Grading Day Information
Officer Basketball has over 30 teams and as we continue to grow its will get increasingly harder to have new players placed into teams of similar skill and ability.
Where possible we try to allocate players to teams with their friends if that is what they would like but also try to keep teams players with the same birth year to avoid having to split them in winter season, when most players needs to move up an age group. There are a number of variables that can affect these placements and restrict how much movement we can make.
For example a player requesting to move up a team may not be able to if all the above teams have 8 players in them already, why 8 players? Given the 40 minute timing rules of domestic basketball 8 is a good number to ensure all players get a good amount of court time. 8 is also the magic number because if you have a child away sick fro example, and another one fouls out of the game, you still have one sub on the bench. If you only have 6 then you end up playing with 4 on the court. Having 9 players to a team happens occasionaly due to certain circumstances but is alwasy communicated to the coach and team manager who relay to their team and make sure everyone is happy with an extra number and the fact that the kids will play less on a saturday, for example if 10 friends all want to play together and arent concerned about playing time we would allow it.
Coach availability and training days and times also play a part in who plays where, family logistics may mean we can't move you into a higher team as you cant make training when the coach is available. We arent going to move a whole team around for one player. As families you are worried and concerned for your child, as a club we are concerned with over 250. So think about how hard your logistics are and mulptiply by 250 and that is what we as a club are dealing with when allocating players to teams. We understand how hard it is if you have multiple children and will try to acoomodate that also but understand and be patient as we have a lot of things to consider when adding and moving players in and out of teams.
We are taking all things into account when allocating players to teams, we have an experienced group that organise these things and have thought of all angles and options well before a decison is made, most of the time in more difficult circumstances to help families we will contact them directly to try and work out the best scenario for your child.
GRADING DAY MAIN PURPOSE
The main reason for holding grading day at the end of each season is to view the NEW players to club to see where to fit them, are they an A grade player or an E grade player. To best allocate them to a team where they dont feel overwhelmed or out of their depth, or to a team where they are getting frustrated by the lack of skill of their team mates. We are human and may not always get it right but we can assure you we are doing our best for every child joinging Officer Basketball Club.
OPPORTUNITIES AND PATHWAYS
If you wish to move up into a higher team or are thinking about joing the Pakenham Warriors and Playing rep baketball, then you need to email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org when grading day times and day is announced and request an opportunity to move up and inform us that this is what you want, not before as the email will get lost amongst the hundreds we get.
If we don't get a request or you don't ask your coach how can we possibly know, we assume you are playing with your friends and happy doing so.
BMB Basketball Academy
We are Affiliated with BMB Basketball Academy, which is run by Brett McKean who also volunteers his time to help run the club, his main role is player and coach development.
The Academy is part of our clubs pathway into Rep Basketball and beyond, the academy has a U.S College pathway and promotes players to learn to coach and offers player the opportunity to do paid coaching work as they progress through the academy, the academy is also working with 4 U Body fitness that run our strength and conditioning training at the academy. Providing a holistic approach to player and coach development and working with Officer Basketball to provide great pathways into working and job experience, college scholarships and more.
To view Brett's coaching history and background and list of achievements please visit the academy website click here -----> BMB Basketball