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Tryouts are around the corner and people have been contacting us about what exactly we will be looking for on June 20th. I will go in to more detail about the type of players we are looking for later but first I wanted to give aspiring players a list of what to do and what not to do at the tryout itself. This is an opportunity to make money as a basketball player, build your skills, and hopefully develop some film for bigger basketball opportunities in the future. Take it serious and don't come and waste your time or ours. We love this game and want to put a team of players together that feel the same.
· Arrive early and prepared so you can stretch and don't feel rushed.
· Don't focus on any other player.
· Don't try to interpret what the coaches are thinking or writing down. You may be way off.
· Don't try to do things you can't do. Do what you know how to and do it well.
· Work hard when you don't have the ball. Coaches will evaluate all aspects of your game.
· Forget any mistakes. Every player will make mistakes in tryouts and in game play. How you respond to those mistakes is more important to the coaches.
· Stay focused. During tryouts you are there to make a team, not friends. That part will come after the team is selected
Now that you know what to do at tryouts, I want to dive in to the personality of the players that we will be looking to bring into our organization. The Tucson Buckets believe in craft and putting your energy and effort into something until it becomes second nature. I really admire those who take pride in their craft. Basketball is a craft I have groomed my entire life, it is something I know up and down and can learn it over and over if I had too. My style of play is my craft and with the Tucson Buckets we have particular interest in craftsmen. Someone who looks at an opportunity as a chance to sharpen their skills and compete against fellow athletes respectfully and with pure competitiveness. The Tucson Buckets will represent the resilience of a city that is encased by a scorching desert.
We have had discussions about the type of players we want on the team as an organization and some key factors seem to always stand out. We are looking for players who can dedicate themselves to the team. Dedicate themselves to staying in shape and being a leader on and off the court. Basketball is a team sport and we are looking for players that can help us create the best chemistry and ultimately win an ABA Championship sooner than later.
Craft and skill go hand in hand. Tucson Bucket players will have the skill to compete with any team in this league. Our coaches will make it clear that we conduct ourselves like a business in all facets. We want to make this team into one of the greats and our players should be proud to wear the jersey. We want “gym rats,” I am talking players that sleep, eat and breathe basketball like the ownership and sponsors do. This is an opportunity to showcase the great talent that sleeps in Tucson so be certain we will take pride in every step of this process.
Our first tryout is June 20th at the Sporting Chance Center (2100 W Curtis Rd. Tucson, AZ). At the tryouts we will interview with the players as well as evaluate their game throughout the 4 hour period. The evaluation will be predominantly about basketball attributes, dribbling, shooting, defense, physical and basketball IQ. These things will determine how far you go with this team and if you make it. There will also be an interview process to go into more detail about your activity in the city prior to joining with the Tucson Buckets. We believe our players should be our partners in building this organization and the community. We want players that have business savvy and entrepreneurial ideals and/or have ties to the community already. Tucson Buckets will be a team created from the community we serve and our players should be a genuine reflection. We want true ballers, we are looking for players that illustrate the love of the game as well as respect for the business aspect.
The players should be ready to be a name in the community. We have an ambitious Community Outreach program that we hope will impact the youth in our city as positive as possible. To do that we will need all hands available for the building process. We expect great things and look forward to meeting the best players in the city!!! Luv