Basket Balancing Race



What is SIBBRA?

SITEAW Basket Balancing Race (SIBBRA) is a race whereby racers walk or run with baskets on their heads without supporting them with their hands once the signal to start is given. SIBBRA is organized by Shifting Ideas Through Education for African Women (SITEAW, INC). This is a nonprofit organization that raises money to sponsor girls at risk in school, and women’s programs. That is how this Basket Balancing race acquired the name SIBBRA. Proceeds from SIBBRA will strictly go toward sponsoring girls at risk in school and uplifting women’s educational and self-help projects.


SITEAW Basket Balancing Race is a dream that has been
in my head for many, many years. I grew up carrying baskets, not for fun, but for labor. I longed to see a day
I could turn carrying baskets into a sport that everyone, irrespective of age, gender or status, can participates in.

I created SITEAW Basket Balancing Race (SIBBRA)
in 2014,  in Indianapolis, Indiana, among people who had no clue what it was. Since then SIBBRA has been held in the U.S.A-four times, in Austria-one time, and in Kenya and Uganda-five times. By observing all those teams, and with the help of the organizers of each race, I have been able to modify the rules. I hope they will now suit every racer in any part of the world.

SIBBRA is fun. You acquire skills you never knew you would in your life. At the same time, it is a challenge to many participants no matter where they come from. But it is worth trying, don’t miss out.  Team work is encouraged when training, but each participant who steps in the race will have to show s/he has acquired the skill as an individual.

​​​​​​Baskets, Aprons & Head wraps

All Baskets, Aprons and head wraps for SIBBRA Races must be purchased from the organizing committees; to make sure all racers balance the same weight and height baskets, and do not have the same color of Aprons & head wraps or hats as another team in the race.

 Violations and Penalties

1. If a racer starts ahead of the other racers, he/she loses 5 points. 2. If a racer drops the basket, he/she loses 5 points 3. If a racer runs/walks while touching or fixing his/her basket he/she  loses 5 points. 4. All unruly or unacceptable behavior on the field by racers will be penalized by loss of 10 points or disqualification.


All points earned, minus the violation(s) of a racer or a team will be the way to determine
the winner.

Field Arrangement for SIBBRA Level 1:  100 Meters


 SIBBRA Starting Ritual  (Instructions for training)


Before the starting ritual, the names
of the racers and their teams are announced loud and clear. Each racer stands on the line, 2 feet from the starting line holding his/her basket with both hands waiting for the next announcement.


The announcer calls out: SIBBRAS Ready? (The racers step up and raise their baskets above their heads and put them on their heads.


Announcer: Focus (This is the time
for racers to calm down and focus on the race, and to look ahead and make sure their lane is clear).  


Announcer: Set (at this point, racers put
one foot on the starting line, and the other  behind the line)

Drum Beat (loud and clear) is the signal to go. All racers must begin at the same time on the beat. ***If a racer begins ahead of the others, the announcer hits the drum twice to cancel that race and start over.

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 Winners will take home trophies, medals,  gift cards and many other prizes. Fans  
                          will enjoy many door prizes donated by our sponsors.