Skills, Drills, Plays, Concepts, Tips and More…

Skills, Drills, Plays, Concepts, Tips and More…

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January 14, 2020 – Your Lawn…

I ran into old friend Courtney Banghart at the Greensboro Sports Counsel Luncheon today.  Courtney and I first met back in 2009 when she was recruiting Megan Buckland from my high school and club program. I attended the luncheon as a guest of Jim Barber, grandfather of Adelaide Jernigan, who plays in our club program (currently a 7th grader).  Jim remarked to me “I’m sure you’ve had lots of opportunities to move up in the basketball world”. I said “Yes, but I am really happy with where I am and what I am doing”. He replied, “It has to be a calling”. 

Courtney, along with the three other ACC Women’s Coaches in the Big 4, were part of a panel discussion today.  Courtney was asked about how colleges were handling the influx of transfers and recruiting today. Courtney made a statement that rings true as to why I, more than anything, have never wanted to pursue college coaching…

Want to know what it is?  Visit www.teachthegame.net under “Resources” for my reasoning…


 

January 8, 2020 – Dress for Success

  • One of my assistant coaches, Laurie Mulqueeny, attended a high school game last night.  She texted me the following during the game “I can’t believe what they (the coaches) are wearing. Not even team sweats. Just sweats.”   It got me to thinking about a conversation I had 3-4 years ago from a parent who asked why I wear a coat and tie on the sidelines for my high school games.  There are three reasons why I do so. The first one is out of respect to my high school coach, Howard West. The second one is out of respect to the game. The third one is for consistency purposes.  

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January 6, 2020 – Thoughts of the day for coaches, players, etc… 

  • I have held two Developing Dribblers Clinics over the past couple of weeks.  One on December 23, 2019 and the other on January 4, 2020.  I’ve come away with four thoughts from those two clinics that are applicable to basketball life and everyday life: 1) We all have a positive role in life to fulfil, 2) Don’t burn bridges, 3) The circle of life is true, and 4) The value of giving back.  I am going to briefly touch on all four.  
  1.  I listen to some of my peers and friends question if they have a purpose in life.  They question if they could honestly make a positive impact in this world or if they are just passing through with no purpose.  My response is that we are all presented with hundreds of opportunities each day to make that positive impact.  Those opportunities could be just to smile which unknowingly could brighten someone else’s day or to simply open a door for someone at the store.  Sometimes, looking for an immediate, worldly impact and not being able to microwave it makes people feel this way.  What is forgotten is that success is in the details, the small things, the everyday activities that we sometimes take for granted.  Developing Dribblers is an example of that.  The participants are just learning. Most are picking up a basketball for the first time, all are nervous (including the parents) and even the coaches are trying to figure out how to make things work.  First, learning their names, second, reassuring them that mistakes are OK, and third (and fourth) telling them that trying and having fun are very important, it relaxes everyone and allows for the development to begin.  If ONE participant leaves the clinic feeling like they’ve had a lot of fun or that they’ve learned something positive, then you have made a wonderful impact.  If a parent leaves feeling like they can now go home and talk to their kids about the session when they maybe couldn’t reach them in other ways, then you have made a significant impact.  By just smiling and having some fun with them while still “Teaching The Game” you may have changed a life forever from the simple bounce of a ball.  Now, if you’ll trade off what you are or could do with the basketball (maybe your talent is art or dance or singing or building or fixing, etc…) and help someone learn how to do those things or really, just give of your time to spend with them, you can begin to understand the role in life that you are here for and that you to can make and have a positive impact in someone else’s life. Making others happy, making others confident, making others better makes you all of those things as well.
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January 4, 2020 – Shooting Clinic Notes (more expansive set of notes can be found on www.teachthegame.net with the purchase of Tier 2 or 3).

Shooting Clinic Notes – January 4, 2020 held at Bishop McGuinness