Former NBA Coach Tom Newell visited Kwajalein and Ebeye from January 10-14, 2013. Here are some photos of his tour around Ebeye. Photos: Andrew Zvirzdin.
Thirteen coaches completed the first-ever Level Two basketball coaches' training in Majuro. It was sponsored by the Marshall Islands Basketball Federation, National Olympic Committee, the US Embassy and FIBA Oceania, and led by former NBA Coach Tom Newell.
On his last day in Majuro, former NBA Coach Tom Newell visited Majuro Cooperative High School to talk to students. Photos: Andrew Zvirzdin.
Coach Tom Newell visited Ebeye from January 10-14, holding a clinic for local coaches and players, as well as overseeing a game at the Army base between Kwajalein High School and an Ebeye high school all-star team. Photos: Andrew Zvirzdin.
During his visit to Majuro January 3-9, 2013, former NBA Coach Tom Newell spent a morning with Majuro Middle School and Marshall Islands High School students at the MIHS gym. Photos: Andrew Zvirzdin.
The 3-on-3 basketball tournament on January 9 brought out 16 teams to compete for more than $500 in prizes as part of the visit by former NBA Coach Tom Newell. It was organized by the Marshall Islands Basketball Federation, National Olympic Committee and US Embassy with support from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the College of the Marshall Islands.
Coach Tom Newell's Dallas Mavericks' NBA championship ring has been a hit in Majuro during his visit in January 2013.
Coach Tom Newell spent Monday afternoon, January 7, at Laura High School, speaking to the student body, donating shoes and basketball gear to the school, and running a one-hour practice with the boys and girls teams.
The second day of the Level 2 Basketball Coaches' Clinic in Majuro featured an on-court session that emphasized teaching proper positioning for screening, and correct footwork for cutting and receiving passes.
Coach Tom Newell's Dallas Mavericks' Championship Ring has proved to be a popular item with people he's met around Majuro.
Coach Tom Newell led an on-court training session with local high school students from Assumption High School and Seventh Day Adventist High School as part of the Level 2 Coaches' training on January 4, 2013.
Coach Tom Newell, whose trip to the Marshall Islands is sponsored by the US State Department, with the National Olympic Committee, Marshall Islands Basketball Federation, College of the Marshall Islands, and FIBA Oceania supporting the visit locally, is leading the first-ever Level 2 Basketball Coaches' clinic in the Marshall Islands from January 4-8, 2013.
A four-day Level 2 basketball coaches' training was opened January 4, 2013 by US Ambassador Tom Armbruster, National Olympic Committee Secretary General Terry Sasser, and Marshall Islands Basketball Federation President Thomas Heine.
Former NBA Coach Tom Newell arrived on Majuro on January 3, 2013. Photos from his first day in the RMI.
After each third place and championship games in the men's and women's competition at the BOMI 12th Ralik Ratak Shootout Invitational Basketball Tournament, teams received their trophies and cash prizes.
The BOMI 12th Ralik Ratak Shootout Invitational Basketball Tournament championship round playoffs were held Friday and Saturday, December 21-22, 2012 at the CMI court in Majuro. Lae men took the championship, with Namu in second and Rongelap in third. Majuro women won the championship, with Arno in second and Mejit in third.
Arno and Majuro women will meet in the BOMI 12th Ralik Ratak Shootout Tournament championship game Friday December 21 after they defeated Mejit and Lae, respectively, on Monday night in the women's semi-final playoffs. Lae and Mejit will play for third place on Thursday December 20. Meanwhile, in the men's bracket, the rain delayed game from Saturday was won in the final minutes by Mejit, which defeated Majuro 57-52. Mejit heads to the playoffs while Majuro was eliminated.
It takes the time and energy of many volunteers to make a successful basketball tournament. When teams show up to play basketball, and fans cheer their favorite teams and players, many hours of activity has already gone into preparation for the games. The Marshall Islands Basketball Federation together with the College of the Marshall Islands has coordinated the logistics to host this year's BOMI 12th Ralik Ratak Shootout Invitational Basketball Tournament in Majuro.
Arno and Lae men's teams played Saturday December 15, 2012 in their final game of pool play before the playoffs start in the BOMI Ralik Ratak Shootout Invitational Basketball Tournament 2012 in Majuro. Lae defeated Arno 84-63. Both teams are going to the playoffs.
Majuro and Jaluit square off in the women's bracket on Thursday December 13, 2012 in the BOMI 12th Ralik Ratak Shootout Invitational Basketball tournament. Majuro won, 62-32.
In the women's bracket, Team Mejit took on Team Lae, followed by two men's games: Mejit v Maloelap and Lae v Jaluit.
In the women's bracket, Team Likiep played Team Arno, and Jaluit challenged Lae, while in the men's bracket Majuro and Namu played.
On Saturday, December 8, 2012 in the women's bracket, Team Arno played Team Jaluit. The game was close for three quarters, after which Arno took control to win 32-24.
Lae and Likiep women played on Friday December 7, with Lae winning 43-16.
