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292 – Travel Team, Meetings, and More…..

One of the biggest problems in the world of basketball is that players (and their coaches) would rather be ruined by praise instead of being saved by criticism. Think about it…nothing wrong with some praise, but everyone becomes better because of criticism; that’s if they’ll accept and then learn and grow from it instead of running from it because they think they are above it.

292 Basketball

Introduction

8891065Welcome to the home page for 292 Basketball.  On this page, you’ll find information on:

  • What the purpose and goals of the program are.
  • How 292 got started and what 292 means.
  • The 292 Staff.
  • A brief biography of the program director.
  • A brief statement of what we try to accomplish and things we try to not promote.
  • Information on grade-based and individual skills.
  • Information on 292’s Seven and Three Month National and Regional Travel Teams.
  • Information on 292’s Year-Round Team Program.
  • Other services 292 Basketball offers (Home visits, official and unofficial visits to colleges, academic work, camps and clinics, college contacts, and other consultation).

 

Purpose & Goals:

713316The 292 Basketball Program began in 2003 and has steadily grown over the years.  The purpose and goals of the 292 Basketball Proram are to help players with dreams of playing basketball after high school and the parents of those players find realistic opportunities to match their hopes.  The 292 Basketball Program is not an “agency” or marketing program, but instead a service program.  The goals are for parents to learn how the college recruiting process works, which is a very unscientific process in itself, and for players to find ways to make themselves more attractive to college coaches. Please read the information below and remember, if your daughter wants to play bad enough in college, there is a spot for her at some level. The key is to take advantage of all the opportunities that are placed in front of you, on and off the court. It is always easy to place the blame when you don’t get what you want, but you have to ask yourself if you really did everything you could to make the dream come true.  Doing things halfway, or when it is convenient, will get you half-results. The 292 Program is designed to help you when you may not be receiving the help you need from other avenues (we’re more like a backup plan if you need), the keys are to ask questions, do the work, and follow along the plan set before you.

Program History:

2247943292’s Program History began in the summer of 2003 when Mazie Black, mother of Chante’ Black, asked me (Coach Robinson) for help in regards to her daughter’s college recruitment. I accepted the opportunity and through the process I learned a lot about what college coaches are thinking.  Chante’ was a top twenty player in the United States at the time and she was being courted by every big name college coach and program in the nation.  I had the privilege of meeting almost every “big name” college head coach from almost every “big name” college Division I program in the U.S. I listened to their pitch to Chante’ about why she should choose their school over another.  I was able to take notes and then ask questions about what they are really looking for in a player.  It was a valuable learning experience for me, and one that I feel very fortunate to be a part of.  That information, I felt, should be shared to other future parents and players in our program, because there is no rhyme and sometimes no reason to the process, but if you stick with it long enough, things begin to clear up and make sense.  Since 2003, 292 Basketball has been able to help sixty-four players (not all being members of the Winston-Salem Stealers Club Program) reach their goal of playing basketball in college, whether it be at the DI, DII or DIII or even Junior College Levels.

What Does “292” Mean?

4143808The question comes up all of the time… “292” is the name I came up with for the program from asking questions to those college coaches back in 2003.  I asked a number of questions on what a player needs to have in order to reach a certain level (DI, DII, DIII, etc…) in college.  After listening to the thoughts of numerous coaches, I decided to tally the results and assign a point value to each trait that came from a coach, such as “10 points if the player is over 6’0″ tall, or 7 points if the player can handle the basketball successfully with both hands.”  When I was done, the final number came up to 292.  What I then did was divide the 292 points into ranges and see if our program participants fell into that category. For example, if you fell between 275-292 you are probably going to be a Major DI College Recruit, and if you fell between 173-202 you are probably a high DII or low DI prospect.

292 Staff:

Our 292 Program has a sixmember staff: Brian Robinson is the Founder and Director (Bio Below). Katheryn Lyons is our grade-based skills director. Katheryn played for the Stealers from 1999-2006, and is a member 9530571of our program’s Hall-of-Fame. Katheryn went on to play basketball at the University of Maryland and Marist University. Katheryn is a varsity high school girls head coach.  Tammy Buckland is Coach Robinson’s Assistant. Tammy is a member of the Stealers’ Board of Directors. Tammy’s daughter Megan played for the Stealers from 2005-2010 and received a scholarship to play basketball at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tammy helps with parent questions and program needs. Merritt Rizoti is Coach Robinson’s Associate Assistant. Merritt is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Merritt will be in charge of a number of programs such as: overseeing practice, the Development Dribblers, and the Winter and Summer Stealers Programs. Mike Darrow is our program’s Tournament Director. Mike has been a part of the organization since 2006. Mike handles volunteer scheduling, hotel arrangements, and gym sites for all of the events we host.  Mike also is charge of fundraising for our program. Contact Information for each staff member can be found on our “Contact Us” page on this site.

