Coach Erik and I are excited about this upcoming season and thankful for the opportunity to develop your son on and off the basketball court. This season, we will focus on intense physical and emotional skill development. We are looking to unlock your child’s full athletic potential over the next few seasons and help him grow into the student- athlete we know he can become.
Because strong academics are so important to any student-athlete, it is very important that your son maintain A’s and B’s on his report card. If you find he is having any challenges academically or behaviorally please keep us informed. We would like to provide any assistance we can and help you troubleshoot, prevent, and minimize any academic or behavioral challenges. Please bring his report card to practice after you receive it.
Oftentimes I wish I was a fulltime youth basketball coach, but I have a day job. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and am experienced in working with youth and families. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like me to assist with any collaborations at school or if you just need someone to talk to.
This season you can expect from us:
- Challenging practices including innovative skill development drills
- Approximately two competitive tournaments a month
- Ample playing time for all players- we uphold and understand that players cannot develop if they do not get an opportunity to play.
- This goes without saying, but emotional stability. LOL! Yes- we are firm coaches, have high expectations of our players, and demand their best. However, we have not and will not do or say things to lower their confidence and development.
What we expect from our parents
- Full participation at practices and games. It is imperative that your son attends practices and games and is on time for these events.
- This season will be a commitment of time and financial resources. While we are exploring various fundraisers and sponsors, monthly dues from the parents ensure that our program continues to meet its goals. Please submit monthly dues by the 5th of each month.
- Please be sure your son thinks about basketball on a daily basis. Watch games with him, and ask him to explain to you what is going right and wrong about the game you are watching. Every so often, ask him to describe UNLIMITED offense or defense plays. This will help them develop greatly.
- If possible, carve out time to practice outside of practice. Many of you are enrolled in private lessons. This is great, however not absolutely necessary. Your son can engage in challenging ball handling drills in the basement or garage. I will post some drills at a later date that your son can do at home for free.
- This may go without saying, but please refrain from bad mouthing or engaging in gossip regarding the other players or the coaching staff (or anyone for that matter) in front of your son. This will weaken our bond and may prevent us from reaching higher levels of competition together. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the program, please let us know as soon as possible.
Thanks again for the opportunity and we look forward to seeing you all at practice 🙂