Floor updated to meet requirements for CIS basketball
© Guardian Photo By Jason Malloy
The tape was removed from centre court Saturday at the UPEI gym. A new paint job was done at the facility this month in preparations for the upcoming basketball season.
A new look floor and a few rule changes will greet the UPEI Panthers when the basketball season begins in mid-October at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre.
UPEI had to redo the floor’s lines to incorporate the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) adopting Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur (FIBA) rules for this season.
“It’s going to be a nice floor,” said athletic director Billy Schurman.
While redoing the lines, the work also enabled the university to investigate “a new branding look for Panther basketball for the future.”
The Panther at centre court, as well as the name Panthers in large letters along the end lines, were painted during the weekend.
The work, expected to cost about $100,000, has meant the university’s two varsity basketball teams as well as its women’s club volleyball team have been practising at other schools around town for the first month of the academic year.
“We’re looking forward to getting home,” Schurman said.
The project has also meant the walking track has been off limits.
The timing of the work was not ideal, but necessary, Schurman added.
The university hosts high school graduations and convocation ceremonies and the contractor was unavailable for July and August, resulting in the work not being started until late in the summer.
The work will be complete by Sunday when the women’s hoops team is hosting a fundraising three-on-three basketball tournament.
Schurman said it is looking at partnering with corporations to place their logos on the floor, but acknowledged it is a balancing act.
“Certainly, it can’t look like a bingo hall or it (can’t) look like a checkerboard. It has to look and feel primary as a competition court,” he said.
“It should be a really classy looking floor come mid-October.”
The rule changes include a wider, rectangular key, alterations to the charge/block line and the three-point line moving back by about 16 inches.
“It’s a deep three,” Panthers’ men’s coach Tim Kendrick said.
The three-point line change is expected to impact players’ comfort level with where they are on the court early in the season.
“It will be tighter on the sidelines for sure,” Kendrick said. “For us, I think it’s going to be a matter more of getting comfortable with where the line is.”
While there will be an adjustment period for all teams, Kendrick said he doesn’t expect it will be as big of a change for his team based on its style of play.
The following is a look at upcoming events for the UPEI basketball teams.
Oct. 17 to 20
Mickey Place tournament
Nov. 8 and 9
Acadia at UPEI, 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men)
The UPEI women’s basketball team is hosting a three-on-three tournament Sunday featuring five divisions for both males and females.
The divisions are grades 4 to 6, 7 to 9, 10 to12, an open recreation division, and an open competitive masters division. Registration is $60 per team with teams of three to four players.
There are openings in each divisions.
The two youngest divisions will be played at Colonel Gray High School with the remaining three at UPEI’s Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre.
To register, contact UPEI Panther Central at email@example.com or 368-6308; visit Courtside Sneakers at www.courtsidesneakers.com, or contact organizer Chris Huggan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 368-6860 ext. 250.
Registration on the day of the tournamnent will also be accepted.