We are very proud of our program here at Northwest Magicl and are also pleased that so many players want to be associated with our teams. However, to maintain the level of success we have enjoyed, team selection becomes a necessity.
There are many factors that enter into the selection of members for all of our Basketball teams. This process is probably one of, if not the toughest part of coaching. As coaches we try very hard to be fair in our judgments, as we fully realize the athlete’s desire to be a member of our teams and the disappointments associated with not making the team.
It is impossible to make a purely objective evaluation, based entirely on the mastery of basketball skills, or any other criteria. Too many other things have to be considered in order to maintain a successful program. Consequently, subjective evaluations are basically opinions and are open to many arguments both for and against these evaluations. Please keep in mind that the coaches have been hired as professionals to make these types of decisions. Also realize that the coaches want to make the teams and the program the best they can possibly be and will not exclude players they believe will accomplish this in the end.
Coaches will make selections based on the following general guidelines:
- Players that will make our teams better.
- Players we believe have a realistic chance to play varsity basketball and College at some point in their career.
- Players that fit the available positions for the greatest benefit of the team.
More specifically, coaches will consider:
- TALENT/ PHYSICAL ABILITIES/ MASTERY OF FUNDAMENTALS
- How well has (s)he mastered the offensive skills or shooting, passing, dribbling, and screening?
- How (s)trong is she and does he like to rebound?
- Does (s)he look like she will grow or has she reached growth potential?
- How quick are players feet and their reaction time?
- Does (s)he have the ability to think and react quickly?
- Does (s)he like to play defense?
- If (s)he has any size, can (s)he play the forward position as well as a post position?
- If (s)he is a forward, can (s)he handle the ball well enough to play guard or is (s)he big enough to play post?
- If (s)he is a guard, can he go inside and post up their defensive man?
- Is this guard a leader?
- EFFORT/ WILLINGNESS TO WORK
- Must not be afraid of hard work, both in season and out of season.
- WILLINGNESS TO LISTEN, LEARN, AND THE ABILITY TO APPLY WHAT IS LEARNED.
- Can (s)he be coached or does (s)he seem to know it all?
- SELF DISCIPLINE
- Is (s)he on time?
- Can (s)he work hard on their own without having someone looking over their shoulder to push them?
- Is (s)he a troublemaker on the court? At games? In class? Etc…
*** PLAYERS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DO ALL THE THINGS THEIR FRIENDS DO!
- What behavior does (s)he display towards the school, teachers and other students?
- What is his/her attendance record, past and present? Tardies? Detentions?
- What kind of grades does (s)he have, past and present? Will (s)he have trouble with eligibility?
- Has (s)he quit the High School or AAU team?
- What will his/her attitude be if (s)he is not likely to be a starter?
- Does (s)he dislike losing or does losing not seem to bother him/her?
- Is (s)he a team player, or is (s)he all for himself/herself?
- Will (s)he be willing to accept any role in order to benefit the team?
(Example: Starter, 6th man, practice player, etc.)
- Does (s)he have great desire on and off the floor to be the best that she can possibly be?
In addition the following things are also considered:
- How many returning starters do we have?
- How many all league players are returning?
- Have there been any impact player transfers from other organizations and what level of proficiency do they display?
- What kind of offense/ defense do we want to run this year?
By no means is this an all-inclusive list we use to evaluate players but it does cover many of the things we look for in the selection of our teams. We strive to use our best possible professional judgment, and if we error, we try to do so by keeping more players on squads, rather than less.
As always, we appreciate and value each student-athlete as an individual, but will base all decisions on what is best for the TEAM and NEXT LEVEL.
NW Magic 2018 Spring/Summer Tryouts
January 27 , 2018 and February 25th
January 27, 2018
Location Mount Tahoma High School
Boys and Girls
12-130 4th & 5th
130-3 6th & 7th
If you missed tryouts, no problem.. Contact Coach Vanessa for an opportunity to attend a practice. Evaluations at practice will be considered tryouts.
February 25 , 2018
8th- High School
Location : Mount Tahoma High School
3pm-430pmpm 8th , 14U , 15U
430pm-6pm 16U & 17U
430pm-6pm 14U- 16U
February 24, 2018
4th & 5th – 2pm-330pm
6th & 7th – 330pm-5pm
8th & HS – 5pm-7pm
Girls 7th- High School
Tryout date – Please attend Tacoma Tryouts for placement
Gig Harbor Área Teams
Gig Harbor will not be holding tryouts for spring and summer 2018. Interested players should attend Tacoma/Puyallup Tryouts
See you on the court !
NOT ABLE TO MAKE THE TRYOUT DATE? CALL OR EMAIL COACH VANESSA TO SET UP A PRACTICE THAT WILL SERVE AS TRYOUT. 253-355-6497/. COACHVANESSA@NORTWESTMAGIC.ORG