TSV Grafing: Basketball players prepared for the onslaught of youngsters
Created: 12/26/2022 11:19 am
By: Julian Betzl
The new TSV Grafing U10 basketball team around the two head coaches (back, from left) Borries Dorstewitz and Simon Hochreiter and their assistant coaches Jamal Böcü and Felix Forster have joined: (front, from left) Levi Huber, Sophie Bechtold, Seppi Wurm, Bruno Apenburg, Nik Riedel, Leo Hayward, David Michaelis, Luca Meyer, Paul Bauer, Mats Spindler, Philipp Dorstewitz, Nikola Stojko, Cassian Skopinski, Luis Hochreiter, Christopher Luther and Henry Schlund.
Not pictured: Simon Binsteiner.
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TSV Grafing: The youth department is almost overwhelmed by the great interest in youngsters and finds the "perfect time" for height-adjustable basket systems.
– The young basketball players at TSV Grafing were delighted to receive an early Christmas present.
However, Santa Claus needed a certain amount of lead time for this rather cumbersome task.
"I think we've had the same fixed baskets in the hall since 1980," said TSV department head Maxi Achatz, all the more pleased when, after a year of bureaucratic preparation, the last screws on the two brand-new, height-adjustable basket systems were finally tightened.
"Now is really a great time!"
Shortly after taking office a year and a half ago, Achatz made intensive efforts to get support for this project.
Many e-mails and phone calls later, the district of Ebersberg finally took over half of the approximately 7,500 euros in acquisition costs.
“We are very grateful for that,” says Achatz.
Almost 20 inquiries in late summer - alone in the U10 area
The modernization measure for the remarkably prosperous youth department of the Grafinger Korbjäger fits perfectly with the "somewhat spontaneous" formation of a U10 team.
Achatz was taken completely by surprise by the almost 20 inquiries in late summer, in this grade alone.
"Two players from our men's reserve wanted to send their kids to the older U12s.
But it was already overcrowded.” So Borries Dorstewitz and Simon Hochreiter offered to offer training for a U10 once a week, which to Achatz's knowledge had never existed before in the TSV division.
There were 16 children in the Jahnhalle for the first training session.
"I had no idea how great the interest in this area was," Achatz immediately hired two assistant coaches for the fathers' duo from the U16s.
In the future, Jamal Böcü and Felix Förster, who already supports the two U12 coaches Andreas Schlund and Thomas Grüber, will alternate as training assistants for the mini-baskets.
Two baskets can now be set deeper than 2.60 m if required
For October 2023, Maxi Achatz cautiously envisages the U10s entering the league.
"But we should rather see if we can't manage two training times a week," the active district league player knows best that the ball can't be in the hand often enough in this so-called golden learning age.
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And so that the (still) less than two-meter dribblers experience more success, it helps enormously that the basket systems in the Jahnhalle are no longer at an almost unattainable standardized 3.05 meters.
Two baskets can now even be lowered than the 2.60 m that is recommended as the basket height for children between the ages of eight and twelve.
Incidentally, Maxi Achatz derives the current basketball hype in Grafinger offspring from three theories.
“I haven't done any research, but overall immigration to the county has increased.
Secondly, I believe that many children stopped doing other sports during Corona and we are closing a certain gap there.” Thirdly, the national team’s bronze medal at the European Championships in late summer could also have played its part.
These big boys used to start in lower baskets though.
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