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Big Plans For Basketball

F IBA Oceania under their new administration headed by chairman Burton Shipley plans to lift the standard of basketball in the Pacific. FIBA Oceania secretary general David Crocker says FIBA
30 Nov 2014 14:47
Big Plans For Basketball
FIBA Oceania Secretary-General David Crocker, at USP Laucala Campus, Suva, yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

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IBA Oceania under their new administration headed by chairman Burton Shipley plans to lift the standard of basketball in the Pacific.

FIBA Oceania secretary general David Crocker says FIBA Oceania aims to raise the profile of the sport in the next five years.

“We’ve set some big plans for the next five years and one of our big ambitions is to double the number of people playing basketball in the Pacific,” Crocker said.

“We will to implement not only five-a-side but certainly the three by three game is an area that we think can help develop basketball.

There will also be a chance for Pacific countries to qualify for the World Cup as there are now four spots open beside Australia and New Zealand said Crocker,

“From 2017, FIBA globally will have a new competition system. The competition system will now see Oceania and Asia combined to qualify for the world champs in the seniors and in the youth,” he said.

“This is a big opportunity for all countries here in the Pacific because now four countries from the Oceania zone will qualify into the World Cup qualification system, so not only Australia and New Zealand as it has always been in the past.”

FIBA Oceania will be bringing the president of the World Association of Basketball Coaches Patrick Hunt and Global Head of Refereeing Carl Jungebrand to Fiji to help lift the standard of officials.

“Alongside the competition, Basketball Fiji and FIBA Oceania are hosting Patrick Hunt who will be delivering a coaching course for the head coaches of the 2015 Pacific Games senior teams,” said Crocker.

“This programme is all about how to prepare your teams for a tournament play in a big event like the Pacific Games.

“Additionally we have Carl Jungebrand who has come to Suva to help us deliver referee courses to try and licence more referees in Oceania.

“We have eight candidates trying to achieve an international basketball referee licence, currently we only have 19 here in the Pacific and only four of those are outside of Australia and New Zealand.

“We are very committed to try and improve the standard of officiating and our investment in bringing Carl to Fiji is part of our commitment to growing the game.”

Two coaching courses will be run by Hunt, one for the general public tonight and the clinic for the Pacific Games head coaches will be held tomorrow night as well at USP and the Vodafone Arena.

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