The Minnesota Timberwolves are an American professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves compete in the National Basketball Association as a member club of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division. Founded in 1989, the team is owned by Glen Taylor who owns the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx; the Timberwolves play their home games at Target Center, their home since 1990. Like most expansion teams, the Timberwolves struggled in their early years, but after the acquisition of Kevin Garnett in the 1995 NBA draft, the team qualified for the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons from 1997 to 2004. Despite losing in the first round in their first seven attempts, the Timberwolves won their first division championship in 2004 and advanced to the Western Conference Finals that same season. Garnett was named the NBA Most Valuable Player for that season; the team had been in rebuilding mode for more than a decade after missing the postseason in 2005, trading Garnett to the Boston Celtics in 2007.
Garnett returned to the Timberwolves in a February 2015 trade and finished his career there, retiring in the 2016 offseason. NBA basketball returned to the Twin Cities in 1989 for the first time since the Minneapolis Lakers departed to Los Angeles in 1960; the NBA had granted one of its four new expansion teams on April 22, 1987 to original owners Harvey Ratner and Marv Wolfenson to begin play for the 1989–90 season. The franchise conducted a "name the team" contest and selected two finalists, "Timberwolves" and "Polars", in December 1986; the team asked the 842 city councils in Minnesota to select the winner and "Timberwolves" prevailed by nearly 2–1. The team was named the "Minnesota Timberwolves" on January 23, 1987. Minnesota is home to the largest population of timberwolves in the lower 48 states; the Timberwolves debuted on November 3, 1989, losing to the Seattle SuperSonics on the road 106–94. Five days they made their home debut at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, losing to the Chicago Bulls 96–84.
Two nights on November 10, the Wolves got their first win, beating the Philadelphia 76ers at home 125–118. The Timberwolves, led by Tony Campbell with 23.2 ppg, went on to a 22–60 record, finishing in sixth place in the Midwest Division. Playing in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the expansion Timberwolves set an NBA record by drawing over 1 million fans to their home games; this included a crowd of 49,551 on April 17, 1990, which saw the Timberwolves lose to the Denver Nuggets 99–88 in the final home game of the season. The next season, the team moved into their permanent home, the Target Center, improved somewhat, finishing 29–53. However, they fired Bill Musselman, they fared far worse in the 1991–92 NBA season under Musselman's successor, ex-Celtics coach Jimmy Rodgers, finishing with an NBA-worst 15–67 record. Looking to turn the corner, the Wolves hired former Detroit Pistons general manager Jack McCloskey to the same position, but with notable first-round selections such as Christian Laettner and Isaiah Rider, the Timberwolves were unable to duplicate McCloskey's "Detroit Bad Boys" success in the Twin Cities, finishing 19–63 and 20–62 the next two seasons.
One of the few highlights from that era was when the Target Center served as host of the 1994 All-Star Game where Rider won the Slam Dunk Contest with his between-the-leg "East Bay Funk Dunk". As winning basketball continued to elude the Wolves and Wolfenson nearly sold the team to New Orleans interests in 1994 before NBA owners rejected the proposed move. Glen Taylor bought the team and named Kevin McHale general manager; the Wolves finished 21–61 in 1994–95, the future looked bleak. In the 1995 NBA draft, the Timberwolves selected high school standout Kevin Garnett in the first round, Flip Saunders was named head coach. Christian Laettner was traded along with Sean Rooks to the Atlanta Hawks for Andrew Lang and Spud Webb. First-round pick Donyell Marshall was traded the previous season for Golden State Warriors' forward Tom Gugliotta; these trades paved the way for rookie Kevin Garnett to become the go-to player inside. Garnett went on to average 10.4 ppg in his rookie season as the Wolves finished in 5th place in the Midwest Division, with a 26–56 record.
In 1996, the Wolves added another star player in the draft, trading Ray Allen to the Milwaukee Bucks for the rights to Stephon Marbury, the 4th overall pick. The addition of Marbury had a positive effect on the entire team, as Garnett and Gugliotta became the first Wolves to be selected to the All-Star team. Gugliotta and Garnett led the Timberwolves in scoring as the team made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history with a record of 40–42. However, in the playoffs the Timberwolves made a quick exit as they were swept by the Houston Rockets in three straight games; the T-Wolves decided to change their image by changing their team logo and color scheme, adding black to the team colors and replacing the original logo with one featuring a snarling wolf looming over a field of trees. It was during this season that Minnesota began to play on a parquet floor. In 1997, Garnett and Marbury established themselves as two of the brightest rising stars in the NBA. Garnett averaged 18.5 ppg and 9.6 rebounds per game, while Marbury averaged 17.7 ppg and dished out 8.6 assists per game.