Program Director Biography:

Brian Robinson is the program director.  Coach Robinson, or Coach “R” began the mother program of 292, the Winston-Salem Stealers, in 1996. 8432083Coach Robinson has a number of experiences in the world of girl’s basketball. Here is a brief resume’ of some of Coach Robinson’s basketball history and accomplishments outside of the Winston-Salem Stealers Club Program and the 292 Program:

  • High school boy’s and girl’s coach for twenty-two seasons (1994-Current), qualifying for the state playoffs twenty times.
  • A member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
  • Founded the Winston-Salem Stealers Girls Basketball Program in 1996.
  • Founded the Twin City Jazz Boys Program in 2014.
  • Founded the 292 Basketball Program in 2002.
  • Became the head coach of the Triad Trackers Wheelchair Basketball team in 2013.
  • Served on the nine member WBCA Girl’s National High School All-American Game Selection Committee from 2008-2011.
  • Was named Chair of the WBCA High School All-American Game Selection Committee in 2011.
  • Chaperone for the WBCA Girl’s National High School All-American Game held at the Women’s Final Fours in Tampa, Florida in 2008, in Indianapolis, Indiana in 201, in Denver, Colorado in 2012 and in New Orleans, LA in 2013.
  • Named head coach for USA Basketball’s Blue Team at the Olympic Youth Development Festival held in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2007; team won the silver medal at the event.
  • Selected to the USA Basketball five member National Team Development Selection Committee in 2009. The committee helps select coaches and participants for the U16 and U17 FIBA national teams. The 2009 U16 Team eventually won the gold medal at the U16 FIBA Tournament in Mexico City and qualified for the U17 Tournament in France.  The 2010 U17 Team won the Gold at the inaugural World Championships in France. The 2011 U16 Team won the Gold at the FIBA Americas Championship in Meridia, Mexico. The 2012 U17 won the Gold at the FIBA World Championships in Amsterdam.
  • Selected to be an assistant coach for USA Basketball’s Women’s National Team in 2013, that eventually won the Gold Medal in Cancun, Mexico going 5-0.
  • Selected to be an assistant coach for USA Basketball’s Women’s National team in 2014, that eventually won the Gold Medal in Pilsen, Czech Republic going 7-0.
  • Selected the first-ever 3-on-3 USA Basketball Women’s Youth Olympic Games Team that went 6-1 and won the Bronze Medal in Singapore in 2010.
  • A member of the National Federation of High School Coaches (NFHS).
  • A member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
  • A member of the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA).
  • Serves on the Four-Person North Carolina Amateur Athletic Union’s Infractions Committee.
  • Serves on the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Presidential Committee.
  • Has been a speaker at the University of Florida (2008), Duke University (2008) and Georgia Tech (2007) Women’s Basketball Coaching Clinics.
  • Clinician at the Westchester Country Day School Coaching Clinic in 2012.
  • Class of 2002 Graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem and 2011 Graduate of Leadership Kernersville.
  • Named as “100 Coaches to Remember” by the NCHSAA in 2013; Honoring 100 of the top coaches in the history of North Carolina High School sports in any sport or gender over the past 100 years.
  • Named a “Living Legend” in 2010 at Hanes Hosiery “Hang-the-Net” Contest.
  • The program sponsor for his high school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Program.
  • Wrote a book “My Foundation of Coaching” which was published in the summer of 2008.
  • Wrote a book “A Decade of Dominance” which was published in the summer of 2012.
  • Won a North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Record (boys or girls in any classification) nine consecutive state championships as a high school coach (2006-2013); As a head and assistant coach, has won seven regular season conference championships and nine conference tournament titles, ten state sectional titles and nine regional titles.
  • The nine consecutive state championships (2006-2014) rank second nationally for the most consecutive titles in the National Federation of High School’s Record Book.
  • Named conference coach of the year in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2014.
  • Was named the North Carolina Associated Press State Coach of the Year in 2010, as well the associated press runner-up for state coach of the year in 2006, 2007 and 2012. Coach Robinson finished third in the voting for state coach of the year in 2013.
  • Was named Greensboro News & Record Coach-of-the-Year in 2005-06, 2007-08, and 2011-12.
  • Was named Triad Sports Coach-of-the-Year in 2005-06 and 2009-10.
  • Was named NC Preps Coach-of-the-Year in 2006-07.
  • Has an entry in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 “Systems of Success” Playbook published by Dan Ninham (Minnesota) and Syskos, featuring thoughts on coaching styles and philosophies, as well as an offensive set and defensive drill.
  • Works with the National High School “Gatorade Player-of-the-Year” Nomination Committee to identify state and national players for this award each season.
  • Hired as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Southeastern University (NAIA Level) in Lakeland, Florida in 2010 and worked as a distant scout for one season (scouting through the Internet Basketball Video on opponents games).
  • Currently the Head Coach of the Triad Trackers Adult Wheelchair Basketball Team based out Winston-Salem.
  • A member of the WBCA’s Final Four Convention Advisory Group (CAG).
  • Selected as a roundtable speaker for the national high school panel for the 2011 Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis.
  • Spoke at the 2012 Women’s Final Four in Denver, Colorado for the WBCA High School All-American Committee during the high school national roundtables and in 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Named a Court Coach for the U17 USA Basketball Trials in 2010.
  • On the committee that selected the first U17 World Championships 3 on 3 Team that competed in Singapore for USA Basketball that eventually won the Bronze Medal.
  • Was a clinician at the first annual USA Basketball Youth Development Coaches Clinic held in Las Vegas in August 2015.
  • Was a clinician at the first Emory & Henry College Coaching Clinic in September 2015.
  • Was a clinician at the first PECSAA Middle School Coaches Symposium in October 2015.
  • Was a clinician at the 2013 State Championship Coaches Clinic held in conjunction with the North Carolina High School Athletic Assocation’s Clinic in Greensboro.
  • Was named the National Federation of High School’s (NFHS) 2013 State Coach-of-the-Year in January 2014.
  • Stealers program hosted the USA Basketball East Regional Skills Camp October 23-25, 2015; Coach Robinson was a court coach and part-time lead clinician at the camp.

