Posted by Keep her playing with boys as long as possible on May 30, 2018 at 22:31:12:
In Reply to: Re: College team camp for a 5th grader? posted by Location Matters on May 30, 2018 at 10:14:29:
: : Thanks for the response. We ended up signing her up. She really wanted to do it and we trust the varsity coach.
: : Any feedback regarding playing with boys? She really likes her club team and the more physical nature at this stage.
: : Thanks
: : What area do you live. Maybe this forum can help you check out some reputable AAU clubs for girls?
:: Keep her playing with boys as long as possible. It's a short window. My girl played with boys (rec ball, older brother, cousins) from about 4th/5th grade all the way to 8th/9th.
Once they get into high school - the "boys" just (on average) just get too big and physical, in general to do her much good.
However, when she "switches" over to girls only, that's a whole other thing. It's difficult to keep the girls aggressive enough on the court. Also, boys play more "free form" defense (and offense really). This counters the set plays and other fundamental stuff she'll be learning.
I'm glad my girl started off playing with boys, the heightened skill level and additional physicality of the boy's game served her well.
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