Despite losing leading scorer Tom Gugliotta for half the season, the Timberwolves went on to post their first winning season at 45–37, making the playoffs for the second straight season. After dr
Eric Ambrose Gordon Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. In high school, he was named "Mr. Basketball" of Indiana during his senior year while playing at North Central High School, he is known, in part, as the subject of a recruiting competition between the University of Illinois and Indiana University in the spring and summer of 2006. Gordon played one season of college basketball at Indiana and was considered one of the top collegiate players in the nation that year, he finished his freshman season leading the Big Ten in scoring and tied for 19th in the nation at 21.5 points per game. Gordon was selected seventh overall by the Los Angeles Clippers. Gordon was born in Indianapolis. At age four, he began playing sports at the Jewish Community Center across the street from his home, starting with soccer and quickly moving on to basketball. At age seven he began playing competitive basketball at the Municipal Gardens, it was at the JCC that Gordon announced his departure from college to enter his name into the NBA Draft.
Gordon attended Fox Hill Elementary School, down the street from his childhood home. He attended Northview Middle School and North Central High School, where he played varsity basketball all four years. North Central's 2007 game against Loyola Academy of Wilmette, attended by Michael Jordan, was aired on ESPN, he scored a record high of 43 points that night. He went on to score 50 points twice during the season, he led North Central to the Indiana 4A title game his senior year. They fell to Angel Garcia and East Chicago Central. Gordon averaged 29 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 57.0% from the field, 77.9% from the free-throw line, 46.2% from three-point range. He was named Indiana's "Mr. Basketball" for 2007 as well as a McDonald's All-American. Gordon was a teammate of Greg Oden in Indiana AAU ball. Rivals.com ranked him the nation's #2 high school prospect in the class of 2007, behind Michael Beasley. During the summer, Gordon attended many AAU tournaments, Adidas Superstar camps, Big Time in Las Vegas.
He played on teams that included future NBA players Mike Conley, Jr. Josh McRoberts, Daequan Cook, Derrick Rose, Oden. In 2005 as a sophomore in high school, Gordon made an early unofficial verbal commitment to Bruce Weber, who had somewhat replaced Bill Self as the University of Illinois's head coach when Self left to accept the head coaching position at Kansas. On November 30, 2005, Gordon made a verbal commitment to play basketball for Weber at Illinois, despite overtures from Duke and Notre Dame. Gordon and his family cited their comfort with Weber, the relative distance to the Illinois campus from their Indianapolis home, the success of former Illini guards Deron Williams and Luther Head in the NBA as reasons for their decision. On February 15, 2006, Sports Illustrated reported that Mike Davis the head coach at Indiana University, intended to resign after the 2005–06 season, due in part to a lack of support after the team failed to make the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2005. Indiana subsequently hired Kelvin Sampson as the new men's basketball coach in March 2006.
Some reporters speculated that Gordon was uninterested in playing at Indiana under Mike Davis because of Davis's lack of success. Shortly after Sampson was named head coach, he hired Jeff Meyer, Eric Gordon Sr.'s college basketball coach and a longtime family friend, as an assistant. During the subsequent offseason, Gordon was recruited by Sampson's staff after Gordon told Sampson he was again interested in Indiana, it was rumored in July 2006 that Gordon was considering opting out of his unofficial verbal commitment to Illinois because of concerns about the quality of Weber's Illinois recruiting class, but Gordon said that although he was a childhood fan of the Hoosiers and was considering Indiana, he was still committed to Illinois. During that same month, Gordon played with fellow top-5 recruit Derrick Rose in an attempt to convince Rose to join him at Illinois, but Rose declined the offer. Rumors of an impending IU commitment continued into the start of the 2006–07 academic year, fueled in part by Gordon's rise to the top of some services' rankings of high school basketball players and the reemergent Indiana Hoosier basketball program.
