This will be our Coaching Team communication method for the rest of the season. We have had issues with lost emails, bounced emails and changes to personal email accounts that have caused conflict. To resolve this we will be posting all weekly news on this webpage. Please visit regularly.
Update, January 4th, 2010.
We hope you all enjoyed the holiday and are ready to get back into the swing of things for the 2nd half of the season. The players return this Saturday in your regular practice slot but we are going ahead with our coaching clinic (as posted on the schedules) for tomorrow (Jan 5th ) night.
We will run 6:30-8:00 at Brant Hills Community Center. This will give us a chance to get together as a group. We can review the rules for the competitive games, have a short discussion between coaches of the same age group, a question and answer time for sharing thoughts and ideas, and review the AllStar offense and defense objectives.
Please bring your questions and come ready to get any issues off your chest. It is important that we as a group communicate a common message to the players.
We hope you all are able to attend.
Schedules will be posted by Friday for the remainder of the season.
Update, December 4th, 2009.
REVISED Schedules Posted for Atom and High School Boys. This is the result of gym cancelations!
We are heading into the end of the first half of the season. Thanks to everyone for the effort in the 1st half.
You have a practice on both the 5th and 12th . We hope you have fun with the 12th because (except for 4 of the high school boys teams) there is no game on the 15th. It is assumed all parents follow the instructions of the club and check these schedules each Tuesday and Saturday before heading out but you may want to pass on the schedule change if your team is affected by it. The club does not email parents on schedule changes as they all are posted online.
Parents will receive an email from AllStar on the 1st half end and expectations/scheduling for the 2nd half.
The plan is to start off the 2nd half with an AllStar Coaching Clinic Jan 5th. We will email everyone once it is 100% but we wanted to give everyone an advance notice. We held off the start of the 2nd half of the season simply to be able to get our coaches together for a group meeting before it begins.
Please remind all your players of the Panther Team option and if any coach has a desire to do something after the AllStar season ends with basketball let us know. Usually about early February we get requests for more basketball in a team format but if it goes that long we have no options. Grade 7 and 8 boys are at Tansley this Saturday 2:30-4:00 and it is assumed this Panther tryout supercedes the AllStar practice if they overlap. Thanks for your support.
If you need a flip chart score board please let me know. We will need them when competitive games begin.
NON-Competitive shifts: As a coach you will run into times when your team has developed at a rate different than your opponent or you have a line of players that simply is more advanced than their competitors. In order to challenge your team and maintain the “FAIR” nature of the AllStar program you must employ some coaching techniques that benefit both teams on the floor. Here are some recommendations:
- Have your strong shift use weak hand only for all ball handling
- Have your shift attempt 3 pointers if they are strong going to the basket but weak shooters
- Have your shift attempt only layups off a give and go
- Have your team attempt 5 or more passes before a scoring attempt is made
- Put your weakest player with your stronger players and have them work at getting the weaker player scoring chances
- Have your players only attempt bank shots
- Go with a NO Dribble option once half is crossed
- Take off the press even if not asked to by opponent
- Make Man to Man a 2 foot from man defense instead of the AllStar required 4 feet rule
It is important that the stronger shift not feel this is letting up on the weaker shift nor should it be viewed as giving the weaker shift a break. The best players always challenge themselves when provided an environment to get better. Setting these rules allows the weaker shift to help the stronger shift become better players while allowing ‘Fair” competition between players of different development levels.
Kids develop in different ways and at different times. In a grade 7/8 division of AllStar you will have kids almost 3 years apart in age by the calendar but as many as 5 years different on the physical maturity scale. That means you can have a “grade 6 like mature” player competing against a player who is “Grade 10 like”. This is a reality. Let’s be sure all players get an equal development opportunity each week.
Update, November 28th, 2009.
New Updates in the Locker Room for Drills.
Update, November 24th, 2009.
NOTE to Coaches to inform Parents: Halton Schools have a rule in place for entry into and out of the schools we rent. The Rule states that entry is limited to 15 mins at the beginning and end of a rental. This means if you are late or leave and come back the school doors MAY be locked. It is a hit and miss issue that is specific to the custodial staff at a particular school. It is recommended that if you arrive and the doors are locked during the session that you go to the GYMS Outside entrance doors and pound loudly. Someone will hear you and let you in. Burlington Basketball has no control over this policy and it is in effect for any organization that rents the school. It is understandable for the safety of the children and the school staff.
Update, November 16th, 2009.
We have uploaded the AllStar Rules Manual into the Locker Room. Please have a look and it is highly recommended you carry a copy with you to each game.
We have uploaded the Official Basketball Scoresheet to the Locker Room. Please print out copies to use at games.
Games this year will be 5 shifts of 4 mins per half. The 1st scheduled game begins 15 mins after the time slot begins and the 2nd scheduled game begins 10 mins after the time slot begins. Please be supportive of the REFS in getting these games done in a timely manner. AllStar has a great working relationship with the Officials and to have this continue all Players, Parents and Coaches need to respect the stripped shirts on the floor. We are a "NO Whinners" league and highly regarded because of it.
In the Team Building phase of the Reffed Games the winner of the game should be determined by the team that wins the most shifts. It should be a clean slate in the score at the start of each shift. Keep track of shifts won to find the winner. Hopefully we will see many ties. (Once the game goes to Competitive a full Game score will determine the winner.)
Atom Boys Games and All Girl Games will start the season with NO PRESS allowed. We will make a determination on Pressing once Competitive Games begin.
Bantam Boys Games will start the season with Full Press allowed. If a coach feels their team is not ready for press then the rule states “NO PRESS” it must be a consensus. Try experimenting with shifts to gauge the readiness of players.
High School Boys Games will be Full Press allowed all Season.
MAN TO MAN the AllStar way. Man to Man is the only defense allowed in AllStar. The rule for all age groups is 4 feet proximity when guarding. This rule is enforced by the coaches and not the REFS. Please read your AllStar rules manual to understand this rule. No exceptions on this rule are allowed as it is the core principle AllStar players develop under. Switches are legal but not double teams. COACHES MUST WORK TOGETHER as competitors to ensure the rule is followed. Any coach not enforcing the rule is hurting the basketball development of the playes.
Be sure you match up checks at the start of each shift.
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Have a great start to the season.