56 Teams Playing 84 Games In 3 Days
Since its inception in 1999, the Bank of the Carolinas JV Basketball
Holiday Classic has grown by leaps and bounds. When the tournament
began in 1999, only seven teams competed at the Randolph-Asheboro
YMCA. While the tournament was a success, there was definitely room
for growth. By the 2002-2004 seasons, the tournament was host to 16
teams. As word spread about the tournament, more and more teams
came in to participate in this after-Christmas event.
By 2005, the tournament had grown to 32 teams and the event took place
at two locations: the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA and Southwestern
Randolph High School. 2006 was the largest tournament yet, hosting 47
teams from 12 different counties. A third location was then added:
Southwestern Randolph Middle School. In 2008, the tournament grew to
50 teams which meant another gym had to be added: Randleman High
School. This year, 56 teams from 14 different counties are participating
which now means the Bank of the Carolinas JV Holiday Classic has
become the largest JV tournament in the United States. Due to the high
school limitation of being able to only play three games in a week, the
tournament is divided into Red, Green, White, and Yellow Divisions. Eight
champions will be crowned over the three-day tournament.
“The JV Tournament is a great experience for younger players,” said
Brian Nance, Asheboro High School’s varsity basketball coach. “It gives
them a chance to continue to compete during the holidays. And with the
addition of several outstanding teams from around the state, the level of
competition has increased dramatically over the years.”
The success and growth of this event can be attributed to the experience
and dedication of the organizers. Nance stated that the Bank of the
Carolinas JV Basketball Holiday Classic is one of the most organized
holiday tournament events. “I have always heard positive comments from
visiting teams around our area,” added Nance.
Schools are not charged an entry fee to participate in the tournament.
The tournament is solely dependant upon gate receipts to cover
expenses, as all net proceeds go to support the YMCA Scholarship Fund.
These funds enable the YMCA to allow anyone to be a member regardless
of their ability to pay.
David Cross, who served as the Chairman of the YMCA Board from 1998 -
2008, also serves as tournament director.