I personally don't even believe in 'weeding' players out in basketball in 7th and 8th grade.
We had 3 guys who were cut in 7th and 8th grade that ended up being starters my jr and sr
year on pretty successful teams 13-7 and 17-4 (includes tourney games).
In those days our 7th and 8th grade teams carried 10 players MAX.
We were ranked 5th in the 'small school'(mythical) division as Sr's going into the state tourney. Unfortunately,
there was only one tourney for all schools in basketball in those days.
The development of those 3 guys over a 2-3 year period was amazing. If they were in
school today, they would have been OUT of the program and they were our 3 highest
scoring players and rebounders jr and sr years. A year or 2 can make a huge difference.
I have seen other kids get weeded out from the high school I grad from as years went by and some of
those kids ended up being great athletes. They never went back to basketball though.
It might make sense in the big schools, but it makes no sense in the small public schools.
If they got weeded out today, they wouldn't go to camps and develop even faster.
Were no camps or aau back in those days.
You just cited a perfect example of how cutting kids from a team doesn't prevent them from continuing to play the game and develop. It cuts both ways. Kids will quit because they get cut. Kids will quit because of losing. At the end of the day, those who really love the game and want to play, will do so.
Are you aware that I am talking about 7th and 8th grade in 1957 and 1958?
It didn't prevent these guys because in the late 50's and early 60's there wasn't all the stuff
to do that there is today. The only kids I ever saw in any sport that quit because of losing
were guys who NEVER played. That would be in football, basketball and fastpitch softball for guys.
We had ONLY 2 sports that the guys played - football and basketball in my day. Baseball and track in the
spring was a joke because none of us on farms(about 90% of us) could get away from the farm work.
The baseball and track only had kids who lived in town or didn't live on a farm.
Little league for boys didn't start till 1969 in the area I grew up. We all played fastpitch softball from
about 1st grade on and almost none of us ever played baseball.
If you are going to tell me that in 2014, that 7th and 8th graders getting cut isn't going to end their
participation in the sport; I just don't buy that. I have seen it way way way too often as I cited.
The 3 guys I talked of were 'rare' birds. Few students in today's world of 'please me now' mentality
would do that. Sports were simply not the 'do all and end all' back in my day. We did actually play
for fun(as sappy as that sounds to you guys that were thinking pro careers). We played pickup basketball
year round in haymows of barns, on driveways, in gyms when we could get in, at the Y, etc etc.
We played softball and football whenever we could get enough guys together and a place to play.
And guess what???? We did it without ma and pa holding our hands and without fancy uniforms.
Just way too much regimentation in young kids sports these days. Let kids be kids!
If a parent needs to have their kids involved in extra-curriculum activities 'to keep them out of trouble', then
they need to learn how to be a good parent. Keeping kids busy doesn't keep them out of trouble.