The 7A team is the most competitive basketball team at the Junior School. We select players from the Grades 6 and 7 with fairly extensive playing experience. The try-out process starts in early November and all boys interested in playing must attend all try-out sessions. Although the coach will make an effort to provide equal playing time to all members of this squad, playing time is not guaranteed. The 7A team competes primarily in the local ISEA league throughout the second term. Boys practice three times per week: Mondays (3:30 – 5:00), Wednesdays (3:30 – 5:00), and Thursdays (12:00 – 1:30), and often participate in exhibition tournaments on Saturdays. This squad represents our school at all major competitions.
The 7A team usually attends the following events: the O.L.P.H. Invitational tournament held in mid- January, the Dragon Classic tournament on Friday in late January at our school, the Emerald Classic hosted by Vancouver College usually third Saturday in February, and the ISEA Championships held on last Thursday in February at our school. There are often other exhibition games and tournaments scheduled. Attendance is mandatory for practice times as well as all tournaments (see schedule for full details).
The highlight event of the season is the CAIS National tournament. The CAIS tournament is an age restricted event (U-13) held during the last week of January. It is hosted by the independent school member of CAIS association on rotating (East-West) basis. Participation in this tournament requires school communities to billet visiting players. Members of the 7A basketball team are required to billet visiting students when tournament is hosted out West. This year, the tournament is hosted by Collingwood School in North Vancouver; therefore every member of 7A basketball team will be required to billet two visiting students for the duration of the event. Billeting nights are Wednesday (January 27), Thursday (January 28) and Friday (January 29).
The “B” team carries 12 players. This team will represent our school in the local ISEA competition, including the ISEA Division 2 championship, and Dragon Classic tournament. The B team practice on Monday 3:30 – 5:00PM and Thursday 12:00 – 1:30PM. (See schedule attached for full details). During the regular season playing time is equal on this squad. Playing time during the ISEA Championships is at coach’s discretion.
Evaluation and selection are based on three major components: fundamental skills, athleticism, and attitude.
- Fundamental skills include passing (accuracy, power, court awareness), shooting (left and right hand lay ups, accuracy, form), and dribbling (ball protection/control, one on one moves). These skills also include understanding of the game and the decision making process.
- Athleticism relates to the speed and power of execution of the fundamental skills.
- Willingness to learn and commit to team is an important aspect of evaluation. It includes the ability to follow instruction (“coachability”), interpersonal skills (with boys and adults), competitiveness, core values, and indirectly, attitude and behavior in classes.
At some point during the try-outs the coaching staff will have to make a subjective decision and rate each athlete’s performance based on the factors listed.