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What The Program Does Not Promote Or Promise:

3608634292 Basketball does not and won’t ever promise any of its’ participants a scholarship to a college or a selection to any post-season all-star game.  We will do our best to help each participant reach their goal of playing basketball in college, but there are no promises. The scholarship given out to participants is determined by the college coach, not our program. We just try to prepare and then place each girl in the best light possible so they can perform at their highest level when the appropriate time comes. I hear all of the time from some coaches and directors in other programs “Hey, come play for me because I can promise you that I will get your daughter a scholarship.” I have yet to see how anyone at this level can make that type of promise, and worse off, when the time comes and that kid and parent who was promised the scholarship doesn’t receive one, there is no accountability on the coach or director who made that promise. That’s not right. That’s why 292 Basketball is not, and never will be labeled, a “recruiting service”, because it is not – no ranking players, no making promises…just advice and helping players and parents find avenues. I also see kids jumping from program to program in search of the possibility of being selected to play in post-season events such as Nike Skills, USA Basketball, the McDonald’s All-American Game, and the WBCA All-American Game.  I am on one of those four selection committees, and the chair of another one of those committees, but I can promise you this, that being in the 292 Program does not better your chances of eventually making one of those two events. Making promises to kids and their parents about the possibility of bettering their chances of being selected to one of those events by participating in this program compromises the integrity of not only those organizations, but of me as well, so that will never happen. That being said, we also do not place kids into the “hype machine”, where we try to make kids bigger and better than they are through promoting them in various media outlets. Our experience with the “hype machine” is that kid’s start to feel entitled and that they have arrived already, which leads to them not working as hard on their game and spending more time searching for the spotlight and attention.  “Already Arriving” is a dangerous thing in the growth of a player. We don’t mind putting your name out there, because that is necessary so the right folks will at least take a look at you, but going overboard with it is not in our program’s standards. Kids have left our program in search of making these events and spotlights and have found out how political some of the programs and the process can be. I, personally, have lost close friends who believed that I should do whatever it takes to get their kid into one of these events or “hype” their kid up. What I have told them is this is not the role of 292 nor me to focus all of my energy on just one participant in our program for an event or spotlight like this. I believe that their kid needs to take some responsibility and perform at their highest level all the time and let what happens happen; if I start making false promises to the kids, to the parents or to the college coaches, it leads to blame and broken friendships.   Please make sure that you are not joining this program in search of making an event (USA Basketball, McDonalds, WBCA), to be “marketed”, to be “ranked” in such-and-such media poll or looking for any other media attention such as this. We are here to help you find a school and basketball program that fits your daughter so she can be happy for her four or five years of college.  The kid needs to put in the work, then perform when the “lights are on” and we will, next, help point them in the right direction. We’ll let the college coaches know where they are playing, then its’ up to the player. The harder the kid will work, the more they will appreciate every opportunity they receive, and the more humble they will be when they get that opportunity. Basically, the “Me-Culture” of club basketball is not promoted in our program. We want our players to be coachable kids who understand that, yes, they need make sure they are improving individually and making their team the best they can be, but also understand the team concept. I don’t want college coaches coming back to me after signing one of ours kids and saying “She can’t be coached, she is all about herself and not the team, and is selfish, or “It’s obvious no one has ever corrected her or told her ‘no’.  We make sure that the “Me-Culture” that pervades the club basketball season is not promoted in our program.  You’re not going to play basketball forever, and be able to have strong relationships long after the ball is put in the closet is important. When one of these “great, self-promoting” club coaches calls our players, promising them the world to come to their program and to leave ours, the parent has to at least ask “What are your credentials, not as a player, but as a director or coach”?  If the answer is not satisfactory, then you know that requesting team or program is one that probably promotes the “Me-Culture”. The 292 Program has been successful (96% of 292 Participants to college basketball programs); check the “Alumni & History” page on this web site. Click here to read a story about “What’s Wrong With College Basketball?”; it illustrates the problems and “promises” of the basketball world and these “great youth programs” who think they are coaching kids, when all they are really doing is collecting talent. In my opinion, there is a big difference (as the article states) between acquiring kids and developing kids.

Stressing The “True” Importance Of Being A College-Level Recruit

7531935Our 292 Travel Team stress the importance of not trying to let your uniform or your “look” stand-out; rather, let your play stand-out. You have to practice and practice to get the opportunity to play at the highest level you are capable of, and that includes those with lots of God-Given talent. Once you start getting “noticed”, college recruiters want to see if you are about substance or style.  Take for instance this statement by Chris Dailey, assistant women’s coach at the University of Connecticut: “We are preparing our players for a competitive world,” Dailey says. “Kids think being different is wearing one sock up, one sock down and purple hair. We try to tell them you draw attention to yourself by working hard and working well with people. Dress for the job you want. Look people in the eye. Be able to have a conversation. Geno and I totally agree, although I don’t think he cares about the stockings and nail polish.” Ah, yes, the nail polish. Dailey knows manicures. It’s her belief that when you are on the court, look like a player, play like one. When you are off the court, look like a young woman and act like a young lady. She is unrepentant on this point. So no jeans at team functions. “When we go to dinner together, no way,” Dailey says. “We’re trying to teach them appropriateness. For Denver, they can pack jeans for their free time.” When pressed to give the rule she is most proud of, her answer has nothing to do with what’s verboten. “The women’s athletic director at North Carolina, when we went down there, said, ‘Chris, I’ve been doing this for 20 something years and greeted every team. Yours is the first one where every one of the students acknowledged me.’ I was so proud.” You want to know what else makes Chris Dailey proud? UConn players always say hello to the bus driver. They learn they are not the center of the universe. So again, the person you are is just as important, if not more, as the player you are.  However, the player you are is what gets noticed first. Work at your game, never be satisfied, and don’t your selfishness, your “me-first” attitude, or your wanting to be individualistic on the court keep you from playing at the highest level you really, truly can and should be playing at.

