|01/26/18||07:30pm||White River Valley||Away|
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We have been blessed to have Brandon Ellis on staff this year. He is certainly making a difference in our program and in the lives of our players. I wanted to share a recent article written about him.
From the desk of Jeff Bledsoe…
Loogootee 6th grade finished regular season with a perfect 16-0 record with majority of games being double digit wins. Members of the team are Reis Whitney, Leighton Jeffers, Brandon Bledsoe, Isaac Waggner, Drew Walker, Luke Lengacher, John Hart, Sam Graber, Jaybe Wagoner and Conner Swartzentruber. 6th grade Lions had 5 different leading scorers this year and led a mostly balanced attack the biggest part of the season. The 2024 Lions will play in a 24 team tournament at the end of February against competitive teams from across the state. With their hard work and dedication to the program, they will continue to improve as they physically mature and move into Jr High.
From the desk of Jeff Bledsoe..
Young Lions playing well in first half of the season picking up 5 more wins in the last few weeks against Holy Trinity, Washington, WRV, Washington Catholic and North Daviess. The team has been led in scoring by 4 different players this year and often lead a balanced attack with key contributors coming off the bench. Lions will travel to South Knox on 12/14 and then on to Barr-Reeve Saturday morning for what appears to be a great game. Christmas Break will be used to introduce some additional sets out of our offense and work on fundamentals needed to finish the season strong. The team is striving to go unbeaten this year and have been working hard to achieve that goal.
#7 Be Supportive- Don’t Coach
A parent’s role in the parent-coach-athlete team is to support the player. It is necessary to leave the coaching and instruction to the coach. I don’t care how much you think you know about the game, it is not in your son’s best interest to give him coaching advice. Support him, encourage him, help with fund-raisers, etc…. but do not coach. I realize that this is hard for a lot of parents, but it’s probably harder for me than most. I’ve coached for over 20 years, I observe college practices, work basketball camps, I’ve been to more coaching clinics than I can count, I read books, I watch videos, I’ve played college basketball….. its safe to say that I have spent a life-time studying the game of basketball. With that being said, I have come to find out that when my own kids are playing for another coach it works much better for me to support my kid rather than to coach my kid.
#8 Be Truthful, Tactful, and Teach Personal Accountability
As your son gets older and your relationship with him grows, it is important for him to know that his parents will always be truthful with him. He will need somebody who will unconditionally support him but at the same time will be honest with him. I think this is where being tactful comes into play. As the old saying goes, “Sometimes the truth hurts.” When your son comes home and says, “I really stunk tonight”, I don’t think its best for you to respond by saying, “You’re right. You were horrible!” Being brutally honest with him at this point will undoubtedly end up being counter-productive. I think a better option is to steer the conversation toward their effort and the process like I discussed in Tip #2. Also reiterating Tip #4- Teach Perspective, would be helpful at this point of the conversation. I think it is important for kids to hear the truth from their parents, but receiving the truth tactfully and at the appropriate time is just as important. Along the same lines I think it is important to teach Personal Accountability. Blaming one's failures on somebody else keeps us from reaching our potential. Nobody likes to fail, and it is human nature to look for a scapegoat when we do. When your son starts to blame others for his own failure I think it is imperative to be truthful and tactful in correcting your son’s misguided assessment. Taking responsibility for one's actions is a necessary step in becoming a responsible adult.
9. Be Team Oriented
I once heard a story about long time high school basketball coach, Steve Brett. Coach Brett has won over 450 games in his 36 year career. He has had stints at Seymour, Loogootee, and is currently at Shakamak. While I never confirmed the authenticity of the story with Coach Brett, I do think the story makes a very strong point. The story dates back to his high school playing days. Coach Brett was quite a player Loogootee high school where he played for the legendary Jack Butcher. According to the story, on this particular night, Steve had a very good game. He seemed to be scoring from all over the floor and when the final horn sounded the scorebook read that had tallied more than 40 points! But, his Loogootee Lions had come up a point short. On the way out of the gym a well-meaning fan told Steve’s parents, “Steve had a great game, I’m sure you are very proud of him.” Steve’s mother snapped back, “We didn’t come here to watch Steve score 40 points, we came here to watch the Lions win!” Steve’s mother could have easily said “thank you” and moved on, but her response was an effort to do what is hard for many parents- she was putting the team first. I often hear a quote at coaching clinics, “Most parents would rather see their son be “all-state” than be on the team that wins the state.” Sadly, this is all too true for many parents. If parents would be more concerned about their child being a member of the “best team” than being the “best player on the team”, I think it would lead to a greater enjoyment of the basketball experience by both parent and child.
Here is installment #2 of Nine Tips for Basketball Parents….
#4 Teach Perspective
Americans are sports fans. We spend an inordinate amount of time traveling to watch live sporting events, and we probably spend more time watching them at home on TV. I think due to all of the exposure we have to professional sports and big time college athletics, we often lose perspective of what sports is all about. Salaries are high, and with that comes a lot of pressure in the professional and college ranks, and that often trickles down to the high school and youth levels. I think we all would benefit by having a little perspective. Winning and losing are not larger than life, and we shouldn’t treat them that way. I’m not saying that the outcome of a game is not important. Anybody who knows me knows that I am as competitive as anyone. In fact, I would go so far to say that I hate losing! But in the end whether you win or lose a game shouldn’t define your value as a person.
#5 Your Son Is Not His Performance- Love Him Unconditionally
The quickest way to damage your relationship with your son is to punish him after a poor performance. Your son needs to know without any reservation that his self-worth and lovability have nothing to do with his performance on the floor. Kids generally feel bad enough after a game where they didn’t play up to their potential. Often times they feel like they have let down their team, their coach, or their parents. After a rough night on the court even some well-meaning constructive criticism from a parent makes the child feel like he isn’t loved as much by the people who are supposed to love him the most. I think it is important for parents to choose their words and their tone carefully after games in which their son didn’t play up to his potential.
#6 Make Sure Your Son’s Goals Are His Goals
I think it is very important to know whether your son is playing basketball because they enjoy it, or is it to please their parents? If you catch yourself saying things like, “our jump shot is too flat”, or “We really need to start driving the ball to the basket more," when you are really talking specifically about your son- then your son is probably not playing “for himself.” In fact he is probably playing to please you or for your vicarious glory and that leads to nothing but problems in the long term. It is certainly normal for parents to want their son to be as successful as possible, but parents can't make that happen by pressuring their son to meet their standard of performance. Players must set their own goals and parents need to support them. When the parents expectations on performance level far exceed their son’s, then basketball quits being fun. It’s when a player has his own reasons and his own goals for participating that he grows to love the game and has a much greater chance of achieving his goals.
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.