Last season I picked the rosters for the RGV Showcase and while the consensus was that I picked a very good roster for both squads there were some players that I just didn’t put in.
I didn’t put them on the roster because I was mad at a coach, that’s just not my style.
I didn’t put them on because I forgot about them.
Hate to say it that way, but it’s true.
It’s hard to keep up with all the kids in the valley, and the best way I can do that is by looking at their stats on Maxpreps.com.
Problem is, a lot of coaches don’t do it.
I took some heat from coaches for missing some kids, and wondered what my criteria was for playing in the game.
Unlike most all star games this wasn’t me picking a roster of seniors and that was it. It was more subjective.
The RGV Vipers entrusted me to put a true all star game on the court. They wanted the top notch players regardless of classification.
I was able to pick from a freshman all the way to seniors, and that’s what I did.
So the talent pool increased, and so did the criteria.
I called coaches, asked for suggestions, and still players fell through the crack.
I went through stats when they were available and I still received phone calls.
In a couple instances, the coaches for the missing players called me and were angry I left their players out.
I took this serious. I wasn’t selling newspapers, and if you know me you know I don’t care about whether I offend you.
However, some coaches argued for their players but when I checked whether their stats were inputted on Maxpreps it was a resounding no.
One player scored over 25 points a game and he was left off the team. While I can admit that I messed up, so did the coach. All year!
I told the coach that its impossible for me to keep track of every player, and asked why they hadn’t submitted stats all year.
There was never a really good reason.
I know from being a coach that someone is responsible for placing stats online. The two programs I belonged to required one of the sub-varsity coaches be responsible for that.
I thought to myself, how in the world are coaches supposed to get the word out about their players to college coaches when their stats aren’t even online?
It’s hard enough being scouted down here in the valley, but especially when no one knows your stats.
While my examples here may focus on basketball, this is meant for all coaches who want their kids play at the next level.
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