Travel Basketball Philosophy
The Southampton Basketball Travel program is well suited for the players who seek to improve their skill sets while performing in a high level of competition. Travel programs do just that - they travel to other townships who share in the excitement and challenge of competitive sports.
In theory, there is a clear demarcation between purely recreational pursuits and competitive sports. Travel programs are designed to place a greater emphasis on competition and achievement than an intramural (in-house) program. Travel basketball teams works to attain success through rigorous practice and an increased competition schedule. Typically, players and teams strive to increase their physical fitness, improve their basketball related skill-sets, and enhance their knowledge of the game while participating in a travel level program. Competitive sport involves not only contests, but it also tends to advance as a central theme: consistent progress and level advancement. Additionally, there are higher expectations regarding both performance and commitment to the sport in the recreational sphere.
We believe that youth sporting events, at all levels, should be a healthy, fun, and positive aspect of a young person’s life. Participation in sports should impart lifelong values, which are the behavioral foundation of our future generation. Southampton Basketball takes pride in our players and in turn, we expect they take pride in representing their community and themselves. Our goal, with the reliance on voluntary coaches, is to teach strong moral values and outstanding character in both word and by example. We insist that no matter the ability, commitment, or competitive level of our travel teams or individual players, we embody the philosophy of good sportsmanship.