OUR PLAN @ UBL
Commencing in October 2013, we will launch the Ultimate Basketball League in a 14 Round, 8-team Talented Player Competition.
We are offering an alternative in Sydney basketball with an opportunity for players to continue developing through the summer months, giving players more experience to compete in the Waratah league.
We see an effect of talented athletes not pursuing basketball in winter due to their participation in football codes and we are giving these players an opportunity to play in an elite competition so that they can continue to develop and further their skill.
We know there has been a growth of popularity within basketball and this is an opportunity for teams and clubs that aren’t necessarily affiliated with the State body to continue playing basketball at a high level. We don’t impact winter competitions but heighten players’ experience in basketball.
UBL’s goal is to open doors for young talent who are vying for places in Waratah teams; those who are verging on opportunities within professional basketball leagues and who wish to continue game play while the NBL is in season. Playing in the UBL will instil confidence within these players and give them current game experience to leverage off their own development opportunities.
We are looking to expand our audience further, past our state into all other Australian states, New Zealand, America and the like. For instance, college scouts could come to view potential recruits for their programs as this league becomes the alternative platform for development.
We will have a talented identification pathway and an affiliation with professional basketball that stems past our country into a realm we may not have ever seen as we look to compete against a solid federation like Big V in Victoria and look to close the gap.
Being an independent basketball body, we will make a positive impact on Sydney Basketball and the long term development of the sport. We have seen in the past successful careers gained from such an important avenue of development for teams such as the Sydney Kings with the advent of the Sydney Kings youth team.
The current landscape for basketball in Sydney dictates domestic affiliation onto club representative, followed by State and Nationals with no specific development opportunities being a standout. We aim to overcome the barriers with the idea to include a world of possibilities such as sports academies, universities, cultural clubs (ie. Sudanese, Croatian etc),
The feature of an Independent League means we avoid politics associated with existed rep bodies that put restrictions in place, but replicate the high quality professionalism. We have experience with other FIBA bodies and FIBA will be associated through rules and software/statistics.