Chris Hansen ESPN HoopGurlz on Syd

I already put this link on my Facebook, but wanted to share it through this media outlet as well. Chris Hansen is an ESPN HoopGurlz Writer and National Director of Prospects.  While Syd was at the Fab 5 Camp in Georgia, Chris Hansen took some time to interview her and published this article on the ESPN website.

Since it’s already been on Facebook, I won’t repost it here.  Here’s the opening part of the article.  You can click on the link to read it in its entirety.

’14 Brackemyre nears decision, elite status

Sydney Brackemyre of Harveysburg, Ohio, used the EBA Fab Five Camp to make a play at elite status in the 2014 class while her recruitment nears its apex.

Here’s a link to the ESPN article.

Syd Featured in Battle in the Boro Recap

Brandon Clay is a contributor to ESPN HoopGurlz, a section of the ESPN website that focuses on girls high school basketball players.  Several girls from our area are ranked on the site and Syd received a profile on the site earlier this year.

This afternoon, Clay posted a recap of The Battle in the Boro, a huge AAU tournament in Tennessee.  He identified seven players that made an impression on him during the tournament.  Syd was one from the class of 2014 he wrote about.

You can see the entire article, called Seven Wonders at Battle in the Boro.  This is what he wrote about the 2014 players.

Sydney Brackemyre (Harverysburg, Ohio), Cincinnati Angels: Brackemyre has been one of the most impressive forwards during the club season. From Nike Skills in Indianapolis to the Boro, the 6-1 forward has been effective and productive. She scores it inside and outside and is a big factor on the glass. She’s a tough matchup as she willingly posts up smaller guards and faces up on bigger forwards. Her versatility is a big reason why schools from across the country want Brackemyre to join their programs.

Olivia Smith (Yarmouth, Maine), Maine Firecrackers: In a state that isn’t known for producing a lot of Division I prospects, Smith is a bona fide next-level forward. At 6-2, she has a nice combination of size and skill, making her a probable power forward in college. Her consistent play on both ends of the floor was noticeable throughout the event. Smith should be able to create match-up issues with her ability to rebound or knock down the trail jump shot.

Syd is on ESPN HoopGurlz

ESPN is (obviously) a great place to go for information on all sports. SportsCenter is one of my favorite shows and their website is loaded with all kinds of stats, scores and sports stories.

One part of the ESPN website is dedicated to high school girls basketball where they rate and rank prospects from all over the country.  Syd now has a listing on the site in the class of 2014.  They have her in the ESPN HoopGurlz 100 Watch List and have her ranked as 10th in her position.

You can see her listing on the ESPN website.  As she continues through the summer, hopefully more will be added to it.  Pretty sweet!

Parents Should Sing Praise This Spring

I follow ESPN HoopGurlz and the article below was posted today on their site.  It is a good reminder for parents who have kids playing spring/summer ball. It relates specifically to basketball, but can be modified to fit any sport.  It’s a good read for parents (including me) about what should make up most of what we say to our kids from the stands.

A girl I once coached was at the free-throw line, where she always was aces. As she went through her pre-shot routine, the crowd at the state tournament game hushed, as they all do. From that silence rang a single, familiar voice.

“Make your free throws!” the voice commanded.

It was her father. His words plunged into her psyche like torpedoes. And … she … missed … both … free throws so badly, I swear it was on purpose.

With spring comes the chirping. And I don’t mean the robins, either, although they, too, are harbingers of the new season.

It’s the symphony of the parents that I’m talking about. Their caustic cacophony is the soundtrack to club basketball. They sit a lot closer for club games than high school contests, so you literally can hang onto every word — not that you’d want to.

Sing along. You know the words:

Take care of the basketball! I often thought to tell my players to, go ahead, toss an errant pass into the front row, make it whistle past your mom’s ear. Let her know that she needs to keep reminding you, because you are considering being careless with the basketball the entire game, perhaps the entire tournament. Maybe the next game she can remind you about every three seconds to take a breath.

Let them play! I imagine that, back in the day when women were required to wear skirts and only allowed to roam half of the court, a referee lassoed the lot of them and prevented them from playing. That image somehow sticks in the DNA of helicopter parents, causing an irrational anxiety. In my experience, savvy officials do indeed let the players play. That makes for shorter games, which makes for longer rests between games or just plain going home sooner.

Shoot the ball! This is a prime example of the delayed processing that proves the futility of screaming instructions from the stands. You yell, she hears, but the moment has passed. And what sense are we to make of the parent who yells this command as his/her daughter is retreating on defense? This is the first cousin, by the way, of, “Pass the ball!” (Translation: pass it to my baby so when she catches it, I can then yell, “Shoot the ball!”).

Take her! Sorry but in a girls’ sport, I cannot think of many things more vile. This conjures, at least for me, images of medieval knights “taking” a “wench.” Or soldiers “taking” an enemy. This is the sister phrase, by the way, of, “She can’t guard you.” Ugh. On the other side of one of these back-handed exhortations is another girl you’re insulting.

What are you doing? Once, just once, I’d love it if a player grabbed up her coach’s whiteboard, marched into the stands and diagrammed some of the offenses and defenses her team is running. Your kid knows what she’s doing, which means she knows when she has made a mistake. There are few things more grating during the heat of the moment than a sarcastic remark like this.

When my daughter was playing high school ball, during the preseason parents’ meeting her athletic director always revealed results of a survey of the players about what they wanted most from their parents. Oddly enough, “Scream instructions to me during the game,” never appeared on that list. Neither did, “Insult the refs,” or “Yell at my coach.”

Parents, if your daughter looks to you in the stands during a game, she’s looking for support, not your rolling eyes or your head cradled in your hands. Those only reinforce the dismay she already feels. This is a difficult game she is playing, so next time try throwing her a kiss, flashing her a smile, clapping your hands.

And if you must say something, how about something encouraging like, “Let’s go!”