Last year was our first travel season. 4th grade. We finished 18-13. We played in 6 tournaments, with 1 championship, 3 runner-ups and 2 3rd places. The growth was outstanding. Much of my offensive philosophy is to just teach them how to play together, meaning spacing, cutting, how to get open, how to use footwork to help you make a pass, etc. It lets us spend a ton of time on individual development. We got together for a 3on3 tournament in the summer, with 4 of our girls finishing 2nd in the BOYS division. Then we played in a fall league against some pretty good competition and finished with a record of 6-2. We met at the community center about once a week from late summer through fall and worked on shooting, playing 1on1, 3on3, ballhandling. The official travel season began in November. We added 1 new girl to the fold who has never played basketball before. She's really improving. We played a preseason tournament that included 1 6th grade team so that we could have a four team format. We ended up losing to them twice (once by 1 point) and they went on the win the tournament. We have continued to grow with strong fundamentals. We defeated a 6th grade team that beat us pretty bad last year. We took the championship in a holiday tournament against some of the toughest competition around and we got to avenge 3 losses from last year all in that one tourney! Our town hosts its own regular season travel league and the director asked me if I wanted to play our own 6th graders or a 6th grade team that was undefeated, winning every game by 20, had a girl that is probably abut 5'9" and drains three's.........we opted to play them. We played tough, team basketball and led by two points with under 2 minutes to go. It was tied with 40 seconds left, but their star just made a couple more plays and they pulled out the win. Our season record sits at 13-4 and we'll be playing in the league championship next Sunday. We have 9 players and every one of them has scored. Our shooting is really starting to improve. The basis of our offense is pass and cut or pass and screen away. We introduced them as two separate calls, but now we are trying to get the girls to run them as one whole offense. I know the screen away is not a true R&R action, but it's working for us. We also stress backcuts and the read-line and those are starting to be used a lot more. We've added a couple quick hitter plays and I think it has been much easier to install those because the girls understand the basic concepts of passing, cutting, screening and spacing. Defensively we are all man to man. We'll press full court man to man when we are allowed to and that is one of our deadliest weapons. Teams have tried pressing us but again, because of all of our fundamental work I think we have an easy time beating presses. I'll try to update with more game specific info and maybe some film eventually, as I'd love to hear your thoughts on where we can improve (compared to my own thoughts on the subject).