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How do we assign teams?

We ask ourselves the following for each athlete:

1. What is the athletes skill / understanding level for the following _______?
Above average, Average, or Needs Improvement?

— ball handling
— passing
— shooting
— finishing ability
— effort/ hustle
— game tactics ( 2 on 1 ; 3 on 2; when to drive vs when to shoot)
— little things (rebound, loose balls, limit turnovers, encouragement, leadership)

2. What is the athlete’s position they should be developing vs what they have been playing?

— point guard
— guard
— forward
— center

3. Is the athlete dominating their position at his/her grade level? (the following is a list of characteristics of an athlete dominating at their position at their grade level)

— leading the team by example
— leading the team through assists
— limiting turnover ratio
— creating steals
— contributing in points (without forcing the issue)
— blocking out and rebounding
— creating hustle plays
— defending the best player
— makes a positive impact when they’re out on the floor ( the PLUS + player vs the NEGATIVE player).

the example I use to the kids: 
If a player scores 10 points, but their opponent they are guarding scores 12, what is their NETcontribution to the team? NEGATIVE 2

If a player scores 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, 1 turnover, and gives up 5 points, what is their NET contribution to the team? POSITIVE 2

Who had the most positive impact for the team? 

4. Is the roster choice decision a position where the athlete will being challenged? — therefore adding to their development…

— we ask ourselves this to ensure that we have the best intent when placing your athlete on a roster.

5. Which scenario would benefit the athlete more THIS season? A leadership position or a role player position ?

Sometimes kids are placed on teams / rosters for development reasons, outside of their skill level. For example, an athlete’s skill level might be more refined then the others on the roster, but if that athlete were placed on a different roster their skills might not be refined enough.  This could cause the athlete to lose valuable playing time in the game which could slow the continual development we strive for.

Sometimes we place an athlete on a roster for development reasons and not skill level or ability.  We feel that game experience is crucial to the development process of an athlete and want to balance our teams so that we have athletes playing proper positions and getting maximum game playing time.

When making a decision on rosters, we take the following scenarios into account:

On Roster Option #1, the athlete is being asked to be a leader at his position, and account for a good amount of playing time.

On Roster Option #2, the athlete would play less, and would be a role player. The athlete may be playing with more experienced kids but would they have the proper amount of development time?

Then we ask ourselves: Which roster is the best scenario for the athlete THIS season???

We want to continue to put DEVELOPMENT first. The heart and intent behind ALL our decisions is that we place our athletes on a roster where they can continue to improve upon their skills and development into young basketball athletes who are confident in themselves and their ability, so that they can have a positive impact no matter where they play.