What is up with the "closed" tryouts for school basketball teams

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Naismith

Cicero, NY

#1 Nov 15, 2010
Baseball, football and every other sport are open to viewing. what gives?
just wrong

Lake Placid, NY

#2 Nov 16, 2010
parents ruin everything
Yeah

Santa Clara, CA

#3 Nov 16, 2010
The b-ball try-outs have never been open for the public to view. Most likely thats because its held inside, while other sports go on in the same gym, so it makes for limited space. But as the previous poster suggested, it probably has something to do with idiot parents acting foolish around try-outs and/or practice.
Power forward

Utica, NY

#4 Nov 17, 2010
Yeah wrote:
The b-ball try-outs have never been open for the public to view. Most likely thats because its held inside, while other sports go on in the same gym, so it makes for limited space. But as the previous poster suggested, it probably has something to do with idiot parents acting foolish around try-outs and/or practice.
Am I being an idiotic parent when i notice one player misses a couple days of tryouts bc it happens to be a long VETS day weekend and he still makes the team? Just wondering.
Yeah

Santa Clara, CA

#5 Nov 17, 2010
You are not being an idiot parent, may be nust kinda naive. For the most part, the coaches pretty much have an idea already on who they want for the teams, and the try-outs are mostly a formality. The kids that were already playing for one of the school teams (JFK, Donovan, JV) have the upper hand and few others will be cbosen. Thats the way its always been. Most likely, the player you are talking about was already assured a spot
on the team, it just became obvious when he didnt make try-outs.
Yeah

Santa Clara, CA

#6 Nov 17, 2010
Also thats most likely the reason parents arent allowed to watch try-outs & practice: the coaches would have to explain actions, like letting a kid on the team that missed portions of try-outs, has a bad attitude, or looks as if they shouldnt make the team over others that seem to be better players and/or teammates. Thats the way Proctor has ALWAYS BEEN, and with them making sectionals every year, it probably aint gonna change no time soon, sorry...
Power forward

Utica, NY

#7 Nov 17, 2010
Yeah wrote:
You are not being an idiot parent, may be nust kinda naive. For the most part, the coaches pretty much have an idea already on who they want for the teams, and the try-outs are mostly a formality. The kids that were already playing for one of the school teams (JFK, Donovan, JV) have the upper hand and few others will be cbosen. Thats the way its always been. Most likely, the player you are talking about was already assured a spot
on the team, it just became obvious when he didnt make try-outs.
This kid was definitely not a lock to make it. He LOOKS atheletic bc he is big(yes i know, you can't teach big) and dresses the part but as you watch him(at summer camps) you realize he has no hands, no shot and is kinda lost out there. If he had been there for the entire tryout, the coach would have realized what everybody else already knew-he has no game and shouldn't have made it pure and simple. He is the 12th man on this team. Having said that my kid was still average so it wouldn't have mattered anyway.
Been There

Baldwinsville, NY

#8 Nov 17, 2010
Why is it that parents seem to know so much about the skill levels of other kids. Coaches watch these kids coming up through the ranks, talk to other coaches and teachers, observe the skill levels, work ethics, personal conduct, raw talent and anticipate the growth of that talent and the skills these kids have. They have been doing this, with success, for years. They might already have 90% of the team chosen before try-outs even begin. This is not little league or Pop Warner, it doesn't have to be fair and equal. These coaches are there to put a winning team on the court. It isn't a beauty contest or a popularity contest. If the coach thinks you can help the team win, you're on the team. If not, you watch from the stands. That's life.
New Hartford Hungry Man

Rochester, NY

#9 Nov 17, 2010
Because coaches dont need nosy uneducated parents screaming during try-outs and drills like they do at games.
Get over it - 98% of your kids aren't gonna make the pros or D-1.
Tired of this everyone makes the team and gets a ribbon attiudes. Sports is a great model of life. Not everyone gets the dream job or make the team. And not everyone gets to win the championship or promotion/raise.
A coach in another sport

Dearborn, MI

#10 Nov 5, 2013
Are you kidding me. Get some guts and be accountable. Don't hide behind closed gym tryouts. Coaches should make good decissions and stand behind them. Be open in the discussion when needed. I have very rarely had an issue with a parent when having a calm and logical discussion. Other sports are out in the open for all to see and be judged. If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

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