IFRANE - The Royal Moroccan Basketball Federation (FRMBB) has teamed up with a number of local partners and international experts to host the first symposium of Mini-Basketball in the country.
Three renowned Mini-Basketball experts - including Italian Maurizio Mondoni, Stanislas Hacquard from France, and Spanish Ramon Jordana - will shed light on the development and future of Mini-Basketball worldwide.
Entitled “Mini-Basketball in Morocco: Reality and prospects,” the symposium will also look to launch the game for 11 year-olds or younger in the North Africa country, who has given signs of basketball talent and potential on the continental stage, although they are yet to win a major trophy.
Abdellatif Hatim, one of the symposium organisers, told FIBA.com: “The symposium will serve as a platform to launch the National Programme of Mini-Basketball in Morocco. It is a global event where several workshops will be organised, and it is intended for coaches, referees and administrators of clubs and leagues.”
Meanwhile, in his return to Morocco since 2000, Mondoni will focus his contribution on two specific topics: From basketball drills to Mini-basketball (theory lesson), and Examples of drills with the ball.
Mini-Basketball has caught the attention of fans, players and official, and is seen as the way forward in Morocco.
In a statement the symposium organisation reminded that there will be workshops of study, reflection and discussion: “The Symposium looks to prepare the final draft of the National Programme of Mini-Basketball, which will come into effect at the beginning of the sports season 2016/2017.”
According to FIBA rules, “Mini-Basketball is a game of Basketball for boys and girls. Essentially it is a modification of the adult game that has been adapted to the needs of children. The philosophy is quite simple: do not make children play a game that is not suitable for their physical and mental development, but change the adult game to suit them.”