Minnetonka Fall League
The Importance of Play
May 17, 2011By Tom Dasovich of Minnetonka Boys Basketball
For a long time now, the conventional wisdom amongst basketball people was that American basketball players lacked necessary fundamental skills. All kids did was run up and down and in the summer there is evil AAU basketball where kids might play 80-100 games with little to no defense and just as much coaching (sarcasm). American's can't shoot, dribble, or pass. I say American's can't compete.
Today, kids have personal basketball trainers who might make as much as $60 per hour to simply stand in front of a kid and make them shoot, dribble, run, and show them "moves." If someone would have approached my mother in the early 90's and said what a bargain $485 for 10 sessions was they may have had a fist fight on their hands. I'm not trying to knock all trainers, in fact, I think most are very good at what they do but what they often create is something not conducive to winning basketball. When you turn working on your basketball skills into the equivalent of a piano lesson you get basketball players that play like they are at a music recital...and that isn't a good thing.
Playing hard/on court effort is definitely a skill. Those of you that watch a lot of high school basketball, (which if you are reading this you probably do, or are related to me, or both) why is it that when a kid really plays hard and competes it sticks out like a sore thumb? The answer is because in 2011 it is a rare sight. Most kids do not have a passion for the game and play it like it is something they are being forced to do. When you see the passion it is like a breath of fresh air.