“This is a great article. I wish more coaches were like this. I have been coaching young wrestlers and softball player for the last 12 years and I have always said that we have to teach every player the basics. There will always be the natural athletes that are that way from an early age but there are also athletes that you may not recognize until they are older. Michael Jordan is a perfect example. He was cut from his high school basketball team and look at what he became. I use my own experiences in high school to teach the kids too. I was told i would never be an athlete but i worked hard and ended up being an all state wrestler. If a child is giving me 100% on the field or on the mat I will make sure they get their fair share of playing time.”
“Excellent points. I coach off-season basketball and I emphasize this philosophy all the time. Yes, the easy thing to do would be to put the players in the game to help us win, but that isn't how you develop the team and help each member get better so that during their regular school season they can push each other and be able to rely on each other. If each player is given a chance to be in the game near the end of a close one, they will learn from either situation; a win or a loss. They will know they can perform in a tight situation or they will learn what they need to do to prepare themselves for the next time they are in this situation. During practice there is always time installed for some type of fundamental work. This keeps the mind and body on task with remembering how this is done. If you don't the body and mind will go back to doing things the old way and this way was probably not the correct way. Stay the course!”
In this episode of Become we meet Paula. A single mom with 4 kids, Paula manages to hold down multiple jobs and be there for her kids every step of the way. Whether it's her support in sports or in schoolwork, she knows putting in time with her kids is her number one priority and she wouldn't have it any other way.