2 Timothy 2:15
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to attend a coaches clinic at Pensacola State College. Here are some thoughts and observations that I wanted to share.
The clinic featured two NCAA Division 1 coaches. Coach Cunningham (head Coach at Troy University) and Coach Peterson (Assistant coach for Loyola Marymount). Both coaches were at Pensacola State College to pick up their recruits that will be joining their program for this upcoming season. Both coaches were very gracious in taking time to talk to anybody that wanted to ask question etc.
NEVER STOP LEARNING
One thing that really stuck out to me right off the bat was during both of their sessions was they both kept bringing up that they were reading a certain article about this or about that anytime that had some free time or were on a plane, etc. they are both D1 coaches but still looking to better themselves and their programs and that's what has gotten them where they're at today!
Both coaches have no intention of bringing in kids that are uncoachable. If they end up with a kid that is not COACHABLE and still chooses to be uncoachable, they let him go and give that scholarship to someone that is. This can also be said in many other areas of our lives. For our high school team I heard a player say that I have favorites on the team. They are absolutely right! Every kid that is COACHABLE, works hard, doesn't make excuses and has a desire to learn is a favorite! I can't wait to have 12 guys on a roster that are all my favorites!
PERFECT THE SKILL OF SHOOTING
Coach JP told a story about how they had one full ride scholarship to give and they had 8 different players they were looking at. The eight got narrowed down to three.. Then the head coach asked who was the best shooter out of the three. Not sure if that player will ever know that story behind him getting his scholarship, but it was great insight to what Division 1 coaches are thinking in certain situations.. If a coach had to pick between three guys your age group and he asked that question, where do you think you would be amongst other players?
We've heard it over and over again. Practice the fundamentals of the game. This is where both coaches stood in front of about 15-20 high school coaches, trainers, and scouts and almost begged us to teach the fundamentals of the game to our kids and get them plenty of reps in practice. If this is something you are wanting to get extra help in, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more then happy to give you the tools you will need.
STAY IN THE GYM
The formula to being a great player. Both coaches mentioned a few things regarding this subject. They mentioned first off that kids spend too much time playing video games instead of playing outside and working on a skill. Both coaches mentioned that the kids that they love the most are the ones who are constantly putting in work and improving their game. They put too many hours into their work to pickup a kid that only wants to be mediocre and satisfied where he's at. Studies say you have to spend 10,000 hours on something to master it. How many hours are you at?
My passion is getting kids in the gym that want to go all out in every drill in the workouts we design for them. Seeing a kid get better makes me happy.. But not satisfied. It only drives me more.
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