At the coachs' meeting last night, Cheve and I learned that there would not be a final game schedule published until 11/25. The coaches feel that the kids will need 8-9 practices prior to gametime to get ready for play.
So, I will try to navigate thru the JPS team page and see if I can't create a basketball practice calendar for everyone, then once the schedule comes out, we we revise based on any conflcts.
The spirit of the scheduling will be to keep practices PLUS game nights to 3-4 times per week. It seems that we played most of our games last season on Fridays and Saturdays. If that remains consistent, then we will practice likely Tuesdays and Wednesdays and have 2 game nights. We will always ONLY add practices Mon-Thurs, and never on a Friday or Saturday, should the game schedule not have us playing on those days.
In short, expect to practice Tuesday Wed and Thurs until the season begins, and expect our Wednesday practice to always be at WJMS. Tuesday 11/12 6pm at Elk Creek Elementary (ECE) will be our first practice, Wed 11/13 6 pm at WJMS will be our second, and Thurs 11/14 6 pm back at ECE. The following week will likely be the same schedule, though I am looking for openings on a hard wood court (WJMS, EPRD, CHS) so far with no love for the middle schoolers :(
Regarding practices, here are some updates and things to keep in mind:
--I have practice jerseys (11 of various sizes) to distribute at our first practice. Please tell the boys to not wear last years uniforms for practice - those our this years uniforms too. Practice jersey sizes and numbers will be first come first serve so plan to show up on 11/12 a little early to get on of those.
--Kids should bring a basketball to practice, but never to a game. Coaches will have enough balls for game nights.
--Please have the boys bring a water bottle
--Arrival to practice by the scheduled time is essential to a smooth practice. This year we will have more structure. The kids should be ready to run at 6 pm., not showing up to tie shoes, get loose, and then go. 15 minutes early is a good target arrival time. I will be giving the players specfic warm-up instructions to have completed prior to practice start.
More info to come. Please feel free to call me directly to discuss player issues or concerns or goals. It's going to be a fun year. We have 11 players, and they all will be competing for playing time. Please help me set the tone that they will be earning every minute thru their demonstration of Teamwork, Leadership, and Commitment. We are going to go hard from start to finish.
Happy Halloween on behalf of the Coaches Ponto, Cheve, and Dave.