Basketball - Boys 9th
2012-13 9th Boys Basketball
Our 9th grad team will have a daily, and season-long focus on fundamentals of footwork, dribbling, passing, shooting and defense. Drills that the players learned in middle school as well as new, more advanced drills will be used to accomplish this growth in fundamental skill. Fundamentals in strength and conditioning will be introduced in the off-season, as well as during the season with an introduction to and consistent effort in the weight room.
A continuity Flex offense, zone offense and full court press offense will be taught so the players understand how to move without the ball in game situations. Players should understand the importance of spacing on the floor; both in a full court and half court scenario. Our full-court turn out offense and fast break fundamentals will be taught and encouraged throughout the year. Our players should know which offense they are going to run against the different defenses they face throughout the season (i.e. zone offense against another team’s zone defense).
There should be more time given in games to playing half-court man-to-man defense than zone defense. All variations of pressing, zone and trapping defenses may be introduced. The fundamentals of rebounding and boxing-out should be incorporated into any team defense that our 9th grade will be running throughout the season.
Competition and winning games takes a greater focus, so playing time is distributed based on our team’s best chances to compete and win games. Although playing time may not be equal in games, each player should have an opportunity to play at some point throughout the season. Respect and sportsmanship should be a large part of our team both on and off the court. School work and school behavior will be watched more closely and on-court behavior will have more impact on playing time. Respect for officials and other players will be enforced more strictly, and respect for your teammates in how you handle yourself on the bench and in the locker rooms will also be watched more closely.