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#281 Practice Q. How do I know how much study time to give someone?

Each player is different, but the general rule of thumb is that the closer a players GPA is to 2.0, the more study hall time he'll need to stay eligible. Also, the more important role he plays on your team, the more you'll want to try to ensure he makes the 2.0 GPA cutoff. Heavy study hall minutes do NOT guarantee a player will be eligible. It just improves the odds of eligibility.

You'll receive mid-term academic progress reports on each player, so it may be necessary to adjust study hall minutes at that time.

#302 Practice Q. Do you still have to give red-shirts study hall minutes?
  A. No, ineligible players and red-shirted players still practice with the team, but they don't dress. However, you have to remember that the cumulative gpa must be above 2.0 - so it could have negative impact down the road.
#305 Practice Q. How do player ratings change? What about work ethic?
  A. Practicing certain areas of a player's game will help them improve in certain related skills. See the following table for a list of how each area may impact a player's game:

Practicing...Attempts to Improve...
ConditioningStamina and athleticism, particularly important for pressing defenses and fast-break offenses. Also helps to improve speed, shot blocking, and durability.
Footwork Defense and shot blocking.
Passing Passing, which is especially important in "set" offenses such as the Motion, Triangle and Flex. Can lead to decreased turnovers on offense.
Low Post Improves finishing skills close to the basket.
Perimeter Improves mid-range to long-range shooting skills.
Dribbling Ball handling - decreases turnovers.
Free Throw Shooting Free Throw Shooting
Rebounding Rebounding
Study Hall GPA

Work ethic does not change based on practice minutes. It will change based on playing time and starts.

With regards to the offenses and defenses, the more practice and playing time a player receives under each set, the better the offense will function with regards to efficiency, and the same holds true on defense. If you have 5 Seniors who have been practicing your offense and defense for 4 years, you'll have a very "smart" team on the floor. Whereas if you try to switch your offense and/or defense in mid-season, many players will have to spend time learning the new system which can lead to poor shot selection, unforced turnovers, and missed assignments on defense.

#306 Practice Q. Can players ratings go down?
  A. Possibly - it depends on how much time you spend practicing different skills, and whether or not a player has been injured. If you don't practice an area enough, player ratings can go down. Also, injured players may see skills decline depending on the extent of the injury.
#308 Practice Q. What's the minimum time I need to practice an area so a player's rating won't go down?
  A. The rule of thumb is about 7 minutes for most areas, but about half that much for Perimeter and Low Post.
#609 Practice Q. Do players practice in the off-season? Should I see any ratings improvements based on practice times?
  A. There are no formal practices in the off-season - as regulated by the WCAA. Some players may choose to sit on the couch all summer and not practice at all. The majority of a player's improvement comes during the season.
#663 Practice Q. During the off-season, does the amount of time you put into individual categories (i.e. rebounding, passing, etc) play into how much a player's skills may improve / diminish during the break between seasons?
  A. Since teams can't hold practices during the off-season, your practice settings have no impact on off-season improvements.

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