Re: Bringing Freshman to Varsity


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Posted by Coach-ish on April 07, 2020 at 14:10:57:

In Reply to: Re: Bringing Freshman to Varsity posted by My 2 Cents on April 07, 2020 at 11:36:28:

: : Ok. Yesterday I started a thread that I want to start everyday where coaches can talk about coaching situations, strategies, and other things that go on with Girls Basketball coaches. One person replied. So lets try day two.

: : QUestion:
: : You have an incoming freshman that is good enough to play varsity but probably will not be in your top 8 or 9 rotation. Do you bring them up or do you keep them on the JV level to get playing time. Lets here your opinions, and any special circumstances that would determine your decision.

: I've seen these scenarios alot over my 15years. Those Coaches that are on the side of having that player up to groom them, because they want them to in essence waste a high school year in order to learn their system/style, think the player can develop by watching vs playing. That Coach has a tremendous ego and over estimates themselves. They have no regard or realization that players want to play the game, not watch the game. Let the player play down a level and get minutes/experience. I've seen the lower level starter often outperform the higher team player that was supposedly being groomed the next season. Why? Because said EGO Coaches often spend little time with the #10-12 players on the team because they are not in the rotation and during the heat of league or a big tournament, they are focused on winning now, but in the fall they are thinking we can waste their 1st year and they will be ready to go their 2nd year. To each their own right, each has their program and run it the way they want, but I've rarely seen a player that got to start and play a majority of the minutes not be able to adapt the following season but I've seen plenty of times where the #10-12 young player that rarely got in the game, still struggle after a year of "grooming".

I'm new to coaching in California and am at the middle school level here. In my home state a player was limited to playing 4 quarters (excepting overtime) a day. If a frosh was in the top 6 and would see playing time based on merit, they were on the varsity. Those "tweeners" that would be deeper on the varsity bench played and practiced on the JV team. On occasion we'd play one or two top players for 3 quarters in the JV game and then bring them up with the option of playing their 4th quarter in the varsity game. This gave them an aspirational view of the varsity team, without sacrificing their minutes sitting on the bench all season long.

Are the rules similar in CA? Could a player play 3 quarters of a JV game and appear in one quarter of a varsity game?


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