What Are Some Of The Mistakes Folks Make In The College Recruiting Process…

209332Another aspect that the 292 Program tries to handle is minimizing the amount of mistakes that players and parents make going from season-to-season. The first mistake is not getting all of the information needed to be successful in the 292 Program.  Most of the successful 292 Participants get their questions answered up front; clearly understand what they are getting into, and then ask questions as they move through the process. They don’t want to make mistakes and understand this is not a scientific process.  They are advice-seekers and understand that adversity, heartbreak, and frustration is part of the college recruiting process that is balanced out with the true joy, excitement and anticipation of being sought after and, hopefully, signing to play basketball in college.   Jumping into this program without asking questions would be like buying a new car without taking a test drive, sitting down with a employee of the dealership, or learning all of the details of the car (like the commercial says “Show me the CarFax”).  Then, when the car doesn’t run as you expected, you want to complain, when all of the information was actually there before you signed on the dotted line.  You go away complaining that no one was there to help, when it was actually the exact opposite. The majority of frustration I see as the director of this program comes from the ones who don’t read their emails, don’t come to meetings, and don’t ask questions.  They go in assuming they know it all, and before they know it, they are deep into a hole that they can’t get out of.  That leads to everyone else being blamed: the coaches, the teammates, the staff, and, yes, me.  There is no looking in the mirror and asking “What have I done wrong?” It is always another’s fault, when yet, the information and the access to information is there…you just have to ask.  The college recruiting world is a daily, ever-changing environment.  What was a recruiting rule yesterday may be different today. How you were recruited when you were coming up, is now different today. The second mistake is not being patient through the process.  The college coaches decide who they will offer scholarships to when they are ready to do so. That may mean some in your daughter’s class or even younger get offered before yours. That’s the college coaches decision, not your current coach or the 292 Program’s decision.  No two players are the same; they may play similar and have some reflective traits, but there is some small differences that you have to pay really close attention to (or have a trained-eye), to notice.  Comparing your daughter to someone else’s daughter is not good. It is hard not to do that, but you don’t want to do that. College classes change year-to-year, as do their needs in players.  Yes, yours might have been good for a certain college if she graduated last year, but now, she may not fit their needs. Spending time comparing yours to another, or complaining that “such-and-such” player is not as good as yours wastes time, and in the college recruiting process, wasting time is not good (others are working while you are complaining). If your daughter is working, and you are doing the best that you can to help her, she’ll end up more than likely with the right fit; more often than not, it is a fit that you weren’t expecting at first.  You see the ship-jumpers that panic at the first sign of adversity, and little did they know that if they just followed the system, things were going to work out just fine. The third mistake is not breaking away from the 8-14 “Chasing the Nationals” year old days.  Some have wanted to keep “their team” together that was good when they were twelve.  Players develop at different paces, and breaking them out of their middle school comfort zone is necessary for them to develop.  Yes, the familiarity may be good, and keeping a core of them together may help with chemistry, but eventually they’ll need to grow on their own some (it’s going to happen if they are fortunate enough to get to play basketball in college), so it might as well happen when they are heading into their teenage years.  Folks say “Well, she doesn’t want to leave her friends”… If they are her friends, they’ll be her friends whether or not they are on the same team.  The ones who are able to make that next transition early enough, when they are ready and can stand on their own two feet are the ones who typically excel in this program and come out happy in the end. The fourth mistake is trying to avoid adversity. Adversity could be getting beat often in tournaments, or adversity could be your daughter sitting on the bench longer than she is used to. Maybe adversity is not starting on your team.  