Years ago

Are ABL coaches too conservative?

In response to Isaac's comment that if we think there should be more about women's basketball we should post a topic, here goes!
There seem to be many young players who have played a lot of state basketball and been through the SASI system who are anchored to the ABL bench year after year. Are our ABL coaches too conservative? How will these players progress without actually getting court time?

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Team Player  
Years ago

Earn your stripes, theres a big difference between playing mens basketball and boys/juniors.
Half the guys playing ABL atm wouldnt have even got a reserves game 10 years ago.

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Years ago

Try rejoining the ABA, not the amateur basketball association that you now play in.

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Years ago

Coaches run what the team can handle - if you want new players to get courw time try low ranking teams for a walk up. Woodville had sturt beaten the other sunday down by 5 then up by 5 as sturt shot poorly. but the wood girls did not know how to win - body language.

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Billy Brant  
Years ago

The problem with the young players coming through is that they EXPECT EVERYTHING NOW!!!!!

They dont understand that from NBA through to ABL unless ur a superstar you have to bide your time on the bench and EARN your minutes over time.

Prove youself in the U20 and div 2 and if your consistant enough then maybe you'll get a chance.

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Years ago

Junior players seem to expect that time served should count for something. That 3 years on the bench means they should play, nevermind that they struggle to catch the ball and consistantly miss easy shots. You (or your daughter) want minutes go to the coach and ask why you aren't getting the minutes you deserve. But make damn sure you have the stats to back it up, if you are a better player than someone else in the same position use that to your argument. But don't go to the coach and say I have been here 3 years and I deserve to play.
Coaches are logical people give them a legitimate case and reap the rewards, otherwise deal with your time.
And if you are a one eyed parent that thinks your girls are better than they are be prepared to hear that too.
Lastly, catch the ball is a good first step.

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Years ago

Wow what an insightful post! Woodville having Sturt's measure who only won because Woody's didn't know how to win. Think you're selling the Blues short considering they have won 13 of 14 games and underestimating the improvement in Woodville albeit with more needed.
As for walk up starts and playing time there are lots of them even in the top of the ladder clubs that have nothing to do with a players ability and everything to do with relationships, politics and the price of eggs.The ladder reflects all coaches choices and as far as I can see only Sturt have got it right.

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Years ago

Fan - You clearly don't watch too much women's ABA because it is the young kids running the show now with no experience, no rookie years of warming the bench - they expect everything and have a cry when they don't get it. It is nothing like it was, even 5 years ago, when you had to earn your stripes to even make the 12 or 10 to suit up.. it's disappointing and has made a lot of more mature, experienced players leave the game. This is mostly the coaches fault also as they aren't stamping their authority nor allowing their 'older' players to stamp their either. It's disrespectful to say the least.

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