This Sunday [11th March] the U12 Lady Rocks will compete in the basketballscotland 2018
National Challenge after closing out the 2017/2018 West Regional Development League in 1st place! Having not only finished in 1st place in the West RDL, the U12 side have also secured the Lady Rocks' first ever entry to the Under 12 National Challenge, quite an amazing accomplishment!
The Lady Rocks will compete at Perth College UHI this Sunday, opening the day with what promises to be two closely contested matches between Falkirk Fury at 9:30am, and Highland Bears at 11:45am. The results of these matches will then determine the Lady Rocks playoff seeding, with those matches taking place later in the day prior to the Presentation Ceremony and All Star announcements.
Ahead of Sunday's event we caught up with U12 Lady Rocks Head Coach, Josh Anderson, to get his views-
What are you most looking forward to?
"The process of being part of a National Challenge event and witnessing how our girls rise to the challenge! Regardless of how the matches go, for me it is about our girls' long term development and this event may prove to be, in the long run, a pivotal moment in where they go next as players."
Briefly looking back on the recently concluded West Regional Development League season, what's been your biggest takeaway from the U12's league performances?
"Going into this season I wrote down two things that I wanted ensure were at the heart of the U12 squad this year- These were 1) Having fun, and 2) Development. We have a great bunch of girls on the U12 squad and all season long the girls have worked their socks off at practice, away from practice and at every game. In doing this we have maintained an element of fun, not because of the wins and loses, but instead because of being part of the process that is being a basketball TEAM."
What has been your key point of emphasis this season, and for the National Challenge?
"The Process! Early on with this squad myself and Paul [Assistant Coach] felt it was incredibly important to emphasise to the girls that consistently working hard in all areas of basketball will benefit them greatly. We have worked hard to instill an understanding in the girls that things wont always go their way, and that for us is sometimes the greatest opportunity to learn in order to move forward as a team and individually as players and coaches.
With regards to the National Challenge our thought process has not changed. We recognise that being part of the National Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to grow as a team, and that competing at the event in and of itself is very much part of 'The Process' resulting from working hard and putting in the hours at practice and at home."
How would you describe the parental support this season?
"Incredible! Our parents have supported the team faithfully and vocally all season long, attending every home and away match, regardless of the location, the time of day or even the weather! Without the support of our parents then what we hope to achieve, and have achieved so far with this group of girls, would be/have been very difficult!"
What will be the key match-ups for you this Sunday?
"I believe all of the teams, just as ourselves, will pose a significant challenge on Sunday. We've had really great battles agaisnt Ayr Storm and St Mirren this season in the West, so we are prepared for what they will bring if we are drawn agaisnt them in the playoff round. We are also looking forward to the challenge that the other teams from the East, North and Central may pose. Again, for us it's about how we use this great opportunity to continue developing as a team!"
Good luck, girls!