Vinluan: Smart start

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By Bobby Vinluan

Sports Psychology

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


FOR the past decades of organizing local basketball leagues, the YMCA of Baguio, Inc. stood up to its vision to train and develop young and old alike that started from an inter-club tournament participated by various based clubs within the YMCA with the University of Baguio hosting its venue in the 70s and 80s.

Since then the YMCA has organized basketball tournaments which was included in its annual program of activities to date.

This is because the humble beginnings of basketball came from the YMCA in general. Other than that, the YMCA of Baguio has always hoped that promoting programs would help put its name on the map of training centers in the locality, as it did for the past seventy-three years to date.

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It's a good start, from its invention to the organization of tournaments and leagues; basketball earned popular culture and has become one of the icons in sports history. It has been played with style seized by the big names in basketball in the big leagues making it even a stepping stone for success among the young.

A basketball league can exude courtesy and class, and you do not need exuberant funding to organize one, although it would be an advantage to an organizer. With the enormous number of basketball fans and enthusiasts who would like to play and participate in tournaments certainly things can be simpler.

Every organized basketball tournament has its own mark of individuality because it is run in accordance with what the organizer would like the outcome of tournament to be, considering the purpose of organizing the tournament, the stakeholders, and what he believes in.

Forerunners of tournament organizing have their own elements of style in the manner of conducting tournaments, either for development of the stakeholders or commercializing the tournament for profit.

However, organizers should consider three identifying classifications of basketball tournaments in accordance to; a team that comprises with players who may not be particularly talented but get boosted under a coaches’ tutelage, second, is a team comprising with fully equipped and parcelled players with talent and skills, people whose aberrant individualism are sometimes irrelevant in games because their true aim is competition because they cannot get enough of it. And, the third are teams made up of players whose careers are nearly over who wants to participate for the sake of playing and knows that if they can perform they will still have that second chance.

Organizing tournaments is not only having participants to play, it is providing a team the freedom to choose its players, who will play hard for their team, it will be a powerful motivator for every member. Organizing a tournament must be treated as a program where it should be sustained for continuity, and for teams to assess the talents and skills of players and design a system for players to stay with the team.

It is a venue where individual players develop their skills and talents as well as character that is governed under tournament rules that helps the individual change his playing attitude and foresight of future tournaments. Thus organizers should treat teams evenly and equally, to ensure a smooth and controlled basketball tournament.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 24, 2014.

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