Posted by Yes and No on June 26, 2017 at 11:04:30:
In Reply to: Re: Adidas vs Nike Girls Basketball posted by Coach on June 26, 2017 at 08:54:03:
: : : : : : 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
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: : : 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.
: Go to the club team that is going to give your daughter valuable playing experience, improve her overall skill levels and that she will enjoy being a part of.
: Unless you're a lazy parent that wants to sit on their ass and wait for people to come to you (good luck with that), all the viewing tournaments and shoe teams are just fluff and basically playing lotto in that you hope to get lucky and get your daughter to have a great game when just the right coach is in attendance and they notice her.
: If you don't mind putting in a small bit of effort, you won't really need the fluff.
: My daughter quit playing club after her freshman year because her school played year round and she wanted to play with her friends. She continued to work hard on her game, continued to do private lessons, and played year-round with her high school team. When the time came, we (daughter and I) came up with a criteria list: 1. School located where she wanted to attend, 2. Major she wanted to study, 3. Program she could play for. We then sent out letters of interest to all the coaches of the schools that met her criteria. EVERY COACH (that means all of them) responded and every coach looked at her. About 3/4 expressed interest and more than half of them actively recruited her, including a few scholarship offers.
: Don't buy the hype. Do the work.
Poster is right - you can (and should) do a lot of the work yourself.
However, I don't know if that will work for all kids and all levels.
Not sure how many D1's will offer without seeing a recruit play against top competition, which you rarely get at high school (nor do they have the time or recruiting $$ to come to one random high school game).
But maybe for D2/D3/NAIA this road may very doable.
In the end, I think each kid and their situation is unique.
With my daughter, we made much of the same list. However, when she got on the right club team, her world of schools opened up as she played well against good comp and in front of higher level coaches.
My advice is to find a knowledgeable person - coach, scout, etc. - who can guide you to the appropriate level of school and then base your recruiting activities on that.
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