Showing that your daughter is willing to work and overcome this adversity gives her a valuable tool that she’ll need in college when you aren’t there everyday to fight her battles for her.  The colleges look for this trait and do take notice when kids have a hard time at a young age handling adversity. Sometimes they’ll attribute that to immaturity, but if it is an on-going thing with a kid, they’ll quietly stop recruiting a player.  Everyone wants to start, but not everyone can.  Everyone thinks theirs should be playing over another. The bottom line is working.  Sometimes you can work and work and things, from a playing more or starting spot, may not change.  What has changed is that she is getting better. College recruiters want to see her get better and don’t say “Oh wow, she starts, we need to give her a scholarship!”  They want folks who can play with other good players, who understand that doing what’s necessary for the good of the team is important, and who (and their parents) won’t rock the boat or try to run from adversity instead of facing-up to it. I see another area of mistakes when it comes to skill sessions to improve in their weak areas. I see folks who will choose to work with someone who will either tell them what they want to hear or stay closer to home to work on their game. The latter is totally fine, as long as that person who is doing the training is making an effort to watch you play in a travel team setting.  The feedback that 292 participants receive following showcase events allows for areas of weaknesses to be identified.  If a player works with someone who just reads the feedback, but hasn’t seen the weakness in a travel team setting, the skill work being applied is almost counter-productive. I can’t tell you how many parents tell me “My daughter is working with someone on the outside or closet to home on her skill set directly from the feedback on the 292 evaluation, but we’re not seeing positive results”.  A lot of that frustration is, again, the skills trainer needs to see them play in the setting where the feedback originated from to get an idea of what they really need to be helping the player on.    It’s kind of like saying “She took 500 shots today so she is working”, however, if she is taking 500 shots wrong, then you are being counter-productive and have just lost an hour or two.  Also, working with someone who just tells them what they want to hear as opposed to actually trying to get them better is not a good thing.  Specific correction in skill sessions is necessary so it can be applied properly to fill the gap or area of weakness.   Examples of past 292 participants that needed specific help: The 292 evaluation of Megan Buckland in 2007-09 needed improvement with her jump shot form and consistency. 292 evaluation of Katelyn Doub in 2010-12 and Bailey Kargo in 2012-14 (before and after tearing her ACL) consisted of needing a better first step and explosiveness to her game. 292 Evaluations of Breanna Foster and Kaila Craven in 2011-2013 included improving their mid-range games and ball-handling.  All had little or no college offers through their sophomore and (part of their) junior years, but all ended up with DI offers once the scouts saw consistent improvement in the areas they needed specific help in.  All of these players did the majority if not all of their skill work within the 292 program at a minimum of twice a month and when not participating in a 292 skill session, they took what they were taught and worked on their own until their next scheduled session. The last mistake is having too high of an expectation.  Everyone is not going to Division I. That’s a fact. Some may and we have been fortunate enough to have a good number of Division I Players come out of our program, but we have also had some great players go onto play at the DII or DIII Level.  Everyone wants to play Division I, and that is a hope that we try to help you with, but the ultimate goal should be to have your daughter enjoy the program, work hard, and get as good as she can and then let things fall where they may. Remember, the 292 Program has worked for so many in so many ways… ask questions, be accountable for you and your daughter, and understand that adversity is a necessary part of growth. In the end, through some tears, and through some joy, she’ll come out smiling… if you stick with it.

