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The London Basketball Association is thrilled to announce our new ‘Exhibition Games’ service! This service will allow teams to get matched up and take part in real basketball games, giving both males and females of different ages the opportunity to test themselves and show off their skills in a traditional basketball setting.
As always, LBA will provide officials and will act as the central hub, keeping everyone in the know by displaying the latest results and upcoming fixtures. LBA will also be taking photographs and holding pre and post game player interviews, all of which will be posted to the official LBA Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages, and the LBA website.
From the phenomenal success we’ve already had in our competitions, you can rest assured that players participating in these match-ups will have a fantastic experience. Drop what you’re doing and sign up your team today!
We will try our best to create competitive match ups based on the skill of the players and needs of the team, rather than based on age alone.
It may sound strange to challenge the traditional ways of matching teams, but if we look at the best sporting nations, they often apply unorthodox models of training to achieve high levels of success. There are many unusual winning formulas which the UK could and should use to reach the same levels. Take New Zealand, for example, home of the All Blacks, Rugby’s best international team. Training starts as early as age 5 and the players are matched based upon weight rather than age. This weight matching system means players are placed in highly competitive environments that push them to succeed. No matter how young they may be, once a player is big (and strong) enough to enter real competition, they’re ready to go, equipped with the skills they need to dominate the field. Don’t believe us? Watch this nine year old use the skills he’s learnt to score try after try; with his training he’s not just bigger: he’s better.
But it’s not just this that we’re aiming to tackle with our Exhibition Games; we’re providing opportunities for competitive play at all levels. Female basket-ballers and primary school kids are probably the most affected by the lack of such matches. They are provided with very limited chance to reach their full potential because they are not getting enough regular competition. Did you know that the the U12 bracket doesn’t even exist in NGB’s competitive basketball regime anymore? An entire year is spent without regulated competition! However, providing more opportunity wouldn’t be enough, because these groups often lack fair competition too. When you consider the amount of one sided games which are played, and the detrimental effect it can have, LBA believe there needs to be a restructure in the way in which games are sorted. The key lies within the vast ability range in young people and females, something that we as an association have seen. That’s why with our Exhibition Games we’re matching players based on skill level – so that whether you’re young and talented, or an adult just picking up the sport, you’ll get the level of competition you need to develop.
When you consider the amount of one sided games which are played, and the detrimental effect it can have, LBA believe there needs to be a restructure in the way in which games are sorted. The key lies within the vast ability range in young people and females, something that we as an association have seen. That’s why with our Exhibition Games we’re matching players based on skill level – so that whether you’re young and talented, or an adult just picking up the sport, you’ll get the level of competition you need to develop.
It’s the place where ‘anyone can get a friendly game’. It may sound unorthodox but it’s a step in the right direction for basketball in this country. After all, the USA only dominates because kids start young and are exposed to a competitive environment from day one. By providing games for students matched by skill we can also support this sport from the grassroots up. Of course we’ll do all this whilst providing you with the highest quality officiating so that every game is safe, fair, and led by qualified individuals.
If you’re interested then check out the ‘Exhibition Games‘ page for more details. Prices start from just £30,with a referee provided. Once you complete the form and sign up you’ll be matched to the level of competition which meets your needs. Still not convinced? Well you’ll be glad to know that we’ve done this before on a smaller scale with this international friendly game between a special LBA selected team and Maccabi USA.
Once again, make sure you check out the main page Exhibition Games page for full details!