Official Rules/Information




SP 3 on 3 Shootout Tournament

The mission of this event is to use the tournament as a platform to bring this community together. We also want to provide a fun and safe activity for the youth of Sun Prairie. We are operating as a non-profit group. Our goal is not to make money. We would like to connect with the youth and parents of Sun Prairie throughthis outreach opportunity.

The Date: Saturday, June 15th 10am-7pm

The Divisions: Incoming 9th graders-Seniors; Young adults 18-30

Each member of a team must be within the division’s age requirements.

A division will be canceled if we do not have enough registered teams.

The Registration Process: Pre-registration dates are Saturday June 1st and 8th, 1-4pm at the Sheehan Park courts. On these dates, teams can bring their registration sheets and/or pay their team registration fee ($10). This step is important so we can insure the divisions.

Teams must arrive at 10am for Check-In.

School or Picture I.D. must be shown to verify age in order to play in tournament.

The Teams: 3-4 players per team

4th player needed for substitution or if a player is disqualified for any reason.

4th team member is recommended but not required.

Players can only play on one team.

The Cost: $10 team registration fee which goes to tournament 1st and 2nd place cash prizes.

The Tournament Style: Teams will begin the tournament with two (subject to change) pool play games to determine their position for the bracket single elimination games.

No teams will be eliminated during pool play.

Referees will be present to enforce tournament rules.

The Skills Challenge: The Skills Challenge will occur during intermission and will incorporate ball handling, passing, and shooting drills in one competition. The winner will be determined by the participant that can complete the Challenge in the least amount of time. Winner receives prize. Their will be ten (subject to change) spots open for participation in the Skills Challenge. First come, first serve.

The Tournament Prize: 1st and 2nd place in each division will receive a cash prize largely dependent on tournament participation.

The Tournament rules: Tournament games will be determined by the first team to 21 points. Regular field goals are one point; three-point field goals are worth two points. There is no “win by two”. There will also be a 30 minute running clock. First team to 21 or whoever has the lead at the end of 30 minutes wins game. If there is a tie when the clock runs out, the victor will be determined by a free throw shootout.

All shooting fouls are 1 shot; if offense makes 1 free throw then they get the ball back (check up top). If the free throw is missed then the ball is live after rebound. There are no 2 shot fouls. Each player is allowed 5 fouls.

Teams can start the game with 3-4 players and finish with 2.

**IMPORTANT**

This is a play at your own risk event. In case of injury/death the organizers of the SP 3 on 3 Shootout, Sheenan Park, or city ofSun Prairie is not responsible or liable.

Click the link on the navigation bar of this site to register your squad!

Paul George Didn't Get His Job Done

Photo: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
In 2.2 seconds, Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel became the most criticized figure in the sports world. Social media exploded after his decision (for the second time) to leave Roy Hibbert out of the game for the final defensive stand of the night which resulted in LeBron James coming to the Heat's rescue.

"Vogel should apologize to his team for sabotaging their chance to win," ESPN analyst Michael Wilbon tweeted after LeBron James made possibly the easiest game-winner of his career. "Enormous coaching mistake."

Wilbon was in the majority of those who put the blame on Vogel for the loss.Vogel's logic of matching up with a smaller, more athletic group rather than his main rim protector didn't fly with most observers. Even Pacers' players second guessed their coach's decision after the game, but there is one Pacer who would be wrong for placing blame on anyone but himself.


Paul George made a crucial defensive error that led to a wide-open layup for LeBron James and that's why the Pacers lost last night. After Ray Allen ran off somewhat of a rub screen set by James to the corner, James stepped out to the three-point line and seemingly walked in the lane. The error came in the horrific closeout by George. As can be seen in the video below, George tremendously overplayed James, his footwork was off and his stance was straight-up. George has to know that LeBron is much more dangerous off the drive than in a catch-and-shoot situation and must play him accordingly. Therefore, he has to push LeBron out further, then play him straight and force a jumper rather than a lay-up.



"[Hibbert] does an amazing job of protecting the rim," George said post game. "I'm 100 percent sure he would've been there."

Paul George can't rely on his teammate's help in these types of situations. He drew the LeBron James assignment and it's his job to keep James out of the paint. He failed to do so. If George slows James down after the initial catch and forces a pull up j, Hibbert's rim protection isn't even needed. Paul George should be the one taking the ultimate blame for that final play that cost the Pacers Game 1.

Who do you think is the blame for the Pacers loss last night? Comment your thoughts below!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

SP 3-on-3 Shootout Coming Soon!



Calling all ballers!

