Re: Is Club basketball (spring, summer fall) becoming more important than HS basketball?


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Posted by daddyo on June 17, 2018 at 23:34:10:

In Reply to: Re: Is Club basketball (spring, summer fall) becoming more important than HS basketball? posted by Yes and No on June 17, 2018 at 23:26:19:

: : I feel like club ball is becoming more important than playing for your high school team. Is that true? If so, why?

: For most kids, the answer is no. They will play out their high school career and that will be it. They can certainly get better by playing club, but they play for their school to be on the team, play with friends, be a part of the school community.

: For kids wanting to play in college, in most cases it's almost the opposite. All the exposure (98% of the time) comes from club/travel ball. High School ball, while still filling the roles mentioned above, just keeps these higher level players sharp and improving since they are practicing every day.

: But the trend is definitely switching to the club/travel side, just as it is in soccer and volleyball.

downside to club ball is that it's often very unstructured...you only practice together 1-2x/wk (max), so it's more one-on-one and less about team. Upside is that high-level club/travel ball puts you in front of more coaches (same reason why big HS's play national tournaments like TOC in Phoenix).

Think you need both to evaluate players-college basketball is structured, so I suspect coaches like to see how kids fit in a more structured situation.


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