On September 2, 2006, Gordon and Rose made an unofficial visit to Indiana to scrimmage with Hoosier players, fueling further speculation that Gordon would switch his commitment. Six weeks on October 13, 2006, Eric Sr. announced that his son had decided to do so. Gordon signed a National Letter of Intent with Indiana on November 8, 2006. Gordon's announcement gave Indiana a strong 2007 recruiting class, ranked by some analysts as the third-best incoming class in the country. Sampson and Weber both received criticism from fellow coaches for failing to communicate with one another about Gordon's recruitment. Although the NCAA does not regulate verbal commitments or the recruitment of orally committed players, some observers have claimed that Sampson acted unethically in recruiting a committed player without first contacting Weber; the timing of the switch was damaging for Illinois, which had planned for Gordon to be part of its class, was left without a shooting guard at a time when other guards had made verbal commitments.
The Illini received a letter of intent from top 100 shooting guard Quinton Watkins of Compton, the following December, due to NCAA Academic Clearinghouse issues, he did not play for the Illini deciding to enroll at San Diego State. Gordon was warmly welco
2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
The 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 9, 2009, ended with the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament's championship game on April 5, 2010, on the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The opening round occurred on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, followed by first and second rounds on Thursday through Sunday, March 18–21, 2010. Regional games were played on Thursday through Sunday, March 25–28, 2010, with the Final Four played on Saturday and Monday, April 3 and 5, 2010; the Duke Blue Devils and head coach Mike Krzyzewski won their fourth national championship, defeating upstart Butler 61–59 behind their "big three" of Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith. The game was played in Butler's home town of Indianapolis. Krzyzewski became the third coach in NCAA history to win four championships, joining John Wooden and Adolph Rupp. Kentucky became the first college team to reach the 2000 win mark by defeating Drexel 88–44 on December 21. North Carolina became the second with a win over Miami on March 2.
Kansas became the third with a win over Texas Tech on March 11. Arkansas sophomore guard Rotnei Clarke set an SEC record by hitting 13 three-pointers in a game in the Razorbacks' November 13 season opener against Alcorn State. Clarke finished the game with 51 points. Clarke's 51 points was an Arkansas school record, while his 13 threes was good for fifth in NCAA history. Prior to the season the NCAA announced that Memphis would serve three years' probation and would vacate their record-setting 38-win 2007–08 season due to a fraudulent SAT score by star Derrick Rose and extra benefits given to Rose's brother under then-coach John Calipari. Memphis appealed the decision; the NCAA rejected the appeal during the NCAA Tournament. Binghamton University dismissed six players on September 25, following the arraignment of Emanuel "Tiki" Mayben on charges of cocaine distribution; the move left Binghamton with only seven scholarship players for the 2009–10 season and included the dismissal of star guard D.
J. Rivera. Coach Kevin Broadus was placed on administrative leave and assistant Mark Macon served as interim coach; the preseason AP All-American team was named on November 2. Luke Harangody of Notre Dame, Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins of Kansas, Patrick Patterson of Kentucky and Kyle Singler of Duke were tabbed. Utah Valley gained full Division I status after a seven-year provisional period where they played a D1 schedule; this move was the first time that a school had moved to D1 directly from the NJCAA. Other schools to gain Division I status include Kennesaw State, NJIT and North Florida; the Great West Conference began league play in 2009–10 as the 32nd Division I conference. Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody surpassed both the 2000-point and 1000-rebound marks during the season, becoming the first Fighting Irish player to do so. Mercer guard James Florence, South Carolina guard Devan Downey, Maryland guard Greivis Vásquez, San Francisco forward Dior Lowhorn, Morgan State guard Reggie Holmes, Western Michigan guard David Kool, West Virginia forward Da'Sean Butler, Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds, Cornell forward Ryan Wittman and Duke guard Jon Scheyer surpassed the 2,000 point mark during the season.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim became the eighth Division I coach to win 800 games when the Orange defeated Albany 75–43 on November 9. Tom Penders became the eighth head coach in NCAA history to lead four different schools to the NCAA Tournament when he coached the Houston Cougars to the Conference USA tournament title. Penders had led Rhode Island and George Washington to NCAA tournament berths. In November, Evan Turner became the 34th player to record multiple triple doubles in a season. Over the course of the 2009–10 Big Ten season, he became the first player to finish in the top two in average points and assists in Big Ten Conference history. Along the way, he broke and rebroke Big Ten records for single-season and career Player of the week awards. On February 22, Cole Aldrich was named the men's college basketball Academic All-American of the year. On February 24, Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado became the NCAA's all-time leading shot-blocker. On February 27, a contest between then-no. 4 Syracuse and then-no.
