Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rebels Recap 2016

With 2016 drawing to a close, we sat down with Fernando Rojas, the owner and Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Rebels, to discuss the events of the past year and the outlook heading into 2017.

What was the high point of 2016?

Our developmental program produced its first export player, and, as a team, we played more games than the year before. This level of activity made the developmental program better and stronger. Another important aspect in 2016 was the fact that we found a training facility that we can call home. The Clinic in Tampa fits our needs perfectly.

Your summer program will be in its third year of operation. What is next?

Our spring and summer program is growing and moving in the right direction. During our second season, we saw better talent joining the Blue Sharks. Still, for some players, weekly practices and basic organization was difficult to manage. We have a good roster for next year, and we are planning on adding new talent. 

Are the Tampa Bay Rebels closer to joining a professional league?

The decision to join a league in the summer will be carefully considered. We want to be part of an organization that is based on professionalism and intelligent leadership. There are some options that we are currently looking into.

What about the low points this year?

Lack of commitment seems to be the biggest obstacle. Many good players miss out on the opportunity because they do not want to practice; they just want to play on the weekends. We are not a recreational basketball organization, and commitment is key.

What are your plans for 2017?

We want to increase the number of games we play in the city as well as against out of state competition. We will be looking for the next player that we can send overseas.

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