Some 25 teams are expected to participate in the 2010 basketball season when the Dominica Basketball Association organizes the official opening on April 30.
Registration is currently open and the Association’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mickey Joseph is urging all teams to use this opportunity to register early. The registration fee is $350 and deadline for registration is April 21, according to Joseph, who is also assistant secretary.
The champion team of Antigua comprising of Defence Force members are expected to be invited by the Association to participate at the opening of the basketball season.
The Basketball Association has also planned a warm up tournament carded for April 10. That activity has been spilt including the Premiere League Division for advanced players and Division One for new teams.
As a means of raising funds the association has also organized a three on three street ball style basketball match scheduled to take place on April 10 at the Goodwill hard court. Each match will last for 10 minutes, and expected to stimulate players in preparation for the 2010 basketball season.
Women are allowed to participate in the league alongside men. The association also has on its agenda a women’s tournament. Following that event it is hoped a nationalwomen’s basketball team can be formed to participate in a women’s basketball tournament in Antigua.
The matches for the basketball season will be held at various venues including the Goodwill hard court, Massacre, Grand Bay, St. Joseph, Portsmouth, Paix Bouche and Trafalgar among others. Joseph noted that this was done to encourage team support from the various communities.
Teams interested in participating can collect forms and make payments to any member of the association’s executive, Sports Division or at any location of MVB stores.
The newly elected seven member executive is led by Dave Baron, who is serving his third term as president. Ian Anselm is the vice president, Damien Sorhaindo serves as the treasurer, Garry Benjamin is the secretary. The other executive members are Roddy Deschamps and Earl Mathew. Former president, Edgar Robinson and secretary Sabina Williams were not re-elected.
– Larry Larocque, Staff reporter/photographer