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Making Youth Summer Basketball Fun

Rule number one for youth basketball is that it should be fun. This means de-emphasizing wins and losses, eliminating pressure, and focusing on participation. In  summer youth basketball and summerbeginner’s leagues, everyone’s a winner just by stepping onto the court. This should be your mindset for your beginning basketball player.

As the parent of a youth basketball player, it’s important to remember a few “no-no’s” in order to encourage child participation:

  •  Don’t forget the venue is important: Make sure you sign up a t a place that will really help your child develop in basketball. You want to make sure that all the fundamentals are being taught correctly.
  • Don’t live vicariously through your child: Your child’s time on the court is his time to shine. It’s only fair that he establishes his own goals and interests while playing the game.
  • Don’t pressure your child about playing well or following instructions: Children learn physical skills at their own pace. It takes time and patience to master physical skills and mental awareness on the court.
  • Don’t dwell on mistakes or missed opportunities: It’s important to take advantage of any opportunity for encouragement, and to quickly forget about the mistakes so that your child will do the same.
  • Don’t forget to celebrate the good times:  During Summer basketball you can usually watch your child play during the summer camp.  make sure when watching that you can celebrate the good times on the court can be anything: A made basket, good hustle, following instructions properly, or playing well with teammates. This will help boost your child’s confidence while playing  Take advantage of the fun parts of playing basketball by celebrating them.

Basketball Summer activities is the best way for your child to only develop his skill  through is free time but also keeps he/she physically fit and not in front of the computer all day. Enjoy summer basketball!

 

5 Crucial Tips On Being The Elite Point Guard

 

It’s no puzzle that in order to be an elite player you have not only possess the skills but the IQ on the court. How and when to maneuver. Here are 5 tips to help you take your game to a new level

Tip #1 you have to be able to move with and without the ball offensively and defensively. Too often we hear people say he or she is not athletic enough to play at this level. Inside our Point Guard Elite system we specialize in maximizing a players athletic ability by teaching them how to reroute movement mechanics by understanding point guard alignment and loading principles to change direction and accelerate

Tip #2 you have to be able to shoot it is no secret you have to be able to shoot. Not only to score points but also to be a constant threat on the floor it forces defensive players to guard you tighter making you quicker that you truly are. It makes it easier to create passing angles while also knocking down free throws and shots late in the game. It is no secret that players coming out of the FBA training  system knock down shots.

Tip #3 put yourself in positions that make the game easy. To often players have a tendency to make the game too difficult. Our point guards at FBA know how to play in a way that slows the game down or makes the game easier vs. more elite athletes.

Tip #4 Make everyone around you better. We expect FBA Point Guards to put their teammates before themselves and to continually ask themselves after every practice if they made someone better today. Setting the example off the court, in practice and in the game.

Tip # 5 be disciplined. Player often are aware of what is expected of them but often take the easy way out. As a Point Guard I believe it is important that we demonstrate discipline in every part of our life on and off the court.

 

Follow these 5 tips and you are on your way to basketball and life success. You stay busy always stay working out the whole year. Work ethic and consistency is key

 

The Coach’s Perfect Player

 

One of the most, if not the single most issues between coach and player is, PLAYING TIME. Players want to know why they are not playing more, and what they can do to earn more playing time on the court. Here are 10 areas to look at when trying to earn more time on the court, and less time on the bench.

 

1. Attitude

The most effective, coachable players are humble in victory and gracious in defeat. They don’t have to earn respect; they demand it by their actions on and off the court.

 

2. The Perfect Balance

School work, work-study job, practice, games, travel. The players that are able to find the perfect balance in their everyday daily lives, are the most effective and ones that coaches look to reward.

 

3. Knowing and Accepting your Role

Coaches will ask players to sacrifice for the betterment of the team. The players that embrace their roles and flourish in them are the ones that coaches want around and on the floor. Players that second guess and constantly revolt against change, are the ones who will be riding the pine or shown the door.

