• All Stars
  • Southern Bears
  • Boronia Buffaloes
  • Knox City Cougars
  • Belgrave South Red Devils
  • South East Eagles
  • Ferntree Gully Falcons
  • Wantirna Jetbacks
  • Chandler Park Jets
  • KSC Phoenix
  • Emerald
  • Ranges
  • Saints
  • Mountain Tiger
  • Wasps
  • The Basin Wildcats

EXPECTATIONS OF PLAYERS

Welcome to Knox Basketball Incorporated (KBI) 2016/2017 Representative try-outs. Try-outs are an exciting and sometimes stressful time for players, parents and coaches. In light of this, we would like to share a few helpful hints and tips of what to expect during the try-outs.

1. NERVOUS EXCITEMENT

Throughout the try-outs sessions, you will see a lot of faces – players, parents, coaches, family members. We are all here for the same reason. As a player (and parent), don’t be worried if you feel a little nervous. That is to be expected. But, try and control those nerves and take pride in the fact that you have succeeded in making it through to the try-outs. We want you to be excited about the prospect of playing next season as a Junior Raider.

2. ARRIVE EARLY

Ensure you arrive at least half an hour before your try-out is due to start. This will give you enough time to sign up and have your player number written on your leg. The coaches will use this number to identify you during training sessions.

3. BE ORGANISED

> Before you leave home, make sure you know what court number/s your try-out is on.

> If possible, please wear a reversible singlet.

> Bring a ball and a drink bottle (both with your name on it). Try to make sure you eat a suitable meal/snack before your try-out session and have had enough to drink.

4. FEEDBACK – LISTENING TO IMPROVE

Sometimes this is the toughest part of being a player. Listening to coaches when they tell you things that they’d like you to do differently can be hard, and it isn’t always what a player wants to hear. But, how you respond to feedback is a really important part of becoming a successful representative player. Be ready to listen to what your coaches tell you, and try hard to always improve.

5. FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS

The coaches will be running you though a few drills and watching you while you play during try-outs. Listen closely to their instructions, but if you aren’t sure of anything, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

6. ATTITUDE

Having a good attitude is a factor that coaches take seriously. It is important that you show respect towards yourself, your coaches, referees and fellow players as we are observing how well you will represent our club as a Junior Raider both on and off the court.

7. BE READY TO TRY YOUR HARDEST

Players have to earn the privilege to play representative basketball, and it is challenging. We encourage all players to give it everything you’ve got and compete for the 90 minutes of each session. Prepare ahead of time to be the best player you can be every single session.

8. HAVE FUN!

Even though sport is competitive – especially elite sport, such as representative basketball – we want you to walk away having enjoyed the experience. The competition may be tough, but you are being coached by some of Knox Basketball’s (and Victoria’s) top coaches, and playing against some of the best athletes from our region. This experience will help you learn and get better as a player regardless of the end outcome. Not everyone makes it this far in the try-outs process so feel proud of yourself for being here and go out and continue to try your hardest and learn along the way.

 

EXPECTATIONS OF PARENTS

1. LET THE PLAYERS PLAY

Everyone involved from KIB during try-outs is aware that try-outs are stressful. Most of us are parents ourselves and we know what it’s like trying to harness the nerves and excitement that our children feel going through this process. As a parent, our biggest tip is to let the players play and concentrate on the voices and instructions of the coaches during each session. We are all here to try and give each player the best chance of doing their best. With your support both on and off the court, we can do this more effectively.

2. LET THE COACHES COACH

We are aware that many coaches are familiar faces (and friends) for players and parents. However, during try-outs perceptions can be misleading. To avoid any misunderstandings amongst anyone, please do not approach the coaches on or off the court during try-out sessions.

Instead, if you have any questions or queries please speak with:

– Matt Shanahan (Basketball Development Manager)

– Darryl McDonald (Boys Coordinator)

– Bedrich Fliszar (Girls Coordinator)

– David Phillips (Junior Raiders Chairperson)

They will be more than happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.

 

Thank you for choosing Knox Basketball Incorporated as your club for the 2016/2017 season!

Good luck to all the players and coaches involved.

 

Matt Shanahan

Knox Basketball Development Manager

Knox Basketball would like to invite ALL interested players to register for our upcoming Knox Junior Raiders representative basketball tryouts for the 2017/2018 season.

The registration process is the SAME for ALL players. However, the tryout dates and times may vary so please read below.

