Posted by My 2 Cents on September 21, 2017 at 15:35:43:
In Reply to: Re: The State of HS Basketball Slowly................ posted by ALL of it - is too much on September 21, 2017 at 15:16:03:
: : : There are several issues that contribute and there are certainly exceptions to them all over the place. I have found the following to be the biggest factors.
: : : Player involvement: In general, specific sport participation goes in cycles. Girls basketball is currently in a down cycle in terms of interest and participation. This is normal. Unfortunately adding extra fuel to this is an overall attitude of students in this generation. They are simply not as active. They would rather spend their time on social media than playing a sport. Another issue contributing to athlete numbers is burn out. With all the club teams and having kids start at younger and younger ages, the kids are getting burned out before they reach high school.
: : : Quality Coaching: There are so many reasons for this it is almost too hard to list them.
: : : Teachers don't make great coaches, great coaches make great coaches and great coaches don't need to be teachers to be effective and don't necessarily need a teaching position to be financially secure enough to be able to coach.
: : : The biggest issue with keeping good coaches in high school is parents, plain and simple. Dealing with them is often not worth the joy and money a person gets from coaching. The lack of support most coaches get from administration in dealing with parents is ridiculous. Why coach high school when you have dozens of parents who think they are your boss telling you how to do your job, when you can coach club, make more money and tell the parents how it is and if they don't like it they can walk.
: : : Coaching turnover hurts these programs. Coaches leave for all the standard reasons that have been mentioned. This loss of continuity makes people shy away.
: : : Between all the clubs that are out there and the turnover of coaches year after year, we have seen the community-centric youth camps slowly fade into oblivion. That identity you establish with youth as future players of your program is lost. Players identify more with their club team than their high school. They've been playing for it a lot longer.
: : : There's a lot more issues but I see these as heavy factors.
: : year round basketball is killing the sport and burning coaches out.
: :: I've was a "Basketball Dad" for 14 years. My daughter was blessed to be able to go to a D1 program, great school, etc. If I had one issue, it would be that it was just TOO much (of a "good" thing?). The year round participation (11-12 months/year) is really difficult. And it contributed to all of the injuries - which in today's scheme of things, we really take them for granted. Almost like they're a necessary part of the journey. ACL injury? Haa. No problem, with modern technology and advanced rehab, she'll be back on her feet in a few weeks. The lack of diversity of sports/muscle use, is another issue. These girls are now specialists. Year round. It wasn't like when I was in school and you had an (off) season sport. Football in the fall, basketball in the summer or Track and Gymnastics (I'm really dating myself now 'cause they don't even do gymnastics anymore). But the point is, I don't recall this many kids "blowing their knees" out?
: Some might say that this is a representation of much the level of play has advanced, etc. But I don't know if I agree with that. I don't really know what the answer is completely - but I know, if I had it to do all over again. I wouldn't have let my daughter play basketball every single month out of the year. No matter how much she wanted too. I don't know if that would've hurt her chances to be recruited or not?
In regards to playing another sport, if the player is ELITE level (major D1 - Pac 12, Big 10, ACC, etc.) it is easier to play another sport.
For the second tier of girls, fighting for mid and low D1 offers, or even high D2 offers, it gets harder because they need to either be working on their game or showing that they are.
The ones who really should not be playing year round are the ones who either aren't good enough or don't want to play in college. They should participate in as many sports in high school as they can and enjoy the experience.
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