 

4. Ability to Defend

Defence wins championships. Players who can score at will, but consistently let their man do the same are not as valuable as a defensive stopper who really isn’t needed to score.

 

5. Taking Care of the Ball

Coaches hate careless turnovers. Players that feel the need to go between the legs, spin twice and make an around the back pass that sails off the wall, will surely be replaced by a less flashy, but more fundamentally sound player.

 

6. Accept / Follow-Though on Criticism

Players will be given areas to improve upon during all stages of the year. The ones that act upon recommended weaknesses by following through and showing results will be noticed.

 

7. Teammate 1st

Players that pass up a good shot for a great shot, encourage teammates in workouts, practices and games, and go out of their way to help teammates in all situations, are the ones that make a program run on all cylinders. Players that demand the limelight, preach about individual stats, brag about their value to the team and isolate themselves from the group, are going to suck the energy from the program and are in fact, better off on their own.

5 Keys To Successful Coaching

If you want to be a successful basketball coach, you certainly need to have a thorough knowledge of basketball fundamentals, drills, offense and defense X’s and O’s.

However, having that knowledge alone will not make you a successful basketball coach.

The successful basketball coach is able to teach. He or she must be able to present the basketball material in such a way that every player can learn and understand quickly. He is not only able to teach the team as a whole, but can effectively provide individual instruction as needed.

The following 10 ideas are essentially advice for teaching basketball. Work on and/or improve upon these concepts in your basketball coaching and you will find greater success as a basketball coach.

  1. Keep your teaching simple.
    I often try to remember the old K.I.S.S. principle — Keep It Simple, Stupid! Explain it, but keep it short and to the point. I find most players want to learn but they want to utilize what they have learned. If you ramble on and on or are difficult to understand, the players will start to tune you out … thereby missing out on the important instruction you are offering. Keep your presentations clear, simple, and precise.
    1. Whole-Part.
      Present the overall concept and then teach it step-by-step. Teaching the whole-part method works for every skill and concept. Teach the jump shot as a skill, then break it down so the player can learn the proper form and technique to shooting the jump shot. Present your new offensive system; then break it down into various drills so the players can familiarize themselves with it and learn all the skills and nuances necessary.
    2. Master the Learning
      Make sure that each player has ‘mastered’ what you are teaching. Sure, some players will master things more quickly but mastery is the goal. Each player should be able to adequately perform what he has learned. If he cannot, then you must look at your methods and determine ways in which you can help him improve.
    3. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat.
      Work on the skill or concept until the action becomes automatic. And when a skill or play is mastered, repetition is still needed to keep it fresh and to improve even further.
    4. Teach Individually.
      Work individually with players. Help the lesser-skilled become more adept at the given skill. For the more highly-skilled player, teach them something new or something that will help them improve on a current skill. Be patient and be able to demonstrate and correct until the skill is mastered.
      1. Do Not Over-Coach.
        Simple concept. It is far better to do a few things well than many things poorly. If you’re finding things aren’t working so well, you might need to scale it back. Get back to the basics and, yep, Keep It Simple,

Fulfilling Your Vision and Understanding Your Life’s Purpose

Understanding your purpose in life will be the greatest thing you will accomplish.   Moving with a purpose will drive you to what you love to do and when it helps impact other lives it makes it ore rewarding. When coach Phil Henderson and I started the Filipino Basketball Academy.  We sat down and actually asked one another this question. “What was our purpose in life”? being basketball enthusiast we both agreed that teaching and sharing basketball would be very fulfilling because we both understood  what the game did for us and what it can do for other lives.  Players you too have a purpose that God has instilled in each one of you. If you don’t know what your purpose is. Here are some tips to help you dis cover your purpose:

Pray

As a believer, I always seek God’s word for wisdom and counseling  after reading God’s word .I always ask in prayer for the Lord to help me find my purpose.  If you believe in God then surely through His word and through prayer you will discover your purpose in life.

