Rollers Basketball Club head coach Joe Diaz regretfully announced that their two junior squads failed to compete in the 2012 Manila-Pacific Rim Goodwill Games.
The competition started in the Philippines last Thursday, and according to Diaz, the teams that were scheduled to participate in the U15A and U14B divisions missed the trip due to lack of chaperones.
“We actually had all of our players ready to go, but unfortunately the parent chaperones could not go due to problems on travel documents,” Diaz said.
Majority of the parents of the Rollers players are non-US citizens thus they are required to seek permission from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office to go in and out of the island and the process takes time.
“We had about 20 kids participating in the weeklong event and only me and my wife can go with them. Keeping track of everyone 24-7 is simply too much responsibility and is not worth the risk,” added Diaz.
According to Diaz, although the players are greatly disappointed in missing the opportunity, they still took the bad news in stride and have focused their sights instead on the upcoming Rotary Club of Saipan Youth Basketball League season.
They have been conducting their routine practices at the Garapan court and are playing in various local summer leagues as well, such as the Docomo Pacific 3rd Youth Summer League, and are helping out with the group's RECTIFY Summer youth camp.