(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.