DOWNEY – A private basketball league in Downey, made up mostly of working men and fathers, will begin its third year next month.
CABA Basketball league was formed two years ago by four friends: Anthony Zamora, Alex Saab, David Gonzalez and Alex Duran. Initially an excuse for friends to meet for pickup basketball once a week at the Apollo Park gym, the league has grown significantly in size and structure since then.
CABA games are played once each week on Mondays or Thursdays, and most seasons last about three months, including playoffs.
An awards ceremony is held at the conclusion of the season, where players are recognized for outstanding performance in several categories. The championship team takes possession of the CABA Cup, which bears a striking resemblance to the NHL's Stanley Cup.
Many local businesses have employees in the league, including Bank Of The West, Skyline Security, Pacific Title, RG Tax Services, Downey Termite, Tropicana Bakery, and Chris's Best Burger.
"Some teams are made up of families, friends or men who work together at the same company or in the same industries," said David Gonzalez. "We attribute our organic growth and success to the emphasis on fellowship, camaraderie and good sportsmanship, as we never compromise these values."
By remaining a private league, CABA ensures that participants adhere to a strict code of conduct. Players must be at least 28 years old, with only one age exception per team. And there is a zero tolerance policy for verbal or physical misconduct.
The main goal of the league is to have fun, Gonzalez said.
"We will always strive to be good, reputable members in our community and would love to invite other local companies, groups, friends and professionals to check us out," Gonzalez said.
CABA's next season starts the first week of May. For information about participating, email CABAbasketball@gmail.com or look up CABA Basketball on Facebook.