Welcome to the Keys to the Gym Vault. Throughout this site, you’ll find a hodge podge of video clips and writings from the uncommon wisdom and common sense teachings of Dick DeVenzio and Dena Evans. The blog has been created in hopes of making these basketball and life teachings available to more and more dedicated athletes and coaches who are looking for information and inspiration that goes beyond rote drills and techniques.
You won’t find much in these videos about how to shoot, how to pass, how to dribble, or how to stand in a defensive stance. There will be very little of that. Instead, you’ll hear Dick and Dena talk more about the subtleties of the game and about why your approach to the game is so important. You could say that these teachings are not just about what you do, but about how you do what you do. Unless you learn to do the things you do well, you don’t become a champion. (And by champion, we don’t just mean a winner of basketball games.)
These teachings are about the way you think, the way you practice, and the way you prepare. You’ll also hear a lot about what coaches often refer to as “the little things.” Subtleties of the game. The things great coaches want you to know, but rarely have the time to teach you. Things like how to see the game like a great point guard or a great coach, how to make the people around you better, and how to have more influence on your surroundings than your surroundings have on you.
These lessons will often be explained in creative and memorable ways so that they stick with you for the rest of your playing career and, for some people, into their coaching career and life as a whole. You’ll hear some funny terminology, see some misspelled words, and listen to some intriguing stories…not just to entertain you, but to make a point about basketball or life that you’ll hopefully never forget.
And keep in mind that this material is not for everyone. If you’re a casual player who enjoys “just playing” or if you just enjoy watching the game like an “average fan,” you probably won’t find much in these teachings that will be very interesting to you. This vault was created for those players and coaches who are dedicated to becoming the very best they can be and who are willing to pay the price for their greatness. It was created for eager students of the game who are always looking for ideas, information, and inspiration to make them smarter players and better leaders, both on and off the court.
Think of this website as your very own set of “Keys to the Gym.” Make good use of them.