Handling the "politics" of youth basketball coaching for your child can be difficult. It is all about taking the DRAMA out of the situation and turning things into a teachable moment for your child.
Before your actions escalate into slamming doors ... think about the maturity growth your child is going through ... both emotionally and mentally … Resist the urge to critique.
I just listen in amazement at how misinformed families and spectators are about how good a player has to be to make any college team. Especially when you consider the limited number of opportunities that are available.
Watch video for the four things to do to steer the basketball journey for any child.
Get answers to questions like .... How will you provide clarity for your child? … How will you help them stay positive and on track? … How will you help them get out of their comfort zone and grow? … How will you help them feel they are not alone … that they belong?
A personalized approach for getting on a coach's radar. How to use video in the right way at the right time. 4 Tips to connect with college coaches at levels below NCAA Division 1.
Knowing what today's college coaches are up against on the recruiting trail, is important to know if you are trying to consider all the best approaches for your child to get their attention.
So, here’s the reality. 90 percent of all players in travel ball won’t even get a look from college coaches...let alone a scholarship. Don't get me wrong. Travel ball is a foundational piece of our youth basketball system and provides so many opportunities for kids to play ball. I just want you to have realistic expectations when it comes to this topic.
Understanding WHY ... will start your journey for creating your own plan for your child ...
The right mindset must be built to really pursue and build your child's game with any hope of becoming a good player. I do not think I am going out on the limb when saying players must become obsessed to succeed.
It takes ...
The simplest things you say can be harmful to your child's development. Your child wants to do what you say but their minds cannot always translate that quickly into action.
I tell this story because the player was not born an athlete with size and speed. Yet he had the ability to play the game at a high level. This success story does not happen if his family sat on the sidelines just being spectators. His father knew how to play his basketball parenting role throughout his child's journey.
This story could just as easily be you and your child. Nothing is ever a sure shot in life. But the odds get better when the right things are done at the right time … step-by-step.
The catchphrases used throughout our youth basketball community are putting your child on the wrong path. I want you to start ignoring them. STOP getting hooked on phrases like ....
In the first video, we talked about the original intention for travel ball and how Nike and Adidas created a whole new way for grassroots basketball to support their business strategy.
I now want to talk with you about how the travel team concept altered the game forever. How this expanded version created a grassroots movement that ....
The New ERA of Basketball. This video tells you how tournament basketball stormed into this country from all angles.
It was exciting – the idea of playing for a championship trophy on weekends. Four to five games a weekend! Traveling to play! Wearing the latest shoes and apparel.
BUT ... While young players were immediately attracted to all this hoopla, the meaning of how to play the game got lost in the process.
The youth sports community on a whole is telling parents to let go and stay uninvolved as it relates to their child’s participation in a sport. “Everyone” is talking about the behavior of parents and how they need to get out of the way because they are overinvolved.
Parental behavior is important and should be addressed, but I believe there is even a bigger issue of which parents need to be more mindful. Most anyone in youth basketball will tell you parents are too involved. I want you to STOP listening to that message, and I let me tell you why ...
Can my son or daughter play basketball in college? You must choose the right level for your child. This has everything to do with a college coach’s interest in evaluating your child.
Unrealistic thinking about the level your child can play is more of an obstacle to playing college ball than the ability to play. You CAN increase your child's chances!
One question I have gotten asked a lot over the years is, "Why are non-athletic international players able to compete on high levels compared to non-athletic American players? The common denominator is that they all ……..
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