It is nice to know that there are organizations in Cebu being established for greater purposes. Let us introduce to you one of those organizations we’re talking about.
If you have not heard of this group, let Everything Cebu present to you Indie Basketball Cebu through a Question and Answer with the org’s Commissioner, Ian Callet.
When and how did Indie basketball Cebu start?
The initial idea of Indie was conceptualized by me and a couple of "has-been" varsity(Max, Buck and Larks) player friends, after an alumni game mid 2010.
The establishment of Indie was due to the many frustrations we had from the leagues that we constantly join within Cebu. Our frustrations revolved around how crappy leagues were organized, how unfair it is to players who do not have networks with the organizing body and how expensive it is to join.
Who were the pioneering members of indie Basketball Cebu?
The idea of Indie was never to become a basketball club nor a team. But, it's goal from the start was to organize a non-profit league that is fair to everyone, clearly structured, and would promote our local independent players within Cebu.
Who organized the group?
I started organizing it when I was able to talk to friends of my dad that used to govern different leagues both professional and collegiate. After talking to them, I was able to form the core team that I have from court officials, committee, directors, up to the scorers and janitors.
What programs/events/activities do you organize?
There are 2 leagues each year under Indie Basketball Cebu and 2 all star events together with the leagues.
During the All Star event, we give away free jerseys to all star players, 3 point king, and skills champion. Apart from that, we are also planning to have a charity event for less fortunate kids wherein we teach them the fundamentals of basketball and the importance of leadership, camaraderie, respect, and friendly competition. We are partnering with coach Joph Cleopas and Beep Beep Books Mobile Library for this event.
Is there a screening to become part of indie basketball cebu?
Not really, I mean you just need to follow the guidelines for what division that you wish to join. Let's say 6 foot under should have players not exceeding 6ft. Indie is for every Independent basketball player and as much as possible, we want to lessen the screening and move on with the games.
How could interested players join the games?
They need to register with their respective teams. If they do not have a team, they can get enlisted in the fb group and we help them look for a team.
Where do you usually hold the games?
The games are held at Pope john Seminary in Mabolo.
If you’re interested in joining Indie Basketball Cebu, you may check the org's
Other guidelines for Indie Basketball league is available HERE.
You may also check on the member teams HERE.
For the fourth season of Indie Basketball Cebu, the games are sponsored by Cebu Shirts and Sportswear, Nature’s Spring Water, MidjasniBai, Cebujobs.ph, Loansolutions.ph and Everything Cebu.