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Hiphop Basketball - Fantasy into Reality - The Tampa Tribune By Pat Yasinski

Tampa - When he's on the basketball court at Ballast Point elementary School, Demetrius Marshall is Michael Jordan. "Here comes Jordan," said Marshall as he switched the ball from his left to his right hand in mid-air before dunking Monday night. "Boom!"

He can dunk the ball with either hand and slam after throwing hmself an alley-oop pass off the backboard. When you're 5-7 and dunk with ease, you might as well enjoy it and Marshall does. "Jordan's the best" said Marshall, 17 and a recent Chamberlain High graduate. "He does whatever he wants on the court and that's what I try to do out here.

Wearing a replica of Jordan's (No. 23) jersey, Todd LeBlanc isn't far removed from his playing days at Plymouth (N.H.) State University when he comes to the playground. At 26, the 6-foot elementary school music teacher can dunk and hit from behind thethree-point line. Even with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

Like thousands of others who want to be like Jordan, Marshall and LeBlanc won't be playing in the National Basketball Association any time soon. But they can dream - two nights a week. The game is not quite basketball. It is Hiphop Basketball. With goals set at 9'1", players such as LeBlanc and Marshall turn fantasies into reality. It allows you to be an NBA star, for a night anyway, said Chris Shepard, who has played Hiphop Basketball the last two summers.

Although Hiphop Basketball borrows many of basketball's rules, the lower goal isn't the only difference. The 3 on 3 game for players under 6-4 uses a 15 minute running clock. Players call fouls and shoot "Free Shots" instead of free throws from one of six designated areas on the court. Field goals count for one point and shots from beyond the 20-foot line count for two.

"It's intense as a strong summer league" Hiphop Basketball founder Ed Patane said. And it is fast paced and it gives you a chance to have fun and stay in shape." Patane, who has a copyright for the rules and court design and a trademark on the name, invented Hiphop Basketball in 1987 after he was involved in a motorcycle accident."It was out of bordom," said Patane, 31. "I was sitting there for a month with my leg in a cast and I've always been an active person. I started thinking back to playing pickup basketball in college and this just evolved."

Patane started his first league four years ago and has watched his game grow through experimentation. "we started with a four on four league and used a smaller ball," Patane said. "I've just watched what works and what the players seem to like and I try to tailor the rules to fit their needs."Patane said this is the best year yet for Hiphop Basketball but there is room for Hiphop Basketball to improve. Building an indoor club with shorter courts is his next goal.

"I want to do this on a full time basis," said Patane, who works as a teacher at Monroe Middle School. "Basketball is so popular and there's such a huge market for something like this. I Offer what people want most, namely a chance for them to get up and dunk the ball."

Average Hoopster can Play Hiphop Hoops - St. Petersburg Times by Mike Tapp

Ever dream of soaring through the air like LeBron James or throwing down a thunderous slam like Kevin Garnett? Now you have that chance.

Hiphop Basketball is a new type of basketball league, designed for the average player to perform like the pros. Mainly, it allows shorter players the opportunity to dunk the basketball.

"When you make the game three-on-three (instead of the normal five-on-five) it opens the court up more for players and lets them make some spectacular moves and dunks," said Hiphop Basketball creator Ed Patane.

Patane came up with the idea when he was injured in a motorcycle accident. He became so bored during his recovery that he began to shoot baskets on a portable nerf hoop in his apartment. After awhile he began creating ideas for a new league. Hiphop Basketball was born.

"I wanted to speed up the game and make it different from regular basketball," said Patane.

The difference is immediately apparent. In Hiphop Basketball the court is 75 feet long and 50 feet wide, compared to 94 by 50 in regulation basketball. The other evident difference is the height of the rim - 9 feet 1 inch instead of the standard 10 feet.

The rules for the most part, are similiar to regulation basketball, with a few notable exceptions. Games are 12 minutes long with a continuous clock until the last minute. After that, the clock is stopped after a foul or turnover.

