Pictured above: Plan for Brent Hank University of Albany (D1 NCAA America East Conference) commit for 2017. Most, if not all, of this can be ticked by Brent now.
Having delivered coach development sessions for our peak basketball body in the state of South Australia for the past few years, one of the purposes of this site is also to educate even more coaches on some things that I feel have worked well with developing basketball talent. In the process I am getting lots of great feedback from a lot of people and constantly learning and improving myself too. I'd welcome any guest bloggers registering their interest to add any blogs to this platform anytime, or shoot through any ideas or feedback.
This blog will take you through the idea of player development planning workshops, also referencing other player and team development ideas already blogged about. It should appeal to players, parents, coaches and Coaching Directors alike. If your club does not get involved in these kinds of processes I highly suggest that players and their parents can still undertake this process, as best as they can, on their own. In my experience players that don't have a realistic vision and guidance will rarely achieve high levels or their potential, as soon as it gets too tough they will quit or worse still stay involved but checkout mentally.
When you are one of the coaches that have worked very closely with quite a number of division 1 college prospects, in a short space of time, out of a small town (such as Adelaide), including 5 in 1 club team people abroad tend to ask - How? This question came up again recently when a college division 1 coach was in town whilst we were having dinner with a few other local coaches. I explained to the effect of;
The difference is mostly in what we do off court, it is nothing too clever, it just takes a little bit of effort into the players we coach. There is definitely nothing too special we did on the court, albeit our game style did encourage extreme confidence and quick decision making by players - maybe this helps (??). The off court processes and practices put forward in this blog and others related to athlete development I feel are the things that helped. The athletes I am lucky to coach have had great coaching with most of their coaches throughout their junior careers at state level, their clubs, they had great basketball IQs and were inherently very determined from the beginning, with great support from family and carers. They had the great skillsets to be able to achieve in our high risk, high reward playing style and all the pieces of the puzzle were already in place. The concepts I put forward here helped them with the mindset to put in the work to advance and, with effort, any coach or supporter of the other athletes can follow these methods too. I am lucky to have worked with great families that bought into these methods and embraced them and that was also important to be successful.
I hope others working hard to develop junior talent consider applying some of these ideas too, and watch how quickly your athletes improve, relative to their peers.
Top 2018 prospect, Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence @ Australian Institute of Sport Scholarship holder Alex Mudronja took part in these processes, he bought in, he owned the process, and he is renowned for his insatiable work ethic. I am confident this process helped him envision his future to work towards.
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