Weis Words Named Official Content Provider of the FBA


(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has selected Winter Park, FL-based Weis Words to be its official Content Provider.

Weis Words (www.weiswords.biz) is owned by John Weis, who previously served as Director of Media Relations for the Florida Flight, one of the league’s cornerstone franchises, from 2009-2016. He also spent six seasons as Broadcast Coordinator for the Orlando Magic Radio Network.

Weis Words will provide monthly content focusing on FBA players, coaches, ownership and key staff members; and participate in other league activities as needed.

“John is a gifted writer whose knowledge of the game and familiarity with our league made him the obvious choice,” said Greg Kite, FBA Commissioner. “We have exceptional players, coaches and support staff that make up our league and many of them have highly interesting stories that deserve to be told. John will be in charge of these efforts and he’ll do a fantastic job for us.”

“I am very excited to once again be part of the FBA family, and I thank (FBA Owner) Mark King and Commissioner Kite for this opportunity,” Weis said. “I look forward to bringing a new level of coverage and insider access to the league’s fans.”  

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 careers.

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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.

 

WINDERMERE UP NEXT FOR FBA EXPANSION

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has approved plans for the Windermere Rain, the second of three expansion teams being added for the upcoming 2018 season.

The team will be led by Andrew Haas, the former General Manager of the Florida Flight. In his time with the Flight, Haas was involved with everything from sports management, corporate relationships, social media marketing, player coaching and development. He’s also assisted in generating strategic relationships with both domestic and international teams.

“Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his time with the Florida Flight,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “He’s had the benefit of seeing what works and what doesn’t in the central Florida area, and those experiences should help this team to find an accelerated path towards success.”

The Rain will play their home games at Windermere Preparatory School, a 12 college preparatory school in Lake Butler, an unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida.

“I’m super excited to transition from executive to owner. It has always been a huge dream of mine to own my own professional basketball team,” said Haas. “I know the challenges that lie ahead, but I feel confident that with my experience over the last 10 years, we’ll be able to bring something new and exciting to the Windermere community.”

The upcoming FBA season will begin in March of 2018. Tryouts for the Rain will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, email info@windermererain.com, visit their website at www.windermererain.com, follow the team on Facebook (@WindermereRainProBasketballClub), or visit the FBA website at 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.

FLORIDA FLIGHT TO PLAY AT AMWAY CENTER

Knights at Flight 6-7-14-111(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Flight has been invited by the Orlando Magic to play the Mickael Pietrus-sponsored Team CSR (Guadalupe) at the Amway Arena.

The invitation is an extension of the Magic’s Court of Dreams initiative, where the NBA team provides an opportunity for individuals to play basketball on a bonafide NBA hardwood court.

This will be the second time the two teams compete. The Flight training camp roster squared off against Team CSR during the Flight’s 2013 pre-season. Team CSR won the contest 65-60. The Flight will feature most of their official 2014 roster for the upcoming rematch.

“I’m extremely grateful to Antonio Perez and the entire Orlando Magic family for extending this opportunity to us,” said Mark King, Owner and Head Coach of the Flight. “The Flight exists to provide a development and exposure platform that enables players to continue their pursuit of a professional basketball career. Our players are very talented, but for many of them, this might be the closest they get to playing on an actual NBA court. That’s what you call Pure Magic!

The game will be held at the Amway Arena on Saturday, November 1st. Tickets are available for fans wishing to attend. In accordance with the Magic’s Court of Dreams Initiative, each ticket will also provide fans with admission to the Orlando Magic-Toronto Raptors game that same evening.

Tickets start at just $20. Tip-off is slated for 1:30pm. For ordering information, please contact the Florida Flight at tickets@flighthoops.com.

The Florida Flight is a member team of the Florida Basketball Association. The mission of the Florida Flight is to utilize the platform of professional basketball to invest in the lives of others. For more information on the Florida Flight, please visit http://www.flighthoops.com. For more information about the Florida Basketball Association, please visit www.thefba.com.

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FBA TRAVELS FROM ABROAD: ALEX RICHMAN – Blog 1 – October 28, 2014

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Hello World. My name is Alex Richman, I played guard for the Florida Flight of the FBA last season.I was asked to keep a blog for the new FBA Travels from Abroad feature. Although I’m in a different minor league right now (and not technically abroad), Coach King (Florida Flight) asked me to submit some blog entries for it, so that I can give the FBA fans and other aspiring players a taste of just how hard chasing a professional basketball career as an under-recruited player can be. I’ll be playing in the American Basketball Association (ABA) for the Louisiana Soul.

With my season approaching in the ABA, I wanted to get one more run in at the gym before my team practices and the season starts. As a professional basketball player in the states, you get as many pick up games and work outs in as possible because teams in the states don’t practice like overseas team. In the ABA you’re lucky to get two practices a week and even more lucky to have the whole team show up.

Of course with my season approaching, I play cautiously so I won’t get hurt. Next thing you know, I step on a guy’s foot and sprain my ankle, two weeks before my first game. The doctor gave me a boot and some medicine and told me to stay off my foot for 2-3 weeks.

