Sure Valentine's Day is around the corner so maybe I'm feeling sentimental.
Or, I just read too many blogs where the focus is on everything other than the relationship between player and coach.
Today, I want to explain why coaching anybody, in anything, need not start with fundamentals or x's and o's but with a good ole fashioned heart to heart.
How many of you have been to a youth game where the most talented player on the floor/field struts around like he/she is the greatest thing since sliced bread?
What about when that player gets benched and hangs their head, pouts, and makes it visibly obvious that they're upset?
Today, I'm going to explain why your body language is so incredibly important to not only yourself, but to your team's ultimate success.
Sports and ethics are two fundamental aspects of human society that have a significant impact on our lives. When we think of sports, we envision competition, athleticism, and teamwork. However, it is essential to recognize that sports are not merely about physical prowess and winning; they also involve moral considerations and ethical dilemmas. In this article, we will delve into the complex relationship between sports and ethics, examining how ethical principles shape our understanding and practice of sports. By exploring real-life examples and adopting an analytical perspective, we will uncover the multifaceted nature of this intriguing intersection.
I just finished Zen and the Art of Coaching Basketball: Memoir of a Namibian Odyssey by Ben Guest. Guest makes his first trip to Namibia shortly after college as part of the Peace Corps. After a couple stops in Mississippi as a teacher and coach, he returns to Namibia to teach at a private, international high school. Despite the school not offering sports, Guest goes to watch the public school championships and is offered a job to coach a boy's high school team.
Here are my key takeaways from the book.
We previously wrote about NIL in relation to NBA G League Salaries and the options that young players now have when deciding to go pro or not. That article was strictly about basketball, and it's important to note that NIL is applicable to all college athletes.
Reading is an excellent way to exercise your brain and keep it healthy. While we all read for different reasons, sometimes we forget that reading is actually good for our mental health.
Lifting Weights and Shooting
Let's start this discussion by cutting right to the chase.
Lifting weights will not hurt your shot in basketball.
If you’re preparing for your first season of college basketball (or maybe your second, third, or fourth), here are 4 things that I would tell my younger self:
Putting Yourself in Position to Secure a Division 1 Basketball Scholarship
With March Madness right around the corner, is it your dream to participate? While many want it, few understand what it takes to play at that level. The question itself should probably be rephrased to "How can I put myself in a position to play college basketball?" Wordsmithing aside, I'm going to lay out exactly what you should be doing and not doing. Let's go!
The Best Basketball Books for Middle and High Schoolers
According to a survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in 2019-2020, basketball ranked third in participation rates among high school boys, with over 540,000 participants, and second among high school girls, with over 430,000 participants.
Given its soaring popularity (and the fact that teenagers are tough to shop for), it's only fitting that we build a list of the best basketball books for teens.
Our goal with this list was to provide some different options, both fiction and non-fiction basketball books, that would cater to young teens as well as seniors in high school. This list has a mix of learning more about what makes the best athletes in the world tick to fictional tales to Teresa Weatherspoon actually teaching you the nuances of the game. If you're a parent or grandparent looking for a gift, you've come to the right place.
Whether you're here to learn, improve your game, or simply find something to do in your leisure time, we hope you find value in these nine recommendations.
John Willkom is the author of Amazon best-selling basketball books: Walk-On Warrior and No Fear In The Arena. John is an avid reader, sports fan, and father to two incredible little girls.
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