It’s obvious: Before doing practice you should always warm-up properly. When coaching my U14 team, they usually think of warming-up as being an unnecessary chore, therefore they seldom do it on their own. Instead they wait until I tell them to.
Children want to learn why they have to do something the coaches tells them, so this is a great chance to combine theory and practical experience. Make use of the childrens need to move and prepare the warm-up with small games and competitions.
No matter what type of physical sports you do, you will always benefit from power, stamina, sense of balance and coordination in one way or the other. Especially when it comes to Basketball you need all of them to perform at the best possible.
This weekend we had another home game day and I was in the gym watching 14U teams playing against eachother in an exciting game. I always notice that there are those kids who stand out, and you have others who can hardly pay tribute to the physical requirements of the game.
I think, that being a parent is something you cannot trade in for anything in this world, and it is an experience no money can buy. Then, suddenly, the day comes for you to watch your child play the first basketball game. You join other parents, neighbors, friends or colleagues on the bleachers and everyone is cheering and excited.
During my coaching career I’ve experienced different behaviours of parents watching the games. While the majority of them keeps calm and relaxed, there are other parents who do not always. I am a strong believer that you should motivate your children in a supportive and positive way. This will help them to perform the best they can and let them have a lot of fun at the same time.