|01/26/18||07:30pm||White River Valley||Away|
|IHSAA||Hickory Husker||Max Preps||Harrell's|
I have run this article in the past, but I think it is a great article and the start of the season is the perfect time to revisit it. You might remember that it used to be entitled “Eight Tips for Basketball Parents” but the new updated version is now entitled “Nine Tips for Basketball Parents.” I will post these tips in 3 installments. Look for the next installment on Thursday and tha final insallment on Saturday.
As I was growing up, the most influential people in my life were my parents and my coaches. It just so happened that my father was also my coach for some of the teams for which I played. I think my decision to get into coaching has a lot to do with the positive experiences I gained from participating in all sorts of sports and the support I received at home. I can honestly say that my parents were excellent “Sports Parents.” We all have seen the “Crazy Sports Parent” and understand how unappealing that can be. I’ll be the first to admit that even with the great role models I had growing up, there still have been a couple times in my life that I was the “Crazy Sports Parent.” I have tried to learn from my mistakes and with that goal in mind, I have read numerous books and articles on the subject. In an effort to help the parents of our basketball players I’ve decided to write my own “Nine Tips For Basketball Parents.” These are a compilation of things that I have read and have learned from both my experiences as kid and a parent. I plan on sharing a couple of tips a week over the next few weeks, in hopes of allowing you to forgo some of the common mistakes that I see parents (including myself) make with their sons.
#1 Give Your Son The Gift Of Failure
Successful people in sports and life in general, are risk takers who are not afraid to fail. Secondly, when they do fail, they know how to handle failure to make future improvement. It is not enjoyable for parents to see our kids fail, but it’s important for us to realize that fixing all of their failures for them is not going to solve all of their problems. Nobody has ever learned to walk without falling down a few times along the way. It’s the setbacks, the trials and tribulations we experience along the way that sends us the negative feedback necessary to make future improvement. I think it is really important to teach our kids to view their setbacks and mistakes as an opportunity to improve. This positive way of looking at failure will go a long way toward enabling them to become the type of calculated risk taker that will be successful in life.
#2 Stress The Process, Not The Outcome
When an athlete is not performing up to his potential in games, or he “chokes” when the pressure is on, it is usually because that athlete is focused on the outcome of a performance and not the process. All of the great “clutch” athletes are truly “lost in the moment” or too “consumed with the present” to be worried about the outcome. Rather they are totally absorbed in the “here and now” of the actual performance. You know John Wooden never talked about winning with his players. He talked to his players about concentrating on the process and the things his team needed to do well to reach their potential. He realized that if his team would concentrate on the process, then the outcome would take care of itself. I think smart parents will de-emphasize winning with their child and instead stress learning the fundamentals of the game. In the long run, I’m confident that your son will be a more productive athlete.
#3 Avoid Comparisons With Fellow Competitors and Teammates
Parents who are truly supportive of their son will refrain from comparing their son to other athletes as a way of evaluating their progress. Kids develop at different rates, so comparisons often ignore the distorting effects of developmental differences. Some kids are done growing in the 6th grade and are therefore more advanced. Making the mistake of comparing a player who is still physically maturing with a teammate who is already physically mature can only serve to prematurely turn-off an otherwise talented player with a lot of potential. I think athletes are better served when they work on things they can control and stop worrying about things that are outside of their control. I think this tip is closely related to Tip #2- Stress The Process, Not The Outcome.
Zone Movement Rules
We run the same offense vs a Zone as we do a man to man defense with the following exceptions…
Seam Cut- Against a man to man defense our players always basket cut after passing the ball. When they get to the “decision box” which is near the rim, they have some options like posting up, setting a back screen, or filling an open corner. But, against a zone we “seam cut” meaning we cut in the seam of the zone and slow down so that passer can find us.
Fill the Short Corner- Instead of always filling the deep corner as we do against a man to man, we will fill the short corner after leaving the decision box.
Screen In- We want to “screen in” the backside of the zone and look to skip the ball.
Drive and Kick more- It is important to engage 2 defenders so that we can distort the zone and take of advantage of two players guarding 1.
Line Up In Gaps- Versus an odd man front zone we always deploy our players in a 2 guard front and versus an even man front zone we always deploy our players in a 1 man front. We feel like we can reverse the ball quicker this way and it gives a better chance to distort the zone.
