Posted by Varies on November 29, 2018 at 08:15:16:
In Reply to: Importance of JV/ FS posted by Curious Parent/ Teacher on November 28, 2018 at 23:11:25:
: Are these levels ever looked at by other coaches?
: Do ya’ll think there is any true importance to these levels?
: What about coaches?
: Seen some pretty outstanding JV coaches and some very poor JV coaches. Is it common that JV coaches get opportunities to have be a Var head?
The importance of these teams varies school by school and coach by coach.
Many schools no longer have F/S teams due to either budget restrictions or lack of player participation.
It's hard to find quality coaches at any level, but at the JV and especially F/S levels it is extra hard, given the low pay and other restrictions such as lack of gym time/having to practice outside, not enough players, etc.
My view on the lower level teams, especially F/S is that it should be developmental. At least half of every practice should be skill work. Who cares if they can run a play if they can't make a shot?
As you move to JV, while there should still be a heavy dose of skill work, you should be learning how to make plays, execute in the half court, how to play different types of defenses. While I want the JV to learn HOW to win, the focus should still be on preparing players for the varsity level. If you are up 20, you shouldn't be pressing and fast breaking, you should be working on solid defense and executing offensive plays and schemes.
At most schools, on the girls side, few players who aren't on varsity by their sophomore year ever are impact varsity players. I think that number might improve if there was more focus on skills and development than blowing people out game after game.
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