The steady pounding of basketballs on the hardwood has been heard in recent days as high school girls’ basketball teams began preparing for the 2022-23 season.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s first day of authorized practices was Friday, but most teams were on the field Monday trying to build teams for the upcoming season.
“It’s a little different from what I’ve ever had as a coach. I have a senior, two juniors (a few sophomores) and 10 freshmen,” Hassett said. says it will take some time for young players to learn.
Lakeside coach Nicole Grimmett said it was good to be back on the court. She said some players are still with the volleyball team heading to the district on Tuesday, but the numbers are good this year.
“It looks like we might be able to play a few freshman games,” she said.
“This band really gets along…It’s going to be a fun season,” she said.
Hassett said he was still excited for the first practice and Jefferson’s coach TJ Furman agreed.
“It thinks you’re still excited and excited to start a new season,” Furman said.
Furman said establishing the first day of practice is critical to developing a team.
“It is extremely important to set the tone for the season from the first training session. You create the culture and identity of the season. You have new goals in the gym for the first time, so you set the tone for your program,” Furman said.
“I’m excited about the team this year! We have many new faces joining our team after graduating several key people. It’s time for our young girls to step up and show what they can do to be leaders,” he said.
Edgewood coach Randy Vencill is also excited for the first day of practice.
“The first day of practice feels like Christmas morning. The first day of practice is very important. It sets the tone for the rest of the year. You can set your expectations and goals for the rest of your season,” said Vencill said.
“Our team has been very committed this off-season and I can’t wait to see the results of all our hard work.”