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.
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.
Knox Basketball Development Manager