Seek Whats In Your Heart

Your heart is your best tool to access your true purpose and passion. Ask yourself what you love? Start taking steps to do what you love. When you are inspired and connected to your happy self, inspiration floods your heart and soul. When you lead from your heart, you are naturally more joyful and motivated to explore. By doing what you love, you will be inspired and gain insights into what brings you the most joy.

Passion + Daily Action = Purposeful Life

Consider that the real purpose of anyone’s life is to be fully involved in living. Try to be present for the journey and fully embrace it. Soon you will be oozing with passion, and you will feel so purposeful and fulfilled you will wonder how you lived life without it. Enjoy the journey into your own awesome life.

Basketball Skill Training:Player Put In The Time Get Your Results

One of the biggest misconceptions is playing 5 on 5 basketball pick up will make you better.  It helps but, it certainly doesn’t  make you better. Working on your game individually makes you better.  Working on the specifics of your game like your weaknesses.  If you are already strong right handed it’s time to work on your left and yes, just your left hand maybe for one  full work out. If you are not a very good shooter it’s time to get on the court and get a lot of quality reps up. Starting close with your form shooting then working your way back to the free throw line.  Here are 3 Crucial Tips every player has to have before stepping on the court

 Dedication

Players make sure you put the time in your game. There is no way you make achieve results without putting in your time on the court. Ok, so you say you dont have access to a basketball court, Then work on ball handling you don’t need a basketball court for that any small place will work you can use your pound dribble using both hands.

No Excuses

You made the decision to play basketball so, make no excuses for not working on your game. Excuses get you know where in life .. PERIOD.. You have to find that motivating factor that drives you to get up and get reps up. Right mindset and right work ethic  will get you results.

Push Yourself

Game speed is the only way to train. If you are only going half speed in your training. Guess what you will be doing in the game?. You have to push yourself as if every rep was a game situation. More reps more conditioning with the right technique will get you the results.

Players work on your game on a regular, If you do this the results will certainly come. Never make excuses on why you couldn’t always have the right mindset to achieve.  At the end of the day, you have to be satisfied at where you are at a s a player. It falls on you

Basketball Giveback: Reach One Teach One

I always believed that the real reward in life is not how much one can  attain in this lifetime but, the real reward is how you can impact others lives and giveback to those who are less fortunate. I was fortunate to help bring our “Hoops For Hope” basketball project to life back in 2013. The program was how we would be able to go into 5 different cities and 30 barangays to be able to teach basketball and character building life skills to those who were less fortunate. It was one of the greatest experiences I  have ever been apart of. To be be able to reach out and touch lives through this wonderful game . The joy of seeing these children line up each  early Saturday  mornings just to be able to be taught the game that we all passionately love. Each Saturday before we start training we would sit the players down and have our life talks with the word for the day.  Words would on Discipline, Importance of Time Management, Perseverance and Listening Skills. At the end of each session we would close out in our word for the day. I could not have been more blessed then to do a project like this.  The Hoops For Hope  provides support to community-based organizations that promote education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations. I was inspired to start the foundation because he wanted to give back to underserved communities and support issues of purpose. I can’t just let basketball define who I am and what I am supposed to become. Like my mother always tells me, “my life is bigger than basketball.” This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and truly blessed to be a part of it

