Koa Sports

What Basketball Coaches Want

With basketball tryouts coming up this weekend, CEO Tony Korson has offered some valuable tips on what coaches are looking for during tryouts. Here’s a hint: “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.”

Hello Koa Families! I hope everyone is having a great week. I began this blog to connect with the local families and talk about relevant topics in the sports world to attempt to help you navigate this crazy maze of youth sports. We 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.

1. Athletic Ability (speed, quickness, vertical leap) will catch a coach’s eye before any jump shot.
2. Height is the next most important virtue, and unfortunately it’s impossible to teach it.
3. Effort & Coachability are meshed together as two skills that we can control. 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(s), facility, opponent(s), or schedule. Rather, focus on things that will directly impact the outcome.

I’d like to leave you with a strong message in reiteration from the opening paragraph — “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.”

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