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    ...But I don't know where to place this topic.

    I already have this idea of a light novel about basketball, specifically women's basketball, for about a year now. I already have a generalized plot of events but I still couldn't get the specific details right.

    My inspiration for this project is a light novel series adapted into anime called Ro-Kyu-Bu!

    The story so far is as follows:

    - The protagonist is a very tall girl (~183cm at age 15) with little confidence in herself, until the captain of their school's girls team discovers her potential to become a great basketball center.
    - I'm using Slam Dunk's plot as guide, but I'm going to do things a little differently, such as a female coach for the hero team, the tall team being the hero team's first opponent, the strongest team losing to the heroes' rival team (imagine if Ryonan actually beat Kainan, and you get the idea) just so I could introduce to the readers the quotient system, etc.

    So I have three questions:

    1. Which age group do you think is the best setting for a girls' b-ball LN? RKB already had grade schoolers, but I wanted to make something closer to middle school or high school so I could later write international youth tournaments (such as FIBA-Asia U16 and U18) as a bonus arc.

    2. Is ~150cm for PG's and ~180cm for C's too short or too tall for girls' basketball? I just reduced the usual NBA sizes by 1 feet for easier reference, but I'm not sure if an 11-yr old 140cm PG or a 15-yr old 190cm female player are both realistic. Maybe I need to introduce foreign players in my novel? The only foreign player in the hero team is more of a shooter, though.

    3. The 3 sizes. How does anyone figure this one out, given only height and weight? For example, I have a 183cm/68kg character, but I don't want to put any numbers yet for the 3 sizes for fear that it might turn out unrealistic. I wanted her to be a little wider, though, since she's a center.

    Any comments and suggestions would be highly appreciated.

    Many thanks.

    P.S. Mods kindly place this to a proper forum, because I'm not sure where to place this. Thanks.

    P.P.S. Do I have to take into account FIBA's consideration of lowering the rims for women's basketball in my work? Seems pretty awesome to see my characters dunk the ball like it's nobody's business. Of course, at the risk of looking unrealistic. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by judasmartel View Post
    ...But I don't know where to place this topic.

    I already have this idea of a light novel about basketball, specifically women's basketball, for about a year now. I already have a generalized plot of events but I still couldn't get the specific details right.

    My inspiration for this project is a light novel series adapted into anime called Ro-Kyu-Bu!

    The story so far is as follows:

    - The protagonist is a very tall girl (~183cm at age 15) with little confidence in herself, until the captain of their school's girls team discovers her potential to become a great basketball center.
    - I'm using Slam Dunk's plot as guide, but I'm going to do things a little differently, such as a female coach for the hero team, the tall team being the hero team's first opponent, the strongest team losing to the heroes' rival team (imagine if Ryonan actually beat Kainan, and you get the idea) just so I could introduce to the readers the quotient system, etc.

    So I have three questions:

    1. Which age group do you think is the best setting for a girls' b-ball LN? RKB already had grade schoolers, but I wanted to make something closer to middle school or high school so I could later write international youth tournaments (such as FIBA-Asia U16 and U18) as a bonus arc.

    2. Is ~150cm for PG's and ~180cm for C's too short or too tall for girls' basketball? I just reduced the usual NBA sizes by 1 feet for easier reference, but I'm not sure if an 11-yr old 140cm PG or a 15-yr old 190cm female player are both realistic. Maybe I need to introduce foreign players in my novel? The only foreign player in the hero team is more of a shooter, though.

    3. The 3 sizes. How does anyone figure this one out, given only height and weight? For example, I have a 183cm/68kg character, but I don't want to put any numbers yet for the 3 sizes for fear that it might turn out unrealistic. I wanted her to be a little wider, though, since she's a center.

    Any comments and suggestions would be highly appreciated.

    Many thanks.

    P.S. Mods kindly place this to a proper forum, because I'm not sure where to place this. Thanks.

    P.P.S. Do I have to take into account FIBA's consideration of lowering the rims for women's basketball in my work? Seems pretty awesome to see my characters dunk the ball like it's nobody's business. Of course, at the risk of looking unrealistic. Thanks.
    Hey. Just saw this post through your signature. Anyway, here are some answers to your questions:

    1. Which age group do you think is the best setting for a girls' b-ball LN? RKB already had grade schoolers, but I wanted to make something closer to middle school or high school so I could later write international youth tournaments (such as FIBA-Asia U16 and U18) as a bonus arc.

    High school should be good. If the setting is the Philippines, you have to take into account K-12 and the two additional years of high school, which means a typical high school freshman would be around 14-15 years old. You can make the first two years (and U16) a sort of passage from junior high, then have her graduating at 18 or 19.

    2. Is ~150cm for PG's and ~180cm for C's too short or too tall for girls' basketball? I just reduced the usual NBA sizes by 1 feet for easier reference, but I'm not sure if an 11-yr old 140cm PG or a 15-yr old 190cm female player are both realistic. Maybe I need to introduce foreign players in my novel? The only foreign player in the hero team is more of a shooter, though.

    150 cm (4'11") is quite small, but considering you're dealing with ladies who are just reaching the peak of their puberty, maybe 5'1" or 5'2" is quite reasonable. -180 cm (6'0") is a bit tall for a high school girl, though. You can start her at something like 5'8" as a frosh, then have her grow up by 4 inches by the end of the novel.

    3. The 3 sizes. How does anyone figure this one out, given only height and weight? For example, I have a 183cm/68kg character, but I don't want to put any numbers yet for the 3 sizes for fear that it might turn out unrealistic. I wanted her to be a little wider, though, since she's a center.

    A good weight for a 5'1" guard is 110-115 lbs; for a 5'6"-5'7" forward, 135 lbs; then for the 6'0" center, 160-170lbs is reasonable. See this height-weight chart for details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kerouac82 View Post
    3. The 3 sizes. How does anyone figure this one out, given only height and weight? For example, I have a 183cm/68kg character, but I don't want to put any numbers yet for the 3 sizes for fear that it might turn out unrealistic. I wanted her to be a little wider, though, since she's a center.

    A good weight for a 5'1" guard is 110-115 lbs; for a 5'6"-5'7" forward, 135 lbs; then for the 6'0" center, 160-170lbs is reasonable. See this height-weight chart for details.
    I mean the "36-24-36" thing.

    I actually have the Japanese setting in mind to make it more animesque, but I'll consider a Philippine setting just in case.

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    I have decided on the High School setting, since by then most girls do not grow any bigger anyway, so they're much nearer to their maximum height.

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    Say, in the early part of my LN's tournament arc, the hero team is up against a tall team. They were getting pwned bad, but they were fighting hard despite the height disadvantage.

    Now come 2nd half, they thought of taking out the other team's main players (a 6'2" Center, a 5'10" Guard-Forward, and a 5'7" Point Guard; yeah, this team is really tall, only one player below 5'7") by putting them in foul trouble.

    There are two ways I thought of: drawing charging fouls on defense, and forcing more contact on offense.

    Fouling out the main players not only takes out their advantage, it also allows the smallest player in that team (the younger sister of the hero team's starting PG) to play because her coach refuses to let her to.

    Is the above tactic plausible?

    Favorable replies will be appreciated. Thanks.
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    Well, I have not any knowledge regarding basketball to answer questions you have quoted but being a writer, I find myself wedded with this post.
    While writing any thing there is always a lot of study behind and therefor to write one must need to be edubirdie and consider the concerned matter from different angles.
    That must help you to answer each of your question and help you to present the idea in your own words as you want.

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