Silverdale ready to hoop it up
June 11, 2008 · Updated 4:04 PM
The idea of bringing a three-on-three basketball tournament to this side of the water came easy to Chris Koebelin.
Myself, our director of sales, were both big basketball fans, said Koebelin, general manager of the Silverdale Beach Hotel. We play a lot.
So it also came as no surprise that the Silverdale Beach Hotel will play host to the first Silverdale 3-on-3 Shoot-Out, Aug. 18 and 19.
Were very excited, Koebelin said. We want to make this an annual thing. We want it to help make Silverdale big for this sort of thing.
So far its been relatively smooth sailing for Koebelin and company, as he said the tourney is expecting to draw between 300-400 teams. That means about 800 30-minute games, all taking place at the hotels parking lot on 20 hoops. But Koebelin isnt a complacent man.
Thats what were shooting for, but only because its our first year, he said, adding that ultimately hed like to see it grow to the point that the hotel can host it while another group can help it self-sustain.
When the idea popped up, Koebelin said he began his search for answers with the Kitsap Sports Counsel. Through working with the council, as well as through contacting other larger tournaments in the western U.S., Koebelin and the event organizers were able to get support from are businesses for donations, financial support and some of the necessities.
For example, the NBAs Seattle SuperSonics donated all the hoops that will be used, not only helping make the tourney possible physically, but also lending a little credibility to the first-year event.
Its awesome. It just gives credence to the fact that its a good idea, Koebelin said. Especially considering most of the three-on-three tournaments are so big nationally and ours is such a small thing. Once they got on board, it was like, Wow, this will be a really nice event.
The tournament will be a whole lot more than just basketball, as information booths, food vendors, kids activities and more, like video games, also will be offered. Plus, tourney-goers can get a gander of the ongoing quicksilver hydroplane and watersports festival, happening the same weekend on Dyes Inlet, from the hotels beach front.
Koebelin said the event will be another addition to Silverdales tourism by drawing more out-of-town tourney participants than other Silverdale events may draw.
In turn, those people are coming here, staying here, eating here, Koebelin said.
Registration is open up until 9 a.m. Aug. 18, but Koeblein said hes been getting in the neighborhood of 40 calls a day about the tournament. He urged interested participants to register sooner than later to ensure room.
Divisions range from recreational to competitive, and vary by age or school class.
Registration forms are available online at www.silverdaleshootout.com. Entries can be mailed to Silverdale Shoot-Out, Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road; or faxed to (360) 698-3169. More information about the event and registration is available online at the site or by calling the hotel at (360) 698-1000.
So far, everybody has been real excited, Koebelin said. Theres nothing like it on this side of the water.