Dolbeau-Mistassini’s ball-given league at the top of its game

Dolbeau-Mistassini’s ball-given league at the top of its game
Dolbeau-Mistassini’s ball-given league at the top of its game

The Dolbeau-Mistassini ball league is in top form. With four teams and more than sixty regular or substitute players, the league has not been in such good health in years.

One of the organization’s leaders, Jimmy Laliberté, indicates that more and more players are joining the league.

This summer, the four teams each have a roster of 11 regular players, as well as two substitutes. In addition, a bank of non-team substitutes also exists, bringing the number of substitute players to more than ten.

“What’s really good is that with this formula, having substitutes assigned to teams and others who can replace in any club, it’s always easy to fill in for absent players. It never takes long to fill in for an absence, the substitutes always answer the call very quickly,” says Jimmy Laliberté.

The latter also highlights the good participation of the teams’ regular players.

“What helps us a lot is that at the beginning of the season, before the teams are drafted, the players provide their availability for the summer. The team captains can therefore better build their club.”

Furthermore, the league has been accepting players from the age of 16 for several seasons now, which has helped to increase the player pool.

“We also have a good rotation system, which means that most of the replacements are able to become regulars in a team the following year.”

Expansion

Given the growing popularity of the Dolbeau-Mistassini ball league, we are entitled to wonder if other teams will be added in the short term.

“We thought about adding a team this year, but with the current reserve pool and the number of players per team, we are able to always have full clubs during matches. We ensure good participation for four teams. But in the medium term, we think the league will grow even more.”

Arbitrage

As for the refereeing staff, the league is also doing very well. Players get involved when they are not in action with their team and young people aged 12-14 also offer their services.

“We train several young people, so we make sure we have a future. And the players are very respectful towards them and they know that it’s not always easy.”

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