Do the girls want to do the work?
To the Editor:
In response to "Hardly flourishing" [February 9, Letters to the Editor], I have been involved with the girls' basketball program, travel and high school, for more than four years now, and I see a huge difference in the players once they reach the high school level.
Not to take anything away from the current players, but it seems to me once these girls reach high school many feel they no longer need to work on their game, they have reached their pinnacle and that's that. As a former Boston Globe All-Scholastic "Player of the Year" and Division 1 College Basketball player, I know what it takes to excel at the high school and collegiate level, and trust me, these girls don't want it. Because it is hard, hard, hard work, which takes time away from the beach, or their friends, or working and making money in the summer.
Last summer, I tried to organize a team of Vineyard high school girls to play in a Rochester summer league, two games a week. The league was willing to accommodate us in any way to get us in and out of there. We even had parents with cars off Island willing to transport us. I got three actual girls willing to commit.
"I have to work," or "summer is for being with my friends and going to the beach." I bet that is exactly what the Feehan girls all say too.
At my high school in Winthrop, we would go twice a week to play in a summer league in Beverly, and my whole team also went to basketball camp together. We grew as a team, both chemistry wise, and skill-wise. That is what is needed to succeed at the high school level.
Many coaches will tell you, "Basketball season is not won during the season, but during the summer." How many of our girls do you see putting in the time and effort in the summer?"
Maybe instead of blaming the program or the coaches, maybe all of the parents need to ask of their own kids, are they putting in the work to help make this program successful?