What a difference a week can make! Unfortunately we were unable to train this week so I have had no time with the girls at all since the last game.
On the up side, we scored another new player this week, bringing the total to 8, which is a really good number.
We headed into round 2 with 2 players I’d never met before, 1 new one who had played last week, and the five that had trained the week before. Lizzie had sprained her ankle at school, and even though I strapped it up, she didn’t think she would be up to playing.
I made the mistake of benching the 2 new girls right at the start so I could have a quick chat with them, find out skill levels etc. only to find neither have played competition before at all, just a bit at school.
Not wanting both new players on the court together (initially) had to do a bit of careful subbing, but we made it through.
The score line accurately reflected our skills compared to the other girls, finishing 9-6 down.
I’m really hoping we can train this week, though it will have to be on some outside courts, but we all just need some time together, and to go over some basics.
Round 1 with my girls started with a bunch of paperwork and getting ready, then the game finally started. I was head half down, half watching the game while I sorted out what my new player, who I had just met, knew about the game, and 2 mins later we were 6-0 up on the scoreboard!
The game went well, the girls played well and the opposition had 2 or 3 players who had never played before, so the 32-8 (I think) final score was probably not indicative of the rest of the season (and not necessarily a great thing in a grading game) but it was a great start to the season and a good chance for the girls to play together.
We also have another new player who we haven’t even met yet.
I was speaking to a basketball coach I admire a lot, and his biggest tip for teaching the age group I’m coaching was to teach then not to all swarm around the ball.
Be if offence or defence, there is no point having 5 players around the ball, If you have the ball, there’s no one to pass to and if you are defending then you are likely leaving leaving loose players, or in the event that you get a turnover, you still have no-one to pass to.
I’m not sure how I’ll install that in to U10’s but we will give it a go once I’m happy that everyone is moving in the right direction with basics.
A new project I’ve picked up for at least the Summer 14/15 season is coaching Lizzie’s MLBC Lakers U10 Girls Basketball team! My nephew Andrew was coaching but had to give it up due to other commitments.
It’s going to be an interesting challenge but the club has been a great support with a coaching evening and handbook and lots of affirmation and offers of help.
Beccy has also offered to be my Assistant Coach, but not sure how she will go, as it might be that her training is the same time.
I’ll keep you updated with the team’s progress.