As promised, I said that I give everyone an update on our 1st Basketball game.
- The Mustangs vs. The Tide (of course, you already know whose team this is!)
- Gametime: 1200
- I was supposed to have a total of 10 players. 1 decided she no longer wanted to play; 1 went out of town, but I didn’t get this information until the day of the game. So I had a total of 9 players ready to play.
- Offensive Scheme: 1-2-2/ Defensive Scheme: 1-2-2 or 2-3
- Score: The Tide: 2 vs. The Mustangs: 8
Myself and the other Coach put out to all of our players they need to arrive at the gym in uniform ready to take pictures promptly at 1130. Good thing that we didn’t have to jump right into pictures, because it took me about 15 minutes to gather my team. Once I got them together we finally started taking pictures. After pictures we gave them a chance to stretch and I then announced the starting lineup. We were the Home team for this game so we took our seats. We told the girls to continue to drink water until they took the U8 goals down, so we could warm up. They finally got our goal cleared and we had about 2 minutes to do some layups. The referees call the coaches to the scorers table and says,”The main thing is for the girls to have fun. If I see they can dribble and they walk, I will call traveling, but this is a learning process, so I will kind of coaching as I referee.” All of the Coaches were on board.
The game started and I guess everything that the referee had just put out went out the window. I have a team that has 2 players that have ever played ANY type of Basketball. I felt like every time one of my players touched the ball, the referee was calling something, a foul, double-dribbling or traveling. If the opposing team shot the ball and one of my taller players pull the rebound down, like 4 of their players would swarm her and as soon as she starts to bounce the ball to get away from traffic, one of the other players would trip her up, then immediately the referee would call traveling. I was pretty upset. I even went and talked to the Recreation Director to ask where the hell do these referees come from and is it going to be like this for the rest of the season. He said he doesn’t know, all he knows is the association that they work for are in charge of the referee duties in our district.
I had 1 player foul out and 1 with 4 fouls. It seemed like no one was keeping track of their fouls, but it’s whatever. Next game, I am most definitely going to keep track of my own player and team fouls. It was ridiculous. There were only 10 points scored the whole game. We had 2 and you can calculate how much the other team had.
Now, let me explain to you why, it went this way. First of all, whenever we practice, we only use half court, which is good, but how in the world are the girls going to get the concept of transitioning from Offense to Defense and vice-versa playing only on half court? Another thing that the parents realized, is that practice is important. Some of the girls wouldn’t show up so whatever we go over at practice is a foreign language to some of them. Before I gave my last pep talk to my team, the parents were asking me questions on why certain things went certain ways and telling me what the girls needed to improve on, which I agree, but how can that happen if your child does not show up.
Today, was a wake up for the parents. If they want their children to get better or even learn the fundamentals of the sport they have to practice. There is no way in the world that you can get better without practice. Another thing, how are we going to get better practicing 1 maybe 2 days a week for an hour, with only 2 basketballs that are under-inflated on a court that has NOOOOO traction? It’s been a bumpy ride so far, but hopefully myself and the other Coach will get this train on the right track.
One thing that I will not let happen is for the parents to yell at the players, because they are not doing something right. I guess another thing that they don’t realize is that this is Recreation Basketball. Our goal is to teach them the fundamentals and for them to have fun. I really hope it doesn’t to that point, but if it does, then I will have the Recreation Director escort that parent out of the gym. I will not yell or treat these girls like crap, just because that’s what the parents want. That’s not how you teach children that don’t really have the concept in the first place. I don’t raise my voice or call my children names and no parent will do their child like that while they belong to me for that hour or whatever. I know how to teach, we just don’t have the facilities to do it. We have some outdoor courts, but the parents don’t want to use it, because of the weather.
If they plan on bombarding me with stuff that we need to improve on, then we will move a couple of practices outside, then maybe we are able to reinforce the fundamentals we teach. That’s if I have some punk-ass parents coming at me sideways. I hope it doesn’t come to that point. I want the girls to have fun. That’s my mission, but if things start to get out of hand and the parents are out of control then I will pull my girls from the team and will not coach. It’s all about fun. Once it stops being fun for the kids, then they will not want to play anymore.