With so many teams in this league, a good majority of teams fold due to financial problems. What do you know…our first game which was scheduled for November 2nd got canceled due to financial issues for our opposing team. Well fortunately, ABA basketball saved me from missing my first game. This time a canceled game worked out well for me and my injury. Our first game now for the Louisiana Soul is November 8th in San Antonio. #soulup #soulpower #abalife

FBA TRAVELS FROM ABROAD: SPENSER MITCHELL – Blog 4 – October 28, 2014

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I just finished my fifth week of school, nearly marking 2 months for me in Ireland. We just came off a loss against UCC Demons, and quite frankly we should have won the game. We lost by 15 points and, to be honest, they are definitely not 15 points better than us. We came out really strong as a team, but it felt like we couldn’t get everyone on the same page at the same time and that was our downfall. it could’ve been not talking on screens or communicating on defense, or it could’ve been failing to run our offenses through completely, but whatever the case we need to come together better as a team. It seems like we aren’t yet comfortable with each other as a team; you could even argue maybe we don’t fully trust each other on the court and believe that they will be there with you on plays or on defense.

But that’s okay, it’s only the second game and those things all improve with time. We will have our shot at Demons again, and we will come out with a victory, that’s for sure. College season started this past week as well, and it is definitely something I am excited about. Regardless of the level of competition, I finally get to be on the court at the same time as Marcus, Sam and Juan. We play together so well, that is a tough combination for anyone to stop. We won by over 40 to IT Tallaght, but unfortunately it was a pretty ugly victory. But like the pro team, that chemistry will improve with time.

School hit one of its hardest points this past week; assignments were due. The way the Master’s program is set up at Griffith is there is basically only two grades in your classes. You receive 50% for one assignment and 50% for the final exam. This obviously has its ups and downs as if you do well on both, you do great in the class, but if you don’t do so well on either the assignment or exam, your grades will show this. The other tricky balance is the incorporation of group projects; majority of my assignments are done with a group, and this group is the same for every assignment. This is where you understand how different education is and how various the cultural perspectives are in other countries. We definitely have had our misunderstandings as a group and it has hindered our performance on a couple of assignments, but in the end I think we managed to get through them and work things out. Obviously I haven’t seen the grades yet, so I’ll get back to you on how successful my team actually was!

I have really gotten to know a bunch of people in my school, more particularly these partner program students from both France and Germany. They always try to include me in their plans to go out or get a bite to eat and I couldn’t be happier that they openly include me. I have even tried to return the favor by including them with my team’s outings. I’ve also gotten very close to a few of the players as well. Obviously the two I live with, Juan and Sam, are very close with me but that’s inevitable when you spend most of your day with them, but those guys are great. Marcus, the other American, is always with us and that is another great guy to be around. Michael Goj aka “Goo” is definitely my best friend (he requested a shout-out, so this seemed fitting), but we really do get along well. Similar tastes in music and movies help close the 11-year age gap, but you don’t even realize it’s that much majority of the time. Derek, aka “Big Mac”, is another guy who will do just about anything for anyone, especially us new guys. Connor, aka “Gally”, is a kid inside the body of a massive 30 year old, but he cracks me up and is another great guy. Paul has been my life-saver since I’ve been here it would seem; he has shown me the ins and outs of Swords, helped me with the phone, laptop, lifts to places, everything, and you would think he was from Cali if you didn’t hear him speak! He is just an all-around great person, blessed to know the guy. Donal, hands down one of the smartest guys I’ve met is another genuine dude that really has made my time here quite simple. And for a guy working on his doctorate and playing basketball, I would say he is doing it with ease! Kev is next; Kev may be incredibly strange to those who don’t know him (and those who do), but he definitely means well. He knows so much about rehabilitation and physical wellness because he is a personal trainer outside of basketball. At a bar he is a riot to be around (like everyone else on my team). Darragh V. has been great to us as well, definitely has been through a lot, but it obviously has made him into the awesome person he is today. Isaac, our point guard, is the only Irish guy I have ever met that can switch his Irish accent off to a full-blown American one when his temper rises, it is spot on! He’s a very talented ball player, but a good guy as well. The whole team is full of guys that I am extremely fortunate to know. Coach, aka Dave, is a character. Definitely knows the game and how to run a training session, but he also knows how to have a good time. He is one of the funniest people I have ever met, and just a really approachable coach to play for. He has made my time here worthwhile, and I am very happy that everything worked out with me coming to play for him. Last, but definitely not least is Ger. Ger is like my second mom; she will do anything for us, stop by and help if needed, pick us up and take us places, or even just talk to her if you need someone to talk to (obviously all of these things include a cup of tea first), but she really knows how to make you feel welcome in a foreign place. I am extremely lucky to have the group of guys I have with me and I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world.

Well that about sums up both my last week and the promised shout-outs. Until next time…

FBA TEAMS ANNOUNCED; 2014 SEASON SCHEDULE RELEASED

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 Regular Season Schedule.

The league will return all four of their inaugural FBA teams and include a new, yet to be named Miami-based expansion team.

The FBA season will kick off Saturday, May 10th, with a 2013 championship rematch between the defending champion Heartland Prowl and the 2012 Champion Tampa Bay Rebels in Lake Wales, Florida. The Florida Flight will also take an east coast swing to Palm Beach and Miami for a doubleheader weekend.

The season will again be comprised of 12 regular season games for each team. It will also include an FBA All-Star Game to be played at the end of the season. In addition to the All-Star Game, festivities will include a 3-point shootout and a slam-dunk contest.

“We’re excited to show growth as we enter our 3rd season with the addition of a team in Miami,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “The FBA brand is being built on the quality, not quantity of teams in our league. Our steady, deliberate progression confirms our commitment to that vision.”

The regular season ends on Sunday, July 27, with the playoffs beginning the following weekend.

For a complete schedule, please visit 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.