I've coached players on regional teams, and seen them come back from Provincial team a changed player. Playing against high competition all summer helps tremendously. I think Basketball BC does a great job with the provincial team program, but I think, maybe by no fault of theirs or maybe by a fault of theirs, it usually ends up promoting basketball to mostly Lower Mainland kids. What I think they should do, and I know it has some flaws, is make two provincial teams for every age group. One provincial team, consisting solely of kids from the Lower Mainland, and one consisting of the best kids from every other region. I think it would really promote Basketball province wide. I'm not saying this idea doesn't have flaws as well as Basketball BC's current operating philosophy does, I acknowledge it isn't a complete package. However, it would certainly be nice to a) have two provincial teams at every age, and b) have one provincial team that included the entire rest of the province. I guarantee the difference in skill level of the teams wouldn't be that great, and some years would be in favour of the team from outside the LM. Maybe the teams play each other to see who goes to Nationals? And they go to all the same tourneys still. Just some thoughts, I think it would be great for developing all players of BC.
Thoughts? Modifications? Concerns? Criticisms?