HOYTES Classic gets underway today
The 2018 HOYTES (Helping Our Youth Through Education and Sports) Labour Day Basketball Classic in Freeport, Grand Bahama, is set to be an epic undertaking with an inordinate amount of teams entered to compete. There are 48 basketball squads that are registered to compete, emanating from 18 different organizations. In the girls division, there will be 12 teams – four in the 11-12 category; along with another four in both the 13-14 and open categories. This is being complemented with 36 in the boys division – four in the 7-8 category, six in the 9-10 category, six in the 11-12 age category, nine in the 13-14 category, seven in the 15-16 category, and finally, four in the 17-18 age group.
The classic will be comprised of teams out of the capital island of New Providence, host island Grand Bahama, Abaco and Bimini.
In total, about 600 players, coaches and game officials will be hosted in Grand Bahama this holiday weekend. According to Tournament Director and Chief of Officials, Sharon “The General” Storr, this does not include the overwhelming number of parents and/or guardians and general patrons who will be supporting this effort, and the sponsors who have backed the event.
The games will be played at two different venues – the St. George’s and Jack Hayward gymnasiums. There will be a total of 90 games – 63 regular round-robin games, 18 playoff games and nine championship games. All of the games will be played in two and half days – May 31 to June 2.
The classic is not a single or double elimination basketball tournament but rather will involve full round-robin play with playoff and championship games in all age categories and divisions. At no time will be running time be engaged, except where the ‘mercy rule’ is to be utilized. The rules and regulation will follow very closely those of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) that is based in the United States of America.
“As the tournament continues to grow in size and the presentation of talent, it will be marked as a fun sporting endeavour and a classic basketball event,” said Storr. ”We are satisfied that this will be of the finest and most populated tournaments ever enjoyed.”
The HOYTES Organizing Committee looks forward to the cooperation of all who have sought participation. The classic gets underway today with action at both the St. George’s and Jack Hayward gymnasiums.