Equipment Needed for Basketball Boys/ Girls
sneakers, elastic waste band shorts, T-shirt, water bottle
Dear Players/ Parents: November 7, 2018
Basketball season is officially underway. As the JW Boys’ Basketball Coaches, we would like to take this opportunity to share some information about Team Tryouts and our philosophies about the middle school basketball program. Tryouts will take place beginning November 15th and will be organized by grade level. The tryout schedule is as follows:
Thursday, November 15th6th Grade Tryouts 3:05 – 4:30 @ JWMS
Monday, November 19th7th and 8th Grade Tryouts 3:05 – 4:30 @ JWMS
The selection process can be difficult for participants; however, it is our goal to make this process a positive experience for all. In the event your son does not make the team, we encourage them to continue developing their individual skills and participate in one of the township’s recreational leagues. If he is a 6th or 7th grader, we also encourage joining us for Tryouts next year, as well as, participate in the JWMS intramural basketball sessions.
Tryout evaluations will be organized into 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: •Fundamentals and Mechanics: Dribbling, Passing, Shooting, Rebounding, Footwork, Hustle, Movement Without the Ball and Communication. •Coachability: Sportsmanship, Positive Attitude, Listening Skills, Basketball IQ, Commitment and Teamwork.
Tryout Participants should be ready to play basketball. Your son should wear appropriate clothing to tryouts: basketball shoes, cotton/athletic socks, athletic shorts, loose/cotton tee shirt, eyewear (if applicable) and bring a water bottle.
The philosophy of our middle school basketball program is to create a learning environment that develops both skills and fundamentals of the players while fielding a competitive team on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. As well, it is our goal to serve as an adequate feeder program to the PHS Boys’ Basketball Team.
If you have any questions, please contact us at the email addresses listed below. We look forward to working with you and appreciate your continued support as we strive to make John Witherspoon Boys’ Basketball a rich learning and productive experience.