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Continued referee standoff forces cancellation of Federation game

- Much anticipated last game between unbeaten Legs of Tortola & Virgin Gorda's Mystics put off; Steve E. Parillon of Mystics said it was ‘embarrassing’
There has been a standoff between basketball referees headed by Mr Norval A. Young (left) and his crew and the BVI Basketball Federation headed by President Guy L. Malone. Photo: VINO/File
Veteran basketball player Steve E. Parillon, right, a member of Mystics, was upset over the cancellation of the game and believes the league should be discontinued if the BVI Basketball Federation is unable to properly run the league. Photo: VINO/File
Veteran basketball player Steve E. Parillon, right, a member of Mystics, was upset over the cancellation of the game and believes the league should be discontinued if the BVI Basketball Federation is unable to properly run the league. Photo: VINO/File
It is unclear if the referee situation will continue to the play offs and championship games of the BVI Basketball Federation’s season. Photo: BVIBF
It is unclear if the referee situation will continue to the play offs and championship games of the BVI Basketball Federation’s season. Photo: BVIBF
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Since the 2017 BVI Basketball Federation League (BVIBF) started on June 10, 2017 there has been a standoff between the referees headed by Mr Norval A. Young and his crew and the local basketball federation.

While both sides have been tight-lipped about the disagreement, Mr Young and his crew, with other referees like Neil J. Thomas, Roger A. L. Williams aka 'Malt Man', Derwin Scatliffe, Yulissa Hurtado and Shem Ollieverre among others, have refused to officiate so far in the 2017 season.

It is our newsroom’s understanding that part of the standoff is over money owed to some of the referees by the BVI Basketball Federation from last year, conditions of payment, other referees to be placed in the pool and a lack of communication between the BVIBF and the refereeing crew.

Players & Coaches turn Referees

The standoff has forced the Federation to use local basketball players for the most part who are either themselves playing on a team, most often the same Division in the current League, are coaches of teams or are, in some cases, associated with a team, notwithstanding that these players/coaches turned referees have displayed much fairness and professionalism, despite the criticism over the situation and the potential for conflict of interest.

It is also our newsroom’s understanding that the persons being used to referee are not being paid but are volunteering their time to help out due to the standoff by the regular referees.

Well, last night July 8, 2017, things seemed to have come to a head at the time of the most anticipated game in the League, a showdown between the two most competitive undefeated teams, Tortola's Legs and Virgin Gorda's Mystics, as it was the last game for the night.

Both teams and fans were hyped as the excitement grew at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Legs had their big guns from St Thomas in the USVI and Mystics had a full roster of their players from the sister island of Virgin Gorda, so the anticipation was high.

However, disappointment set in as players, fans and the media waited for almost an hour only to learn that there were no referees available, which forced the game to be cancelled.

Big embarrassment; Fans & players upset

Veteran basketball player Steve E. Parillon, a member of Mystics, was upset over the cancellation. Speaking exclusively to our newsroom, he said "I am really disappointed and it was an embarrassment...players came from St Thomas and Virgin Gorda, and if the League is not running properly cancel it...as a player I do not feel good, it hurts basketball..."

Other players and fans who did not want to go on record also expressed similar sentiments over the cancellation, and saw it as "shameful", as the Federation should be the leader in local basketball.

Cancelled game to be rescheduled & free night

President of the BVI Basketball Federation Guy L. Malone said "two of the three referees scheduled to officiate were unable to attend due to circumstances beyond our control". Mr Malone, who has been at the helm of the Federation for years, said "the games will be rescheduled for Saturday July 15, 2017 and there will be free admissions for all games on that date."

The BVI Basketball Federation also apologised to the fans and players in a press statement released today July 9, 2017 for "the cancellation of game three last evening between the Legs and Mystics".

It is unclear if the referee situation will continue to the play offs and championship games of the Federation season. Meanwhile, games played in the Federation League will continue this evening Sunday July 9, 2017 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, in Road Town.

Mega Guns will come up against Go Hard at 7:00 P.M. and East will play Starz at 8:30 P.M.

