The 2016 Girl’s Nationals concluded with two exciting championship games with Quebec U15s and Ontario U17s taking home National Championships to their families and provinces.
These championships are not symbolic of a week of action–they represent a body of work that started before each player even stepped into tryouts.
Success at this level does not only represent the hard work and sacrifice of the individual components of the rosters for these teams, they represent the combined efforts of every coach, every parent and every individual volunteer that helped guide these young athletes that can now call themselves National Champions.
For the teams that did not rise to National prominence you now have many lessons; each and every player should have thoughts and notes on what they experienced. I myself as a skills developer took notes, the provincial Technical Directors took notes (Neil Smith, Basketball New Brunswick – Players Need to Work on Shooting).
As the Women’s National basketball Scout for North Pole Hoops, the evaluations I have taken will be transferred into the teachings at the Girls NPH Showcase camp. The first opportunity for this will be at Aug 19-21 at Mount Allison University.
I have also noted players at Nationals that distinguished themselves:
- Athletically talented players like Aerial Provo and Savanah Provo of Nova Scotia who are on par with any athlete competing at Nationals.
- 6-2 Gabrielle Roche, 5-9 Meghan Greenland and 6-1 Hannah Green of Team Newfoundland have huge upsides.
- Hard-nosed guard Reese Baxendale and guard Torie Janes as well as forwards Lauren Flemming and Meghan Stewart of New Brunswick.
Most importantly what I noticed is the desire to compete.
No, I don’t think any East coast team achieved what they set out to do, but now we have information on what we have to do.
LETS GET TO WORK.
Girls East Coast NPH Showcase
This is an opportunity for players like Miranda Crawley, MacKenzie Ryan, Ashley Plaggenhoef, Rachel Farwell, Lexie MaCinnis, Hannah Smith, Cassy Hemphill, Rylee Connolly and all their provincial teammates to get in the gym and work to push each other to improve the entire East Coast.
We also cannot forget the many talented prospects that competed on top level club programs like Jayda Veinot, (Atlantic Canada’s top 2017 prospect), Taylor Tolliver, Angelina Simmonds, Alex MacLean, Tionna Reddick and Heaven Beals to name a few.
This camp is open to hard working Girls Grade 8-12 that have ambitions have playing at the next level
The location of Mount Allison University was chosen to create equal opportunity for NS, NB and PEI athletes as it is located on the boarder of all three provinces. With most of Atlantic Canada’s major communities/cities being within a 200km radius, this is an opportunity to fill the gym with Atlantic Canada’s top talent and develop your game, develop your mind and create the results you want.