New Delhi to host 64th National Basketball Championship for Men & Women
New Delhi, 24th February 2014: Delhiites will have a unique opportunity to come up close and personal with the the best Indian Men and Women Basketball Players as New Delhi gets ready to host 64th National Basketball Championship for Men & Women from 26th February to 5th March, 2014 at Thyagaraj Stadium. The Basketball Federation of India organised and IMG-Reliance supported event will feature many of the players who made the country proud by winning the Gold and Bronze medals in the Senior Men and Women’s Basketball events, respectively, at the recently concluded 2014 Lusofonia Games held in Goa.
Defending champions Uttarakhand Men will hope for a repeat of their last years breath taking performance. In the Women’s category, Indian Railways with an unblemished record of last six years will look forward to maintain their dominance once again. In all 51 teams, 27 men and 24 women will participate in the country’s top most competition played on League–cum–Knock-out basis. Top 10 teams of the previous year ranking are grouped in Pool A’ & B’ (Level I). The winner will take home Rs 1,00,000 while the first and second runners-up will receive Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively. The rest of the teams will be playing the qualifying league in the Pools ‘C,D,E,F’ for a chance to be promoted to Level 1 for the 65th Senior National Basketball Championship. The competition will take place on three indoor basketball Courts of Thyagaraj Stadium. Nivia Pro Touch is the official basketball for this Championship.
NBA Hall of Fame Coach Del Harris will be a guest of honor for opening ceremonies on 26th February and will be conducting a “Train The Trainers” Coaching Clinic during the Championship.
The National Championship will also serve as a selection ground for upcoming 17th Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea and players from all over the country would be putting their best foot forward therby raising the level of competition.
“Train The Trainers” Coaching Clinic
‘Coaches Clinic’ will be held on 27th February 2014 from 11am to 1pm at the Tyagraj Stadium in New Delhi for the local as well as the participating team coaches. Del Harris NBA Hall of Fame Coach and Scott Flemming, Men';s National Basketball Team Head Coach will be conducting the Clinic. The clinic is open to all coaches and/or players.
Ms Roopam Harish Sharma, CEO, BFI said “I am pleased to announce that the 64th National Basketball Championshipis is being held in New Delhi. The National Basketball Championship continues to be one of the most competitive basketball tournaments in India at the highest level. BFI and its partners IMG-Reliance have made significant progress in developing the sport of Basketball in the country and competitions like these will help to boost the popularity of the sport. I would also like to thank Coach Del Harris for making himself available and being a part of enhancing the knowledge of our coaches.”
About Del Harris
Del Harris has coached basketball at every level over the past 53 years, spanning seven decades. He started as a coach in junior high and coached four more years in public schools followed by ten successful years at the college level. He been involved with the NBA at various levels for thirty-eight years and has been head coach of the Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers, where he was Coach of the Year in 1995. He became only the 19th NBA coach to win 500 regular season games in 1997. His teams won over 540 games in just 12 full seasons. He is currently Vice President of the Texas Legends team in the NBA Development League, the Mavericks minor league affiliate. He has coached the national teams of Puerto Rico, Canada, the United States, Dominican Republic and China. He was the first foreign head coach of the national team of China for the 2004 Olympics, guiding them to the best performance in their history, where they eliminating the at the time World Champion Serbia to gain entry to the medal round.
He is the author of many basketball coaching articles and three coaching books as well as a sports novel for young readers. His latest book, On Point—Four Steps To Better Life Teams, has achieved much acclaim for its theories on the topic of Teambuilding. In addition he is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, having appeared in various television and movie productions, including the iconic movie, Space Jam.
He is a member of five Halls of Fame, including the Indiana Basketball Hall and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall, Earlham College, Milligan College, and his hometown of Plainfield, Indiana. He has been nominated for consideration to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
About Scott Flemming Indian Senior Men';s National Team Head Coach
Scott Flemming is currently the Head Coach of Indian Senior Men';s National Basketball Team. He brings along with him over 30 years of collegiate and professional coaching experience in the United States. During his career, Flemming has earned two National Coach of the Year awards
Prior to joining BFI, Flemming was the Assistant Coach of the Texas Legends in the NBA Development League, where he often served as the acting Head Coach, leading both current and future NBA players. He has also served as the Men';s Head Coach and Athletic Director at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio. During his years with the Cougars, Flemming compiled an overall record of 397-226 (.64 winning percentage) – the most wins of any coach in the program';s 40-year history.
About Basketball Federation of India
The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 16 have been bestowed with the honor of Arjuna Award. More information at www.indiabasketball.org
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