Grade-Based Skills:

5886932The grade-based skills program was one 292’s more popular programs. The program began in August of 2008, and its’ goal is to help groups of 8-12 players prepare for future 292 travel team events. Participants range from grades 4-8. Each participant pays a separate monthly fee to participate in five, two-hour sessions per month. The grade-based skills program returned in August of 2015 with Monday Night Skills.

Information On Travel Teams:

3424768Probably our most popular program in the 292 Program is the opportunity to participate on our travel team. We have two options in regards to travel teams: our seven month team and our three month team. Our seven month team holds tryouts in March following the end of the high school season, while the three month team has tryouts following the choosing of the seven month team(s). We do allow for more than one seven month team if we have the numbers and talent to field more than one competitive team. The same thing goes for our three month team. The seven month team is more of a national-type traveling team. This team has played as far as Illinois, Nebraska and Oregon, but also plays regionally (Georgia, Virginia, DC). The three month team plays more of a regional schedule. The seven month team stays together from March-October, while the three month team is broken down into three seasons: spring, summer and fall. The spring teams runs from Marh -May, while the summer team plays from May-July. The fall team begins in August and ends in October. There are tryouts for each three month team, and tryouts are announced usually a month ahead of time. One of the goals of the travel team, besides playing in front of college coaches, is to teach players how to compete for playing time within their team. College teams are made up of the best players from their different high schools, and our travel teams are the same.  Players have to learn how to compete for playing time, thus giving each player an opportunity to prepare themselves for college basketball.  While we want players to receive as much exposure as possible, we also want to try and win games (but not at all costs). By doing our best to win, we can allow our players to play and compete against better teams in travel team events.  Just “giving” players playing time teaches the wrong thing as at the next level (post-high school) it won’t be that way.  It is a fine line trying to make sure we get our kids the exposure they need, but again there is nothing wrong for competing for your playing time and continuing to earn it each day instead of it being handed to you. *Parents: one reminder about our travel teams is that we try to place players on a team where they can be their best, regardless of age.  If your daughter is fortunate enough to play “up” on a Sophomore-Senior Year Team when she is in the Seventh-Eighth Grade, remember that the older girls (and parents) are accommodating their time to help your younger daughter (and you) along. I hope that when your daughter moves into high school and has that same opportunity to help out the future of our travel teams, she’ll (and you’ll) remember how to act and treat the younger players and extend that same courtesy. It cannot be “alright”, at least not in our program, to play up when your daughter is young, but when she is older for her not to play with younger kids who are trying to learn, just as your child did just a few years earlier.*

