I like the idea of seasons. Some changes we need to make as a basketball community IMO:
- If we are going to sell LTAD to people we've got have more conversations, share/teach more people about it and then set up our athletes rules/goals and PERIODS of PLAY to match. I like the rule mods that BNB is trying at MINI and Bantam. But we also need to get coaches support and direction to make sure less trying to manipulate the rules or situation to win games is occuring. This includes reviewing what levels we offer championships in and length of season. 40 weeks divided up into two periods a year is the length for high school aged players not 9-10 year olds. We've got Bantam tournaments starting in NOV so teams are training in OCt. Then u13/u14 Easterns are not until June or July. So we've got middle school and elemntary school kids going with basketball for 9-10 monthes a year.
- We have to see a priority put on fundamental skills, footwork, and shooting. Getting layups and free throws is great but at some point we have too many players getting to a level (generally because they were role players at too young level) that realise they don't have the skill sets to be functional or fun to play anymore. Then the kids who do, often have to change or get frustrated by the holes in their game. Too often we let kids use athleticism and get away with fundamental flaws if it works. So do other provinces, heck so does the USA. The reality is though that we don't have the athletes to out athlete anyone important and be marginal basketball players. We need to be very good basketball players who can use what athleticism they have to enhance their execution of fundamental skill. This is on players, coaches, and officials to make sure the games/practices at all levels are played/called/coached in ways that enhance our kids abilities and development. Kids need places to play, have fun, grow their love of sport but that doens't mean we have to accept bad habits or poor product as we let that happen. The two are not mutually exclusive.
- Supportive links between schools and communities. School sports, club sports and PSO's cannot be mutually exclusive or competitive. We need to find a way to enhance the links between all of these. We need better access to faciliites, better support for each other and our programs, and the goal of having better athletes, citizens and programs.