This is Mike Adam, the 5th grade summer league coach for the Jayhawks of the Arlington Heights Youth Basketball Association. I wanted to drop an introductory note to everyone and welcome you and your sons to our modified season.
I know roughly half the team; for those of you I don't, I look forward to meeting you at the first game. Just to give you some background about me, I have coached in the Mount Prospect Park District house league for the past four seasons, and also coached an AHYBA summer league team last year. Of course, what we're about to do is completely unlike any other season we've experienced, so not sure how much of my past I can leverage to deal with the immediate future. I doubt a game that gets cancelled due to weather will be made up, and obviously there's the looming threat of the pandemic shutting everything down at a moment's notice. (Note: the coaches have not received any COVID-specific guidance on how to manage the game. I plan to wear a mask, and I'll endeavor to keep the kids separated on the bench.) But my focus is to get the kids out there exercising and having as much of a good time as we can under the circumstances.
Speaking of which, everyone should have had a schedule e-mailed to them. If you don't want to spend time deciphering when and where we play, I'm summarizing our season schedule below:
- Thursday, July 30, 5:30 pm, Frontier Park
- Thursday, August 6, 6:30 pm, Camelot Park *
- Monday, August 10, 6:30 pm, Heritage Park
- Wednesday, August 19, 6:30 pm, Camelot Park *
- Tuesday, August 25, 5:30 pm, Heritage Park
- Thursday, September 3, 6:30 pm, Camelot Park *
For the games with an asterisk, we are the home team, which means we need to supply an official scorer and a clock operator. I'm willing to bribe any volunteers with Starbucks or Culver's. I'm assuming like last year I will be handed a plastic bag of t-shirts and a printed out Excel spreadsheet of sizes to distribute jerseys at the first game.
As for gameplay, while we certainly want to put a respectable cohesive effort on the court...the boys are going to play together for the first time at the first gane. :) To me, the largest responsibility as "coach" in this league is to provide equitable opportunity. We have nine boys right now; assuming all show up for a game, my vague plan is to have the entire bench sub in roughly every five game minutes. As such, everyone will get to play half the game or more.
If the boys want further time to work together as a unit, I may schedule voluntary practices on my driveway periodically, but I'd like to see how things go before I formally put that out in the cosmos.
Since I'm not super duper familiar with this site, if you wouldn't mind dropping me a note just to acknowledge you got this e-mail so I know you're updated, I would appreciate it. Also, please make sure you have at least one household cell phone number listed on your son's profile in case I have to get in touch with you quickly (most likely for weather).
Looking forward to a great month and a half or so. Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or comments. Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk! (I don't understand what that means, but that's what the students at Kansas University chant.)