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

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Posted by h00pzdad on June 18, 2018 at 10:00:01:

In Reply to: Re: Is Club basketball (spring, summer fall) becoming more important than HS basketball? posted by Agree, but... on June 18, 2018 at 08:27:39:

: : : : 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 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.

: ...due to time/budget constraints, college coaches rarely see kids play in high school. Maybe on video, but even that is not the same as seeing them live.

: I think the decision to play one or the other, and to what degree, is almost an individual decision based on goals and abilities.

This question gets asked every year. It's important to play both if your daughter wants to play at the next level. Very few players are recruited for college without playing club ball. College coaches will tell you that high school ball is too slow and not competitive enough for a proper evaluation of how a player will perform at the next level. If someone tells you that a child doesn't need to play club, odds are you are talking to a high school coach. Stay away from high schools who discourage club participation.

And not all clubs are about one-on-one play. There are plenty of clubs and teams who focus on team play. Find a coach you like whose style fits the way your daughter plays, and with other players who your daughter will enjoy playing, and that plays the types of viewing tournaments that will get your daughter exposure.

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