1500 Filipino coaches now ready for March Madness-like NBTC League

1500 Filipino coaches now ready for March Madness-like NBTC
RUN THE GAUNTLET.

The sixth annual MVP Sports Foundation (MVPSF) Coaches Convention is over.

And all of the 1,500 coaches are all ready for what’s next for them – much wiser from the words imparted by Gilas Pilipinas shot-caller Chot Reyes and undefeated Ateneo de Manila tactician Tab Baldwin.

Now, those 1,500 coaches turn their attention to provincial tournaments that will determine whether or not they will be competing in the SM National Basketball Training Centre (NBTC) League in March of next year.

The upcoming NBTC League will be bigger and better as it adopts a new format.

Under it, 32 teams are set to go at it. The champions and runners-up of the UAAP, NCAA, CESAFI, and MMBL as well as the top eight cities from last year’s NBTC League get outright berths.

The remaining 16 berths will be determined in the regionals with North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao counting for four apiece.

Once the seedings are in place, the top-seeds will then be crisscrossed with the bottom-seeds (e.g. 1 v 32, 2 v 31, 3 v 30, and so on).

The winning 16 from that first round will comprise Division 1 and will continue with the knockout bouts until a champion is crowned.

The same will go for the losing 16 which will then make up Division 2.

Up to 80 cities and between 800 and 1,000 schools are part of the nationwide competition.

In the last two years, the NBTC League Division 1 was made up of big city schools while Division 2 was comprised by small city and provincial schools.

This time around, the new format gives an equal chance to all schools, whether they be from big cities, small cities, or provinces.

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