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Laundry Detergent Pick-Up

Monday 20 October 2014 - 09:29 am | Uncategorized

Laundry detergent has arrived.  You may pick-up your detergent orders on Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm. The detergent is in the Annex and high school players and coaching staff will be on hand to help you load your order.  We will schedule another time for pick-up if you are unable to be there on Wednesday.  A date and time for alternate pick-up will be posted on this website and in both the high school and middle school announcements.

Shoe Order

Thursday 09 October 2014 - 12:00 pm | Parents

This year we have decided to go with Nike for our team shoes.  The Nike rep will be here during lunch on Tuesday, October 13th to size players and take orders.  Middle school players are not required to wear the team shoe, but are encouraged to take advantage of a great deal.  Middle school players must pay for their shoes at the time they order (make checks payable to CHS).  High school players can wait to pay for their shoes after tryouts are complete or with money they earn through Christmas wreath sales.  No shoes will be distributed until they are paid for.

I've included pictures of the shoes and their retail price. Covington Basketball players will pay the discounted price listed in the picture.

Recruiting Tips From Rick Bolus

Monday 29 September 2014 - 08:47 am | Parents

College scholarships.  Seems to be a topic that a lot of parents talk about, but quite frankly, a topic that few parents have any knowledge about.  First of all, let me say this- your son or daughter is not going to get a college basketball scholarship.  I tealize that is a bold statement and it may be a little harsh, especially since I don't even know who is reading this article.  If I'm wrong I will gladly apologize, but understand this- only 2.5% of high school basketball players in the country get an athletic scholarship.  And furthermore, out of the 2.5% even fewer are "full rides."  So, if your sole reason for pushing your kid in athletics is to gain a college scholarship, then I think you are doing your child a disservice.  The odds just don't add up.  Did you know that if you put your money down on a single number on a casino roulette table that you have a 38 to 1 chance of hitting that number?  That is a 2.63% chance of winning the bet.... that is a higher percentage  than the chance that your child is going to get a basketball scholarship. 

I am not saying that getting a college scholarship shouldn't be a goal.  I have coached a lof of players with that same goal.  My own kids have that goal.  What I am saying is that if a college scholarship is the goal, then the work ethic better match the goal.  But that is a topic for another day.  What I want to leave you with are some words from Rick Bolus.  Rick has been a scout and the publisher of a basketball scouting service since 1973.  Without a doubt he is an expert on this subject.  Below are some of his toughts and reccomendations for high school player who are looking for a basketball scholarship.


There are over 2,000 colleges nationwide that play basketball. NCAA Division I have about 320 teams. They have at least 13 full scholarships while NCAA Division II have at least 11 full scholarships. NCAA Division III is based on financial needs. Please note that there are no 4 year scholarships as they are now one year renewable. NAIA and junior colleges run the full gamut from full scholarships to no financial help at all. Around 2.5% of high school basketball players receive athletic scholarships.

Below are some recruiting tips to assist you in the event that you aren't being recruited by the end of your junior year.

1. Contact several colleges that meet your academic and athletic needs. Be realistic as avoid schools that would throw your letter in the wastebasket.
2. Either call the school or do an internet search to find out the name of the coach so you can personalize your letter. Directories are often out of date.
3. Write a letter to the coach detailing your academic and basketball prowess. Send along a few game tapes along with a team schedule for your upcoming season. Highlight tapes are less valuable as almost anyone can make a tape that makes he or she look great.
4. Your high school coach can be an important asset in this process so it is important that the two of you have a good relationship.
5. Either at the end of your junior year or the start of your senior year would be the time to begin this process. Should you do this at the end of your junior year, make coaches aware of what camps and AAU events that you'll be attending during the summer in order for them to scout you.

Smaller colleges have limited recruiting budgets and letters like yours are often the lifeblood of their recruiting. You probably will be pleasantly surprised by the response you receive if you are realistic in the schools you contact.

When it comes time to choose a college, get advice from those you respect (i.e. coaches, parents and former players). Take all of their expertise to heart; however, when it is decision time, make sure it is you making the call.

If you are being recruited, these are the keys to consider: Academics, location, campus, arena, chance to play early, schedule, opportunity to sign early and most important, the coach. There is a 50-50 chance that the coach will not be there when one is a senior as nearly 25% of D-1 coaches change every year on the average.

Laundry Detergent Sale Starting Soon

Monday 08 September 2014 - 1:17 pm | Varsity

Dates for our second annual basketball fund raiser have been set.   I can now definitively tell everyone that we will be taking orders from September 22nd- October 3rd.

Last year's fundraiser was a huge success.  We were able to help fund many of the extra leagues and tournments in which our teams participate throughout the off season.  We had kids from the 6th grade through the varsity benifit from last year's laundry detergent sales.  It itsn't very often that we are able to sell an item in a fundraiser that every body wants!  The fact that you an save money, make fewer trips to the store, and help the basketball team in the process is a "win-win" propostion for everyone involved.   Please spread the word as we will only be placing one order this year. I don't want anybody to miss out on a great deal!

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