PLAYERS BORN 2005 OR LATER WHO DID NOT PLAY FOR KNOX JUNIOR RAIDERS TEAM IN 2016/2017

You will be trying out for Under 12’ OR Under 14’s age group (boys and girls)

  • Read the 2017/2018 Participation Policy (you will need to read this before completing the online registration)
  • Register online before MIDNIGHT 26th August 2017
  • Attend our “NEW PLAYER TRY-OUTS/NON REPRESENTATIVE TRYOUTS”

STEP 1
Click here to read the 2017/2018 Participation Policy

STEP 2
Click here to register

STEP 3
Click here to see the dates and times for the NEW PLAYER TRYOUTS/NON REPRESENTATIVE TRYOUTS.

PLAYERS BORN 2001 – 2004 WHO DID NOT PLAY IN A KNOX JUNIOR RAIDERS TEAM IN 2016/2017

You will be trying out for Under 16’s OR Under 18’s age group (boys and girls).

  • Read the 2017/2018 Participation Policy (you will need to read this before completing the online registration)
  • Register online before MIDNIGHT 7th October 2017
  • Attend our “CURRENT REPRESENTATIVE PLAYERS/INVITED NON-REP PLAYERS/NEW U16 & U18 PLAYERS TRYOUTS”.

STEP 1
Click here to read the 2017/2018 Participation Policy

STEP 2
Click here to register

STEP 3
Click here to see the dates and times for the “CURRENT REPRESENTATIVE PLAYERS/INVITED NON-REP PLAYERS/NEW U16 & U18 PLAYERS TRYOUTS”.

For all players who have played representative basketball with Knox in 2016/2017.

  • Read the 2017/2018 Participation Policy (you will need to read this before completing the online registration)
  • Register online before MIDNIGHT 7th October 2017
  • Attend our “CURRENT REPRESENTATIVE PLAYERS/INVITED NON-REP PLAYERS/NEW U16 & U18 PLAYERS TRYOUTS”. Click here to see the dates.

STEP 1
Click here to read the 2017/2018 Participation Policy

STEP 2
Click here to register

STEP 3
Click here to see the dates and times for the “CURRENT REPRESENTATIVE PLAYERS/INVITED NON-REP PLAYERS/NEW U16 & U18 PLAYERS TRYOUTS”.

Players who are currently playing representative basketball from a different association MUST bring a completed and signed “Permission to Train” form from their current club TO THEIR FIRST TRYOUT for Knox Junior Raiders.

PLAYERS BORN 2005 OR LATER WHO PLAYED REPRESENTATIVE BASKETBALL FOR A DIFFERENT ASSOCIATION IN 2016/2017

You will be trying out for Under 12’ OR Under 14’s age group (boys and girls)

  • Read the 2017/2018 Participation Policy (you will need to read this before completing the online registration)
  • Register online before MIDNIGHT 26th August 2017
  • Attend our “NEW PLAYER TRY-OUTS/NON REPRESENTATIVE TRYOUTS”

STEP 1
Click here to read the 2017/2018 Participation Policy

STEP 2
Click here to register

STEP 3
Click here to see the dates and times for the NEW PLAYER TRYOUTS/NON REPRESENTATIVE TRYOUTS.

PLAYERS BORN 2001 – 2004 WHO PLAYED REPRESENTATIVE BASKETBALL FOR A DIFFERENT ASSOCIATION IN 2016/2017

You will be trying out for Under 16’s OR Under 18’s age group (boys and girls).

  • Read the 2017/2018 Participation Policy (you will need to read this before completing the online registration)
  • Register online before MIDNIGHT 17th October 2017
  • Attend our “CURRENT REPRESENTATIVE PLAYERS/INVITED NON-REP PLAYERS/NEW U16 & U18 PLAYERS TRYOUTS”.

STEP 1
Click here to read the 2017/2018 Participation Policy

STEP 2
Click here to register

STEP 3
Click here to see the dates and times for the “CURRENT REPRESENTATIVE PLAYERS/INVITED NON-REP PLAYERS/NEW U16 & U18 PLAYERS TRYOUTS”.

Combined try-outs for U20 and Youth League Men’s and Women’s team will be held at Knox Basketball Stadium, Boronia  on Sunday 8th October and Sunday 15th October from 2pm – 4pm.

If you would like to try out, please email matt.shanahan@knoxbasketball.com.au by Friday 6th October 2017.

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.

 

Team Announcements

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.

 

Team Selections

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”