Local basketball coaches aim to give ‘secondary’ girls’ players a chance

Posted by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

The hope is to finally give basketball players who want to play, but don’t have the best opportunities, a chance to finally get that golden opportunity to learn, improve and show what they have.

The tentatively-named LeavCo Progress basketball program aims to create a U-14 girls’ basketball team with the intent of practicing through the spring and then do the same in the summer while also aiming to participate in 4-6 tournaments.

Initially the team is looking to gauge interest, focusing on players born between Jan. 1, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2006 and who are from the Leavenworth, Lansing, Basehor-Linwood, Tonganoxie and Pleasant Ridge high school districts.

The kind of players the club is looking for are those deemed “marginal” or “off the radar” and that tend to be the outside looking in when it comes to either being recruited to play for or selected to AAU teams focusing on winning.

LeavCo Progress aims to take those players deemed secondary to those type of athletes and teach them how to elevate their games as they continue to grow and develop as athletes.

The slogan for the team is that any player can progress if she is coachable, determined and competitive enough to push themselves to become some of the better players around – regardless of what others might think currently.

Skills the team hopes to develop are man-to-man defensive principles – abstaining from zones – teaching offenses not plays, ball movement, good on-ball decision making, good off-the-ball read and reactions, top-flight conditioning, the full-court game and transitioning from one side of the ball to the other among other things like selflessness, sharing and team unity.

The program would like to first gauge local interest before committing to court facilities, set fees (although their goal is to keep the economics of the program focused on team travel, tournament fees, uniforms and other necessities) and practice schedules.

They also aim to find local sponsorship for the community and in giving local youths something to participate in, buy into and excel at.

For more information and to express interest in getting your child on a court that will believe in them and teach them the game while other turn away from the opportunity, contact long-time Kansas City-area AAU coach Tony Woods at blessed88@yahoo.com before April 25.



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