By Mark Lewis
Local Sports Journal

The American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) will take over Findlay (OH) this coming weekend with the arrival of the Findlay District Series Event (DSE) June 7-8.

The perception that Findlay is sleepy midwestern town is contradicted by this dusk shot of the city's main thoroughfare.

The perception that Findlay is sleepy midwestern town is contradicted by this dusk shot of the city’s main thoroughfare.

The event will take place at two different venues, including Liberty-Benton High School (9190 County Rd. 9) and courts on the campus of the University of Findlay (1000 N Main St.).

The DSE is for boys third-through-eleventh grades and girls fourth-through-eleventh grades.

The Country Inn & Suites (903 Interstate Dr.) has discounted accommodations 20 percent when you mention AYBT.

Call 419-422-4200 to inquire about that deal.

Those looking for more information on the Findlay DSE should contact Director Eric Friesinger at or at 740-455-2674.

First held in 2004, this event has been directed every year by Friesinger, who has been associated with AYBT since 1999.

“We expect around 65 teams, which is the same as last year,” said Friesinger in 2013. “Every team is guaranteed to play five games.”

When asked to compare AYBT to other travel basketball leagues, he pointed out the playing time afforded to each team.

“The biggest thing is that we have the five game, round-robin format,” explained Friesinger. “A team does not have to win to advance, so coaches can implement a new wrinkle in their game plan and see what happens in a real game situation.”

Another advantage with AYBT is their willingness to let every kid develop their skills. “AYBT has the 60-40 rule that asks coaches to get every kid equal playing time. You can’t get better if you don’t play,” Friesinger added.

Findlay is home to the Hancock Historical Museum and Recreation Center, a site dedicated to the extensive history of the county. Findlay is also the hometown of two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The University of Findlay competes in NCAA Division II athletics, and boasts a national championship in 2009 for their men’s basketball program.

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