Comparison: Club vs High School

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Posted by Club vs HS on March 22, 2017 at 16:21:37:

This comes up every year so let's just do it now.

Which is better/more important? Club or HS ball?

Answer: both are important.

Club tends to focus on individual development and exposure, while HS is more about the team and winning. Club balls feature better collection of players per team, but HS ball has better teams in general.

I feel both are important.

Frequently in HS ball, girls are forced to play out of position. This can be due to height, size, make up of team, how many of a certain position the HS team has.

Good club teams are designed to have girls at every position so what ends up happening is girls can play their "natural" position. For example, a 3 instead of a 5, etc.

However, club ball, even at the highest level is really just organized pick up. Sure there is a basic offense, maybe a couple of plays, but basically, it's run and gun. Press and trap on defense. But, this is where girls can really work on their individual skills.

In HS ball, you are playing within the team more. You scheme to stop players. Learn team offenses and defenses. Yes, you can work on skills in practice, but you don't always get to use them in a game.

So there are pros and cons of both. As much as college coaches want to know you can play within the framework of a team, very rarely are they coming to watch you play on some Tuesday night. But they all come to the viewing tourneys where they can see you play against the best comp.

Let the hating (both ways) begin!

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