In July 2017 the Australian Myths & Legends entered an over 70 men’s team in the FIMBA 2017 World Maxibasketball Championship, held in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany, Italy . We were the only Australian team to play in this competition. The following information relates to this Championship:
What is the FIMBA World Maxibasketball Championship.This is a basketball only tournament held every two years; over the past ten years they have been held in the following cities:
2009 Prague, Czech Republic
2011 Natal, South Africa
2013 Thessaloniki, Greece
2015 Orlando, USA
2017 Montecatini Terme, Italy
Teams/Countries entered:For the 2017 World Maxibasketball Championship the following teams entered:
- 367 teams from 44 countries and 5 continents.
Age groups Men-teams Women-teams
Over 30 0 12
“ 35 23 12
“ 40 33 24
“ 45 30 23
“ 50 38 36
“ 55 42 17
“ 60 28 8
“ 65 16 0
“ 70 18 0
“ 75 7 0 Total 235 132 All teams = 367
This compares with approximately 160 basketball teams competing at the 2017 New Zealand World Masters Games.
The countries with the largest number of teams were:
Argentina 33, Chile 31, Germany 23, & Brazil 19.
The countries with only one team were:
Australia, Dominican Republic, France, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Spain & Switzerland.
Standard of teams:
Teams vary from a very high standard; virtually National teams , to much weaker club teams.
Players vary from former NBA and other professional players, Olympic / National players, good club players to social players.
There is only one grade of competition: i.e. teams are not split into A, B and C grades.
Qualification of players:
All players in a team must be players native of that country, or at very least have lived in that country for one year.
Note teams below 60 years of age must register at least 8 players in a team, teams 60 and above must register at least 10 players per team.
For an age group to have a competition there must be at least 4 teams entered in that age group.
Review of the Championship:
The opening ceremony was held at the Montecatini Terme local trotting track, after walking down the main street the players filled the stadium, and with over 5000 excited competitors and supporters the atmosphere was great.
The mid week party again with over 5000 participants was held at the trotting track, this included free meals and drinks , music and dancing. Again with so many excited South Americans in attendance it was also a great occasion.
The overall organisation and running of the competition was very professional and very well run.
The basketball games were conducted in a four quarters format, fully timed, the clock stopping at all whistles and time-outs, with the 24 second clock in use. The referees were excellent.
World Maxibasketball Championships are held every two years in the odd years.
In the even years FIMBA holds an European Championship and a Pan American Championship.
Competing in this year’s FIMBA World Maxibasketball Championship was a great experience both on and off the court
I would recommend that Australian Myths & Legends players/teams consider competing in future Maxibasketball championships, which are no doubt the ultimate in World masters basketball competition.
Any members interested in competing at the next FIMBA World Maxibasketball Championships in Espoo, Finland from 24th July to 4 August 2019 ,please contact:
The Club has already arranged to enter a men’s over 70 team.
Please contact me with any queries, note we will have a brief meeting at our aged handicap tournament at Bulleen in this July to discuss the Championships.
Ian Farr – President.