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The basketball tournament will take place from July 26 to 28 at South Arm Park.

Richmond’s annual 4-on-4 summer basketball tournament returns later this month.

The 37th annual Dolphin Basketball Classic tournament is back and will be held July 26-28 with men’s and women’s basketball teams at South Arm Park.

Co-founded by Steveston High School graduates Bruce Watson, Bira Bindra, Taj Johal and Tong Wong-Hen, the tournament began at Dolphin Park in 1986 and has since been moved to South Arm Park due to its growing size.

“We have a unique game format of 4v4 instead of 5v5 because the pitch at Dolphin Park was originally slightly smaller than regulation size,” explained Watson.

He described the courts as “unique” in that they are four-a-side courts and are slightly less wide and long, something Watson hasn’t seen in other cities or neighborhoods.

“That’s why we invented our own game, so to speak.”

Watson told the News from Richmond The annual basketball tournament has a “really nice, social atmosphere” that keeps people coming back every year.

“It’s a very entertaining tournament. It’s kind of like a reunion in a basketball tournament,” he said.

“There are generations of Dolphins players and they keep coming back until they stop playing.”

Last year’s tournament saw a record number of teams participating and Watson said organizers are expecting a similar turnout this year.

The athletes participating in the tournament range from high school graduates to players in their 40s.

Admission and viewing are free for the public and there are refreshments and a beer garden available.

Also on Sunday, there will be a fan-favorite three-point and dunk contest at 8880 Williams Road.

The schedule for this year’s tournament will be available the week of July 21st.

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