At my school, we recruited players from all across the world to play basketball for us, among a few other sports. I didn’t even realize how this affected me until after I stopped playing basketball. As a result of our varsity team consisting of some of the top players in the state, I didn’t really have a chance to grow in my basketball skill through my school, so I was unfortunately very limited in playing time for my first and only two years of high school basketball. Hopefully your school is not like this, and you will be able to enjoy high school basketball by having fun on the court with friends instead of cracking jokes with friends on the toddler balance bike while players play down from varsity to help your team out and take your minutes.

Basketball is one of the most intense sports that you can play, so it’s definitely not recommended that you try out for the team if you haven’t played before, preferably competitively. If your school has a freshman team and you are a freshman, it could be a good idea to try out for that team if you aren’t confident in your skills yet. That is usually not as serious as the other levels, but is still fun to compete in and increase team chemistry as you work with your teammates to start to run plays and go through more advanced intricacies of the game.

It’s also a good idea to know how to play basketball before trying out. You should be completely familar with the following terms: screen, pick, elbow, floater, layup, hedge, jab step, etc. Make sure you can understand everything the announcers of an NBA game are saying. This should be easy for you if you have been playing basketball for a few years.

High school basketball is usually about winning at all levels, not about fairness, equal playing time, or anything like that. As a result, you should try to help out your team by doing what you are good at, whether that is defense, rebounds, or scoring. Don’t just try to shoot as much as you can because you want to be like Kobe. Listen to your coach and do what the team needs from you to win games, and you will probably be having fun. Don’t let the game stress you out, it’s all for fun.