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A Tip From the Top: Basketball Tryouts

What are Basketball coaches looking for during tryouts?

Hello Koa Families! I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the perfect weather. I started this blog to connect with the local families, talk about relevant topics in the sports world to attempt to help you navigate this crazy maze of youth sports. I saw a handful of Koa events this past weekend, ranging from our very first Koa Coach Pitch game to our Middle School Field Hockey League on turf! I know it was only the second weekend of competition for fall sports, but here at Koa we are always thinking 1-2 seasons ahead! We are big planners here, and have now turned our focus to our winter seasons. I want to take the time to help educate YOU on what’s important for winter basketball. Specifically, a question that many parents have asked me going into tryouts — what are coaches looking for when selecting a hoops team?

There are three main attributes when recruiting basketball talent, and two of the three of them reflect genetics. First and foremost, athletic ability (speed, quickness, vertical leap) is what will catch a coach’s eye before any jump shot. Secondly, height is the next most important virtue, and unfortunately it’s next to impossible to teach height. The third quality coaches are looking for is effort and coachability. I mesh these two skills together, because they are controllables. One of the best pieces of advice I was given when I was competing was “control, what you can control.” Koa coaches often remind their players not to worry about the official, facility, opponent, schedule, but rather focus on things that will directly impact the outcome.

I’d like to leave you with this thought — “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.”

I hope you found this article helpful, more to come next week!