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An indie league for youth

The coaches of some of the participating teams joined City Hoops' coaches' meeting.
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--At a time where the so-called "indie basketball leagues" are getting some media hype, there is one that stands out, especially among the youngsters.

Enter City Hoops, a tournament catered to grade school and high school ballers who you may not see in major competing leagues such as the NCAA and the UAAP.

"The league started last August with its launching through a 3-on-3 league," said Homer Bautista, the founder of the league.

The August tourney would be participated by grade school powerhouses Ateneo, Xavier, San Beda-Alabang, and San Sebastian, which are actually regular fixtures in another mainstream league.

"The purpose or advocacy of the league is to bring new excitement sa basketball tournaments dito sa Manila.... Aside from that the grassroots development of our youth is our premium as we want to help them develop more their skills and character through competition," Bautista said about City Hoops' aim.

What was once a 3x3 tourney last August became a three-conference youth basketball season with the summer league slated to start on April 9 being launched through a coaches' meeting at the Kenny Rogers Roasters restaurant along C.P. Garcia Ave on Saturday.

The coaches of some of the 32 teams which will play in the summer tourney participated in the said meeting where the format was discussed.

About the 2016 season, Bautista thought, "We expect City Hoops Manila to be better in terms of management, bigger in terms of participation as we are now offering four divisions.... The games will be more exciting and innovative [this year]."

The said tournament is supported by Wilson, which will provide the official game ball, and is presented by RCBC.

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