Hoops get shot at indoors

There is nothing quite like attacking the rim indoors.

The court is flat and even, planting and pivoting off one’s feet is easier and the elements have no impact on one’s shot.

In recent years that description has been nothing more than a dream for locals. However this summer offers a chance to experience that in real life.

Today marks the deadline to register for the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Indoor League.

The league is organized by the basketball association’s competition chairman Collin Anglin and technical director Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro. Games take place next Tuesday at the Camana Bay Arts and Recreation Center located on the Cayman International School compound.

The Center, overseen by property manager for Camana Bay Sports Facilities Jeff Wight, has an indoor court with a shock-absorbing surface and retractable bleachers that can seat up to 400 people.

Action will span across four categories in the men’s one, men’s two, women’s and masters (over-40s) divisions.

Matches are slated to be played Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Each game is slated to consist of two 20 minute halves instead of four 10 minute quarters.

The entrance fee for spectators is slated to be CI$2 per person.

The league is expected to conclude early September and include a four team, single elimination playoffs.

For many members of the basketball association the indoor league is a gateway for local hoops to shift permanently indoors.

News of the league’s start comes after the national basketball team’s participation in the 2009 NatWest Island Games in Aaland near Finland.

Cayman had a less than stellar performance as they ended up in fourth place without a medal. More information on that performance will come in a story later this week.

Prospective teams have until the end of today to register and pay the $750 team fee.

With no sponsor onboard at present the league is funded solely on registration fees. As a result teams are reminded that there will be no extensions.

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