8 Villanova set the NCAA on-campus basketball attendance record, with 34,616 spectators packing the Carrier Dome. The Wildcats fell to the Orange, 95–77; the rise and fall of Texas. Ranked in the top three from the beginning of the season until mid-January, including two weeks at #1, they were considered national title contenders, but they fell out of the top 25 less than two months lost two starters to season-ending injuries, lost in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. On April 1, Deon Thompson of North Carolina appeared in the NIT Championship game, giving him 152 career game appearances; this set the NCAA all-time career games played mark held by Wayne Turner of Kentucky and Walter Hodge of Florida. Third-year coach Tommy Amaker leads Harvard to its most wins in school history behind the play of rare Harvard NBA player Jeremy Lin. Beginning in 2009–10, the following rules changes were implemented: The NCAA reduced the amount of time that college underclassmen can test the waters for the NBA Draft and still retain their college eligibility.
As of this season, players have until early May to decide to return. Secondary defenders must now establish their position outside of the zone between the backboard and the front of the rim to draw a charge. If a player is injured and unable to shoot his own foul shots, the replacement shooter must be chosen from the players on the court. Instant r
Norcross is a city in Gwinnett County, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 9,116, while in 2017 the estimated population was 16,845, it is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metropolitan statistical area. Norcross was chartered as a town on October 26, 1870; the community was named for a former Atlanta Mayor and railroad official. Norcross is located in western Gwinnett County at 33°56′N 84°13′W, it is bordered to the north by the city of Peachtree Corners. Interstate 85 forms the southern boundary of the city, with access from Exits 99, 101, 102. Downtown Atlanta is 20 miles to the southwest via I-85. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Norcross has a total area of 4.65 square miles, of which 4.64 square miles is land and 0.01 square miles, or 0.25%, is water. Gwinnett County Transit serve the city. Norcross Greyhound Bus Terminal, 2105 Norcross Pkwy, Norcross, GA 30071 The Western Gwinnett Bikeway, is a multi-use trail along the Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.
It is a shared use path, cycle track, bike lane that connects Norcross to neighboring Duluth. In September 2015, the Norcross City Council approved plans to do a concept study on developing the Beaver Ruin Creek Greenway; the greenway could serve to connect Norcross residents to the Peachtree Creek Greenway, being developed in Atlanta, Brookhaven and Doraville. As of 2010, Norcross had a population of 9,116; the racial and ethnic composition of the population was 40.8% white, 19.8% black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 2.1% Asian Indian, 10.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 21.5% from some other race and 4.3% reporting two or more races. 39.4 % of the population was Latino. At the 2000 census, there were 8,410 people, 2,644 households and 1,768 families residing in the city; the population density was 2,050.4 per square mile. There were 2,750 housing units at an average density of 670.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 53.50% White, 20.82% African American, 0.54% Native American, 6.10% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 15.39% from other races, 3.63% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 40.93% of the population. There were 2,644 households of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.1% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 3.35. Age distribution was 22.7% under the age of 18, 14.8% from 18 to 24, 40.9% from 25 to 44, 15.5% from 45 to 64, 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 130.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 134.8 males. The median household income was $44,728 and the median family income was $42,893. Males had a median income of $26,485 versus $27,347 for females; the per capita income for the city was $18,573. About 11.8% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.0% of those under age 18 and 17.2% of those age 65 or over.
