Setting the Foundation
As our LOYTBA youth teams finish their second week of practice, it has been a great opportunity to reflect on the foundation that is being laid for the future of Lake Oswego Basketball. With over 150 players trying out for 4th-8th grade teams, the gyms were full of future Lakers practicing the Lake Oswego Basketball pillars: Courage, Presence, Trust, and Joy. Putting oneself out there for tryouts is no small feat and it was a great reminder that courage is not the absence of fear, but rather pushing forward in spite of it. As the November 18-20th window for the HS tryouts approach us, I am looking forward to seeing the HS players stepping out of their comfort zone and embracing the opportunity to let their preparation and hard work from the offseason show.
As the season gets under way, it is a priority of the program to be more connected. This season, I am looking forward to more interaction with all of the youth teams; including, high school players adopting a team for the year, more clinics, and practice visits weekly by members of the coaching staff. It is not Lake Oswego High School Basketball and LOYTBA – it is one program, one community. Along with the additional presence of the high school program, we will be working with all of our youth coaches to make sure they are supported and have the necessary resources for a successful year. We will be hosting a coaches clinic for all of our youth staff to demonstrate drills, answer questions, and set the tone for the season ahead.
Why so much emphasis on our youth program? The photo above is one we took last year, with our HS players (white jerseys) surrounded by the LOYTBA players (navy blue jerseys). We preach buying into something bigger than yourself; and every time I see this photo, I am reminded of the great responsibility our HS players have in representing the Lake Oswego community. The way they play, demonstrate good sportsmanship, and influencing those coming up behind them is in many ways more important than the wins and losses.
Save the Date: November 24th Navy/White Scrimmage
In the spirit of the photo atop the newsletter, we are excited to bring the community and program together on November 24th for the Navy/White scrimmage. Join us 4-6p at Lake Oswego High School for a showcase of all of our teams from youth to varsity.
Look forward to a fun evening featuring:
- Program wide photo (HS & Youth together)
- Youth clinic with high school staff and players
- Youth scrimmages for all age levels
- Parent chat with Coach Cho
- Raffled Auction
- Tours of the facility
- Navy/White varsity scrimmage
Alumni Calvin Hermanson (Class of 2013) is beginning his second professional season in Europe. The 2-time Gatorade State Player of the Year is currently in Sweden playing for Wetterbygden Stars (https://www.wbbasket.se/). After a successful collegiate career at Saint Mary’s College, where he is second all-time in 3’s made and was an All-WCC selection his senior year, Calvin spent a season playing in Spain; as well as, competing in The Basketball Tournament, which airs yearly on ESPN. During the summers, we have been lucky enough to have Calvin play at open gyms and share about his experiences with the guys.
- Tuesday/Thursday Breakfast Club (7-7:45am)
- Wednesday Night Practice (7:00p)
- Tryouts November 18-20
- Navy/White Scrimmage November 24th, 4-6p
“The culture precedes positive results. It doesn’t get tacked on as an afterthought on your way to the victory stand. Champions behave like champions before they’re champions; they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners.”
– Bill Walsh