St. Croix Prep Boys Basketball Program Philosophy
The player limit set by the Minnesota State High School League for Varsity Basketball is eighteen (18) players. This includes JV players. However, we will not always carry 18 players on the team. Most seasons there will be 15 – 18 players kept on JV/Varsity. These will be the players that we believe have the basketball ability to play Varsity immediately, regardless of their grade in school. No players are guaranteed a spot on the team because they are seniors or because they played on one of our teams last season or on one of our teams over the summer. Also, it is not guaranteed that you will stay on Varsity all season. Players will be moved down to JV and others brought up if the coaches feel it is the right move to better our team. Playing time is not equal for players on the Varsity Basketball Team. A three-day tryout process will determine the Varsity roster. Face-to-face meetings will be used to make cuts.
We believe the Junior Varsity team is used to develop players for future Varsity teams. For that reason, the JV team will be made up of mostly juniors, sophomores, and occasionally freshmen if we feel they have the ability to play at that level. For juniors to play on the JV, they must show the coaches that they have the ability to play Varsity Basketball, if needed this season, or as a senior. We want them to improve their skills and learn our Basketball philosophies. Seniors that are not getting Varsity minutes may be given the option of playing JV. Playing time is not equal for players on the JV Basketball Team. A three-day tryout process will determine the Varsity roster. Face-to-face meetings will be used to make cuts.
The Freshmen Basketball Team will be use as developmental team for freshmen and higher skilled eighth graders that show the ability to contribute on the Junior Varsity and/or Varsity Team as a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior. Most seasons there will be 12-16 players kept on the Freshmen Team. Playing time is not equal for players on the Freshmen Team. Some players will be asked to stay on the team with the understanding that they are for the most part going to be “practice players”. These players will still be able to dress and possibly get in games, but understand there’s a possibility they may not get in. Even though the “practice players” may not be getting into games, we feel they will be getting the opportunity to improve on their skills everyday in practice that hopefully puts them in a better position to make the JV team the following year. We feel it is extremely difficult to hold quality practices only keeping 10 players when we know we will encounter sickness and injuries throughout the season.
7th AND 8th GRADE BASKETBALL
The St. Croix Prep Basketball program hopes to offer 7th and 8th grade traveling basketball teams annually. This will largely be determined by the number of participants interested in basketball at these grade levels. Tryouts will determine who makes each team and rosters will be limited to 8-10 participants per team. The High School coaching staff will perform the tryouts and determine who makes each grade level team. Participants should expect to practice 3-4 times per week and play in 10 -12 weekend tournaments throughout the season. The 7th and 8th graders that make the traveling teams will show the ability to contribute on the C-Squad and/or JV Team the following year. Coaches will attempt to play all players in every game; however, playing time is not equal for players on these teams. 8th Graders can be moved up to C-Squad, JV, or Varsity if the coaches determine their skill and maturity levels warrant the move.