Developing coaches from provinces

THE NEGROS Basketball Association – Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (NBA-SBP) had its successful coaching clinic over the weekend at the St. John’s Institute in Bacolod City.

SBP Coaches’ Committee head Joseph Uichico lauded the two-day event which was attended by coaches from public and private schools as well as from local government units from Escalante City down to Cauayan town.

Uichico said the primary objective of the program is to develop coaches from the grassroots like Physical Education teachers as well as those who coach small schools and inter-barangay tournaments.

“This clinic was basically teaching coaches the fundamentals of basketball,” Uichico said. “Before teaching them the advance concepts of coaching, they have to know, understand, even master the fundamentals of the sport.”

He added: “We can’t take shortcuts in the process because we will end up teaching the wrong things. Those coaches in Manila have many tournaments and clinics accessible to them, that’ why we are concentrating in the provinces.”

The former PBA champion coach also said that after Level 1, coaches will move up to the next level of learning (Level 1.2) to be held in Iloilo on June.

“We can’t have it all in one sitting. There are lots of things to learn in coaching and we want that coaches learn it slowly but effectively,” Uichico said.


Negrense Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez aim for another beach volleyball title when they compete in the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour Santa Fe Open this weekend at the Beach Placid Resort in Bantayan Island, Cebu.

Tan and Rodriguez, who were representing Negros team in this leg, will tangle with 11 other squads to score a follow-up to their championship run in the Puerto Galera leg two weeks ago.

Representing Team Amazing Puerto Galera, Tan and Rodriguez ruled the Puerto Galera leg with a masterful 21-15, 21-14 conquest of Team XentroMall’s Derie Rosales and Negrense MJ Ebro.

Rounding out the competition are teams from PetroGazz, Cebu, Visayas, National University, Cebu, Bacolod, University of San Carlos, Southwestern University and Russia.

Tournament format calls for 12 teams divided into four brackets battling it out in a single round-robin affair. The top two teams per group will advance to the quarterfinals, where the winners will progress to the semifinals.

Last year, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos beach volleyball standouts Alexa Polidario and Erjane Magdato topping the women’s side of the Santa Fe leg./PN


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