About the GABF

The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) was founded in 1961, Guyana (GUY). Its primary objective is to promote, supervise and govern the playing of amateur basketball in Guyana as stipulated by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). In addition, to its local obligations, the GABF has the responsibility of preparing and selecting the male and female national teams, that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and licensing, and safety.

The GABF has three sub-associations, namely the Berbice Amateur Basketball Association - BABA, the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association - GABA, and the Linden Amateur Basketball Association - LABA. The Federations basketball academy is know as Youth Basketball Guyana - YBG. Affiliate associations are the Guyana Officials Council - GOC, the Guyana Basketball Coaches Association - GBCA and the Guyana Masters.

The GABF is an official member of the Guyana Olympic Association - GOA and FIBA (Est. 1961) and is assigned to the regional sub-sub-zone the Caribbean Basketball Confederation - CBC.

A 8-member Board of Directors governs Guyana Basketball. Clifton Nigel Hinds, was elected the GABF President for the 2014-18 quadrennium. Also members of the Board of Directors are: GABF appointee Patrick Haynes - Honourary General Secretary - International Affairs, Michael Singh, Kenrick Thomas and Haslyn Graham - Vice-Presidents, Clement DeNobrega - Treasurer, Joe Chapman - Asst. Secretary/Treasurer and Cecil Chin - Technical Advisor.

A brief synopsis of the various competitions in which Guyana Basketball teams participate includes: CBC Championships (Senior & U16), CentroBasket Championships - (Senior, U17 & U15), Antilles 3x3 U18 Championships, Inter-Guiana Games U19

PROGRAMS

  • PLAYER WORKSHOPS

    We believe that your development and success on-the-court are not separate from your development and success off-the-court. This guide is designed to help you think about some of the ways that success off-the-court can strengthen your career and prepare you to take full advantage of the opportunities that may come your way.

  • Media & Marketing

    The way you communicate and present yourself on and off-the-court has a big impact on how others perceive you. This includes team management, teammates, sponsors (and potential sponsors), media and fans.

  • 3x3

    Considered to be the number one urban team sport in the world*, 3x3 basketball is increasingly becoming a key motor for the development of basketball. One of the biggest strengths of 3x3 is its simplicity both in terms of rules and in terms of required facilities, allowing it to be held in the most spectacular settings

  • Coaching Development

    Central to coaching...is the creation of practice and competition opportunities that result in desired outcomes for athletes. At the core of a coach’s role is guiding the improvement of athletes in sport-specific contexts, taking account of athletes’ goals, needs and stages of development.

  • Officials Development

    The main idea of OL2017+ is to promote excellence and professional skills, which must be trained constantly to meet the requirements of the ever-changing and evolving game of basketball. A range of workshops have been held by the FIBA Referee Department, FIBA Technical Commission, the Licensing Advisory Group and other stakeholders in the past few years to develop the most effective and transparent system for the new OL2017+.

  • National League

    The 'Road to Mecca’ National Basketball Club Championships is Guyana's flagship national club championship, where top teams from Georgetow, Linden, Berbice and the East Coast compete for one million dollars (GY$ 1,000,000.00) cash and prizes.

Nigel Hinds - GABF President

We have a lot of material available to guide us in spreading the growth and development of basketball in Guyana; starting with the constitution of the Guyana Basketball Federation and extending to the document prepared by Patrick Haynes “Guyana Basketball Manager’s Guide”. Both of these documents are to be used as frameworks to build the federation and the sport. However, what is more key than words and advice is determination and dedication accompanied by action. The solution to the lack of growth needs the collective planning and implementation by the Federation’s Executive.

“Change will not come if we wait f or some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” The executive of the Federation elected on January 11, 2014 has an excellent balance of professionals, businessmen, and experienced basketball devotees to make the changes needed to uplift the sport of Basketball in Guyana. The focus of this strategic plan is to place Guyana Basketball as a pinnacle sport in Guyana over the four year term of the new Executive from 2014 – 2018 and beyond.

GABF Executive Board