Re: Viewing Tournaments

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Posted by Somewhat True on June 26, 2017 at 13:25:16:

In Reply to: Viewing Tournaments posted by Coach on June 26, 2017 at 13:10:12:

: I had a chance to go to a viewing tournament with a college coach friend. While watching a big matchup game, a coach sitting next to me says "Shame. So much athleticism, so much potential and so few basketball players." A couple coaches got started talking about how little the girls appeared to know the game. Mostly one-on-one, run-and-gun basketball with little in the way of proper defense. Another coach mentioned that these players were "being trained to be cornerbacks and free safeties" and were "not prepared in the least to play collegiate half-court defense". It reminded one of the coaches of the days they'd go down to the city courts and watch pickup games. They did mention some coaches and clubs that they liked. I won't name them here to avoid the flame wars. I just thought it was interesting.

I certainly agree with this to a point. I have seen the increase of the "cornerback" players the last few years. There are some clubs that are known for just winning because they are long and press and use their height advantage at the youth level. On one hand, if winning is all you care about then that is the way you do it.

However, if you are trying to develop high level varsity players, and maybe/hopefully some college players, then you need to actually teach players how to play good half-court man, trap, and zone defenses.

I have seen hundreds of club games from all levels the last few years. The number of teams - forget players - who do that is dwindling year by year.

My advice for parents of youth players - forget wins and losses. Watch the way a team plays defense. If they do it the right way, then try to play there. If it's all run and gun - then you should run for the hills! LOL

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