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Belize to be represented at Centrobasket U17 in Nicaragua in July-August, Belize Basketball Federation launches Junior National Team Program

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Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2022. 9:41 am CST.

Photo Credit: BBF

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize will compete in the Centrobasket U17 Championship in Nicaragua in July-August. To that end, the Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) is launching its Junior National Team Program to have a 20-person player pool in each of the respective junior age groups.

“Training sessions will be conducted year-round and team rosters for participation in regional and other international tournaments will be filled from the respective qualifying pool(s),” said the BBF in a press release.

The BBBF said Head Coach Bernie Tarr, Associate Head Coach Darwin ‘Puppy’ Leslie, and Assistant Coach Stephen ‘Muerte’ Williams will be conducting open try-outs on the weekend of May 28-29 in the four geographical regions of the country to fill out the U16 Men’s cohort.

Tryouts for the Western (Cayo) region will be carried out at the Hilltop Basketball Court in Belmopan on Saturday, May 28, from 9:00 to 2:00 pm. That same day, the BBF will have tryouts for the Southern (Stann Creek & Toledo) region at the Russell ‘Chiste’ Garcia Auditorium in Dangriga from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

On Sunday, May 29, the BBF will visit the Central and Northern regions. Tryouts will be held for the Central (Belize including the Cayes) region at the Mexico Center (Marion Jones Sporting Complex) in Belize City from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. The tryouts for the Northern (Corozal & Orange Walk) region will be held at the Orange Walk Multi-Purpose Complex in Orange Walk Town from 2:00 pm to 5::00 pm.

The BBF said the players selected “will immediately begin training and preparation for this summer’s Centrobasket U17 Qualifiers which are tentatively set to take place in Nicaragua in late July to early August”.

According to the BBF, all players born January 1, 2006, or after, and who are eligible for a Belize passport, are invited to the tryouts. They should take along a birth certificate or other form of identification showing their name and date of birth.

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