SBP holds summit for budding coaches from July 20 to 21

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 18, 2019 05:16 PM
SBP holds summit for budding coaches from July 20 to 21
(Photo courtesy of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas)

When the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas revamped its structure early this year, the federation broke down its structure into six pillars - one of them is the SBP Academy for Coaches.

"Investing in the development of our coaches enables us to raise the number of players that we will help improve exponentially," said SBP president Al Panlilio. "For every coach we help, that's at the very least twelve more players who will benefit and a lot of these will be younger players."

"We all know that the future of our basketball program is dependent on the development of our grassroots and great coaching allows us to address that issue at a very early stage."

After going around the country for the past year with the Coaches' Commission, the program that is headed by decorated tactician Jong Uichico will culminate with the SBP Coaches' Summit from July 20 to 21 Meralco Fitness Center in Ortigas.

The speakers and instructors invited to lead the summit are Uichico, NBA G-League assistant coach Damian Cotter, NBL champion coach Dean Vickerman, Gilas Pilipinas Men's head coach Yeng Guiao, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 commissioner Eric Altamirano, and Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines president Louie Gonzalez.

"It's good for our local coaches since we won't be discussing just X's and O's but also the other side of basketball," said Uichico about the event backed by the MVP Sports Foundation, SMART, Chooks-to-Go, and Blackwater.

For Uichico, he made sure to bring in topflight coaches to the country based on his past experience when he was just a budding tactician.

"When I started coaching, I attended a lot of clinics and I had to pay for it to attend abroad. The SBP is bringing it to the Philippines," shared Uichico, a nine-time PBA champion coach. "It's a big savings dahil sila na ang pupunta sa atin. This is also in cooperation with FIBA so the coaches have FIBA licenses."

Registration for this event backed by Cignal, Gatorade, Jollibee, Kopiko, Maynilad, Mighty Sports, and Panda Clinique can be done online through Platinumlist.

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