Alvin Kamara, NFL running back for the New Orleans Saints Gwinnett County Public Schools serves Norcross. Elementary schools Susan O. Stripling Elementary School Beaver Ridge Elementary School Meadowcreek Elementary School Nesbit Elementary School Norcross Elementary School Rockbridge Elementary School Baldwin Elementary School Middle schools Pinckneyville Middle Summerour Middle High schools Meadowcreek High School Norcross High School Other Brenau University Atlanta Campus Greater Atlanta Christian School GIVE Center West Ashworth College Gwinnett County Public Library operates the Norcross Branch in Norcross. WestRock, a Fortune 500 paper and packaging manufacturer RentPath, a large apartment guide company Institute of Industrial Engineers, a professional society for industrial engineers LSI Corporation, which designs semiconductors and software that accelerate storage and networking in datacenters and mobile networks EMS Technologies, specializing in wireless communications American Megatrends, headquartered in Building 200 at 5555 Oakbrook Parkway in unincorporated Gwinnett County near Norcross Waffle House, headquartered in Norcross NanoLumens and manufacturer of digital LED displays The main newspaper of Greater Atlanta is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Spanish language newspaper El Nuevo Georgia has its headquarters in unincorporated Gwinnett County near Norcross. The ABC Studios television show Resurrection was filmed in all around Norcross; the 2018 film Love Simon has a carnival themed scene filmed in the Norcross town square. City of Norcross official website Norcross Neighbors Historic Norcross Holiday Home Tour National Register of Historic Places City of Norcross historical marker Holy Row historical marker Brunswick Hotel historical marker Norcross Presbyterian Church historical marker
Atlanta is the capital of, the most populous city in, the U. S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2017 population of 486,290, it is the 38th most-populous city in the United States; the city serves as the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5.8 million people and the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the nation. Atlanta is the seat of the most populous county in Georgia. A small portion of the city extends eastward into neighboring DeKalb County. Atlanta was founded as the terminating stop of a major state-sponsored railroad. With rapid expansion, however, it soon became the convergence point between multiple railroads, spurring its rapid growth; the city's name derives from that of the Western and Atlantic Railroad's local depot, signifying the town's growing reputation as a transportation hub. During the American Civil War, the city was entirely burned to the ground in General William T. Sherman's famous March to the Sea. However, the city rose from its ashes and became a national center of commerce and the unofficial capital of the "New South".
During the 1950s and 1960s, Atlanta became a major organizing center of the civil rights movement, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ralph David Abernathy, many other locals playing major roles in the movement's leadership. During the modern era, Atlanta has attained international prominence as a major air transportation hub, with Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport being the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998. Atlanta is rated as a "beta" world city that exerts a moderate impact on global commerce, research, education, media and entertainment, it ranks in the top twenty among world cities and 10th in the nation with a gross domestic product of $385 billion. Atlanta's economy is considered diverse, with dominant sectors that include transportation, logistics and business services, media operations, medical services, information technology. Atlanta has topographic features that include rolling hills and dense tree coverage, earning it the nickname of "the city in a forest."
Revitalization of Atlanta's neighborhoods spurred by the 1996 Summer Olympics, has intensified in the 21st century, altering the city's demographics, politics and culture. Prior to the arrival of European settlers in north Georgia, Creek Indians inhabited the area. Standing Peachtree, a Creek village where Peachtree Creek flows into the Chattahoochee River, was the closest Indian settlement to what is now Atlanta; as part of the systematic removal of Native Americans from northern Georgia from 1802 to 1825, the Creek were forced to leave the area in 1821, white settlers arrived the following year. In 1836, the Georgia General Assembly voted to build the Western and Atlantic Railroad in order to provide a link between the port of Savannah and the Midwest; the initial route was to run southward from Chattanooga to a terminus east of the Chattahoochee River, which would be linked to Savannah. After engineers surveyed various possible locations for the terminus, the "zero milepost" was driven into the ground in what is now Five Points.
A year the area around the milepost had developed into a settlement, first known as "Terminus", as "Thrasherville" after a local merchant who built homes and a general store in the area. By 1842, the town had six buildings and 30 residents and was renamed "Marthasville" to honor the Governor's daughter. J. Edgar Thomson, Chief Engineer of the Georgia Railroad, suggested the town be renamed Atlanta; the residents approved, the town was incorporated as Atlanta on December 29, 1847. By 1860, Atlanta's population had grown to 9,554. During the American Civil War, the nexus of multiple railroads in Atlanta made the city a hub for the distribution of military supplies. In 1864, the Union Army moved southward following the capture of Chattanooga and began its invasion of north Georgia; the region surrounding Atlanta was the location of several major army battles, culminating with the Battle of Atlanta and a four-month-long siege of the city by the Union Army under the command of General William Tecumseh Sherman.
On September 1, 1864, Confederate General John Bell Hood made the decision to retreat from Atlanta, he ordered the destruction of all public buildings and possible assets that could be of use to the Union Army. On the next day, Mayor James Calhoun surrendered Atlanta to the Union Army, on September 7, Sherman ordered the city's civilian population to evacuate. On November 11, 1864, Sherman prepared for the Union Army's March to the Sea by ordering the destruction of Atlanta's remaining military assets. After the Civil War ended in 1865, Atlanta was rebuilt. Due to the city's superior rail transportation network, the state capital was moved from Milledgeville to Atlanta in 1868. In the 1880 Census, Atlanta surpassed Savannah as Georgia's largest city. Beginning in the 1880s, Henry W. Grady, the editor of the Atlanta Constitution newspaper, promoted Atlanta to potential investors as a city of the "New South" that would be based upon a modern economy and less reliant on agriculture. By 1885, the founding of the Georgia School of Technology and the Atlanta University Center had established Atlanta as a center for higher education.
