The first competition games are on Thursday, April 3 at the Telecom Sports Arena.
The 2014 season will be tipping off with the mixed business house competition that is expected to provide a bumper start to full season.
As well as the adults getting a run around, the Cook Islands Basketball Federation will also be launching their ‘Hoops 4 Kids’ (H4K) program in the first week of April in the hope of gauging the support and viability of holding an inter-schools competition while also developing the skills and the physical and mental aptitude of its youth participants.
Both the mixed business house and H4K program will also be buoyed by the arrival of a Federated International Basketball Association Oceania coaching official who will be looking to develop and hone the coaching skills and officials’ capacity of our local basketball officiating enthusiasts.
It is expected that Annie Le Fleur, FIBA Oceania development officer will be in country during the first week of the school holidays to conduct basketball sessions with school students and officiating courses with coaches and referees – current or aspiring.
Le Fleur herself is a silver medallist from the 2000 Olympics playing for the Australian Opals so her depth of knowledge and expertise will be of great benefit to build on the capacity of local players, coaches and officials.
Registrations are being taken for the mixed competition and if you are interested in submitting a team ring Melissa Mataio on 74939 or James Puati on 51159.
Team registration fees are $250 and competition rules are also available from the CIBF games director.
If you are interested in playing or attending the coaching or refereeing workshops with Annie Le Fleur, please contact Mellisa, James or Stephen Lyon president CIBF on 54544. –CIBF