Kick off the summer with a positive, safe and fun event in Sun Prairie's first 3-on-3 tournament! Bring your A-game as you compete in one of two divisions, students (incoming 9th-12th) or young adults (under 30). The SP 3-on-3 Shootout will be held on June 15th, 2013 at Sheehan Park (1351 Linnerud Drive). There will be a cash prize awarded to the winner of both divisions! There is also a $10 entry fee per team. Register your team through the link labeled "SP 3on3 Shootout Online Registration" at the header bar of this site! Deadline for team registration is June 8th! Help make this community event a successful day of family fun and positive competition in Sun Prairie! For more information, contact us at sp3on3@gmail.com or comment below!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Letter To Unidentified Hater (James Wins 4th MVP)

Photo: AFP/Getty Images

I learned today that Lebron James won his 4th MVP award, which I expected. No surprise there. After a little more research, though, I ascertained the information that the vote was not unanimous. There was an unidentified hater on the voting committee. Every single one of your comrades recognized the greatness we've witnessed this season but you, Unidentified Hater, and I demand an explanation. 

After Lebron James dominated 2012, many wondered if he would digress after success. Despite these doubts, Lebron somehow found a way to improve an already unstoppable skill set. James has consistently grown more efficient over his ten year career, culminating in a 56% field goal percentage this season. This stat ranks him 25th in the league, but James is the only non-big on the list. Most of the big men that rank ahead of James in field goal percentage shoot most of their shots in the paint where James shot a stifling 72%. Did I mention he also shot a career-best 40% from three, a better percentage than Brandon Jennings, Deron Williams and Carmelo Anthony.

Speaking of Carmelo Anthony, what's worse about this information that I received is that you didn't even vote for Kevin Durant! Instead, you chose Carmelo Anthony as this season's most valuable player. Let's compare the two seasons, shall we?

Lebron James' stat line across the board trumps Anthony's, leading in rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and plus-minus rating handily. Sure, Anthony led the league in scoring and tops James' average by 1.9 points, but Lebron was much more efficient on about five less shots per game. Not to mention, that stretch where James went six straight games scoring at least 30 points on 60% shooting (his streak ended on a 38 point, 58% shooting performance). You might argue that Anthony willed his team to their best season in a minute and put them in prime position to make a title push, but I would argue back that Lebron James' team won 27 straight games. There's really no comparison here, Unidentified Hater, I'll just assume you're a New Yorker. 

I'm positive you'll never read this, Unidentified Hater, but that really doesn't matter. I'm not writing to you anyway. I'm writing to the flocks of so-called basketball fans that would agree with you on account of the fact that they just don't like Lebron James. That logic is not only immature, but detrimental to the preservation of the game we love. If Michael Jordan was as hated as Lebron, would he be held with such esteem? I seriously doubt it, and I believe that if we keep up this blatant disrespect and disregard for the elite play we are able to experience on a nightly basis, the way our grandchildren view the legacy of Lebron James may be affected. Or, they'll see through your blind hatred, Unidentified Hater, and wonder "Carmelo Anthony? What in the world was he thinking?"

(Published before Gary Washburn accepted responsibility for his idiocy.)

Comment your thoughts below!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

NY Knicks Dying By The 3


Photo: USA Today Sports
Coming into this year's playoffs, if I had to pick one team that would become the first squad in NBA history to lose a playoffs series after leading 3-0, it would be the New York Knicks.

The Knicks have been dangerously dependent on the outside shot for the entire season, leading the league in both threes made and attempted. Coach Woodson's offense has seemed to be a two-fold strategy this season.

Plan A: Isolate Carmelo Anthony.

Plan B: If Plan A doesn't work by 7 seconds remaining in the shot clock, kick it out to a shooter and let it fly.

The strange part about this game-plan is, it's been working! Carmelo Anthony has been putting the ball in the hoop at will, averaging a league-leading 28.7 points per game, and the Knicks have three players in the top 25 for total threes made.

The obvious and unfortunate part about relying on the long bomb is sometimes they just stop going in and that's what has happened to the Knicks in their last two losses to the Boston Celtics.

In their first three wins against the Celts, the Knicks shot right around their season average of 37% from beyond the arc. They were also moving the ball particularly well, averaging two more assists per game than their regular season per game number of 14. In their last two losses, they've shot 22% from three on just 11.5 assists. These numbers are a recipe for disaster to a team that needs the three-ball to survive. If the Knicks can't raise these stat lines, they're in for a historic collapse.

Therefore, the Knicks can do one of two things. First, they can continue to shoot the three and hope those shots start falling again. The likelihood of this happening is low due to the circumstances. The Knicks truly have their backs against the wall and must feel extreme pressure to not only end this series, but end it now in six games. They know that if this series gets to Game 7, the Celtics have all momentum to make history. The way to overcome pressure and tightness isn't to come out firing, which brings us to their second and more effective option.

The Knicks must get the ball inside! True, Amare Stoudemire is out, and the Knicks lack an effective post Give Tyson Chandler a chance to have an impact offensively besides put-backs after offensive boards, get Kenyon Martin some touches in the post, do something besides placing JR Smith, Steve Novak and Raymond Felton on the three-point line waiting to fire up another brick.

Unless the New York Knicks can get their three-point percentage back up to 37%, their best chance at beating the Celtics is to ugly the game up a little. If they remain stubborn to their game-plan, they will be in huge trouble and will become the first team in NBA history to have a 3-0 lead and still lose the series.

So who ya got? Knicks in 6 or 7? Celtics in 7? Let me know, Comment below!