Friday, 7 September 2012

How to Bust the Bubble and Make the Cut

Here are tips I used when I walked on to both a college and university teams.  I have also included ideas from my 8 closest coaching friends and what they look for in selecting their teams.  You may be surprised by some of these ideas.

Monday, 3 September 2012

The Making of Superstars - Actors and Athletes Elements of Greatness

After watching hours of Inside the Actors Studio I realized that there are common elements of greatness that are present when it comes to being an athlete and being an actor. This video explores those elements and key concepts that many of the most successful actors credited as impacting their development throughout their career.

Jealousy does the opposite of what you want it to

When you are confronted with being jealous of a teammate realize that it will pull you and your team apart.  Here are some strategies on how to deal with that issue.  "If you use it to fuel you, envy won't rule you" You can only ever learn and then find a way to change yourself.

Amazing Lessons from John Wooden

John Wooden is one of my favorite coaches to emulate.  His humility and desire to strive for personal greatness are incredible lessons.  I list many things to appreciate about John Wooden as well as my Top 10 Favorite John Wooden quotes.

Basketball Summer Camps vs. Long-Term Skill Development

Summer camps are a common way to develop your child's skill in basketball but is it the best way? What are the positives and negatives of summer camps and can you put your child in the best position by looking at long term development?

Beast - Drive (Parents Video)

What does it mean to be Driven or to have Drive? "What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to that which lies within you" Ralph Waldo Emerson. Using your basketball journal fully.  Victim vs. Victor.  Doing more than what is expected of you...

Strategies for Dealing with Children's Injuries

My opinions about children's injuries.  Injuries happen the focus is to make sure they don't become chronic. Prevention and rehabilitation are key.  As parents and coaches sometimes the focus needs to be on protecting children from themselves if they are really driven.    Please listen to the advice of your doctor or healthcare practitioner if it contradicts what I have said.  These are my opinions from my knowledge and experiences. I am not aware of your individual situation that may be going on.

Beast Teamwork

"For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack." Rudyard Kipling.  Emphasis on team and working together.  Together Everyone Achieves More.

Beast Mental Toughness

Teaching your child to be mentally tough and dealing with adversity is very challenging.  In this session I am teaching your athlete how to change their perspective and learn how to control the things they can handle.

Boys Beast - Goal Setting and Journaling #2

Beast Athlete Development - went through the goals the boys set last week. Talked about journaling and what should be included and excluded.

Girls Beast - Goal Setting and Journaling #2

Beast Athlete Development - went through the goals the girls set last week.  Also went through inspirational female athletes that the girls should know.  Talked about journaling and what should be included and excluded.

Beast Goal Setting and Journaling Parent's Video

Beast Athlete Development Session #1 was on Goal Setting and Journaling.  "A goal without a plan is just a day dream" SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-Oriented and Time Specific). Areas to focus on include Relationships (friends and family), Knowledge/School, Sports, Spirituality, Community, Financial, Music/Art/Hobbies.  Write them down because they are 80% more likely to achieve them! Long term vs. Short term.  Process vs. Outcome. Obstacles you may encounter in setting a goal.

Parents do your Homework! - Book George Dorhmann Play Their Hearts Out

Before selecting a program here are some things to think about.  Use critical thinking and about where you stand on certain ideas before you are faced with them.  Once you have selected a program stay committed to it don't just jump ship for the next best thing all the time. Think about the long term development and health of your child.  If they are always injured, not getting enough rest or playing too much that is a problem.  They are young and it is your job to protect them.  Injuries happen but pay particular attention to things that become chronic.

Helicopter Parents Back Off - No Servant Can Have Two Masters

So many parents put their kids in a terrible position by talking bad about them behind the coaches back. There is no room for that because you are putting your child in a terrible position and chances are, if you coach is perceptive, they will be able to figure it out. Parents sports will teach your kids amazing lessons if you don't mess it up!

Strength of the Wolf is the Pack - Team Skill is Long Term Skill

Individual player development is always important.  Team skill development will develop the players and the team simultaneously and make an even bigger difference long term. Rudyard Kipling "The strength of the pack is the wolf, the strength of the wolf is the pack" Phil Jackson Sacred Hoops

Dangers of Overcoaching