Thanks to incredible coaches, players and parents, Team Huddle finished its 3rd year of competition in incredible fashion. The 2020 group followed up their wonderful 2016 season with an even better 2017, many of those kids have put themselves on the recruiting scene. Black followed their National Championship in DC in 2016 by having another great summer and a National Championship Runner-Up finish this summer in DC. We have continued to develop and grow with talent in the 2021 and 2022 classes. We will again have kids moving on to college from more than one team, as Slemmer’s junior team had another strong exposure schedule with solid college coach interest. None of this would have been possible without the outstanding commitment from the kids, parents and coaches. Thank you to everyone for helping us build a great program with a top-notch reputation.
Though sadly I can never keep everyone happy, the program runs based off of principles that I’ve decided through experience and learning from other great programs and college coaches, are the most important and non-negotiable traits. Not all parents, players, or coaches will always agree with my decisions and the success has been proven and they will be followed or they will have to find a new place to play or coach, no matter how good they are or think they are. The program isn’t flourishing because we have the most talented kids, its successful because we have hard-working kids that do things right and follow a the template given to them that creates success and college interest. Teamed with outstanding coaches that push our kids. With that said, here are some of the Team Huddle philosophies that you either follow, whether it’s a player, a parent or a coach…or play elsewhere…
• Getting better is ALWAYS the top priority, not winning. Wins in the spring and summer mean nothing, everyone wants to win, or you wouldn’t be there. However to make winning a bigger priority than getting better is foolish. If you work hard and play the game the right way, you will win. You can win all kinds of games and not get a bit better and you can also lose every game yet improve as a player. Winning does not necessarily equal better basketball players. I will always challenge our kids and put them in situations where they will have the odds stacked against them and challenged, that makes better players and people.
• Our defensive principles are very simple, and aren’t negotiable. We don’t press, zone, trap or run any junk gadget defenses. We stay disciplined and become the best on ball and team principled defenders we can be. That is the way to make better and college ready players. No questions asked. We don’t press or foul at the end of the game in order to save our rear ends, that’s an example of putting winning before getting better.
• Offensively we focus on being the teammate willing to make the extra pass, and having great shot selection. We don’t run many plays, if any, so that practice time can be used to develop skill. I want to send kids to the next level that can make plays, not run plays.
• Our kids are expected to treat their parents, coaches, teammates and referees with complete respect. Any attitude, reaction to referees, whether it verbal or nonverbal will result in a loss of playing time. Furthermore I hold parents to the highest standard of behavior. We don’t allow or tolerate parents yelling at the refs, their child or the coaches. Any of this will result in a loss of playing for their child. No one coaching for Team Huddle makes money off of these kids or their parents, and I do not tolerate parents acting inappropriately in any way. If parents can’t follow those expectations their kid is not welcome in the program.
• Do not, I repeat DO NOT approach me strictly about playing on Team Huddle’s Exposure team or nothing. You either want to play for Team Huddle and you trust where I place your daughter and know it’s the best fit for her, or you find somewhere else to play. Given my experience and extensive communication with college coaches, it gives me a good idea of what situation is best for each kid, a much better idea than any parent. Given that three teams will have kids playing college ball shows that Team Huddle in itself carries plenty of college exposure opportunities as a whole, not just one team. Also every team with upperclassman will be in exposure events in the spring and summer.
Of course there are other points that will be covered if and when someone wants to discuss the possibility of playing with Team Huddle but these are the most important points put into place. I don’t recruit so don’t expect me to join the several AAU programs chasing and trying to persuade your daughter. If Team Huddle is something you’re interested in you will have to approach someone in the program, I can always be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.