As the summer continues to rise, basketball tournaments continue across Washington state! Yakima is one city that is no stranger to a fun, basketball-filled summer weekend. Since 2003, Hot Shots has had over 200 teams filling courts along several downtown streets.
Now in its 15th year, Hot Shots is one of the key events for the Yakima Valley Sports Commission.
“Hot Shots was designed to be a smaller version of Hoopfest,” Director of Sports Development, Rich Austin says. “Many of our ideas come from the best 3on3 tourney in the world. In fact, we use the same baskets as Hoopfest.”
Since Hot Shots’ beginning, the tournament has grown from 200 teams to over 350! The mission of the tournament is to provide players with a great event to showcase their skills and have fun against outstanding competition. The tournament aims to market Yakima Valley as a sports event destination in the Pacific Northwest. The tournament is surely doing this through its growth.
There has been growth in the divisions as well.
“Hot Shots is a great tourney, with divisions from 1st grade through Adult, Austin says. “The Coed Divisions, High School and Adult, have really grown. The 6-Foot-&-Under and Men’s Open Divisions are very competitive.”
The 2017 Hot Shots tournament will happen August 26-27, and Austin says they strive to make Hot Shots better each year. Hot Shots organizers attend other 3on3 tourneys and sporting events to get ideas that will work for them and their venue. This year, Hot Shots has worked hard to revamp some of their contests and improve the non-basketball activities at the event.
If playing basketball is not your thing, but you love the atmosphere of 3on3 tournaments, signup to volunteer with HotShots and become a part of their team. From basketball savvy court monitors to registration and setup crews, every volunteer role at Hot Shots is important.
You don’t have to play or volunteer to make incredible memories at Hot Shots. Austin’s favorite memories come from watching games in the younger divisions.
“They always have so much fun and give it their all,” Austin says. “It is great seeing them come up to the stage to receive their championship shirts. Their smiles are contagious.”
End your summer right with more basketball, as a player, volunteer or spectator in the summer sun of the Yakima Valley. Registering to play or signing up to volunteer is available here!