FBA RESPONSE CORONA-VIRUS (COVID-19): COMMISSIONER KITE ​

 

“As global citizens, it is imperative that we, as a league, follow the lead of the rest of the world and suspend all Florida Basketball Association gatherings and activities at this time until the potential dangers of the corona-virus pandemic are better understood, and our leaders and health care professionals put forth a strong vote of confidence confirming a level of safety before league activity resumes. It is our intent for this to merely be a delay in the start of our upcoming 2020 season, not a cancellation. However, public safety has always been and will always remain at the forefront of everything we do.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone being directly impacted by this pandemic, and we urge the entire world to choose caution and care over convenience as we all unify to minimize the danger and impact this pandemic has on our world.”

~ Commissioner Greg Kite

FBA Welcomes Expansion Ft. Lauderdale Herd for the 2019 Season

The Florida basketball Association (FBA) has added Fort Lauderdale, Florida to the list of expansion locations for the upcoming 2019 season. The team, known as the Fort Lauderdale Herd, will be owned by Necho Carroll, a former FBA player for both the Palm Beach Knight and Jacksonville Royals.

Following suit with the rest of the FBA, the mission of the Herd is to bring a professional sports team to the Broward County while also driving positive, community change to the area through the game of basketball.

“We like the entrepreneurship opportunities that our league has provided over the years,” said FBA CEO Mark King. “It’s such an honor and privilege to invest into former players and empower them to become future business leaders in their respective communities.”

The Herd will be coached by Iving Pierlus, who brings over 10 years of organized basketball coaching and training. The team will utilize both the Betty T. Ferguson Sports Complex and the L.A. Lee YMCA Family Center as a venue for their inaugural season.

“We are excited to bring something like this to the Broward community,” said Carroll. “We want to follow the examples that have been set before us by other FBA teams and make a significant impact in our community both on and off the court .”

Fans can get their first look at the Herd on Saturday, May 4th as they host the 2018 FBA Defending Champion Palm Beach Knights. The game will be held at the L.A. Lee YMCA Family Center. Tip off is 3:00pm.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

FLORIDA FLIGHT WIN JUMP 10 FBA TEAM USA QUALIFIER

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Flight of the Florida Basketball Association (FBA) was crowned Team USA after winning the Jump 10 FBA Team USA Selection Qualifying tournament this past Sunday.

The FBA, securing the host rights from Jump 10 and TBGT, Inc., opened the tournament up to any team willing to pay the modest $800 team fee to compete. Teams from as far as South Florida competed in the event.

The Flight came out victorious, going undefeated throughout the tournament. winning a free trip to Shanghai, China. They will  represent the USA in the Jump 10 World Hoops Challenge and play for a grand prize of $100,000 USD.

“We really wanted to start this year off right and make a statement,” said Flight Owner and Head Coach Mark King. “This is our tenth anniversary season, and our entire staff, players and even fans are all working very hard to make this year something special. This is a great start for us!”

The tournament used a slightly modified version of the Jump 10 World Hoops Challenge rules, including the two 12-minute game set competition format, a tie breaker game if needed, and a man-to-man defense requirement during competition. While an adjustment to regular FBA rules, the pace and format of the game gave fans an exciting, intense experience that some want to see more of.

“This was a very exciting format, and I’d like to see more games like this,” said Faye Winfrey. “Each minute was so critical. Each game is important. It really leaves you on the edge of your seat as a fan. It was very exciting.”

The final game featured the Flight against Team Win, a team comprised mostly of players with overseas experience local to the Central Florida region. It was the second meeting between the two in the tournament. The Flight defeated Team Win in round two, causing Team Win to battle through the Loser’s Bracket to get to the finals.

After splitting the first two games in the final round, the teams entered a 2 minute overtime set. Remaining tied after overtime, the two headed to the unique, Jump 10 rule of a sudden death, next basket wins scenario.

Per the double elimination format, a Flight loss would’ve required Team Win to defeat the Flight in a final 12 minute game to secure the championship win. That turned out to be unnecessary. Flight guard Elliott Glegg made the winning basket for the Flight, knocking down a free throw after Team Win was called for an illegal defense violation for trying to use zone defense coverage.

“It felt good getting the winning basket for my team, but it was for sure a collective effort,” said Glegg. “We felt like this was an opportunity for us to make a name for ourselves before heading to China in May for our international tour, so we really wanted to get this Jump 10 championship win.”

The win gives the Flight a free trip to Shanghai, China for the Jump 10 World Hoops Challenge, which will features 16 teams from 12 different countries. This will be the second visit to China for the Flight, as they are also scheduled for a 20 day exposure tour in May.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

 

FBA to Select Team USA for 2019 China Jump 10 Event

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has been designated a Team USA selector for the 2019 Jump 10 World Hoops Challenge, an emerging world class basketball tournament held annually in China.

The tournament, which started in 2016, is a global event where professional athletes and top level domestic amateurs represent their respective countries and compete for world bragging rights and cash prizes totaling $200,000 USD. Winter Park, a city within the Greater Orlando area of Florida, is one of 12 cities from 11 different countries designated as a selection city for the Jump 10 Worldwide Selection series.