In 1895, Atlanta hosted the Cotton States and International Exposition, which attracted nearly 800,000 attendees and promoted the New South's development to the world. During the first decades of the 20th century, Atlanta experienced a period of unprecedented growth. In three decades' time, Atlanta's population tripled as the city limits expanded to include nearby streetcar suburbs; the city's skyline emerged with the construction of the
Junior varsity team
Junior varsity players are the members of a team who are not the main players in a competition at the high school and college levels in the United States. The main players comprise the varsity team. Although the intensity of the JV team may vary from place to place, most junior varsity teams consist of players who are in their freshman and sophomore years in school, though upperclassmen may play on JV teams. For this reason, junior varsity teams are often called freshman/sophomore teams. Skilled or physically mature freshmen and sophomores may compete at the varsity level; some private school associations may permit skilled seventh- or eighth-graders to compete on varsity teams. At larger schools, there may be two junior varsity teams for some sports, with a lower-level team consisting only of freshmen. Members of a junior varsity team are underclassmen determined by the coaching staff to have less experience or ability than those on the varsity roster; as such, junior varsity teams are used to prepare these athletes to compete at the varsity level.
In other schools, the line between JV and varsity is arbitrary, with all players at a certain grade level at varsity and all others below that grade level at JV, with only a few exceptions for talented student athletes, or much smaller schools where - due to their low enrollment - are limited in the number of upperclassmen athletes. Some teams require participation on a junior varsity team before being eligible to try out for a varsity team; these players can provide the varsity team with their service as back-up players. The NCAA prohibited true freshmen from playing varsity college football and basketball; the NCAA repealed this limitation in the 1970s. Many sports teams have assistant coaches responsible for developing the talent of junior varsity players. A coach may call on one or more junior varsity players during a varsity game when a varsity player is injured, is not performing well, or is disqualified from further competition. If a junior varsity player does well, they will see more playing time in the future or may get moved up to the varsity level.
A team will have many talented players, but the coach is unable to come up with a rotation that allows everyone to play. The decision of when to play junior varsity players in a one-sided game is at the coach's discretion; this depends on the coach's strategy, the time remaining in the game, the point margin, the game situation. The coach of a losing team—especially if the players are not good or they are inexperienced players—sometimes may continue to play the main players against the winning team's junior varsity players to give the team experience; when the winning team is ahead by a substantial margin late in the game, the coaches of both the winning and losing teams may "empty their benches" -- that is, they remove the varsity players and play the junior varsity players for the remainder of the game. The junior varsity players can impress coaches during this "garbage time" in hopes of gaining more playing time in subsequent games, while at the same time reducing the risk of serious injury by varsity players by resting them in a game whose outcome has been decided.
Some games have rules which allow unlimited use such as basketball. Other sports have different ways of determining junior varsity participants. For instance, in high school wrestling, there can only be one wrestler competing for a team at a particular weight class in a given varsity match; the team's representative is determined by a "challenge match," in which the top two wrestlers at that weight compete for the right to participate in the varsity match. The loser wrestles that night's junior varsity match. A similar format is used for golf and badminton, with players who lose to varsity opponents participating in the junior varsity part of the meet. Junior varsity games are specially-scheduled events in which junior varsity players play to gain skills and experience; these games may be played before a varsity contest. Records and statistics are kept for the junior varsity team, some leagues offer a junior varsity championship. An assistant coach acts as the head coach for these games. In states that use ratings systems to determine playoff participation, junior varsity games do not factor in, are played with less hoopla than varsity games.
Attendance is far less, bands and media coverage are not present. In some sports, such as tennis and golf, a junior varsity meet will take place with the varsity event. In track and field, a junior varsity "heat" of a particular event may take place either before or after the varsity "heat". An underclassman who plays on a junior varsity team one year is expected to gain enough experience to be one of the varsity players the next season. A team's head coach will attend a junior varsity games to evaluate skill and decide if a player is ready to play in the main part of a varsity game. Junior varsity teams may or may not travel with or take the field/court with the varsity team, or in particula