Local coaching gets boost from FIBA

A coaching course is set to raise the standard of local basketball.

Next month will see the return of a FIBA level one coaching course put on by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association (CIBA).

The course will be held 15-20 March at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. On the first day, instruction will be held from 10am-4pm. On Sunday it will go from 2pm-6pm and then Monday to Thursday 6:30pm-9:30pm.

Thereafter there will be a compact level one course offered to the sister islands. This will be held 22-23 March in Cayman Brac from 10am to 6pm.

Technical Director of the CIBA Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro said the session comes at a time when local basketball is looking to improve.

‘We [the CIBA] are setting up for more qualified technical personnel (coaches, referees, etc). Level one [FIBA] certification is a step in that direction.’

CIBA is hoping the course will produce more certified locals. There are currently two qualified instructors on island. They went to the Dominican Republic to pass the FIBA course. In addition, Cayman also has one qualified FIBA referee.

The course will allow any interested persons to gain level one FIBA-certified coaching status. Being a level one FIBA coach will allow anyone to train any child in any part of the world.

Also from this year onwards, the certification will be mandatory in order to coach the Men’s League in either the A or B division.

O’Garro said the plan is to cement the Men’s League as the cornerstone of local basketball.

‘In the senior [A] division, we want to raise the bar and at the same time raise the quality of the sport by enhancing the coaching.’

In the future, CIBA will host a level two certification course. The timetable for that session is within a year to 18 months.

O’Garro says he eventually wants to see all leagues have a set coaching standard.

‘It’s important for all coaches who make a contribution to local basketball to be FIBA-certified. You can’t really coach or be recognized by a world body without that qualification.

‘Our athletes need quality instruction. That way the knowledge passed to them will be from a recognized source.’

To register or get more information contact Victor O’Garro at 916-5083.