System of competition
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System of competition

The six events of the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships, presented by Nike, will be played with size 6 Nike balls.

Team competitions

Boys' 3x3 tournament
32 teams will be divided into 4 groups of 8. Each team will play the other 7 in their respective groups.

The top team from each group qualifies automatically for the Quarter-Finals, while the second and third team of each group advance to the Eighth-Finals.

With the exception of the 3rd place game, there will be no classification games (for places 5 to 32).

Girls' 3x3 tournament
24 teams will be divided into 4 groups of 6. Each team will play the other 5 in their respective groups.

The top team from each group qualifies automatically for the Quarter-Finals, while the second and third team of each group advance to Eight-Finals.

With the exception of the 3rd place game, there will be no classification games (for places 5 to 32).

Mixed 3x3 tournament
A Mixed tournament will also be played and feature a selected number of countries that are represented both in the boys' and girls' tournaments.

Each team will consist of two boys and two girls with any three players on the court at any one time.

The tournament is played in a standard knock-out format, beginning at the Quarter-Finals stage.

There will be no classification games and both losing Semi-Finalists will get bronze medals.

Individual competitions

Samsung Shootout contest
Participants: Up to 2 players from each boys’ and/or girls’ team can take part.

Qualification: Each player attempts 10 three-pointers from the top of the arc. The 2 boys and 2 girls who make the most baskets (score and time) go through to the Final. In case of a tie, the time will act as a tie-breaker.

Final: The 4 players (2 boys, 2 girls) attempt 12 three-pointers from four different locations: three from the right wing (45° angle from the baseline), three from the top of the arc (same location as qualification phase), three from the left wing (45° from the baseline) and three from half-court. Shots from around the arc are worth 1 point, while shots from half-court are worth 3 points.

Nike Dunk contest
Participants: Up to 1 player from each boys' team can take part.

Qualification: The participants are divided into 2 groups (number of participants in each group depends on how many register). The 2 players with the highest scores from each group in the Qualification Round advance to the Final which consists of two rounds.

In the Qualification Round, each player has up to 3 attempts to complete a dunk, with the first successful dunk being marked (marks 0, 5-10) by each member of the jury.

In the First Round of the Final, each player has up to 5 attempts to complete 2 dunks. The first 2 successful are marked (marks 0, 5-10) by each member of the jury. The final score is the sum of the marks given by each member of the jury. The 2 players with the best scores advance to the Second Round of the Finals.

The Second Round of the Final follows the same format for the last 2 players: each player has up to 5 attempts to complete 2 dunks. The first two successful are marked (marks 0, 5-10) by each member of the jury. The final score is the sum of the marks given by each member of the jury for each dunk. The player with the highest score wins the Dunk contest. The winner gets gold, the runner-up gets silvers and the 2 players who didn't advance to the Second Round of the Final both get bronze.

2Ball Contest
Participants: 2 players from the same country - it can be 2 boys or 2 girls or mixed (1 boy, 1 girl).

How it works: In 60 seconds, the duos have to shoot alternatively from five different positions – 45° angle from beyond the arc on the right wing (2pts); free-throw (1pt); 45°angle from beyond the arc on the left wing (2pts); from beyond the arc at the top of the key (2pts); from infinity (3pts). The shooter has to run for the rebound and pass to his/her teammate. The circuit is done twice so that each players shoots from all positions.

The highest score counts. In case of a tie, the time will act as a tie-breaker.

The team scoring the most points will win, taking into account the different value of the shooting positions.

The four best duos advance to Final.

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