When a player is fouled, he is allowed what is called a "Free Shot" from one of six offensive dots marked on the court. The closest dot to where the foul happened is where the player shoots from.

"I found out about it from a flyer I saw at school," said Corey Simpson, 18, a recent graduate from Robinson High School. "We used to come down here (Ballast Point Elementary) and everything was real unorganized. Now, things are more organized with the league. You get to play a lot of games and it's a lot quicker when it's just three-on-three.

Patane began his first league in 1990 and currently has 35 teams. Each is allowed as many as eight players on the roster. Patane designed his current league with four divisions: under-21, over-21, and two competitive leagues (any age). Each player must be under 6 feet 4.

Perhaps the best part about the league is the fee. The cost is $25 for for teams that have league games twice a week, and $15 in one day weekend tournaments. Patane wants to keep the cost low so he can attract more teams.

"I try to base my leagues on Arena Football," he said. Arnea Football is a lot of fun to watch, but a lot less expensive than going to a major sporting event. Hiphop Basketball is the same way. I want to keep it inexpensive so everyone can enjoy it."

Patane's eventual goal is an indoor arena to market his game. "I want to create a place with a family atmosphere," Patane said. "Hopefully, I can develope a place with a couple of Hiphop Basketball courts, put in a food area, and a viewing section so people can sit and enjoy the games. My marketing concept is similiar to other local indoor facilities like Grand Slam USA, a baseball facility, but I've created my own rules."

Kind of like Hiphop Basketball itself.

Hiphop Basketball Gains Popularity - Tampa Tribune By Roy Cummings

Tampa - The last time we checked in with Tampa sports entrepreneur Ed Patane, he was working on the final touches of his newer, smaller basketball sport dubbed Hiphop Basketball. He believes Hiphop Basketball will one day span the globe. Global recognition wasn't on Patane's list of short term goals, anyway.

With Patane's commitment and dedication, however, Hiphop Basketball has actually germinated into a realistic entity. A genuine sport that people can watch and play. The game is on display almost every night at tampa's Guy Cacciatore park. A monument to history Many years from now, a monument may be built there that explains that this was the birthplace of Hiphop Basketball, one of America's most popular sports.

Anyone can dream, though, and right now Patane's dream is coming true. A couple of years ago Hiphop Basketball was nothing but an idea born out of boredom. Now it's a game played by eight teams in a summer recreational league.

"It was just a matter of wanting to do it," Patane said. "iIt was a goal I set for myself. i wanted to develope the sport to the point where people could enjoy playing it and watching it, and the next step was to actually put a league together. That's where I am now."

The league started a few months ago after Patane put up flyers at some of Tampa's more frequented playgrounds. More than 100 people responded to the advertisement that briefly explained the new aspect of this unique game. And out of those 100 phone calls came enough players to conduct what Patane now admits was a grand experiment.

"This whole league was very experimental," he said. "I just wanted to see how it would work. "Hiphop Basketball was designed to be played indoors on a court two-thirds the size of a regulation NBA court, with a smaller ball and a shorter goal that would allow for more dunking. Patane says his experiment has been successful.

"so foar it's worked out well," said Patane, who has served as the leagues director, schedule maker, and referee this summer. "It's definitely fast-break basketball, which is what I envisioned it to be all along. And it's high scoring. during the flow of the game, it's very upbeat."

A couple of rule changes Patane has had to change a rule or two he said. "The game moves so fast, and some of the guys get tired in a hurry, so what some of the teams were doing was camping one of their players down at the other end of the floor and after the other team made a basket, they's just throw the ball down to him and he's have an uncontested basket." "I had to change that, so I made a rule that after a made basket, you can't throw the ball over or past half-court. That's kept it competitive."

The game has proved to be popular among its players, amny of whom are college students, in their mid-20's."It's a little different than what you're used to, but it's a great game," said Don Holcomb, 24, a civil engineering student at USF and a member of Hiphop Basketball's premire team, the Cavaliers, who lead the league with a 5-1 record. "The reason we do so good, I guess, is we king of go down the court and shoot the ball and then crash the boards. That's fast-break basketball."

