On this page you can find basic info, pricing, spring / summer info and how bracketing is done.
BAM Jam is a 3 on 3 basketball tournament for players of all ages and abilities. The first tournament was held in downtown Boise on August 7, 2008 with 22 courts and 142 teams and has continued to grow each year. Proceeds from the tournaments are donated to local non-profit organizations.
Each year BAM Jam offers two tournaments, a summer and a spring version, providing unique experiences for players. The Spring version is indoors, while the summer version takes you to Boise’s streets. Teams are placed in brackets based on age, gender, experience and competition level in order to produce balanced games through the entire tournament. Additional details on each BAM Jam tournament are described below.
Summer BAM Jam
The summer version of BAM Jam is a two day format, which is played on the streets of downtown Boise, Idaho in early August. The summer format allows for a 3 game guarantee that goes all day Saturday and until Sunday afternoon.
Additionally, on Saturday of the summer tournament features a special Slam Dunk and 3-Point Challenge on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol Building. This is the only event of its kind in the entire United States. Click here to learn more about the Slam Dunk competition and click here to learn more about how you can participate in the 3-Point Challenge.
During the tournament, Capitol Park features some of the best food vendors in town. Grab a bite to eat, a refreshing drink or an ice cold treat while you are waiting for your next game. And there is also a huge farmer’s market just a block away on Saturday morning.
Each person that comes to downtown Boise will see Idaho’s largest 3 on 3 tournament, while also experiencing one of the premier cities in the Northwest. Whether it’s before or after your game, downtown Boise provides a vibrant mix of shopping, dinning and nightlife. Bring the whole family down and join us for BAM Jam!
Spring BAM Jam
The spring version of BAM Jam is held each year inside a premier basketball facility. After two year’s at Taco Bell Arena and three years at the Borah Sports Complex, the tournament is now held at Capital High School. BAM Jam offers a one of a kind experience only offered in Boise, Idaho. You are able to watch all the madness of the NCAA Tournament while also playing the game you love. Big screen TV’s are set up in the player’s lounge to keep you up to date on all your favorite college teams and allow you to follow your NCAA tournament brackets.
You and your team get two shots to win it all as BAM Jam is a double elimination format. As an indoor tournament, there are many benefits to the players. However, it also creates a limited amount of space we can offer to teams. Registering early is a must if you want to guarantee your spot! BAM Jam is the perfect culmination of high school and college seasons. Come celebrate the end of the basketball season and all the NCAA madness with BAM Jam!
Brackets – where should I play?
BAM Jam strives to put the most competitive and evenly matched teams in the same bracket. In order to give you and all other teams a positive experience, we rely on the information you provide in order to properly bracket your team. We will use gender, age, height and experience as determining factors. Please be as accurate as possible in order to be placed in the appropriate bracket.
A common question we get is “how are the teams bracketed?” Our goal is to create brackets that are balanced and fair to everyone in the bracket, based on the information that we are provided.
How are brackets created?
For youth and high school teams, the first step is to determine which grade they are as a team. Teams are considered to be in the grade of the player that is in the oldest grade. So if there is a player in the 7th grade and 2 in the 6th grade then that team is considered a 7th grade team. Ideally there are enough teams in the same grade to create a bracket of the same grade teams. However, from time to time we have to combine two grades in to the same bracket, such as a 7th/8th grade bracket in order to have enough teams to play. If there are enough teams in the same grade to have two brackets, teams are separated based on the experience factor listed by the players.
For adult brackets, the first separation occurs based on the level that teams elect to play at. If there are enough teams to create multiple brackets in, for example, the adult recreational division, we use age as the separating factor followed by experience.
Keep in mind that it is absolutely impossible to create perfect brackets. We do the best that we can. We tweak the process each year. All the brackets are based on the information that we are provided. And of course there is always the “get hot” factor, where a player that is normally average is “feeling it” during the tournament and performs better than expected (it goes the other way too). All in all, just remember that this is an event that was created for fun, that the people working it are volunteers, the teams are all playing for t-shirts and come Monday we all have to go back to work!
Standard Divisions (Youth, Recreational, and Competitive)
The majority of our participants play in the standard divisions which include Adult, High School and Youth. Each have options to play all male or female teams. If you would like to play as co-ed, we have Adult and High School divisions available.
Do you want to prove your skills vs the Northwest’s best? The elite division is for you! We offer Men’s, Woman’s, Men’s 6′ under and High School elite divisions. BAM Jam provides officials for every game in the elite bracket. Please take special note, space is limited for all divisions.
Pricing for each division is as follows:
Standard Divisions (Youth, Recreational, and Competitive)
- Men’s 6’0 Under: $150 Team Fee
- Adult: $150 Team Fee
- High School (9-12 grade): $150 Team Fee
- Youth (3-8 grade): $125 Team Fee
Elite Divisions (no co-ed, officials provided)
- Men’s 6’0 Under: $175 Team Fee
- Adult (men and women): $175 Team Fee
If you see a “Guaranteed Deadline” this means that if you register on or before this date you will get into the tournament with almost no exceptions. However, if you wait until after this date there will often be a late fee and you will be placed in a bracket where room is available. So we highly encourage you to register for the tournament BEFORE the guaranteed deadline.