Posted by Just My Opinion on November 17, 2017 at 13:23:40:
In Reply to: Re: Club team asked about my daughter switching teams posted by My 2 Cents on November 16, 2017 at 08:49:36:
: : : : Had a strange situation come up recently.
: : : : My daughter (8th grade) plays for a club that isn't one of the "elite" clubs, but has stayed with it for 3 years. She's improved tremendously, loves to play, and has grown physically just in the last 6 months or so. She wants to play in high school and talks about college, but we're fairly realistic and just support her in what she wants to do and will just let things play out, as long as she stays on top of school.
: : Stop right there--you are already doing the right things!
: : As far as "exposure" goes, it would be good for her club to play in some viewing tournaments. They don't have to travel all over the nation to get viewed--especially in this age of online video exchange.
: : If your club practices and teaches, and you feel comfortable with the character of the coaches, then you are in the right place.
: : If your daughter is that good, she'll get spotted. I've been to a lot of DII, DII, NAIA, and JC games over the years--I haven't seen many, if any--DI caliber players who were there because they were overlooked.
: Have to disagree on your last point. There are plenty of D1 level players at lower levels because of various reasons including not being on a "shoe team".
: Anyone who thinks these college coaches, especially the non-Power 5 ones, are great recruiters is crazy.
: They recruit names not necessarily talent and fit.
My daughter was in a similar situation in the 6th grade. I took the time to explore my options and I'm glad I did. It's nice to be loyal to the old team but you also need to look out for what's best for your daughter. The best kids need to play with and against the best kids if they want to reach their potential.
Start by asking yourself how serious your daughter is about basketball. Does she want to go train, practice and play all the time or are you the one forcing her to go? How passionate your daughter is about the sport is usually directly proportionate to her chances to play in college. If she is passionate she will work hard to improve. If she has a good attitude and is coachable she will improve and should get looks from college programs. If basketball is mostly a social thing for her, you should probably keep her where she is now, but if she wants to improve you should look at playing for one of those "elite clubs."
There are some kids who will get discovered no matter where they play but those kids are few and far between. There are a lot of other kids who could play D1 or one of the lower divisions but how many offers they get will be related to how much exposure they get. So you can go to all the college camps, send lots of letters and emails, and hope and pray that college coaches show up at the local tournaments or your daughter's high school game, or you can just play with a big club in big exposure tournaments.
Be realistic about her skills and athleticism. If she needs work, help her get it. A personal trainer is an excellent idea, but talk to them first to see what they think of your daughter and how they will develop her. Find someone who takes your daughter's best skills and builds on them, not someone who wants to turn her into a different player entirely.
STAY AWAY FROM ANY COACH OR TRAINER WHO TELLS YOU THEY CAN "FIX" YOUR DAUGHTER'S GAME. I can't emphasize that enough.
And don't think you're going to get a lot of training or help at the "elite club." They will expect your daughter to be ready to show up and play. Practices will be more about learning the offensive plays and defensive schemes, not skill building workouts.
Check out all the big clubs if you decide to move, not just the one that recruited you, although it is always nice and flattering to be pursued. Look for a system that will best showcase your daughter's skills.
Good luck! And remember to have fun. These are the most precious times you will have. Enjoy every single minute of it.
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