There are times when I find myself beating myself up about certain faults, short comings, or growth areas that I consistently battle with. One of the BIGGEST revolutions that I have had during these times is that focusing on those things do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
Here is the Breakthrough that I wanted to share…….
Be THANKFUL and GRATEFUL that you can see your own faults, short comings, and growth areas. If you can Look Up, then you can Get Up!
There are a lot of people out there that go through life thinking that their “stuff” dont stink and they have no growth areas, while some beat themselves up because they can see their failures.
Sometimes you give everything you got, try your absolute best, and do everything that you are told but still fail!
The #1 Thing that ALL Basketball Players Must Understand!
This message is one of the truest things that players must understand. Often times many of the questions that parents, friends, and supports systems have about kids when they are going through the process of becoming a varsity basketball player and/or college prospect comes down to ONE THING.
If you get the message of this video and you implement it, the impact that it can have on whatever it is that you are doing right now is HUGE!
Many people talk about what they want for themselves or for their children by spending the majority of their time looking outside of themselves for answers outside of themselves. One of the best things that sports teach us about not just the game of basketball but also life is that the one who is willing to out work the next person by maximizing what they currently have seems to always get the loose ball and breaks in life.
When you see this level of focus and work ethic in others and a team of people come together in harmony is when magical and great things happen IF you are willing to put in the work!
With the rapid rise in youth are participating in competitive sports at younger and younger ages there is a increase in the need of quality people and coaches to be a part of these young peoples lives. Recently there has been a lot of talk around whether or not AAU basketball is good for kids where man N.B.A stars such as Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Charles Barkley, and many others have shared there opinion on the subject. You can review that article on AAU Basketball here.
So how do you decide on a coach and which route to take……….
Value Based Coaches vs. Talent Based Coaches
I was listening to an interview with the Hall of Famer Isaiah Thomas and he was speaking on the recent passings of some legendary coaches, Dean Smith and Jerry Tarkanian. Both coaches had many years invested into their professions and played a serious role in hundreds of players lives.
Isaiah Thomas spoke to the transition in coaching that has taken place in basketball from a “Values Based Coach to a Talent Based Coach.” The point he was making is that coaches like Dean Smith is a Values Based Coach who’s philosophy is to develop the man/women first and the player will come vs. the Talent Based Coach whos focus is making the player and the man/women will come.
His philosophy is something that continues to help shape and develop myself and I believe this principals when applied are of tremendous value for coaches, trainers, parents, and supporters of kids in youth sports.
Remembering John Wooden
By keeping basketball in its proper place, the value that your child will receive from being involved in a basketball environment that puts the development of the person first and the development of the talent second, will be guaranteed to build separate them from many other kids out there.
If players will study and apply these principals their ability to achieve success and reach their potential dramatically increases!
Many young student athletes all have aspirations of continuing their sport past the high school level by receiving an athletic scholarship from the school of their dreams. Along that process there are many things that you will have to do in order to be viewed as legitimate prospect with realistic chance of earning an athletic scholarship.
It is no question that a player must have a certain level of talent, skill, and work ethic in order to earn an athletic scholarship they must also meet certain standards in order to play at the NCAA Div. I & II level. Unfortunately I have seen many talented players over the years go through their entire high school career and never do this ONE THING that EVERY player who has aspirations of playing NCAA Div. I or II MUST DO! The ideal time to begin this process is during your Sophomore year going into your Junior year in high school.
This information is not a secret and many of the players who participate in NCAA certified events are told the information and shown videos to inform them of the process. They must explain register at the NCAA Eligibility Center in order to be eligible to receive and NCAA scholarship.