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A lot of coaches don't like summer basketball, so I guess that puts me in the minority because I love summer basketball. I think it can be a time where individuals and teams can experience tremendous improvement if they put in the work. During the season often times times winning and losing can cloud the process of getting better. The laid back nature of summer often is the perfect learning environment, and I think it's a time where the most improvement can be made. It was ingrained in me at an early age that "Basketball Players are made in the summer." In fact, former Indiana State coach Tates Locke used to say, "If you still have a weak hand at the end of the summer, you have wasted your summer."
Teamwise, June is the busiest month for us in the off season. For example here it is June 18th and our varsity and JV teams have already had 12 Breakfast Clubs, 9 practices, 7 team weight lifting sessions, and have played 13 games apiece. For a program that lost 7 seniors and has a lot of question marks heading into next season it has a been a critical time of development for us. I have seen us grow significantly in the past 3 weeks, and I have become cautiously optimistic for next year. We have ALOT of room for improvement, but I think I am starting to get a more clear picture of what our team could look like next season.
As far as the rest of June….. The varsity is heading off to Dan Sparks Team Camp at Rose Hulman June 25-27. Originally we were gong to D-1 camp in Fort Wayne but scheduling conflicts with several of our players is preventing that. We will be taking two JV teams, as well as a junior high team, to D-1 Team Camp June 30-July 2. The team camps conclude our games for the summer. After two weeks off for moratorium we will get back in the weight room as well spend some more time working on our individual skills. Also, about 7-8 of our varsity/jv players play on several different travel teams in July so their summer season will be extended by a few weeks. Of course school starts on August 9th which is just 51 days away. So I guess If our players show up on August 9th and they still have a weak hand- they will have wasted their summer (but so far I don't think that is going to be a problem).
Here is the Varsity and JV schedule at Linton for this Saturday.
10 am vs Riverton Parke
10:55 am vs Linton
12:45 pm vs Shakamak
1:40 pm vs Attica
10 am vs Linton
11:50 am vs Shakamak
1:40 pm vs Attica
Bus leaves at 8:30 am
We will be taking Varsity and JV teams to play in the Indiana Wesleyan Shootout on Saturday, June 10. This has kind of become an annual stop for us in the summer. It is a well organized and highly competitive. I would expect this trip to be more of the same.
8:30 am Court 4 vs Northfield
11:00 am Court 4 vs Madison Grant
1:30 pm Court 3 vs Woodlan
3:10 pm Court 9 vs Wabash
8:30 am Court 6 vs Fairfield
10:10 am Court 7 vs Eastern Hancock
12:40 pm Court 7 vs Madison Grant
4:40 pm Court 6 vs Wabash
Courts 1-5 Indiana Wesleyan University 4201 S Washington St Marion, IN 46953
Courts 6-7 McCulloch Middle School 3528 S Washington St Marion, IN 46953
Courts 8-9 Marion High School 750 W 26th St Marion, IN 46953
We have reserved a block of rooms for parents wanting to attend D-1 Camp. The rooms are reserved at Marriott Towneplace Suites (Fort Wayne) The phone number is (260) 483-1160. The discounted rate is $120 per night. Rooms are reserved under "Loogootee High School Boys Basketball." To make a reservation you must call by Monday, June 12.
This is a "varsity only" tournament for us. Information on the tournament is listed below.
Pool A- North Posey, LOOGOOTEE, Olney (IL)
Pool B- Washington, Wood Memorial, Evansville Reitz
Pool C- Tecumseh, South Knox, Evansville North
9am (CST)- Loogootee vs North Posey (Main Gym)
12 pm (CST)- Loogootee vs Olney, IL (Aux Gym)
Single Elimination Tournament begins at 2 pm.
Games are played in 18 min halfs. (Running Clock)
Admission: Adults $3 Students $2. Admission is good for all day.
Here is a link to all of the tournament information: http://www.
This schedule has yet to be approved by the school board. I'm going to post it as our "tentative schedule" that is subject to change, but many parents are trying to make summer plans. Hopefully this will give parents an idea what summer basketball will look like this year.
I should have more information and registration forms for D-1 Basketball camp next week.
Next year’s 1st-3rd May 30, 31, June 1 and June 5 12:30-2pm JBA
Next years 4th-6th June 6-9 12:30-2pm JBA
7:15 am- 8:45 am M-F JBA (Starting May 30 through June 30, July 17,21 … July 18-20 in Lee’s)
3rd and 4th grade Open Gym
12:30-1:45 pm JBA June 16, 23 30
5th-6th grade Open Gym
12:30-2pm JBA June 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
7th-9th grade practice
2-3:30 pm JBA MWF (Starting May 30 through June 30)
Weight Room 3:30-4:15pm
9-12 grade practice
3:30-5pm JBA MWF (Starting May 30-through June 30)
Weight Room 5-6 pm
June 2 Varsity only at N. Posey
June 9-10 Varsity/JV @ Indiana Wesleyan (leave Fri evening after practice)
June 12 7th/8th @ Vincennes Lincoln (all day… done by 4pm)
June 12 Varsity/JV @ North Daviess (Game Times (6pm/7pm)
June 17 Varsity/JV @ Linton (all day)
June 30-July 1 7th-Varsity @ D-1 Team Camp (leave Friday morning) Cost $190/Player)
“I just don’t have time.” I hear people use that excuse quite often. I call it an excuse because when somebody says they don’t have time, what they really mean is, “that is not a priority for me” or “I’m kind of lazy and I really don’t want to work that hard.”
