Basketball Kids Sports to Life Lessons
Every kid needs to grow their leadership, effort, and mindfulness skills, but how? There are not many coaches talking about effort over talent, grit over one-day passion, focus, breathing, or teamwork over individual stats. As a kid, my dad used to drive me to the court and rebound for me. He would ask me if I put my best effort into being the best I could be in that practice.
Of course, I'd ask as my practice session ended as a naive kid, "I don't know dad. What does that look like?"
Now I finally know (yes, at 39). Your best effort looks and feels a certain way. Whether it's your kid cleaning their room, or staying fit as an adult, after 12 years of European professional basketball, I now take pride in teaching kids how to compete against themselves and put their best effort into practice, school, and what they love doing.
"There is no one else to compete against but yourself, Trevor," my dad would say to me, stoically.
Then I turned 14 and never listened to him again, (*I'm laughing out loud here) but you get the point--kids need to hear the effort message! All the time, from as many mentors, coaches, and teachers as possible!
I'm sure Erica's dad did the same, but the whole point of the story is, if we can push kids to get out of their comfort zones with new training methods, new sports, and higher levels of effort, we can begin their path to success. Good luck and see you soon!