29 Responses to “Continued referee standoff forces cancellation of Federation game”

  • up town (09/07/2017, 18:45) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Always some melee with the town league
  • rock (09/07/2017, 18:56) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    "If the league isn't running properly cancel it". WTF he knows about running anything properly. Greed and money is the real embrassment for those who claim to be doing it for the love of the game!
  • Fan (09/07/2017, 19:00) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino at least this is fair and balance you heard both sides
  • Just saying (09/07/2017, 19:07) Like (6) Dislike (14) Reply
    Them referees full of piss if i was General i would have make sure they never get in there again
    • @ Just saying.... (09/07/2017, 23:10) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Gee a man who worked and has ambitions to be paid- I'm shocked I tell ya.
  • SMH (09/07/2017, 19:16) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply

    But yea man locals can run everything. Give me a ^&*%£ break!

  • Basketball Fan (09/07/2017, 19:34) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    It's very shameful to hear that the Federation owes the Referees money for last season. Still trying to run a league without Referees why the players and coaches didn't referee that game last night. If you want things right pay your Mr. Federation. I see those real Referees in the gym working out staying in shape for Frazer League. They said they were paid in full by Frazer and VG League, but main federation who supposed to promote the game owe the Referees. What a damned shame.
    • the rock (10/07/2017, 00:03) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      question---are the players being paid? if not then why cant the referees do it for the love of the game too!
      • watching (10/07/2017, 18:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        It's an amateur league it's not pro, therefore it's against the rules. If players were being paid to play that would cause all potential scholarship players who may want to go on to college on a basketball scholarship to forfeit their eligibility as student athletes whether on the NCAA or NAIA levels.
  • ah seh (09/07/2017, 20:10) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    clyne and frazer league is the best and most organized
    • @ ah seh (09/07/2017, 22:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yeah, that's believable and I calling for days to turn in my roster and phones ringing out lol
  • pat (09/07/2017, 20:19) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Both sides need to go sit down is it about the game or someone ego?
  • Juan Ping (09/07/2017, 20:19) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply

    Too much politics in the damn federation. Like somebody thiefing the money just like them worthless politician up and down in tie.

    Somebody need to hold them same damn tie and drag them r@%$ to jail.

    Seems like we have a bankrupt federation just like government.

  • VG (09/07/2017, 20:30) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Steve P got balls deman
  • parent (09/07/2017, 20:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Play on boys
  • Jimmy smith (09/07/2017, 21:33) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply

    steve is an a$&******, a has been nba wanabe with a lot of damn tatooes, when joe jack and juggie was doing the ref they were doing it for half of what these guys getting, they doing for the love of the sport and country, n one small country you three damn leagues and no nba propects.

  • Bigz (09/07/2017, 22:59) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    "The standoff has forced the Federation to use local basketball players for the most part who are either themselves playing on a team, most often the same Division in the current League, are coaches of teams or are, in some cases, associated with a team, notwithstanding that these players/coaches turned referees have displayed much fairness and professionalism, despite the criticism over the situation and the potential for conflict of interest."

    Or do we have a double standard here? Fraser league could have never gotten away with this mess
  • i from here (10/07/2017, 10:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    Anything G......... involved in is a failure! 

  • treasurer (10/07/2017, 10:24) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    When Chucky and company was running the league, the referees got paid every month out of the money we made from entry fees. Someone is stealing the money that is being collected at the entrance
  • SMH (10/07/2017, 10:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    pay them
  • Temptation Island (10/07/2017, 11:23) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply

    Ain't got no standoff between referees and federation about money. And leave our boy shrimpy out of it

  • Welsah (10/07/2017, 12:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am so sorry, Everything seems to be going wrong in the Bvi.
  • my 2 cents (10/07/2017, 14:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pay them then tell them hit the road jack
  • half full (10/07/2017, 20:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good publicity!!! Who did not know before now they know and will want to go to see what this is all about. The place will be packed even more. Maybe you can hold a raffle at the door. Real business people always see an opportunity. Play Ball!
  • insider (11/07/2017, 11:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ha ha heard they are now begging the normal referees to go back look for them on Wednesday
  • tola (12/07/2017, 00:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    West start vg league dont study town waste of time we coming vg to play and watch ball


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