Hang Time: 2013 BAM Jam 

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 10-11

Basketball is one of the defining American games.

Invented by James Naismith in 1891 to provide exercise for children in a Massachusetts YMCA, the sport has become a national pastime. Though precious few of us have made an NBA roster, the 2013 BAM Jam offers the chance for amatuer teams from Boise and across the United States to compete for bragging rights in the three-on-three, dunk and three-point tournaments Saturday, Aug. 10-Sunday, Aug. 11.

Grab your favorite jersey, throw on your sweatbands and gear up for the two-day tournament taking place on the city blocks near Bannock and Sixth streets. With more than 300 teams expected to participate, you won't be able to miss the elbow-throwing, in-your-face hoop action fans love. Teams sign up for brackets that match them up with opponents in their skill and experience levels. Games in the standard division bracket run on Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring newbie players looking to get in on the action. The elite division brackets pair up the best of the best in high-intensity street ball.

Don't miss high-flying acrobatics and expert marksmanship in the dunk and three-point contests on the Capitol steps on Saturday at 4 p.m. Winners walk away with a victory T-shirt or select gift cards and athletic merchandise to keep the hoop dreams alive.

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