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SKS Tryouts

Thu October 30 2008 @ 11:39 AM

Hi everyone, Marita Finley and I will be coaching the St. Katharine's Varsity A (7th and 8th grade) girls basketball team this season. As you should know tryouts are Tuesday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 5 from 3:30 to 5:30. I wanted everyone to know about the level of commitment required for the A team. The A team will practice 3 days during the week after school from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. They will start practicing immediately after the teams are announced in early November. Games are pretty much every Saturday and some Sundays starting the first weekend of December. We are normally in a tournament during Thanksgiving week and during the Christmas Holidays. By time the season is done we normally play 25-30 games and scrimmages against other schools. The season usually ends around the middle of February. Attendance at practice is mandatory. The only excused absences are illness, which has caused the student to miss school, or a death in the family. Although I understand that there may be other legitimate reasons to miss practice, the failure to attend a practice will influence your daughter's playing time during the games. At the A level there is no requirement of minimum playing time. We try to play everyone but there will be some games where not everyone plays. We will stress to the girls that even if you have limited playing time, you are part of the team and whatever playing time they receive, that we expect them to give maximum effort. For sake of comparison, the B teams will practice two times a week with a game on Saturday. They will play about 15 games and there is a requirement for minimum playing time. The B coaches will have their own discretion on team rules.

I have been coaching at SKS for 10 years. Currently I have no children in the program. Marita played college basketball at Syracuse and coached at the collegite level. Our philosophy is to teach the girls how to compete and the importance of discipline and commitment. We feel that this will aid them not only in their future endeavors with all sports, but with school and life in general. I think your girls will enjoy the experience.

If you have any questions, please feel free to respond to me at Thanks for your time. -Nick Caniglia

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