By Tom Sadler
Coach Sadler shares his thoughts on the "Ranking" culture in one of our all-time most-engaging posts...
There is no doubt that the game of basketball in this country (England) is growing for the better, it seems like we finally have the right people in place to help with the development, profile, and growth of the game. And who are working incredibly hard to be a part of the solution and not the problem.
The last few summers we have seen a rise in a number of high profile camps that have been launched, all of which have the best interest of the players and the profile of the game at heart. And I totally get it and fully support them all.
I work specifically with the age group that are eligible for these camps and who are at the most crucial stage of their basketball development. From my own experience, having played in the high school system in the states, and having attended various camps and being ranked (in state) to the All-America Nominations were all very well and great for my personal profile, and confidence, but evaluations that I received from my coaches I felt played a more significant role in helping me get to where I needed to be.
The majority of the time rankings are established with players on winning team’s based solely on statistics or some type of personal favour for someone. They cannot possibly cover every player and compare them equally and without bias. So what does this ranking do for that ranked player?? And more importantly how does this ranking help a player get better?? I think what it can do in some cases is give players who are ranked a false sense of how good they really are. And then in the case of player who isn’t ranked at all, can make them think that they aren’t good at all.
From my point of view honest and unbiased player evaluations are crucial for players to get better, and whether or not a player is ranked they should always be looking for ways to get better! The best evaluations will show a player what they must do in order to get to the next level.
A little food for thought…