TRAVEL BASKETBALL TRYOUTs

BLAZERS (BOYS)/ WILDCATS (Girls)

for the 2019-2020 Season

TIMES & DATES BELOW

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SPECIAL GUEST-JERMAINE 'HI-RISE' BROWN


WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE EXPECT:

PRACTICE

PLEASE ARRIVE 10 MINUTES EARLY. OUR EXPECTATIONS ARE THAT YOU MAKE SURE YOUR SHOES ARE TIED, YOUR SHIRT IS TUCKED IN, AND YOU MIND IS LOCKED IN FOR THE START OF EVERY PRACTICE.

BLAZER AND WILDCAT PRACTICE ARE A PRIORITY OVER OTHER WINTER SPORTS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOLS. IF YOU CHOOSE TO ATTEND OTHER TEAMS PRACTICES OVER YOUR TEAMS PRACTICES IT MAY BE REFLECTED IN PLAYING TIME AND THE COACH HAS THE FREEDOM TO MAKE THE EXECUTIVE DECISION ON PLAYING TIME EARNED.

PRACTICE - WHAT TO BRING

- WATER BOTTLE

- YOUR BRAND NEW REVERSIBLE PRACTICE JERSEY

- A BASKETBALL WITH YOUR NAME ON IT

PRACTICE - ABSENCE

IF YOU WILL BE MISSING PRACTICE, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR COACH DIRECTLY.

ARRIVAL TIME

PLEASE ARRIVE 30 MINUTES EARLY TO ALL GAMES. LET YOUR COACH KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT THE VENUE.

TOURNAMENT/LEAGUE PLAY - WHAT TO BRING

- WATER BOTTLE

- HEALTHY SNACKS (MOST TOURNAMENT LOCATIONS HAVE A SNACK BAR BUT NOT ALL)

- ONE BASKETBALL FOR WARM-UP(UNLESS YOUR COACH NOTIFIES YOU OTHERWISE)

- WEAR YOUR NEW UNIFORM JERSEY AND SHORTS

- WEAR YOUR NEW LONG SLEEVE SHOOTING SHIRT OVER UNIFORM TOP FOR WARM-UPS

- BRING BASKETBALL SHOES TO PLAY IN

TOURNAMENT/LEAGUE GAMES - ABSENCE

IF YOU WILL BE MISSING A TOURNAMENT, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR COACH DIRECTLY 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE.

WHEN WILL THE SEASON BEGIN AND END?

THE SEASON WILL BEGIN THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER AND WILL CONCLUDE AT THE END OF FEBRUARY.

HOW MANY TEAMS WILL THERE BE?

THE TEAMS WILL BE FOR BOYS 3RD- 8TH GRADE AND 4TH-8TH GRADE GIRLS.

HOW MANY GAMES WILL A TEAM PLAY DURING THE SEASON?

EACH TEAM WILL PLAY BETWEEN 35 – 45 GAMES. ALL GAMES WILL BE PLAYED ON THE WEEKENDS - ON SATURDAY, SUNDAY OR BOTH. RARELY WILL A GAME BE PLAYED ON A WEEKDAY.

HOW OFTEN WILL THE TEAMS PRACTICE?

THERE WILL BE 2 PRACTICES/WEEK THROUGHOUT THE SEASON. EACH PRACTICE IS STRUCTURED AND CREATED TO MAXIMIZE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT. OUR PRIMARY GOAL IS TO INSTRUCT THE PLAYERS ON FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS AND TRAIN THEM UNTIL THEY ACHIEVE SUCCESS. THERE IS A PROCESS TO PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AS WELL AS PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. WE ARE CONFIDENT IN THE PROCESS AND THE PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE TO LEAD YOUR SON'S AND DAUGHTER'S ON THE PATH TO BEING THE BEST BASKETBALL PLAYERS AND PEOPLE THEY CAN BE.

WHERE WILL THE TEAMS PRACTICE?

EACH TEAM WILL PRACTICE TWICE A WEEK AT THE WESTERN SPRINGS REC CENTER, LAIDLAW SCHOOL, OR THE LYONS TOWNSHIP SOUTH CAMPUS.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

ALL PLAYERS ARE WELCOME FROM D101 SCHOOLS, ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS, PLEASANTDALE, HIGHLANDS.

IF YOU TRYOUT IN 3RD AND 4TH GRADE AND YOU ARE FROM LAGRANGE PARK, LAGRANGE YOU HAVE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THE TEAM. IF YOU DECIDE TO STAY WITH THE PROGRAM AND MAKE THE TEAMS ANY YEAR FOLLOWING YOU WILL BE GRANDFATHERED INTO THE PROGRAM AND CAN REMAIN A BLAZER OR WILDCAT. (ASSUMING THAT YOU DON'T LEAVE FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME TO PLAY FOR ANOTHER PROGRAM)

WHO WILL COACH MY SON’S/DAUGHTER'S TEAM?

COACHES WHO ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING PLAYER DEVELOPMENT THE PRIMARY FOCUS TO THEIR TIME SPENT WITH YOUR SON/DAUGHTER. ALL COACHES AND PLAYERS GROW AND DEVELOP AND WE ARE CONFIDENT IN THE STRUCTURE AND HIGHER EDUCATION OPPPORTUNITIES THAT WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE. (IE VIDEO TUTORIALS, CHRISTOPHER SPARTZ BASKETBALL CERTIFIED TRAINERS AND ACCESS TO FORMER PROFESSIONAL AND COLLEGE COACH CHRISTOPHER SPARTZ AS RESOURCES.)

HOW DOES THE GRADE SCHOOL TEAMS FIT IN WITH THE BLAZERS/WILDCATS?

GRADE SCHOOL GAMES WILL BE A PRIORITY OVER BLAZER/WILDCAT PRACTICES OR GAMES. WE WANT EVERY PLAYER TO ENJOY THE THRILLS OF PLAYING FOR THEIR SCHOOL.