Basketball season is officially under way. As the JW Girls’ Basketball Coaches, we would like to take this opportunity to share some information and our philosophies about the middle school basketball program.
Tryouts begin on Thursday, November 30th, and continue on Friday, December 1st. Our tryouts will begin promptly at 3:05 p.m. and conclude at 4:35 p.m. Players will be notified at the conclusion of the two days if they have qualified for the school team. On Tuesday, December 5th our team will jump right into the season with our first practice. Please review the schedule that is copied on the opposite side of this letter.
Cutting players is a difficult process. We will make every effort to ease the pain of that process with your daughter should she be cut. In the event your daughter does not make the team, we would encourage your daughter to continue to develop her skills by participating in one of the township recreational leagues. If she is a 6th or 7th grader, we would also like to encourage them to try out next year for the team and to participate in our intramural basketball league.
Tryouts will be broken up into two areas of assessment: skill drills and tactical knowledge of the game during real game play. Therefore, we will be looking for proficiencies in the following areas:
Skills: dribbling, passing/catching, shooting, rebounding, jumping, defending, moving without the ball
Mechanics: proper fundamentals and mechanics;
Attitude: are they coachable, do they help create a fun and positive team atmosphere;
Hustle: do they work hard and give all they’ve got;
Commitment: are they 100% committed to the team for the duration of the season.
The philosophy of middle school basketball is to have a program that provides a learning environment to develop the skills and fundamentals of the players while fielding a competitive team that will implement offensive and defensive strategies. As well, it is our goal to serve as an adequate feeder program to PHS Girls’ Basketball.
In order to access information regarding our schedule, please visit the JW Athletics website and click on Girls’ Basketball. The school has developed a new website that has schedules and team information available. We look forward to working with you, and appreciate your continued support as we strive to make John Witherspoon Girls’ Basketball a rich learning and productive experience.