Now that the COBA regular season is in the books, we decided to put together our All COBA Teams again. This year, for the 4th grade, we went with four formal teams and an Honorable Mention. For 3rd graders, were also able to develop 4 teams and Honorable Mention. In terms of our methodology, we spoke with and received feedback from the coaches of the top 5 COBA teams and a few other coaches as well, and we asked them to identify who they felt were top players in the league. Not only did we ask them which players they liked best over the course of the season, but we asked them to rank the players in order to the best of their abilities.
In addition, where a player was ranked was heavily influenced by their team’s level of success. Simply put, the better teams had more players who were ranked higher on our list. Moreover, every team listed in our top 10 Power Rankings had at least 1 player represented. Based on our own observations coupled with the coaches feedback, we feel really good about the end product. In total, over 30 fourth grade and 25 third grade kids were spotlighted in some form or another. Even though we identified over 65. Players in total, as is always the case with any list, we may have missed a few kids. We will try and do better next year.
Going forward, in order to receive recognition at any level, it’s important that the best teams play each other as often as possible. Not only does playing the best competition allow for greater exposure, competitive games go a long way in enhancing a player’s overall development, which is a big part of what this game is all about. In closing, at the end of the day, we did our best to highlight as many kids as possible based on what we saw and heard during the season. Let the debate begin!