Each of us is allotted 24 hours each day. We get to choose what we do with those hours. You can choose to burn precious parts of your day playing games on your phone, on social media, or randomly surfing funny YouTube videos. What you do with your time is your choice, and remember it is not a shortage of hours in the day that keeps us from achieving our dreams. Rather it is a lack of passion and focus that are the real problems. Successful people will always “make time” for the things in their lives that they are truly passionate about.
I regularly have players tell me that they want to play college basketball. But, if one of those players also tells me that he doesn’t have time to get up an extra 200-300 shots a day, then I know he just doesn’t want it bad enough. It is a fact that less than 3% of high school basketball players receive any type of athletic scholarship. If a kid wants to play college basketball, he has to be willing to do what others aren’t. Making 500 shots a day would certainly be a great place to start and would immediately put that player ahead of 99% of his competition.
My challenge to you is to evaluate how you spend each 24 hour day, and then strive to become more efficient in how you use your time. Successful people are able to get more out of their 24 hour than their competition.
“Basketball players are made in the off season.” As I was growing up, I heard that quote so many times that I’m not even sure where I heard it first. Maybe it was my Dad who coached for many years, or maybe I heard it at one of the many basketball camps I attended during my youth. I guess it doesn’t really matter where I heard it first, but the important thing is that the quote has stuck with me for my entire playing and coaching career.
As we head into the off season, I thought I would share some common mistakes that players make in the off season.
Practicing Only During Workouts Organized By The Coach
Since the IHSAA opened up the summer for team workouts, I think we have seen far fewer kids work on their game by themselves. Most kids show up for team workouts, but depending on the coach/school those workouts are often inadequate when it comes to individual player development. If a player is really serious about improving his game, he needs to work on his skills outside of designated practice time.
Practicing the wrong skills
These days it seems like everyone wants to make a buck as a basketball skills trainer. A quick search of the internet and you can find literally 100s of new drills. The problem with many of these drills is that many are what I call “clown drills.” They aren’t really basketball drills, they are more like circus tricks. Players need to work on game specific drills that will have direct carry over toward improved performance on the floor.
One of my favorite quotes is, “most people give up what they want most for what They want now.” If a player truly wants to change his game in the offseason he will have to make it a priority. There will be many distractions over the course of an off season and every time one of those distractions gets in the way it becomes a set back. As those setbacks mount up it becomes impossible to ever arrive at one’s intended destination.
Working Out Without A Plan
It is important to have a plan before working out. You must have a point of emphasis for that day, Don’t say the you will be working on “everything.” In my opinion if you are working on everything you are perfecting nothing. Chose to perfect the parts of your game that will have the most positive impact for your team and your performance.
Working Only On Weaknesses
Players spend too much time working on their weaknesses. Sounds like a crazy statement at first but when you think about it, many players spend a lot of time working on skills that they will never use in a game. A 5’10” high school point guard in all likelihood does not possess a quality low post game. He can spend all summer perfecting his post moves, but how much of an impact will that have for his team? I think players are better served honing 1 or 2 stills that become real strengths- the cornerstones on their game. Then as they continue to perfect those skills, while also spending some time adding more pieces to their game.
Not Recording Workouts
Recording workouts is just as important as planning workouts. I think keeping a journal of past workouts is a real motivator and confidence builder. Being able to look back and see what one had done also helps determine what should be included in future workouts. A player should strive to constantly to improve and by tracking his results in the weight room, or on court he should be able to chart improvement.
Spending Too Much Time In The Gym
It doesn’t take 8 hours a day in the gym to make significant improvement. In fact, I would argue that spending 8 hours a day is actually counter productive. We have a saying in our program… “Game shots, at game spots, at game speed.” Practice is supposed to make you better for the games. I think a player is wasting his time if he isn’t practicing the things he is going to do in a game at the speed he will be required to perform them in the game. It is impossible to work for 8 hours at a time at game speed. I think a good rule of thumb is to limit individual on court workouts to 1 hour- 1 hour 15 minutes. Weight room workouts should last 45 min to 1 hour.
I often hear parents tell their kids, “You can do anything you want to do in life, or…. You can be anything you want to be.” I agree with these sentiments. I don’t think placing an artificial ceiling on how successful a young person can be is something that is productive. Besides, why would a parent, educator, or coach ever think they know the true potential of a child?
It is certainly healthy to dream and to have goals, and quite frankly, I don’t think there is a shortage on “dreamers” in this world. But, I do think there is a shortage of people whose work ethic matches their goals. Think in basketball terms… there is absolutely no shortage of high school players who say they want to win a state championship, be all conference, or play college basketball. BUT, how many of them actually put in the effort to accomplish those goals? I realize that I’m “old school” but the phrase “talk is cheap” comes to mind. Everyone says what they want to do, but how many are actually doing everything it takes to achieve their goals.
I think parents (as well as educators and coaches) have the responsibility to encourage our youth to dream big. But in my opinion, dreaming big without a matching work ethic is just wasted time. Young people need to realize that everybody wants to be successful, but not everyone deserves to be successful. I believe that getting kids to buy into the concept of “deserving success” instead of just “wanting success” is a key factor in them achieving their goals. Enlisting to this philosophy empowers our youth. It lets them know that they, and nobody else in this world, should determine their success.
So the next time you are encouraging your child to dream big, make sure you explain the difference between “wanting success” and “deserving success.” You will be giving them the tools to achieve their dreams.
Tye Collins has been chosen to play in the HBCA All Star Game. The game will be held at Bloomington North HS on Sunday, April 2nd. The girls game tips off at 2:15 pm with the boys game to follow at 4 pm. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door.