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We forgot to tell you at the start of the season, “Don’t blink. You Might Miss It.”
A high school season (and career) goes so fast. Here we are the final week of the regular season. They have been many highs and lows, celebrations and disappointments, and a lot of excitement along the way. For some this is the end of a season. For others. it is the start of the postseason
Final Play Date: The final play date and the final games are played this week. The playoff brackets will be revealed. Coaches will speculate about possible matchups, players will check social media for the latest scores and updates, and practices will focus more on special situations and execution of place please.
State tournament: How the postseason tournament is played varies from state to state. Some have a true state tournament where all the teams are seeded. Others divide a state into regions or sections. There are regional sectional champions and these winners will face off in the semifinals and finals.
True state tournaments can involve incredible travel, with teams being a distance of two hours or more.. This is a significant home court advantage in these matchups. Only parents and diehard fans and often will travel to see these games against towns that may not know that the other existed.
No mater the distance traveled to play these games, they will filled t with excitement that will create a lifetime of memories.
The Waiting is the Hardest Part: for coaches, not knowing me, Zach Cohen it can lead to anxiety. The difference between two and three scenes could be the difference between advancing far into the tournament or being knocked out in the first round
Remember Who You Are: In the postseason, rotations are pretty well established. Roles are much clearer now that they were at the beginning season. Teams need to simply do what they do best.
Make the Days Count: At this point in high school basketball, the days are truly numbered, so do not look past today. Today’s the most important day of the season. Do what you can to best prepare for the next game. Get your rest. Get your shots up. Eat healthy, Be a great teammate. For many players is it going be the final time they put on uniform for organize basketball. Make the most of each moment.
The Ride Will End: For all high school basketball, teams, players, and coaches, this season’s ride will end. For the talented, motivated, and lucky few that will mean the state championship. For all others it will end with a defeat. It will be the most sudden and devastating defeat. These defeats will leave tears and hugs and a wide range of emotions that can only be felt by members of a high school basketball team,
The Day After: the day after the final game is a huge paradigm shift Season is over. Some goals have been accomplished. Some goals were not met. And life goes on for a very rare. Few seniors that will mean continuing on to college as a basketball player of the small number of individuals they will be a select few they play at a scholarship level. For most, it is on the intramural’s in men’s leagues. We hope for all it was a positive and worthwhile experience that they will value forever.
The Next Season: The spring season starts the day after the winter season ends in many states. Playing multiple sports is beneficial to so many student athletes. Track, baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, and rugby are all great options for basketball players to complete in the spring.
With so much specialization, there are many athletes who choose to focus completely on basketball. AAU tryouts, begin as a high school season finishes up. Practices and tournaments start almost immediately. Many AAU teams play the weekend following the crowning of state champions. Players of all ages will travel great distances to chase the dream of continuing to be a player. Whatever option you choose, be sure to maintain balance, and avoid burn out.
Make a Plan: it is always good for a student athlete to have a plan, and these plans should include things other than basketball. Getting a job, learning how to drive, taking an SAT prep course, completing community service are all great options for teenagers to be involved with.
It is also important to have a basketball plan as an underclassman and a player who wishes to continue to play in college. The most important part of an off-season plan is a skill-based individual workout It should be completed several times a week. Play it wants to reach his potential, many long hours needed to be spent in a gym, honing their craft
Say Thank You / Have an “Attitude of Gratitude:” Be sure when your season comes to an end to thank all those individuals that were part of your season. This would include – the entire coaching, staff, teammates, managers, trainers and the athletic director. It’s also important not to forget those close to you who offered support and encouragement on your journey like parents, siblings, friends, significant others, and extended family. These individuals will appreciate it and it is important for you know that you have reached this point in your basketball career with the help of main many individuals, including teachers, youth, basketball, coaches, basketball, camp, directors, and so many more.
Be Proud: Every single high school basketball player should be proud of this season. It is something that most individuals never do, completing a varsity basketball season. Some players will be named Gatorade Player of the Year, others will be selective as league all-stars, some rarely got off the bench. These players, you should be very proud for sticking with it as a a role player. These players who can see it through to the final game of the season is a testament to your character, dedication, and willingness to be a part of a high school program. For everyone to the next season to see who will be crown state champion, and who will be who will evolve as some of the top players in your state
For those high school player still continuing on check out our week by week analysis of the basketball year. Good luck.