Knox Basketball and the Knox Junior Raiders committee would like to express their thanks to all of the players, families and volunteers who have assisted us throughout this year’s tryouts. As we approach the end of the tryouts process, there will be a lot of information and announcements to be mindful of. Here are some key points that we would like to make sure that everyone is advised of.
Teams will be realised on the Knox Basketball website after 5pm on Wednesday 19th October 2016. This will be followed up by players receiving phone calls from their new coach on Thursday or Friday regarding training and the plan going forward.
We have held very successful tryouts this year and feel that we have implemented a fair and transparent process where every player has the best chance to show their skills.
Basketball is different to a lot of other sports. There are many factors that must be considered when selecting teams, such as:
- Balancing teams with top and bottom age - this is done to make sure we have strong teams both now and for our players’ future development.
- Balancing teams in correct positions - every team needs a good mix of players with differing strengths and weaknesses. We can’t have a team of scorers. A team needs to consist of role players post players, play makers, rebounders, athletic players, defenders and so on.
- What’s best for the player’s development - sometimes a player needs to play in a lower team because we feel they need the opportunity to get more court time to refine their game. We will often err on the side of caution and select a player in a lower team as we feel this is best for their overall development versus facing a season being out of their depth.
- Domestic statistics don’t always translate into team selections for representative basketball - sometimes the expectation that a player will be selected into a high team can be based in their dominance in their domestic competition. Representative basketball is a highly competitive sport, and players at our tryouts this season have competed with some of the best athletes of our region.
Team selections are not an easy task and they are something that all of the coaching staff take very seriously. We have been thorough in our approach this year and we feel that we have given all of our players the best opportunity to perform and earn a place on the highest team they are capable of.
Dealing with disappointment
In an ideal world, players wouldn’t ever have to experience the anxiety of potentially not being selected in a team and coaches would never have to disappoint anyone when it comes to team selections. Unfortunately, when you enter into the arena of competitive youth sports it doesn’t work that way, and for many kids these situations are sometimes their first experience in learning this lesson. Cutting squads down and allocating players into the right teams are necessary components of competitive sports and it’s the hardest part of the job.
As a parent, what can you do if your child is disappointed with their team selection OR gets cut?
- Listen carefully;
- Be empathetic and understanding;
- Don’t interrupt them;
- Try and see it from their eyes - they may not be able to use your words and advice immediately while the news is fresh;
- Don’t take their feelings away - allow them to feel sad.
Don’t assume that everything your child says is right:
- Of course you want to believe everything they say;
- They’re emotional and sometimes what the coach said may not be exactly what they are telling you;
- Contact the coach and to try and understand the situation;
- Gather as much information as possible in an effort to have a wellrounded picture of why the decision has been made and how your child can learn and make progress from it.
Don’t criticise your child:
- Focus on the positive of their game and be specific;
- They need your support, understanding and love;
- Remember you’re the parent - not the coach.
Turn every situation into a learning experience:
- Set backs can form the foundation for future successes in life;
- This is an opportunity to focus on the suggestions given by the coach;
- This information is vital for your child to develop. This does not mean they have failed:
- When we fail it’s natural to see ourselves as a failure;
- Mistakes are how we learn - it is part of the process;
- It doesn’t define us as a person, however learning from those mistakes might;
- To be successful in life we have to learn how to effectively deal with disappointment
“Failing is something that happens to us on the road to success. Failing does not define whether we are good enough or not. Failure is great feedback and we can’t learn, grow or get better at anything without enough of this kind of feedback in ours lives” (Dr Alan Goldberg, Sports Psychologist, 2014)
Don’t let them give up:
- Encourage them not to give up and keep working hard on getting better;
- These messages may not be what you child needs or wants to hear straight away. It may be later that night, the next day or even later in the week. But, these messages of encouragement and your demonstrated support and belief in their abilities are vital to helping them become resilient when faced with adversity and challenges in life.
Share your own set-backs:
- When the time is right, share some of your setbacks and more importantly, how you overcame them.
“Your failures do NOT reflect your potential”