Posted by Club vs HS on March 10, 2017 at 13:37:21:
In Reply to: Re: HS Basketball Question posted by Just the Facts on March 10, 2017 at 12:38:25:
: : My daughter is in the 8th grade and will be attending a high school next year that I will not name. We were contacted a couple of months ago and invited to work out with the high schools assistant varsity coach in what was called a bridge program along with a group of other 8th grade girls. Recently, we received an email from the girls basketball booster president telling us that the coach who conducted the workout had left the program and he was now taking over the bridge program, only now they were presenting it as a club team and are charging monthly per player. My daughter currently plays for another club and I am feeling some pressure to join because I am afraid that she will not get a fare shake come Summer if we dont join. Do all high school programs run this way? Some suggestions would be appreciated.
: It sounds like you are definitely getting a "fare" shake. CIF rules don't allow high schools to restrict your daughter from playing for the club of her choice, yet schools do it all the time.
: You might want to talk to the high school coach to see what his expectations are for your daughter. If it sounds like it might be a problem with the head coach if you don't join the club run by the booster president you can take it up with the school's AD, or you can find a new school. Good luck!
As mentioned, schools cannot restrict where/if you play travel/club ball.
In all but rare situations, I would not recommend playing club for your high school coach (or assistants) and with a lot of your high school teammates.
I feel players need other "voices" - i.e. a different point of view than just your high school coach. You need to hear other messages.
Also, if you play with several of your high school teammates, you may be stuck in a certain role and only develop certain skill which will hamper your development.
Also, these girls need a break from each other. They are together basically June - Feb/March, longer if you have a basketball class. They need to play with/hang out with other girls.
Lastly, if you feel the high school is requiring you to play for their club team, I would recommend finding another school because 9 out of 10 times that will be a bad situation.
There are plenty of good schools.
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