4 comments on “Increase Your Activity Level

  1. Great thinking, Dena! And the younger a player is when adopting this concept, the quicker they develop mental toughness. Life is easy when things are going right. It’s our response to things gone wrong that defines us.

    • Well said, thanks for sharing your thoughts Dan. Interesting how formative the early years are to players, and more importantly people. When you think about it like that, our youth basketball coaches should get so much more credit and investment. What do you think Dan?

  2. I agree. The trouble with coaches is at the younger ages (when kids are more susceptible to influence); too many coaches are Mom or Dad. So they “help” without any skills or knowledge (keeps costs down, right?). So the paradox for us is that they’re “helping” but not necessarily improving the kids. In fact, they do three things badly;

    1) Too many don’t really know the game, so they can’t teach it, they can only cheer lead

    2) They don’t know how to acknowledge or manage self-talk. This is HUGE. Kid misses a shot, “I suck at basketball.” A coach should know to help him/her focus on positives and goals, including looking back into the past to refute the poor self-talk. “Billy, you scored 4 baskets last week. You’re one of our fastest kids. And you’re getting better every time you play. Don’t worry about misses right now.”

    3) They can’t teach mechanics, so the kids are more likely to practice doing things poorly. Even if they read a book or watch a video to come up with drills, they NEVER watch to see if it’s being done right (actually, I see this at every level, including high school)

    I wish we had certification here, like they do in Europe. There you can’t coach at a level until you’ve qualified yourself through testing and been approved to move up. I’d love to get a movement like that started stateside.

    • Hi Dan, You’d probably like to read some of Brian McCormick’s stuff on youth development. He started the YBCA which has some great resources and values. And I agree there is much to be learned from the European system, not only the training of youth coaches but the respect they get that facilities them wanting to and being able to provide high quality experiences. Plus the age/size appropriate rims and balls actually gives kids a chance do things right, most kids shoot on ten foot rims way too early. All good stuff, thanks again Dan!

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