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Hoop It Up TJ!

Posted 05/17/2010 by Scott Bruskin

Three-on-Three basketball tournament hits Denver this summer.

Artwork by Rebecca Holt

Artwork by Rebecca Holt

Hoop It Up, the nation’s largest three-on-three basketball tournament, is coming to Denver this summer. The nationally traveling tournament which is featured in more than 40 cities across the U.S. will be making a stop in Denver, at Civic Center Park, on June 12 and 13.

Free to spectators, the Hoop It Up tournament will showcase teams playing a bracket style three-on-three basketball tournament to decide who the best team in Denver is at each age division.
Every team in the tournament is allowed to have up to five people on the roster, which makes two subs on each team, while the three-on-three action takes place on the court. All of the teams are guaranteed at least three games, and after the first three games, the tournament directors seed the teams and set up a single elimination tournament based on the first three games.

The basketball tournament is set up to accommodate players of all ages throughout the city and the state. The teams will be split into divisions based on age and gender, and kids as young as eight years old are allowed to participate on a team. On the other side, for people who want to get a team together but think they might be too old, the tournament features a 30 and older division. There is even one player who is already registered on a team this year who is 52 years old.

Registration for the tournament will be open until June 7 at 5:00 p.m. on their website at All of the information about the tournament, including information about different fees for each team’s age group, along with all of the other registration information, can be found at their website as well. Directors from are hoping to register between 200 and 300 teams this year for the Denver tournament alone, with participants coming from all around the state to show off their basketball skills.

In addition to the basketball tournament, there will be a three point contest and a slam dunk contest throughout the two days. All of the activities are taking place at civic center park for both days and, as aforementioned, all of the events are free to spectators. “We are expecting great things from this tournament,” said Regional Event Director for Hoop It Up, Jeremy Dingle. “There are going to be a lot of people having fun just watching, walking around Denver on those couple of days, and there is going to be a ton of exciting and competitive basketball, as well.”