Pune district basketball association will be host to the Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) Level 1 coaching certification course from 30th November to 4th December 2014.
FIBA instructor Nelson Guilliam Isley from North Carolina, USA will be conducting this course in association with Basketball Federation of India (BFI). He has been associated with FIBA since 2000 and has conducted such courses in the Caribbean, Argentina, Mozambique, Swaziland, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Royston England, Uruguay, Africa, Zimbabwe, Paris, Tanzania, El Salvador, Toronto, Melbourne, Male, Singapore, St Lucia (West Indies) and almost all over the world.
There will be theory classes on 30th November & 1st December, practicals on 2nd December, an examination on 3rd Dec and again practicals on 4th December. Out of the 35 participants, those who pass the exam will be given FIBA Level 1 certificate as qualified coaches. The course will be held in PYC Hindu Gymkhana Club.
This course will be hosted by Pune District to qualify their coaches and get them better knowledge of technically correct basketball coaching. The course expenses are solely borne by Pune District Basketball Association and will be free of cost for 35 coaches.
As per the official press statement, it appears that all coaches interested in coaching the National team have to take this course. By 2016 or 2017, FIBA will only be approving coaches for FIBA competitions that have taken these courses.
At present Maharashtra has only three coaches who have this certificate: Suvarna Limaye, Gopika Kachare (both passed in Chennai), and Lalit Nahata (passed in Hyderabad).
It is the first ever event of its kind hosted by Maharashtra State Basketball Association in a bid to upgrade its coaching standard. Under the guidance of their President Mr Gajendra Pawar, they hope this event will be a success.