MISSISSAUGA – The Amateur Basketball Syndicate, Canada’s largest competitive youth boys’ basketball league, plans its first season of play beginning on Nov. 10.
In September, representatives from Hamilton, Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, Scarborough, Durham, and Kitchener/Waterloo with support from Oakville and Toronto met with 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.
Franchises include Hamilton’s Blessed Sacrament, Oakville and Niagara. Age groups are Major Bantam, Bantam and Major Atom.
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.
In the first season, teams will play 14 league games followed by a May Madness playoff format. Games will be 32 minutes in length, placing an importance on game preparation, conditioning and deeper benches. Games will be played in Oakville and Mississauga in the first season. Sheridan College will be ABS’s main site.
The ABS website is www.absbasketball.ca.