Many will be surprised with the answer!
The better, tougher aerobic workout is 3-on-3…if you follow the rules set out by the National Senior Games Association. Most younger guys laugh when they see we older guys playing 3-on-3 at the YMCA…until they try it! Then, they end up gasping for air on the bleachers after one game!
Here are the differences followed by a link to the National Senior Games Rules for those interested in reading further.
1) While National and State tourneys have refs, the refs rarely touch the ball once it’s put into play.
2) After a made basket, the ball is ready to be put into play by clearing it behind the 3-point line. Once the other team gets the ball to the top of the key, it is ready to be put into play.
3) The Defense has to find their man and get ready to defend.
4) Bigs on offense must exit the lane after a made basket and the ball is cleared to the top of the key. Once the ball is ready to be put into play, Bigs can re-enter the lane and accept a first pass…but they must start outside of the lane.
5) Fouls are a big difference. The offense always get the ball back after a foul except for the last two minutes of each half during which the game is live with all regular rules in effect.
5A) A foul on a shooter results in the shooter taking 1,2,3 shots depending on the foul. But…whether the shooter makes or misses his last foul shot, the Offense retains the ball! This is intended to keep fouls in check.
6) The game clock consists of two 15 minute running halves. The last two minutes of each half are on the clock with the clock stopping as in any regulation game.
Here is a link to the National Games Basketball rules for those interested in reading more!
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