You Are Responsible
Some people call it “personal accountability.” Others would use the term “extreme ownership.”It doesn’t matter what you want to call it, but the idea of “you being responsible” is an extremely important one that all the great players understand. I’m not talking about the player who takes the blame in a noble gesture to the press after the game. Anybody can do that, and they often times do just that so that they can hear their friends and family refute their claims so that they can feel better. The great players will look at a tough loss and forget about an officials blown call, or a teammate’s missed last second shot. Instead, the great player will look at the mistakes he made throughout the game and search for solutions so that he won’t make the same mistakes next time.
From the desk of Mike Foster…
Loogootee 5 A/B traveled to Jasper 10th Street last Tuesday evening and came away with a 36-28 victory in the A game. Leading scorer was Aidan Sheetz with 12 points, followed by Wade Walton and AJ Foster each with 6 points.
The B team came away with a 21–16 victory! Leading the way was Xavier Todd with 11 points and Kendall Kemp with 12 rebounds!
The 5th grade Lions will travel to White River Valley next Tuesday 11/21 with the 6th grade.
The name of the game is “Basketball”- you have to put the ball in the basket! Shooting is the great equalizer. Offensively teams can do a lot of things correctly or they can make a bunch of mistakes on any particular possession, but the at the end of every successful offensive possession the ball has found its way into the basket. So understanding how important the skill of shooting is to the game, you would think players would work on it every single day. Getting up “x-tra shots” before and after practice can go a long way into making a kid into a really good player. If a player would shoot 200 “x-tra” shots per day just 5x’s per week that would add up to 52,000 extra shots in one year. If a player would shoot 500 “x-tra” shots per day 5x per week, that would add up to 130,000 shots per year. I would think anybody who would spend the extra time shooting 52,000-130,000 shots per year could become a pretty proficient shooter.
Win Each Day
We encourage our players to “Win Each Day” by continually concentrating on the process and not always on the results. John Wooden never talked about “winning” with his players he instead talked about the process. I’m not saying that winning isn’t important because it is very important. What I’m saying, and what we try to get our players to understand, is that the day to day preparation is the biggest key to winning. When a player worries about winning so much that he forgets that the building blocks to success are hard work and preparation, then he will never reach that ultimate goal.
One key to becoming focused on the process is to “clear the lens” and focus only on the things that are within your control. The only 2 things that any of us can truly control is our attitude and and our effort. When we become focused on things outside of our control it only serves to distract us from our ultimate goal.
From the Desk of Jeff Bledsoe…
Loogootee 6th grade start regular season 2-0
6th grade Lions traveled to Cedar Crest on Nov 9th for an A/B game. After a sluggish start defensively, the young lions were able to hold their opponent to only 9 2nd half points to come away with a 56-30 win. Loogootee was led in scoring by Reis Whitney with 19. Isaac Waggner and Drew Walker also scored in double figures with 12 and 11. Brandon Bledsoe had a team high 6 assists and Isaac Waggner hauled in 9 rebounds. The team is hoping to play at a higher tempo this year creating great scoring opportunities early in the possession when possible.
The B game was much of the same as Loogootee pulled away early for a 40-12 victory. Sam Graber led the way with 17 points and Conner Swartzentruber added 15.
On November 13th, Loogootee hosted another team from Cedar Crest. After another slow start, the Lions pulled away for the 37-21 win. Issac Wagoner had 12 and Brandon Bledsoe had 10 to lead the way.
The B game was very simlar to the first game winning once again 37-21. John Hart led team in scoring with 13 followed by Sam Graber with 10 and Jaybe Wagoner chipping in 8. The Lions next game will be against WRV.
Victory Favors The Team That Makes The Fewest Mistakes
One of my favorite Bobby Knight quotes is, “Victory favors the team that makes the fewest mistakes.” I think it would be easy for somebody to read that quote and assume that coach Knight is talking about turnovers. Of course turnovers are mistakes, but there are so many other mistakes that teams make that cost them games. Missing a blockout, or forgetting a defensive assignment or rotation on defense can easily cost a team a basket. Not running a play correctly, or failing to use a screen the right way are examples of missing scoring opportunities on offense. The thing is, more often than not, mistakes that are made during a game are mental- not physical. I guess that why Coach Knight is also famous for saying “In the game of basketball, the mental is to physical, as 4 is to 1.”
Use Shot Fakes
The shot fake is probably the most under-used skill in basketball. At the very least, the shot fake will freeze a defender. At its best, the shot fake can take a defender completely out of the play. Hall of Famer Bobby Knight would agree. He says, “I sit and wonder why nobody uses a shot fake. The shot fake, when used correctly, can eliminate a defender.”