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. 

Conclusion: 

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:

Women   - Sue Watson       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Men        - Men                     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.


Kind regards

 Ian Farr – President.

Nth Melbourne

Friday Morning
7:00am – 8:00am
North Melbourne Recreation Centre
204-206 Arden Street,
North Melbourne

Bulleen

Sunday
9.00 am to 12.00 noon
Veneto Club
191 Bulleen Road,
Bulleen

Williamstown

Sunday
9.00 am to 11.00 am
Williamstown High School,
Bayside St,
Williamstown

Hoppers

Monday Night 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Transition Sports
Unit 19-11 Home St,
Hoppers Crossing

Kew

Tuesday Night Over 50’s
7.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Royal Talbot Centre
Yarra Boulevard,
Kew