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When You Are The Underdog

04/21/2013, 5:15pm CDT
By Fundamentals eNewsletter from Responsible Sports

If you’ve watched the NCAA Basketball Tournaments like we have, you’ve heard the stories of the Cinderella teams, the long-shots and the underdogs. The teams who enter the game with the pundits thinking they don’t have a chance to win. But when players and coaches alike believe in themselves, sometimes the improbable can happen. And while it’s fun as a fan to cheer for the underdog from the comfort of your couch, this month we wondered: how do Responsible Coaches and Responsible Sport Parents mentally prepare their youth athletes for games where they are the underdog?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 8:20 pm
Written by: Steve Henson


Thank you to all of the girls and boys that tried out for PLAY Traveling Basketball last weekend. We had close to 400 kids that worked very hard and gave it their all. Unfortunately we are limited to the number of teams we can have and all kids are not able to make a traveling team.

Traveling teams are now posted under the Traveling Boys & Girls Tabs on the left.  Please make sure to click on the link below and order your jersey and shorts if needed and all Laker Gear.  Orders must be placed by midnight on Sunday Oct. 13th

We hope that your child does not get discouraged by this. We have a great In-House program where the kids still get to practice 2 days a week and have games on the weekends. Every year we have kids move up to traveling that did not make a team the previous year. Keep your head up and continue to work hard.

Every year there is movement from team to team. Our High School coaches do a great job of evaluating the kids and we believe it is the fairest tryout process possible. If your child did not make the team they had hoped to, please stay positive with them and talk with them about working hard to improve their game.

Some of you may have questions but we ask that you follow the PLAY Code of Conduct policy and PLEASE WAIT 24 HOURS before contacting the Boys or Girls Traveling Coordinator. Your email WILL NOT be responded to if you do. After the 24 hour timeline, we will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

Thanks again and we are looking forward to another great PLAY Basketball Season.



Ben Schnackenberg

Girls Coordinator

Brian Bischel

Boys Coordinator

Trevor Knutson

Director of Traveling Basketball