Baltimore Shuckers offer more than just basketball
If you’re looking for fun family entertainment in a fast-paced sports environment, the Baltimore Shuckers will score major points with you! And this season, Baltimore’s semi-professional basketball team is even getting a makeover. Previously the Bay Area Shuckers, the team has changed its name to the Baltimore Shuckers and moved to a new league, the Central Basketball Association (CBA).
In addition to the Baltimore Shuckers, the CBA, which started in 2013, is also home to the Washington Stars and teams in other markets such as Indianapolis, Nashville, and Memphis. The Shuckers tip-off their sixth season on March 25 at the Stars, and on April 14 they play the Stars again at their home opener.
Essex resident Brian K. Marchetti has been co-owner of the Shuckers since their inception in 2011. The team is owned by a group of five partners operating as Bay Area Sports LLC.
“Owning a professional, minor league, or a semi-pro team is really no different than owning the Orioles or the Ravens, it’s just a different scale,” said Marchetti. “We have all of the same constraints and goals as any structured sports team. I love the experience and growth we have achieved together.”
“At the conclusion of our last season, we made a decision to pur
sue a new league, offering even more exposure for our players and dance team, and changed our name to the Baltimore Shuckers,” he said. “This change reflects our new connection to the Baltimore metro communities, and has allowed us to expand into a larger market.”
“Our recent move to the CBA was a careful decision we made. This league is a step up for our organization, and is affiliated with companies like Under Armour, Southwest Airlines, and Hilton Hotels. It’s truly a step into the cor
porate world of sponsorships and exposure,” said Marchetti.
“Under Armour’s decision to sponsor the CBA speaks volumes about this league. The Shuckers will never be stagnant. We will always grow and always continue to expand on the skills of our players and dancers, as well as our ownership group and support personnel,” said Marchetti.
“It’s truly about stepping up for the players and dancers, and to date, over 200 of the league’s players have moved up to play professionally overseas,” he said. “The Shuckers as an organization have also had our share of players and dancers move up. Leagues like ours offer post collegiate players an opportunity to continue to build their skills and play professionally. “
In the CBA, the Shuckers will play an eight game regular season, followed by the post season. Games will be played at both Annapolis Area Christian School and Anne Arundel Community College to give more fans the opportunity to check out the games.
“We could easily just be a basketball team that shows up, plays, and goes home. We could also easily be mediocre, but that’s just not who we are. The Baltimore Shuckers are entertainment for the entire family, and we work very hard to give every fan a memory before they leave us at the end of the night,” said Marchetti. “We focus on entertainment, and not just basketball.”
Theme nights include Military Appreciation, Star Wars, and Super Heroes nights. Sponsor Buffalo Wild Wings brings their mascot, Blaze, to entertain the fans, and the Shuckers include contests, giveaways, music and singers, to keep the audience engaged. Even Santa (played by Marchetti who is a Santa for Hire) has visited with fans during games in December. The Shuckers also believe in giv
ing back, and they offer fundraisers to schools and other organizations, work with various charities, provide opportunities for high school cheerleaders to work with the Pearls dance team, and offer clinics to youth teams.
“Basketball is just a part of what we do,” said Marchetti.
Baltimore Shuckers home games are listed below. Doors open one hour prior to event time. General Admission is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids. For more information about the Baltimore Shuckers, go to: http://www.playcba.com/page/show/ 2644474baltimore-shuckers https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreShuckers/?fref=ts
Baltimore Shuckers Regular Season Home Schedule Friday, April 14 at 8 pm Home Opener & Free Comics Night
Annapolis Area Christian School Kilby Athletic Center, 109 Burns Crossing Rd., Severn, MD 21144
The Baltimore Shuckers make their home Central Basketball Association debut when they take on local rivals, the Washington Stars. Enjoy fast, exciting basketball action, the Pearls Dance Team and contests and prizes! Celebrate Free Comics Night with the first 150 receiving Free Comics from Third Eye Comics.
Saturday, April 22 at 7 pm Military Appreciation Night
Anne Arundel Community College Jenkins Gymnasium, 101 College Parkway Ring Road. Arnold, MD 21012
The Baltimore Shuckers take on Central Basketball Association powerhouse, the Middle Tennessee Storm, as we celebrate Military Appreciation Night.
Friday, April 28 at 8 pm Star Wars Night
Annapolis Area Christian School The Baltimore Shuckers battle the defending, undefeated CBA Champs, the Fort Wayne Flite as we celebrate a Lucas Films approved Star Wars Night with Star Wars Characters in the house.
Saturday, May 6, 7 pm Ghostbusters Night
Annapolis Area Christian School The Baltimore Shuckers take on the Washington Stars as we celebrate Ghostbusters Night with the Charm City Ghostbusters.