Basketball Parents: More Time With The Ball

A parent asked me ”  How fast and how long will I see improvement in my son’s game ?” I simply told her “Give your child more time with the basketball”. We all know the old saying, “Practice makes perfect.” It’s so true. If you want to help your child improve their youth basketball skills, they need to work with the basketball as much as possible. How often you wonder? That all depends on their commitment level. Your child will be the judge of that. Remember, they have to have fun with this. Your job, as a youth basketball parent, is to encourage them. Some children will practice for a few minutes a day, while others will practice for hours everyday. That reminds me of a player I used to coach. He would dribble the basketball everywhere he went. When he couldn’t dribble, he would practice ball-handling drills. This was in addition to the many hours he spent playing the game. Needless to say, he was one of the best players in our school’s history. So what does your child need for this practice time? Just a basketball! There are many great drills that can be practiced with nothing more than a basketball. Dribbling, ball-handling, passing, shooting, footwork, and many more. Youth basketball parents should remember to encourage their child to practice, join them as often as you can – but never force them. Again, they will determine how often they want to practice. Practice, practice, practice – it’s the best way to improve!Give your child more time with the basketball. We all know the old saying, “Practice makes perfect.” It’s so true. If you want to help your child improve their youth basketball skills, they need to work with the basketball as much as possible. How often you wonder? That all depends on their commitment level. Your child will be the judge of that. Remember, they have to have fun with this. Your job, as a youth basketball parent, is to encourage them. Some children will practice for a few minutes a day, while others will practice for hours everyday. That reminds me of a player I used to coach. He would dribble the basketball everywhere he went. When he couldn’t dribble, he would practice ball-handling drills. This was in addition to the many hours he spent playing the game. Needless to say, he was one of the best players in our school’s history. So what does your child need for this practice time? Just a basketball! There are many great drills that can be practiced with nothing more than a basketball. Dribbling, ball-handling, passing, shooting, footwork, and many more.  Youth basketball parents should remember to encourage their child to practice, join them as often as you can – but never force them. Again, they will determine how often they want to practice. Practice, practice, practice – it’s the best way to improve!

5 Traits Of The Coachable Player

Being a coachable basketball player has many great benefits and rewarding potential like more playing time, better relationships with your coaches and teammates, accelerated learning, less stress and contributing to a stronger, more bonded team.

The following is a checklist of 5 traits of a coachable basketball player so that you can be sure that you are exemplifying behavior that will make you a great asset to your coaches and team.

1.  Listen more, talk less

You know those players that seem to always have something to say about everything regardless of whether it’s in response to a reprimand or when they make a good play? Typically those players are not very good listeners and tend to go about simply running their mouths for the sake of hearing themselves talk.  This is not a good example of a coachable player, in fact, just the opposite type of player is ideal.  By listening more and talking less you are showing that you believe what your coaches have to say is more important and you are more likely to retain what they are teaching you than if you are always talking while they are or interrupting them.

2.  Be willing to take personal responsibility

It’s not always easy to take personal responsibility whether in life or on the basketball court.  It’s especially challenging when coming into practice after a lousy game performance where you missed most of your free throws or allowed your player too many offensive points that was a big part in costing your team the game.  Those are the moments that are tough to swallow knowing that you might have let some people down.  Coachable players understand that this is all part of the self-development process as an athlete and you have to be willing to take the good times with the bad. You can’t always accept the glory without being able to tough out the failures as well. Taking personal responsibility for your daily performance shows your coaches that you are able to be realistic for where you are really at with your skills and within your role on the basketball team.

3.  Focus on yourself, not others

This trait goes along with the previous one in that the most coachable players are always focusing on inner reflection rather than looking to their coaches and their teammates to justify their behavior or performance.  Instead of worrying about your point guard who seems to always turn the ball over on every other play or your post player who refuses to use the backboard and has a frustratingly low shooting percentage, simply spend your time thinking about the areas that you need to improve.  The best, more effective players in the game of basketball are the ones who focus on their performance and responsibilities so much that in turn everyone out on the court playing with them seem to get better when they are out on the floor. This trait certainly doesn’t translate into being selfish with the ball or completely self-centered as person, but it does mean that it’s more respectable to not go around pointing fingers at everyone else all the time when thing aren’t going right.

4.  Take time to approach your coach directly

Has your coach ever said something to you during practice that didn’t quite make sense or that you didn’t completely catch?  Coachable players understand that communication is key to success and when there is a misunderstanding between coach and player it’s not just the coach’s responsibility to ensure that everything is clear from a communication aspect.  Your coach will respect you more if you take the time to show up to practice early or stay late to drop by their office to keep lines of communication open. It can be an incredibly difficult challenge for coaches to effectively communicate to all players on the team at once during an open practice or game, which is why coachable players understand that it’s their job to close the gap and make time to approach their coach directly.  This trait will eliminate misunderstandings and confusion and you might even get your coach to spend extra time with you to explain what their expectations are of you or to simply review a play that you aren’t quite executing properly. Coaches are always willing to invest extra time in dedicated and coachable players who are willing to spend one-on-one time with them.

