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BABA eyes 2013 event

Justin Marville

BABA eyes 2013 event

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FORGET NEXT YEAR, it’s 2013 that can’t come fast enough for Derrick Garrett.
Five months after Barbados missed their first ever Caribbean Basketball Championships (CBC), the president of the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association is already fast-tracking preparations for the 2013 biennial edition and believes the core of those squads should be in place by next year.
In a wide-ranging WEEKENDSPORT exclusive, the first-year head further discussed the possibility of hiring a full-time technical director to implement a structured national programme while having these players in training from early 2012.
“I can tell you we will be approaching the BOA [Barbados Olympic Association] about a technical director, but even if that doesn’t happen, we still want the entire process to start in the New Year,” said Garrett via phone.
“We’re definitely not waiting for 2013 to do this, so as soon as possible we want to begin the training and elimination process and by late next year we should have a squad of 15 players.
“That will allow us to look at things like tours around the Caribbean which will prepare us for the tournament and give us a feel of where our players are at.”
Both the men’s and women’s squads were forced to miss the regional championships for the first time in the competition’s 30-year history after it was revealed that the cash-strapped association would have to raise $90 000 to send the two teams to Bahamas.
This was subsequent to the previous Carlos Moore-led administration failing to seek the necessary funding from the BOA.
But Barbados’ presence might not have been missed anyhow, especially that of the men, who have stumbled to successive sixth-place finishes the 2007 and 2009 competitions since last winning in 2000.
And the players’ commitment to a year-round programme has already come under scrutiny, as then men’s head coach Adrian Craigwell chided his senior players for a lack of dedication to a similar structure he tried to set up in 2009.
Questions have also circled surrounding the possible quality of future teams after Barbados would’ve sat out what will equate to four years of regional competition.
“To be honest I don’t think it has set us back,” said Garrett of the teams’ absence from this year’s biennial tourney.
“We really did regret not sending a team to the CBC, though, but we just couldn’t afford it.
“The next time we go we just have to be competitive, and we should be because we have quite a few players out on scholarships that should help us develop the team,” he added.
Both senior set-ups are still in the process of appointing new head coaches, although Garrett disclosed that his executive has received several applications, including from overseas-based coaches.