Hot Shots launched on Labor Day Weekend in 2003. Directed by the legendary Mel Moore, Yakima’s initial 3-on-3 street basketball tournament drew 217 teams. The first event was played on 20 courts spread throughout several downtown streets.
In 2004 and 2005, Hot Shots featured 24 courts and expanded to North 3rd Street next to Ron’s Coin & Books.
In 2005, Mel Moore stepped down as event director for Hot Shots. The Yakima Valley Sports Commission staff, in partnership with a local organizing committee and Yakima Parks and Recreation, continued to operate Hot Shots. In 2017, a record 509 teams registered for the tournament.
The mission of Hot Shots is to provide players with a great event to showcase their skills and have fun against outstanding competition. At the same time, the Yakima Valley Sports Commission welcomes our out-of-town visitors who come here for the event. The tournament helps support the work of the Sports Commission in marketing the Yakima Valley as a sports event destination throughout the Pacific Northwest. Come and enjoy the fruits of the Yakima Valley’s bountiful harvest while you prove that you are indeed a Hot Shot.
If you have any questions about Hot Shots, please contact the Yakima Valley Sports Commission at 509-573-3083.