To say that the events of 2020, thus far, are leading us to an exceptional 2020-2021 basketball season is an obvious understatement. Limited work with our players this past spring, virtual learning, adjusted opening dates for schools this fall, daily self-health checks prior to each visit to school, are just a few of the many changes we’ve encountered from the beginning of the pandemic. As COVID-19 remains a challenge for all of us, we must navigate through the new school year with different approaches and a positive attitude.
Our student-athletes need our leadership as we move forward toward this basketball season. Coaches will have to lead through a season with no tournaments, often earlier start dates for district play, and God forbid, dealing with the possibility of players and coaches absent due to illness. 5A & 6A coaches will need to set examples on how to mold a team that may be missing both players and coaches for a month, or more, as both the football & volleyball seasons start a month later with no commiserate late start for basketball.
Basketball coaches are leaders in the community, in their schools, and most importantly, for their young men and women in their program. Your leadership as a Texas basketball coach, while dealing with any circumstances which we may encounter this season, will define the experience for your athletes and parents during this basketball season. Let’s make the 2020-2021 season exceptional!!
I wish you, your family, and your school community the best of luck. Stay well.
Mike Carrabine, TABC President