No, that's Hiphop Basketball.

Hiphop Basketball lets Payers Elevate their Game - The Tampa Tribune by Anwar Richardson

Ybor City - Ed Patane sat at home after injuring his leg in a motorcycle accident. Patane's leg was in a cast and he was unable to go anywhere. To pass time, Patane would shoot hoops on his nerf basketball goal. Patane thought about the times he played the game as a child dunking over friends and having fun. That is where the concept of Hiphop Basketball began.

"I started dreaming of a smaller version of basketball," Patane said. "Something that that anybody could participate and have fun in." Patane started Hiphop Basketball in 1990, staging games on low goals in Hillsborough County parks. He said around 500 people played in his league, which included a post season tournament.

Though Patane had success, he postponed the dream in 1995 accepting a job as a property manager. After a three-year layoff, Patane decided to make small ball a reality. Patane began building his Hiphop Basketball court in a warehouse in Ybor City three months ago. He was doing most of the renovations - including laying the court - himself.

Patane's dream finally became a reality when Hiphop Basketball officially opened its doors June 18. The rules are similiar to basketball with a few minor changes. Participants play 3-on-3 on a shortened full court. There is a three-point line, but the rim, at nine feet, is a foot lower than a regulation hoop.

The result is average players being able to dunk like Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant. "I love the quick pace," Pat Headen said. "The shortened courts make everything go so fast. It's fun. I'm 6-foot-1 and I'm able to dunk at will."

There is one court set up and seats and tables available for spectators. Patane intends to have seperate competitive and recreational leagues. The competitive division will play on nine-foot goals, while the recreation division will play on 8-foot-ten inch rims. Seven players are allowed on a team, and the cost is $100.

Games last 20 minutes.There will also be open gym nights when anybody can play. Though highlight-reel dunks will be the norm in Hiphop Basketball, Patane has removed the trash-talking. Any player caught using profanity in a game will receive a technical foul. If a team is given three technicals in a game it must forfeit.

There is also no taunting, hand-checking, or intentional fouls allowed. "I want this to be a place where people can bring their friends and family," Patane said. We want everybody to be a good sport, and once people know the rules, they get used to it. "If they have a problem with it, they can play somewhere else that accepts that behavior."

Patane's goal is to make Hiphop Basketball a professional game, but he's happy to have small ball running and gunning. "If Arena Football can be successful in it's miniature version of a sport, I feel Hiphop Basketball can be successful also," Patane said. "I feel like I have a good thing here.

"Hiphop Basketball can make it anywhere."

Name of the Game is Hiphop Basketball - St Petersburg Times by Jon Wilson

Tampa Man's Invention Combines Basketball, Fantasy

Tampa - The true believer knows.

Sometimes you have to have basketball in the mornings, just to get you going. Maybe you even have some basketball alone. Surely there's nothing wrong with alittle basketball to help you sleep at night.

And, yes, basketball loosens you up in social situations. Ed Patane understands. After a motorcycle accident years ago, he got stuck at home to recuperating.The down time could have been grimas a soap-soled sneaker.

What saved was Nerf basketball, a living room game played with a spongy sphere. "I had nothing to do but sit around the house and shoot,: Patane recalls happily." While popping up the Nerfs, Patane began to devise a contest he hopes will one day rival baseball as summers pastime.

Here's the truth.

Hiphop Basketball is the name of Patane's game. It's a love child of basketball, but faster than dad. Patane believes that America's passion for James Naismith's invention will carry Hiphop Basketball, if not to glory, then surely to some pretty good times.

It's a three-on three contest playes on a walled-in court two-thirds the size of a regulation basketball floor. Baskets are a half-foot lower than the usual 10 to make jamming easier. There's a player height limit of 6-feet-4. After a foul, a Free-Shot is taken from any of six positions on the floor, free three-point spots, which would allow for a six-point play.You've seconds to bring the ball across the midcourt and 20 second shot clock. Buy it so far?