5.  Always hear instruction, not criticism

This is one of the most difficult traits to develop as you become a coachable basketball player.  It’s easy to think that after the 5th time of your coach or teammate coming to you about the same issue that you are simply being criticized for your hard efforts.  By keeping everything in a positive perspective and remembering that you can’t always take tone of voice, facial expressions and other bodily language so literally you will be happier.  Sometimes, your coaches and teammates are going to say things that might come across as abrupt and critical, but so long as you keeping in mind that they are all human and you choose to always hear instruction over criticism you will soar as a coachable basketball player.  Also, remember that you coaches have lives outside of the team so it is likely that they might be having a hard day and aren’t being quite as diplomatic during practice with the way they say things, this is where the coachable players will cut them some slack and understand that at the end of the day it’s about instruction to becoming the best player possible at all times.

Some players come by being a coachable basketball player naturally, while others struggle more in certain areas.  It’s safe to assume that everyone could take some time reevaluating their coachability and pick out a trait or two above to hone in and really work on in the upcoming season. By focusing on being coachable as much as you do your skill developemnt, you will be surprised at how much more smoothly everything will go for you as you gain great respect from your coach and teammates by first showing respect and setting a good example for everyone!

5 Crucial Basketball Leadership Traits

It takes a special player to accept the role as your team leader. When it comes to leadership its not necessarily you best player  its the one player whom you can depend on to be on practice on time, to be the voice of the team one who can inspire and encourage. Here are 5 tips that are necessary to be a great leader on your basketball team,

Basketball leaders are made, not born, with qualities developed through their experiences both on and off the court. Great court leaders, like Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan, learned from their failures and use them to improve their ability to motivate, inspire and ultimately to win. Like anything else, if you want to improve your leadership skills, you must devote effort and attention. However, you also need to understand the special qualities of basketball leadership. Review the five traits discussed below, and use them to mold yourself into one of the most respected players in your league.

Character Reveals

Character is what defines you as a person. It is the sum of your values, beliefs and behavior. One quality that is particularly valuable for basketball leadership is integrity Players with integrity have positive values, principles and actions.  They are consistent in their beliefs,  and they strive to be a a positive influence to their teammates and others.

 

Commitment

As a leader, you must make a commitment to achieving daily, weekly and ultimate goals. If you want to be a better player, commit to the work required to get there. Don’t give up when it gets difficult. Stay focused on what you want to achieve.

 

Communication Is Key

How well do you communicate with you teammates? Basketball leaders improve their teams by refocusing teammates on what matters and voicing ideas in ways that motivate, not offend, others and do not disrupt the chemistry of the team.

Example: Your teammate made a costly turnover, and your coach removed him from the game. What can you say to keep your team’s confidence high?

How to Improve: Speak clearly and project your voice, watching for reactions from team members. Make sure you are motivating and inspiring others for better performance. Be sensitive to how and when you should communicate your message.

Self-Discipline

Athletes with self-discipline take the right action regardless of their emotional state. At some point, you will be tired, angry, agitated, stressed or annoyed; however, your attitude and ability to persevere should not change.

 

Learning From Mistakes

No one is perfect. When you make mistakes, take the time to analyze and learn from our mistakes . Doing this will continually improve your leadership skills. You have to realize when you said the wrong thing at the wrong time. Great leaders realize when they are wrong and admit it.

As a player or coach, you can improve your basketball leadership traits by evaluating your character, commitment, communication style, self-discipline and ability to learn from mistakes. It will take time, effort and commitment to improve. However, the results should inspire you and help your team in the long run.