By Chris Hendrickson, Monitor
Sultan is soon to be host of a brand new 3-on-3 basketball tournament called the Sultan Shootout.
The tournament is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will include a round robin competition followed by a double elimination tournament. Tournament coordinators plan to line Main Street with portable basketball hoops and let teams, organized by player age and approximate skill level, battle it out on the court. Teams can be co-ed, and there will also be a wheelchair division.
There will be extras, as well, such as a free-throw competition, Sultan Shootout t-shirts and vendor participation.
Sultan Shootout founders Matt Wood and Carl Brida, both Gold Bar residents, aim to build a solid foundation with their inaugural tournament in hopes of creating an annual event.
“This is something totally new for us; something that we’ll hopefully be able to do in upcoming years,” said Wood.
Sultan Shootout is currently seeking additional corporate sponsors along with food, sports gear and other vendors. Local businesses can choose different levels of sponsorship, from silver up to platinum. Some of the benefits of sponsorship include exposure via the Shootout’s Facebook page and the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce website, plus their name will be on the tournament participants’ t-shirts, as well as banners placed in strategic areas around the event.
Platinum sponsors can even have a court named after them.
“We’re approaching a number of sponsors and hoping to kind of create a treasure chest to make sure we can fund this every year,” said Brida.
Teams will consist of a maximum of four players, with three players on the court at a time. Players must register as a team; registration for standard division teams is $80, adult and wheelchair divisions are $96. All participants receive a Sultan Shootout t-shirt and the chance to win a medal, plus the opportunity to spend a sunny day playing hoops in front of their friends and family.
Teams will play up to 15 points, and the winning team must win by two. Games will last 25 minutes. Regular baskets are worth one point, with the typical three-point shots being worth two.
This year’s goal is to have at least five courts with around 30 participating teams.
Donations for this year’s tournament are still needed, particularly portable basketball hoops. Contact the Sky Valley Chamber to inquire about donating a hoop.
For additional information about registering a team, to see the official rules, or to find out about becoming a vendor or sponsor, visit the Sultan Shootout webpage located at: http://www.skyvalleychamber.com/events-and-attractions/sultan-shootout-2013/. Team registration can be done by mail or in person at the visitor’s center located at 320 Main St. in Sultan. Call (360) 793-0983 with any questions about how to be involved.
The Sultan Shootout is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sultanshootout