P.H.A.S.E.1 Hosts Basketball Practice Games in Jamaica

After more than two years out of competition, youth basketball players in Jamaica got the opportunity to participate in practice games organized by P.H.A.S.E. 1 Global for their academies on the island. 

The first of its kind event took place on Saturday, February 5, at the University of the West Indies in Kingston and had more than 60 young players ages 13 to 19 taking part.

This is a first of its kind event in Jamaica

P.H.A.S.E.1 Academy varsity and junior varsity teams from the Montego Bay, Papine, and Majestic Garden locations took part in the event. The Caribbean Basketball Association from Red Hills was also invited to take advantage of the opportunity to sharpen their basketball skills by participating in the training session. 

A tryout for P.H.A.S.E.1 Academy’s men’s professional team was also held and saw more than 30 athletes vying for the 10 spots on the team. 

Wayne Dawkins speaking with some of the men who came to try out for the professional team

Director of Basketball for P.H.A.S.E.1 Academy Jamaica Dave Black is lauding the success of the event. 

“This is the first time these kids are getting a chance to play some sort of match and getting the chance to travel to different parishes and play against kids in different parishes in the last two years. This was also the first time that most of the kids were playing in a five-on-five game, playing with a referee, and playing indoors,” he said. 

He believes that events like these will elevate the game of basketball in Jamaica. 

“We are exposing these young players to the overseas environment. Local players sometimes only get to play in this kind of environment when they represent the country overseas, but if we can create this environment for these kids on a monthly or twice a month basis, this is just going to lift basketball in Jamaica on a whole.” 

Meanwhile, P.H.A.S.E.1 Global’s founder, Wayne Dawkins said his company was happy to provide young athletes a safe environment to return to basketball. He shared that other events like this are imminent as P.H.A.S.E.1 Global is committed to developing basketball in Jamaica.

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“I’ve already done this journey in Canada and the United States so I know where youth basketball can go. And with the level of talent that’s here and the passion for the game from everybody involved, it really comes to convincing the top down people of its potential,” he said. 

“That includes parents and government and facility owners, who may not be as connected to the game as the players and coaches.  I believe events like this, when they happen successfully, help the people who don’t really understand the impact of the game be able to see the potential.” 

The competitive basketball spirit was high at the event

The event also presented opportunities to establish P.H.A.S.E.1 Global’s basketball academies in Jamaica’s basketball community, and network to elevate the game.  

“We had the opportunity to work closely with the coaches and media and referees to begin to come together to create the beginnings of a youth basketball club system that will allow these kids the opportunity to train and compete in the game of basketball year-round,” he said. 

There is a massive talent pool in Jamaica

Going forward, Dawkins shared that P.H.A.S.E.1’s academies will be focused on working with younger kids to start the skills development earlier, supporting coaches, and changing Jamaica’s basketball culture. 

“I’ve already done this journey in Canada and the United States so I know where youth basketball can go.”

Wayne Dawkins

“We got a lot of hungry kids with talent and they have very ambitious goals of getting scholarships and playing professionally we have to change the culture and create an environment that will allow them to reach those goals  and that’s a priority for us.” 

One thought on “P.H.A.S.E.1 Hosts Basketball Practice Games in Jamaica

  • February 9, 2022 at 7:48 am
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    Amazing!!!

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