The Prairie Basketball League is preparing for their first full season since re-branding from the South EastMan Filipino Association Basketball League.
Abram Razon Is the League Commissioner. He notes registration has begun for the 2022-2023 winter season.
“We are expanding up to five divisions now and we are hoping for 30 teams in total. We have two all-Filipino divisions and we have an open division for everybody else.”
As part of the re-branding, Razon says this is the first time in the league's history that it has been open to the whole community and not just Filipinos.
“We are really excited. A lot of people have been asking us to do it. This is only the beginning of something really big.” Razon adds “It is really unfair that people can only watch from the outside and so this is the year that we are starting to have everyone else join us.”
Even though they are opening up the Prairie Basketball League to everyone, Razon says they wanted to keep two all-Filipino divisions as a way to recognize their roots.
“An all-Filipino league is obviously how we started so we wanted to keep that core together but at the same time, be able to add more to it, to help the organization grow.”
Razon says the Prairie Basketball League will most likely be renting the Steinbach Regional Secondary School gyms. He notes they will have the two gyms going strong from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. every Saturday and anyone who is interested can now register at prairiebasketballleague.ca.
“Registration closes October 31 and our target date to open the league up is November 26th and we will probably be going until the end of February or mid-March.”
For those that have never been a part of the league, Razon says you are in for a treat.
“Basketball is like hockey to Filipinos and yeah, the games are really packed, the fans are really passionate, the players are really passionate and it is really just a very exciting atmosphere to be a part of.”