Posted by Disagree on July 10, 2017 at 08:03:45:
In Reply to: Re: Not much talent posted by Coach on July 10, 2017 at 06:52:04:
: : : : : 6 wins in 36 games. Tough season for the so cal teams. Time to consolidate forces.
: : : : Having multiple so cal teams wasn't an issue before. Talent is just light for class of 2018
: : : Not much talent in Southern California this year period.
: : We keep saying it and a few keep denying it. The girls are heading toward volleyball and soccer. Basketball is no longer the preferred sport. There are fewer girls and there are fewer elite girls. This is the new normal.
: It always goes in cycles. It has always gone in cycles. It will always go in cycles. Talent and participation peaked about 8 years ago here in Orange County. It held up pretty well for a few years after that, then began to fall pretty steadily. There's probably a couple more years before it bottoms out and then it will start to rise again. That's not to say there aren't great players and great teams out there, but the overall numbers and depth drop.
We saw some great times twenty years ago. That was when the game was really flourishing and all girls wanted to play basketball at all levels. Lots of public high schools have dropped freshman and JV teams because of lack of interest and the ones who make varsity are often there simply because they were the only ones who showed up. Look at the park and recs leagues and they are again creating coed leagues because the interest in girls basketball is so low. And it's more than that. The talent level, even at the elite level is very low. The girls are better athletes but they aren't better players. Ballhandling, passing, and especially shooting are all much worse than even ten years ago. Even if there is a resurgence of interest in the sport, SoCal has to deal with the reality of poor coaching and lack of opportunity.
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