02/18/2016 3:18 PM
The people of Chicago know basketball. Having witnessed the greatest player, and team, of all-time, Chicagoans have a special knowledge and appreciation for the sport. This does not go unnoticed.
PrimeTime Sports is back in Chicago for the fourth consecutive year with seven tournaments on the schedule throughout the spring and summer, culminating with the Midwest Regional Championship in May 2016.
Being based in Dallas, Texas, however, creates a few hurdles that must be surmounted in order to bring the Midwest "The Best Game in Town."
Enter Steve Bryson and his crew of officials, or as he likes to call them, "game administrators."
Bryson has been working as a basketball official for over 20 years. Much like the rest of Chicago, he knows the game. When PrimeTime has an event in Illinois, Bryson is the man to call to assign the best quality officials for a tournament.
"Anyone can call a game," Bryson said. "It takes an official to administer a match."
- Full Midwest schedule of PrimeTime 2016 events
Each of the officials Bryson assigns is certified to ref at the collegiate level — NAIA, DI, DII, DIII — and every year, around 10 of his officials join Bryson in Dallas for PrimeTime's National Basketball Championship.
"We work well with PrimeTime because we have similar attitudes toward the game," he said. "In Chicago, the coaches are about the business of basketball. They want to teach, and help kids grow their talent. All of the PrimeTime events we've worked are fun, have good competition and good people. We are both about basketball above all else."
Much like Bryson and the basketball community of Chicago, PrimeTime is committed to bringing the highest quality of event for the best value to all parts of the country.
Starting in March, our Midwest Road to Regionals gets start with the Tip-Off Classic — a one day tournament (3-game guarantee) on March 26 at the Elgin Center just west of Chicago. Registration for this event is open until March 16, with a fee of $230.
Following the Tip-Off Classic, PrimeTime will host four tournaments in April and May at both the Elgin Center and the Southland Center. Each of these tournaments are 3-game guarantees and have a $260 price tag. Discounted pricing is available for multiple-tournament entries.
These four regular season events (in orange on the flyer) will provide teams with qualifier points, which will determine seeding in the first ever Midwest Regional Championship the last weekend of May.
After a hiatus, PrimeTime is again using Q-points in all events this season up to a week before the three Regional Champiosnhips. A team can earn points by participating in tournaments, and by performing well at events during the season. To see a breakdown of how many points can be earned, see the flyer above.
For the Midwest Regional Championship, the team with the most Q-points at the end of the four events will be awarded a 100 percent sponsorship into the tournament. The second-place team will earn a 50 percent sponsorship and the third place team will earn a 25 percent sponsorship. The regular resitration fee for the tournament will be $350. Once at the MRC, any team can earn a sponsorship into the National Basketball Championship in Dallas this July.
You can REGISTER for the upcoming Midwest tournaments up to 10 days prior to the tournament date. You can see PrimeTime's entire spring and summer schedule, here.