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Preparation

Preparation looks different depending on the time year. However, preparation is always a conscious decision. There's an old quote in sports that has been attributed to a number of different coaches over the years that basically says, "It's not about the will to win - everyone has that. It's the will to prepare that matters." 

In the off-season we prepare by committing the time and effort to skill improvement. We have partnered with the BDA basketball program for our off season and summer development. Our girls work on skill development and play in five tournaments in the spring and summer to better prepare them for the winter season.

Because preparation must be a conscious decision you make, we recommend honestly reflecting on the following areas prior to the start of the season as well as periodically (weekly or even daily) throughout the season.

ARE YOU COACHABLE?


Do you have a desire to learn? Can you take constructive criticism? Can you commit to preparing your mind and body to give your BEST EFFORT each time you come into the gym? 



ARE YOU COMPETITIVE?


Are you possessed with the spirit of competition which fires an intense desire to achieve? Do you want to succeed, never taking "no" for an answer  when their is a job to be done, a rebound to be grabbed, a shot to be stopped, or a basket to be made? Does it bother you to give less than your BEST EFFORT?



ARE YOU WILLING TO PRACTICE?


It's not just showing up and putting in the time. Can you push yourself to practice with the same speed and determination as in a game?



ARE YOU WILLING TO MAKE SACRIFICES?


Are you willing to train or are you wasting your time? Proper conditioning does not just happen nor is it acquired quickly. It is a result of a well planned and executed program of exercise, rest and diet. The best way to remain in great shape is never to get out of it. It is up to you to see that maximum physical condition is achieved and maintained. Anything less is a violation of trust.


CAN YOU PLAY THROUGH ADVERSITY?


Do you have the ability to bounce back? Never let bad plays or calls ruin your game. No matter how many times you get knocked down, the only time that matters is the time you don't get back up. When you give your BEST EFFORT, you may run out of time on the clock, but you will never lose a game.



DO YOU PRACTICE SELF CONTROL?


As an athlete you must realize that your conduct, what you say and do, is not only a reflection of yourself but also our team and our coaches. This imposes a great need for self control. Just as you commit your BEST EFFORT to achieving excellence as an athlete and basketball player, it takes the same commitment to achieve the same quality of character.