Patane says there's no way the game can miss, partly because of the fantasy factor. "Lots of people wish they could do things they see Michael Jordan or Charles Barkley doing, like going coast-to-coast and finishing with a tomahawk jam," he says.

But if they can't do it, they'll watch it - and alot, Patane thinks. Maybe enough, eventually, to attract cable television programming of games between pro Hiphop Basketball franchises.

See, Patane is serious in a big way. Working out of his office West of the University of South Florida campus, Patane spends his days talking on the phone, writting letters, doing whatever it takes to get someone to pay attention to his dream. He gave up a full time job to concentrate on the dream.

"No. 1 Priority - Build The Hiphop Basketball Foundation," says a sign on his bulletin board. In his slide show are investment options and profit possibilities. I want to make my living at this," Patane says. "Obviously, what I want to do is have franchises all over the country, basically in the basketball hotbeds. "But how can this be? Surely there are sporting events enough.

"I think I would worry if I had Hiphop Basketball during the winter time. There's an incredible amount of basketball. But I think once summer begins, you have enough people out there who enjoy basketball that there will be a spillover effect.

I think Hiphop Basketball is a great outlet for them. "There are, after all, wonderful turnouts for such events as the three-on-three street tournament held in downtown Tampa the past two years.

Besides,miniaturization, is the trend in sports: Arena Football and Major Indoor Soccer, for example."They're not huge successes, but they've had cable contracts and have tons of room to grow. These leagues are drawing thousands of fans to games. So it's there and it's something I'd like to do," says Patane.

Thursday night, a few players got together and played some experimental Hiphop Basketball games at USF. It wasnt on a regulation 60-by-40 Hiphop Basketball court, but Patane lines the court to Hiphop Basketball specs and players blazed away until they dropped.

"We proved it's a fast-paced game, the inventor remarked. His next step: organize a recreational league, at minimal cost to teams entering. If you are interested call the man in Tampa. "All I want to do right now is get as many people involved as possible," he says.

Bring on the true believers.

Patane's Vision may Revolutionize Basketball - Tampa Tribune By Roy Cummings

My first thought was that it was either some kind of killer dodgeball, or some hot new game your kids can buy for their Nintendo system.

Then I met Ed Patane, the founder of Blitz Enterprises. As I sat in Patane's office in Temple Terrace, he set me straight. Hiphop Basketball, he told me, is not a kids game- although kids will certainly enjoy playing and watching it. Rather, Patane said, Hiphop Basketball is a fast-paced super-high energy, break-neck, miniaturized version of fast-break basketball.

Next to the sun it's the hottest thing on the horizon he said, and it's going to be big. At least as big as Arena Football and Indoor Soccer.

His dream is to create a league of Hiphop Basketball teams, six or eight of them, he said, sell the franchises, market the league and see the games played regularly on the sports cable networks. And Televising Hiphop Basketball, Patane assured me, would be a profit-making endeavor.

"Hiphop Basketball's going to work firt of all because it's worked before with the miniaturization of football (arena football) and soccer (indoor soccer), and secondly because my idea is to miniaturize the most popular recreational sport in America, basketball. "It's like people can't get enough of hoops."With that in mind Patane has devoted to giving them more - or is it less.

His game will be played on a court 40 feet wide by 60 feet long, roughly two-thirds the size of a regulation NBA court. It will involve:

* Six players -three on each side, neither of whom can be taller than 6-foot-4.
* And a 9½-foot goal that will make dunking, the most exciting aspect of basketball in some fans' eyes - easier and more prevalent.

The innovations -like the action - never stop in Hiphop Basketball, though.

Instead of free throws, Hiphop Basketball has free shots - taken from one of six designated free shot areas that, along with a two-point and three-point line, make the court design look like an advanced geometry problem.

And instead of timeouts for player substitutions, player changes are made on the fly while the action rages on, like in hockey or soccer.