The Jamestown Street JAM 3-on-3 basketball tournament is scheduled to return to the city for the fourth consecutive time this year and will kick off summer once again from June 7-8 in the downtown area.
Anywhere from 300 to 400 teams across 10 different age groups will take to the streets to provide the area with a chance to watch plenty of great basketball as well as an opportunity to raise money for charity.
The event is partnered with sponsors at The Resource Center and Filling The Gap and is also coordinated with local businesses and community non-profit organizations, with all of the proceeds being donated to provide services for persons with disabilities.
The rules and organization for this year's tournament remains similar to last year's, with each team having a maximum of four players and competing in age group anywhere from 8-and-under to 40-and-up.
Each team entered will play with three players on the court (or less if they choose) in a round robin format split between men's and women's divisions (no coed teams are allowed).
The age bracket that a team competes in will be determined by the age of the team's oldest player, with the divisions coming at 8-and-under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18, 19-24, 25-30, 31-39 and 40-and-up.
Any bracket that does not have at least four teams by the time the tournament begins will be canceled with all registration fees refunded.
Registration can be done easily by going to www.jamestownstreetjam.net. The cost is $125 per team and can be submitted via PayPal.
There are 400 teams that are guaranteed, but others may be added at the discretion of the Street Jam committee if necessary. The members of each team will have to check in with proper identification before any games may be played.
Any changes made to a team's roster after the registration deadline on May 23 will come with a processing fee of $25.
In addition to fostering competition between local athletes of all-ages, the tournament is also an event that promotes not-for-profit community activism.
"One of the messages that we strive to convey over the tournament weekend is that we are here playing for a charity organization, we are raising funds and awareness, which is our number one goal, but the fun and the competition (in basketball) lends itself naturally to the tournament," said tournament director Victoria Trass Bardo.
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Trass Bardo has been with the program from its beginning and is the development and events manager for Filling The Gap, an affiliate of the Resource Center and sponsor.
In her years as director she has helped bring in a great deal of local involvement by organizing hundreds of volunteers and a staff in order to make Jamestown Street JAM run smoothly.
"I don't know how to do any of this without the support of all our volunteers, " said Trass Bardo. "We have about 200 throughout the weekend and we have a fabulous planning committee that works year round."
The Street Jam Committee works during the offseason to find new and exciting additions to each successive year, including fan entertainment and bringing in local businesses.
"We try to bring something new and exciting to the tournament (every year), and we have some new surprises with more details to come," Trass Bardo said.
Right now, the fourth annual Street Jam 3-on-3 is already well-on its way despite another 40 days until registration is over.
"Our player deadline isn't until May 23, but we're close to 300 (entries) and that is a great number,'' said Trass Bardo. ''We guarantee that we have room for at least 400 teams,"
The timing for area's biggest summer basketball outing usually works well as it doesn't conflict with a lot of other high school sports.
"It's the first full weekend in June, " said Trass Bardo. "Everyone knows that is the weekend, so everyone has a chance to play and it doesn't conflict with other sports that are going on."
Of course that doesn't mean that there are any guarantees about how the weather will be.
"Every year we have delays with the weather,'' said Trass Bardo. ''I can count two years out of 17 where we didn't have problems. But we play rain or shine. We don't play in lightning and thunder of course, safety is our number one priority."
Anyone interested in registering or finding out more information about Street JAM is encouraged to visit the website, or contact Trass Bardo at 661-1477.