The BOMI 12th Ralik Ratak Shootout Tournament opened on November 30, 2012, with the first games played starting on December 4.
It was a very wet evening for the opening ceremony of the Bank of Marshall Islands 12th Ralik Ratak Shootout Invitational Basketball Tournament 2012. Despite heavy rains, the tournament opened on a high note, with a line up of national and local government and business VIPs in attendance to kick off this year's Ralik Ratak Shootout.
On November 21, 2012, after completion of a three-day Level One basketball coaching course, five more coaches were certified in Majuro. Photos: Isaac Marty.
Following completion of an intensive four-day training course under the direction of Australian Institute of Sport basketball Coach Paul Goriss, a group of Majuro players and coaches were awarded certificates for completing the first-ever level one course for women in the Marshall Islands. Photos: Suzanne Chutaro.
The first-ever women's basketball coaching clinic is underway in Majuro. The groundbreaking training program is involving players and coaches in four days of four-hour sessions daily that combine classroom time with on-court practical work.
School and other basketball coaches in Majuro received Certificates of Completion following participation in three days of four-hour training sessions with Coach Paul Goriss of the Australian Institute of Sport from November 15-17, 2012. Photos: Giff Johnson.
Marshall Islands High School, SDA High School, Coop High School and Assumption High School students, as well as community league players, have been getting the benefit of training from Australian national basketball Coach Paul Goriss, who is in Majuro from November 15-21, 2012.
Local players are benefiting from the coaching clinics being run in Majuro from November 15-21, 2012, which include practical on-court sessions focusing on a variety of offensive and defensive skill-building drills.
Paul Goriss, the Senior Men's Basketball Coach at the Australian Institute of Sports, will conduct coaching clinics in Majuro for men and women from November 15-21, 2012. The visit is sponsored by Marshall Islands Basketball Federation, FIBA Oceania and the Marshall Islands National Olympic Committee.
The Marshall Islands women's team got out early Tuesday, September 25, 2012 to work on defense in preparation of a 7pm game with the UOG women's team.
Marshalls men come from behind to defeat Pohnpei 101-85 on September 24, 2012.
Marshall Islands men's and women's basketball teams were up early Sunday, September 23, 2012 to get ready for the opening ceremony at the Micronesian Basketball Tournament in Guam and games to follow.
Nine of the 24 players on the women's and men's teams competing at the Micronesian Basketball Tournament in Guam, September 23-29, 2012, are students. They've been busy practicing basketball during the day and studying at night. Photos: Deborah K. Shoniber.
The Marshall Islands Basketball Federation held its Annual General Meeting on April 19, 2012, electing its board of directors.
Ebeye is one of the most crowded islands in the Pacific, with more than 10,000 people living on about 80 acres of land. Nevertheless, basketball is thriving here, with numerous courts around the small island.
The RMI's first 15-and-under boys' team to compete regionally won the gold medal in Pohnpei on July 14, 2011. The team was coached by Paul Kattil, Robert Pinho and Alber Alik. The team was greeted on arrival at Amata Kabua International Airport by an enthusiastic crowd, including V7AB radio's live broadcast of their return.
FIBA Oceania Basketball Development Officer Ryan Burns visited Kwajalein Atoll in April 2011, conducting a variety of clinics for players on Ebeye Island and also made a day trip to Santo to check out the basketball program and run a clinic with students on the island.
FIBA Oceania helps build basketball skills for youth on Ebeye Island, Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands Basketball Federation, with sponsorship of Bank of Marshall Islands, National Olympic Committee, FIBA Oceania and the Kwajalein Atoll Local Government, sent Team Mili to participate in the Kwajalein Memorial sports tournament during early February 2011. Team Mili is the 2010 BOMI Ralik Ratak Shootout champion. Coach Jr. Joseph and team members are leading player clinics for Ebeye middle schools and high schools.
Thousands of people watched the 44 games during the Bank of Marshall Islands 11th Ralik Ratak Shootout Basketball Tournament from September 17-October 1, 2010.
FIBA Oceania Basketball Development Officer Ryan Burns was in Majuro earlier in 2010 and with MIBF President Thomas Heine led several elementary school clinics at Ajeltake and Woja elementary schools.
Photos of Marshall Islands men's and women's national team players at the Micronesian Games held in Palau, August 1-10, 2010.
Teams Mili, Kaben Meto and Kwajalein won the first, second and third place positions, respectively, in the men's division, while Teams Majuro, Mejit and Mili took the one, two and three spots, respectively, in the women's division.
Photos from the Bank of Marshall Is. 11th Ralik Ratak Shootout Tournament September 17-October 1, 2010. The annual national basketball competition is hosted by the Marshall Islands Basketball Federation in partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs Sports and Recreation Division. The tournament's major sponsor was Bank of Marshall Islands. Other sponsors included the National Olympic Committee, Majuro Councilwoman Deborah Shoniber, United States Army, the National Telecommunications Authority, Medi-Source Pacific and the Women’s Athletic Club. Team Mili won the 2010 men's championship and Team Majuro won the 2010 women's championship. All photos by Suzanne Chutaro.