Year-Round Teams:

770908Our year-round team program began in October of 2008. The goal for this program is to prepare participants for competitive travel team basketball at a young age. In October of 2008, 292 began a team for the participants in the Class of 2014. That team cannot participate in team activities during school ball season, but can work on their individual skills to keep themselves sharp and to keep improving. The team picks up their season once the school seasons are over and then stays together for the entire year until school ball comes around again. Year-round teams ran from 2008-2013.  We now hold basketball academy teams in place of the Year-round team(s). Basketball academy information can be found on this web site.

Other Past 292 Programs:

9432378The 292 Program has helped sponsor: Monday Evening Basketball in 2004 (College-Exposure Event), DII / DIII College Coaches Tournament, Ganon Baker Skills Clinics (2003-2009), Triad Coaching Clinic (2004-2009) and the 292 College Showcase in 2003. Also, the program has sponsored a ZUMBA Class for our players (2010) and an ACL-Knee Injury Educational Class (2010).

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292 offers a variety of services for our participants:
7709736– Consultation on academic work. – SAT Prep Class. – Advice on home visits by college coaches. – Advice on handling official and unofficial visits to colleges. – Arranging unofficial visits to colleges. – Basketball camps that 292 hosts. – Advice on attending college camps. – Nutrition clinics. – Coaching clinics. – DII / DIII  College Coaches Travel Team Showcases. – Exercise clinics which include strength and conditioning properly. – Individual Skills. – Referee / Officials Clinics. – Talk to the media night. – Clarification of NCAA Rules. – Ganon Baker Camp.292 Registration runs every August-October for those interested in the program. Email Coach Robinson at stlrzcoach1@aol.com to set-up an appointment to meet during this time period.
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Above (L-R):  Nutrition Class at Orthopaedic Specialists, SAT-Prep Saturday Class, Triad Coaching Clinic.
Below (L-R): Conditioning With Athletic Republic, Talk To The Media Class with Kristin Nelson (WGHP), Game Officials Class and ESPN’s Cara Capuano Talk with 292 Participants.
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Below Post Camp Held July 16-17, 2010 With Bryan College Head Coach Christian Papp.
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Below Guard Camp Photos From July 30-31, 2010.
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Below are pictures from Ganon Baker Camp, October 15-16, 2012.
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292 Meetings For 2016-17 Season.

292 Registration Meetings for the 2016 Season began in August (2016) and run through October (2016).5454762
Parents, that have daughters rising 7/8th-12th grades, interested in learning more about the program could email Tammy HERE to arrange a meeting beginning July 18, 2016.
Please email Tammy as well for general questions about the 292 Program.Meetings are free of charge.  The deadline to register for the 2017 292 season is October 31st (last day to register).
The fees are broken down so you can pay in full, or two half payments, four quarterly payments or twelve monthly payments.  If you paid during the discounted period, the fee will remain the same throughout the 292 year; the discounted fee period has ended.
Registration forms can be accessed by emailing Tammy. Bring your registration form with you to your meeting. 292 Meetings Dates for the fall of 2016 are now closed.
A link to what college coaches think about parents of recruits: http://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/video/assessing-recruits-parents

Just Something To Think About…

Athletes Women’s Basketball  – Just something to think about…
5617744 High School Athletes 452,929 High School senior athletes 129,408 NCAA Athletes 15,096 NCAA Freshman Positions 4,313 NCAA Senior Athletes 3,355 NCAA Senior Athletes Drafted 32 Percentage: High School To NCAA 3.3% Percentage: NCAA To Professional 1.0% Percentage: High School To Professional 0.02%

292 Basketball supports a number of charitable organizations such as the humane society, the Shalom Project, Sea Turtle Conservation, the American Red Cross, and Impact Triad.