Posted by Skeptic on January 15, 2017 at 00:05:48:
In Reply to: Re: OC Teams posted by Coach on January 14, 2017 at 23:22:34:
: : : : : : Not bashing or anything just a serious question. Has OC basketball really fallen off this far? I've seen Mater Dei, Brea, Troy and a few other teams a number of times now and the quality of play is significantly down from recent years.
: : : : Basketball is most definitely not what it used to be. Although there are some really great players in OC, not sure those same players would have made it in back in the day. Problem is youth basketball... even though it has significantly increased over the last 10 years, the quality of players are not what they used to be! A lot of players are also dual sport athletes meaning they are not putting in enough work in one sport to be ELITE in said sport!
: : : Maybe fundamentals should be taught in travel ball instead of run and gun and mugging on defense
: : Travel ball is not a time for fundamentals, It's for a quick paced game and players that aren't ready for that type of play shouldn't be exposed to those conditions.
Travel ball is a joke. My daughter started playing in 5th grade and it has been nothing but full court muggings ever since. Girls are not strong enough with the ball to withstand the pressure, nor are they strong enough to throw the deep diagonal pass that is always open. It's become a predator/pray game. Girls have no clue what to do in the half court and if they did, they never get to apply it because of the relentless pressure. Been watching this for four years now and I've only seen a handful of teams that are well versed in the fundamentals of an offense. Girls not playing hoops?--maybe it's because coaches press the fun out of it. Stay in the half court until they are 13, then let them press.
As for ELITE players, what a tired cliche that is. How many travel teams do you see with the word ELITE in their titles. No wonder everyone hates millennials--what kind of false sense of self are we giving them by gluing ELITE on their jerseys. I have seen many quality players who could practice 8 hours a day and never become ELITE, and I've seen many ELITES miss countless layups. If I asked you to name 5 Elite college players, I bet you could. I also bet none of the girls on your daughters' teams are in their league. Jersey should say (Team Name + pretty good for our area). Elite? Please.
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