MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2012) - ABS, the Amateur Basketball Syndicate, Canada's largest competitive youth boys' basketball league, plans its first season of play in the 2012-2013 season. In September cities from across the GTA and beyond including Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, Scarborough, Hamilton, Durham, and Kitchener/Waterloo with support from Oakville and Toronto took part in a meeting of core member franchises to discuss a formal league creation. The hope was to revitalize youth basketball in order to take basketball in Ontario to the next level.
The league format was the start of a plan to provide an opportunity to a traditionally underserviced boys basketball constituency with the chance to compete in the starting of a Province-wide league.
The 2012 season will include top notch college facilities along with top notch professional venues. Sheridan College specifically has worked hard to plan for the hosting of an ABS league, this is positive for both the school and ABS and a relationship of great value.
In the first season teams will play 14 League games followed by a May Madness playoff format. Games will be 32 minutes in length. This will put an importance on game preparation, conditioning and deeper benches. The League play will be hosted in Oakville and Mississauga starting in Season One commencing Saturday November 10th. Sheridan College along with Noel Holness have stepped up this year and will be ABS's main site affording us a great facility to host the best male talent in the Province.
In this first season ABS will produce for each weekend of competition news, updates, standings, current schedule and any important information required. All other information including the complete schedule, rosters, and league information will be found on the ABS website at www.absbasketball.ca.
Feedback is welcome from potential ABS coaches, players, parents, University and College coaches and anyone who has anything to offer in efforts to improve. Any suggestions will be put in place for the 2012-2013 season and beyond.
The media is invited to a November 10th, 2012, 12pm media event where the Presidents of the participating clubs along with Sheridan College representatives will be available for a discussion of this new exciting step for Basketball in Ontario.