Moving Players Up Midseason
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"With 3 games left, the Varsity coach wants to move my point guard and best post player to JV. These are two of my starters and high point scorers. I realize we are freshman, but why disrupt the chemistry we have worked so hard for? Who benefits in the long run? The players love their team and do not wish to move. Please advise."
PCA Response By Ray Lokar (@CoachLok), PCA Trainer – Los Angeles
Mid-season roster changes may be done for a number of reasons. These could be based on programmatic need or could be what the varsity coach determines is in the best interest of the player. Sometimes it is a big jump from the freshman team to varsity and a few weeks of playing up on the JV might be a good springboard to get used to the elevated level of play required the next season.
For whatever reason the move is made, it certainly should be looked on as a reward and a compliment to the individual players for their efforts so far. It also is a testament to the coach who has prepared them enough to earn their promotion.
This is a great opportunity for some other players to step up and develop their game a little further. All coaches can do is coach the players they have to become the best players and people they can become. I'm sure the varsity coach has full confidence you will be able to do that.
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