Posted by Whoa on June 26, 2017 at 08:30:50:
In Reply to: Re: Adidas vs Nike Girls Basketball posted by Parent on June 24, 2017 at 23:59:33:
: : : : Which platform is better for my 13 year old daughter to play on? Just moved here to California and need a good development program but everyone keeps saying I need to play in a shoe brand league
: : : My daughter plays for a great travel team in Downey. They are in the Adidas gaulet circuit. It's major. And the price is really good. Are you interested
: : Where do you live
: I live in Downey
The answer is not to just play for "a shoe league".
The answer is to play for a coach and in an environment that will not only improve your daughter's skills, but allow her to have fun and grow as a person. Because if she isn't having fun, she won't work hard.
The other thing to realize is there are only so many "shoe" teams.
There are exactly 4 Nike teams in So Cal - Cal Sparks Gold, WCP Black, Cal Swish Black, and Team Taurasi. They play in the Nike EYBL league and theoretically are the best of the best (though that is never true and certainly not this year). All the other teams in those organizations are "Nike Affiliated". Oh, and unless you are the best of the best and everyone is fighting for you, you still pay. And those teams are very expensive due to the travel. And super political - from getting on the team to how much playing time you get.
I'm not as familiar with the Adidas Gauntlet teams in the area besides GBL Candace Parker National (no involvement from Candace Parker). There are probably others, but the Adidas league is big but it's all about Nike.
However, the real question is not where you live but how good is your daughter? Realistically. Does she want to try to play in college? And what areas of the country is she looking at? If she is looking to stay in the West, do you really need to pay a lot of $$$ to go to Chicago, South Carolina, Atlanta, Virginia, etc. Because the schools in the West will all be in big tourneys in California, Vegas, Oregon, Arizona, Texas.
My advice is go to some practices at multiple clubs and teams and look for a good fit both basketball wise and socially. And don't just go to "shoe teams". There are some very good non-shoe teams - and you have a better chance of not just being a check ($$$) there. For example, if you go to Cal Storm and you are not on Team Taurasi or Storm National 15U, you are a check. They have a zillion teams with random coaches, players move up, down, and sideways all the time, sometimes playing on multiple teams if they are short players.
Good luck. It's a big decision, and there are way too many choices. When you narrow it down, come back here and ask for advice - you will get plenty pros and cons of all of them.
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