The FBA, in partnership with To God Be The Glory, Inc., has chosen a 16 team maximum, double elimination tournament platform to select the team that will represent the USA. The winning team will be given a free trip to Shanghai, China in August to compete in the Jump 10 event.

“We’re proud of the global respect our league has earned in just 7 seasons,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “This is an exciting way for us to kick off our upcoming season, and we are looking forward to selecting a winning team that will represent the USA.”

Several FBA teams will compete in the qualifying event, which is open to any team in the USA. Invitations have also been extended to various other minor league basketball teams.

“I’d like to see several teams from other leagues play in this,” said Mark King, Owner and Head Coach of the Florida Flight. “There’s always some rumblings about which league is better. I say prove it. Let’s give the fans of minor league basketball something to really talk about!”

The FBA Jump 10 Qualifying event will utilize a modified version of the Jump 10 rules for the tournament. One unique setting is the 2 contest win requirement to win and move on to the next round. Teams will play two 12-minute contests for each match. In the event that each team wins one contest, a 2-minute overtime period decides the tie breaker. If the teams remain tied at the end of the overtime, a sudden death contest will ensue, and the team that scores first moves on.

“These unique Jump 10 rules make for a very exciting brand of basketball to watch,” continued Kite. “That’s what fans want to see. Fast pace, up and down, highly competitive basketball.”

The tournament will take place on Sunday, April 7th at the Winter Park Community Center. Games will tentatively begin at 10:00am. For more information regarding the event or to register a team, visit http://www.thefba.com.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

WINTER PARK STORM NAME HEAD COACH                   

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(Orlando, FL) – The Winter Park Storm has named Barry Mestel as Head Coach for their upcoming season in the Florida Basketball Association (FBA).

Mestel, who has spent time as an NBA and WNBA scout, brings a wealth of experience to the Storm. Through his Winning Ways Pro International organization, Mestel and his staff have helped hundreds of players advance their careers and secure professional playing opportunities internationally. Through the Storm and the FBA, he sees an opportunity to further build upon those numbers.

“The FBA has proven itself to be a top minor league system that does exactly what it’s supposed to do,” said Mestel. “Basketball has long needed a sustainable, consistent platform that gives players a place to play, the knowledge to improve as professionals, and the resources that teams abroad need to consider signing import players. The FBA builds teams that follow that plan, and I’m excited to build a team of players for the Storm that can believe in that.”

Mestel also co-hosts Full Court Coverage, an Orlando-based radio show featured on 96.9’s The Game, with former NBA head coach Richie Adubato.

“I’ve know Barry for a long time,” said Mark King, CEO of the FBA. “He’ll bring a huge network of resources and value to the FBA. The Storm has landed a fantastic coach to lead this team.”

Recruitment for the Storm has already begun. The team will host it’s first-ever tryout at the Winter Park Community Center on Sunday, March 3rd. For information on tryouts, email info@thestormhoops.com.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

FBA TARGETS TAMPA FOR 2019 EXPANSION

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has added Tampa, Florida to the list of expansion for the upcoming 2019 season.

The team, known as the Tampa Gunners, will be owned by an investment group led by former Florida Flight player Daniel Rodriguez. The team will be a travel only team, but will remain eligible for playoff competition.

“Our branding team plan gives new team owners a proper framework to build momentum for their team and adapt their business plans as needed to their market,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “The business part of professional basketball takes time to understand. It’s imperative for all of our teams to start off on the right foot, having an understanding of how to generate revenue through sports entertainment.”

The Gunners will play a full 10 game schedule this season, consisting mostly of road games against current FBA teams. The coaching staff and team has already been assembled.

“I’m so thankful for an opportunity to stay around the game,” Rodriguez said. “The FBA is really changing the culture of basketball, creating opportunities for players even beyond playing the game. I’m excited to build something solid for the city of Tampa.”

FBA fans can get their first look at the Gunners on February 23rd. The Space Coast Stars will host the Gunners in an exhibition game at Calvary Chapel in Melbourne, Florida. Game time is 1:15pm. Tickets are $5.00, and kids are free.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

FBA HEADING TO WINTER PARK

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) will add the Winter Park Storm out of Winter Park, Florida for the upcoming 2019 season.

The Storm will be owned by Ernest Jones, a veteran professional basketball player who finished his playing career with the Florida Flight, also a member of the FBA. The Storm will play their home games at the Winter Park Community Center located in downtown Winter Park.

“We’re excited to have another FBA team in the central Florida region,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “There’s a lot of talent in central Florida, and there’s a real need for additional opportunities for players to continue playing after college.”

As with all FBA teams, the Storm will use a mix of scouting, recruiting and open tryouts to build their roster. The team will host their first ever tryout on Saturday, March 3rd at their home venue.

“I’m excited to transition from player to owner, said Jones. “It’s been great seeing the FBA grow. I’m looking forward to building on to what’s already been established and bringing a team to the beautiful city of Winter Park.”

The Storm will begin play in April of 2019. For more information, email info@thestormhoops.com.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.