Wahluke Eagles

This blog describes the joys of coaching an AAU basketball team from Mattawa, WA. Our team and town is roughly 90% Mexican. The blog celebrates and describes life in a central Washington town through the eyes of the players and their coaches.

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Location: Mattawa, Washington, United States

I work as a School Psychologist in the Wahluke School District. When I am not coaching I enjoy fishing, reading, and riding my bike.

23 May, 2006

Invitation to Try-Out for Basketball

Juan and I wrote this letter inviting kids to try-out for the team. Them today I rounded up the boys and we announced that we were accepting boys in fourth grade for a try-out. When the boys came by Juan's room for a letter we warned them that practice is hard and we expect all players to listen, behave, and get along. We'll see how many boys hang in there after the first practice.

Our agenda for the first practice is below.
1. Mile Run
2. Timed Lay-in drill
3. Three Man Weave
4. Shooting drill with players going one on one
5. 3 on 2 drill
6. 1-1-3 defense drill
7. One set of suicides
8. Free throws
9. 10 side to sides

Here is the letter.

To all Fourth Grade Boys

Are you interested in playing Basketball for the Wahluke Eagles next season? Are you interested in improving your basketball skills? Are you interested in working hard? And are you interested in having fun and spending time with friends?

If you want to play for the Wahluke Eagles this is your chance. We are hosting try-outs for all interested players. However, if you decide to show up consider the following information.
1. We expect you to work hard. It doesn’t matter if you never played before, if you are willing to try that is what’s important.
2. Come prepared. Bring shorts and tennis shoes.
3. We expect you to listen to the coaches and respect the other players.

So, if you are interested, return this letter with your name to Mr. Martinez in Room 6 in the Intermediate School. We will contact you to tell you when the date of the first try-out.

After the try-outs we will tell you about the team and what we expect. There is no cost to try-out, but remember playing sports is a privilege and we expect you to represent your family and school and be good student-athletes.

Sincerely
Coach Martinez and Coach Berghout

Student Name:_________________________

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