SBP’s vision of a comprehensive grassroots coaching development program in full steam

When SBP President Al Panlilio assumed the presidency of the federation, his vision was to establish a sustainable grassroots development program, not just for players, but, also for coaches.

SBP has embarked on a solid program that brings his vision into reality.

Last September 22-23, SBP executive director Sonny Barrios, PBA Champion coach Jong Uichico, FEU assistant coach Ryan Betia and SBP resident coach Mark Solano stopped by Zamboanga City, part of Region 9, its 12th region out of 16 that SBP promised to visit.

“The objective is to bring new coaching methodology closer to home. No need to pack their bags and go to Manila, instead, SBP will go to them”, said Panlilio.

60 coaches from different provinces as far as Sulu, Pagadian, Basilan took part in the clinic.

“We have put into motion the coaching clinic under the SBP Coaches Commission headed by 9-time PBA champion and 2 Time SEAG National Team champion coach Jong Uichico. It is very timely because he has the time to do it. Coach Jong mentioned that this is his way of contributing to the continuous development of basketball in far flung areas. It is his way of giving back”, said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios.

Part of the curriculum is teaching basic fundamentals of coaching, from simple to complex drills up to the team concept perspective.

Character building and coaching philosophy were also given emphasis.

Regional director Pete Alfaro was so thankful to SBP and our coaches for running programs like this nationwide.

“Our local coaches were overwhelmed by the sincere gesture of SBP to transfer new basketball technology and upgrade their coaching skills. We hope that whatever learnings our coaches can imbibe, they can pass it on to our youth”, Alfaro shared.

Zamboanga has produced two active players in the PBA today, namely, RR Garcia of TNT and Mark Barrocca of Magnolia.

“I am hopeful that with more coaching clinics administered by SBP, our coaches can develop and produce more PBA players in the future”, Alfaro added.

SBP is set to go to 4 more places to complete the caravan. After Zamboanga, the next stop is Davao, then CAR, then NCR North and finally Region 2.

“SBP is committed to make a difference in our country through basketball. Coaching the coaches is a sure way approach to strengthen the influence of public/private coaches, barangay coaches, aspiring and even established coaches”.

“Basketball teaches discipline, hardwork and teamwork, it also promotes peace through sports diplomacy. Aside from that, basketball can be a ticket out of poverty. That is why we want our coaches to inspire the next generation. Kasama niyo ang SBP sa mga pangarap ninyo”, SBP President Al Panlilio concluded.

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