Ask Coach Horstmeyer
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/06/2001

Nov. 6, 2001

James Clark (Morgan Hill, Ca)
Hi, do you have direct email? Why no game with Santa Clara? How is my b-day boy?

It's tough to play friends. Maybe down the road. This is the best way to reach me if you have further questions. Arend is doing great. He is fun, talking and busy.

Steve Dutra (Santa Clara, Ca)
Hi Caren! How have things been? I was just thinking about you and thought I would drop a note. Bill and the baby well? How are the 7 new players shaping up? I'm rooting for you to have a winning season this year.

All is well here in Santa Clara and at Mondo. I'm more involved with Women's Basketball than ever. The team looks like it could be pretty good with 4 good shooting guards. We'll see how the post shapes up with Annie gone.

I'll check your schedule and promise to come up for a game this year. Maybe the game at Stanford, too.

Best wishes, Steve

Steve, we actually have 9 new players. The intensity is great. They come from winning programs. They want to do the right things. It's just a matter of overload right now in terms of a learning phase. It's going to take some time to get them together because they're learning everything. For me and my coaches, it's two years in a row where we're teaching the team everything new. We're looking forward to it, and we've set an incredibly great foundation for where we want the program to be based on work ethic and a winning mentality. We're excited about where we're headed.

Steve "Downtown" Bari
I miss shooting three pointers all day over you and Holloway. When can I get another chance?

Jami's Dad.

Thanks for your message. No problem shooting three pointers over us, but when are you going to make some?

Kristina S. Contreras (El Centro, Ca)
For the first couple of weeks into practice, what is the main thing that you work on? For instance, how do your players get conditioned?

The first month of practice was strictly eight hours with our team, where we could condition and weight train for six hours and then have individual work. We work with them for a total of two hours per week. When you're talking about the first couple of weeks of practice, what we're doing right now is a lot of drills with the ball...we try to do sprints. When we're scrimmaging, the team that's sitting out or any players that are sitting out are conditioning while the other team is running on the court. When the other players go in, the players that go out will condition. Conditioning is a very big part of what we do. To be successful, you need to be in good condition.

Mina Jenner (Berkeley, Ca)
Dear Coach,
We hear a nasty rumor that womens' basketball is going to be removed from the Gold Card admissions list. The argument is made that if Gold Card season admission ($30 to $60 cost) is allowed it will deter folks from buying season "reserved" seats. If this is so it,would be easy to rope off a considerable number of choice seats behind the team benches for such reserved seats. The Gold Card could then allow admission for the other 11,000 or so remaining "less choice" seats. At this stage of your program, still very poorly attended, it is important to maximize attendance. Gold Cards do just that. That's how my husband and I, devoted fans, got started. Reasonable in price they also allow attendence for other womens' sports such as volleyball, gymnastics, tennis, track. These sports, too, like womens' basketball need desperately to boost attendance. Once your program begins drawing like Purdue, Texas,Tennessee, Connecticut, Stanford, etc. then you'll have the credentials to be hard nosed on ticket prices.

The elimination of the Gold Card, either in its entired for all "minor" sports or just for womens' basketball is a bad marketing decision AT THIS POINT IN TIME, when the young women can use all the support they can get.

What is you take on this?

Thanks for your interest in the Gold Card. That was a decision that was made higher up and not one that we had any input in. I haven't had a lot of interaction in regards to the Gold Card. It's nice to hear the feedback we need to have in regards to the Gold Card. Again, at this point, it's out of our control. Attendance is probably my number one focus, and I want to try to maximize attendance in any way we can. If the Gold Card is something that does that, perhaps the decision needs to be re-evaluated.