Basketball can teach many life lessons, none of which is more important than realizing you can have a lot of fun and work extremely hard at the same time. I’m confident that my players keep coming back not just for new skills, but because they genuinely enjoy the process. I’ve never seen a reluctant, unengaged player improve long term.
COACHING THE WHOLE PLAYER
All players (especially young players) are unique and require a distinct approach to motivation, instruction, and communication. By putting in genuine effort to get to know my players, I’m able to not only construct a targeted approach for their basketball development but also build a level of trust critical to creating a successful Coach/Player alliance. Many of my past players come back to help coach and mentor my younger players, a dynamic that exponentially benefits each players' development on and off the court.
The skills we teach are based on two core principles. First, the techniques are not easy to learn, but once learned…they are SIMPLE and EASY to do in live games. Learning counter-intuitive deception and re-training instinctive and efficient footwork can be frustrating mountains for young players to climb…but the resulting skill set creates players who can navigate the court with puzzling composure, simplicity, and speed. Second, a skills trainer’s most valuable currency is real-game examples. Not only should trainers be able to show examples of other players using each skill, but the most powerful real-life example is when a player sees him/herself do a new skill. My favorite thing is when I can send players footage of them using something new to great effect.
I develop confidence in my players by helping them realize the following outlook in every area of their game: “If I do it right…it works.” If I shoot it with proper form, it will likely go in. If I do the hesitation jab move perfectly, I will get past the defender with ease. If I approach practice with the right mindset, I will getter better today.