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Your February Youth Hoops Newsletter. Being a Positive Role Model!
February 08, 2007

Youth Hoops, February 2007 - Being a Positive Role Model!

February 8, 2007

Here is the latest issue for youth basketball coaches, players and parents.

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Table of Contents

    1. Coach's Corner - Being A Role Model
    2. Basketball Game - Rebounding Tips and Pointers
    3. Inspirational Quotes
    4. Basketball Terms
    5. Product Spot Light - The Hyper Gravity Weight Belt
    6. Media Center - Swish & Swish 2
    7. Pass It On
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1. Coach's Corner - Being A Role Model

As your season winds on, I hope you all have found much success on and off the court. Not only in the win - loss column but also in how you are developing as a player or coach. There's so much more to this great game than winning and losing. I think we can all attest to that.

Whether you're a coach responsible for molding and developing young basketball players into responsible athletes. Or a basketball player responsible for playing the game in a way that will positively influence all those young players that admire you. In either case, you are a role model. A person that is looked up to for what you do not only on the basketball court, but also off the court.

Having said that, I'd like to share some great words of advice with you. Keep these words and thoughts in your mind at all times as you approach this wonderful game. If you do this, you will undoubtedly leave a positive impression on all those around you! Enjoy!

Players as Models

There are little eyes upon you,
And they're watching night and day;
There are little ears that quickly
Take in every word you say;
There are little hands all eager
To do anything you do;
And a little boy who's dreaming
Of the day he'll be like you.

You're the little fellow's idol;
You're the wisest of the wise,
In this little mind about you,
No suspicions rise.
He believes in you devoutly,
Holds that all you say and do;
He will say and do, in your way,
When he's a grown-up like you.

There's a wide-eyed little fellow,
Who believes you're always right,
And his ears are always open,
And he watches day and night;
You are setting an example
Every day in all you do,
For the little boy who's waiting
To grow up to be like you.

Coaches as Models

No written word,
No oral plea,
Can tell our players
What they should be;
Nor all the books
On the shelves,
It's what their coaches
Are themselves.

You're writing the gospel,
A chapter each day,
By the deeds that you do
And the words that you say.
Men read what you write,
Whether faithless or true;
Say, what it the gospel
According to you?

Please - do yourselves, everyone you influence with your actions and words, and this game a huge favor...keep these words in mind every single day you're involved in the game of basketball. If you do this, you will have such a positive impact on so many others around you!!

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2. Basketball Game - Rebounding Tips and Pointers

My sons and I attended a high school basketball game the other night. One of the great things about watching these games with my sons, is that we are able to discuss the various aspects of basketball. It really is a great teaching and learning environment and experience. We are able to see live examples of all the skills, fundamentals and techniques that I teach them on a regular basis.

Anyways, as we were watching, I was amazed at how poor the rebounding was. The players, for both teams, had terrible rebounding fundamentals. Now, they were rebounding the basketball, but it was almost by chance. If the ball came to them - they rebounded it. However, they were not demonstrating the proper box out and rebound technique that is so important to being an effective and consistent rebounder.

The more I watched the game, the more I realized how often rebounding is overlooked and neglected by players and coaches. It's not as "glamorous" as shooting and dribbling, but boy is it ever just as important!

I have included six pointers to help you teach, learn and execute the proper rebounding fundamentals and techniques.

  • Rebounding is the responsibility of all players on the team.
  • Ball possession, the fast break, and winning are all closely related to good rebounding.
  • The best rebounding technique emphasizes blocking out the opposing player.
  • The blocking out technique includes the following:
    -Be aware of when the shot is taken and assume it will be a miss.
    -Find, go to, and block out your opponent while also paying attention to the direction and distance of the shot.
    -Go to the ball, gain possession of it and protect it under the chin (called chinning it).
  • Offensive rebounders should look to shoot, pass and dribble - in that order.
  • Defensive rebounders should either pass, dribble or hold the ball depending on their skills and the situation.

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3. Inspirational Quotes

As this season winds on, you have all dealt with many situations on and off the court. Some were good - some were bad. The quotes I've included for you this month focus on persevering through tough times, dealing with losing, and being a champion. Enjoy!

The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn't hear the referee. - H.E. Jansen

Never let yesterday take up too much of today. - Tex Schramm

Accept a loss as a learning experience, and never point fingers at your teammates. - Michael Jordan

The final test of a championship team is how strongly the players believe in each other. - Chuck Daly

Winning is about having the whole team on the same page. - Bill Walton

For more great inspirational quotes, please visit our basketball quotes page! For more great inspirational quotes, please visit our basketball quotes page!

By the way, if you have a favorite inspirational quote that you'd like to share with us, send it to me. I'll include it in the next issue!

4. Basketball Terms

Each month I include five new basketball terms for you to review and learn. You may already be familiar with many of these terms. If you are - great! Pass them on to your players, children, parents or anyone else who might benefit from learning them!

Knowing and understanding the various terms used in the game of basketball will help players, parents and coaches have a better understanding of the overall game.

Blocking: A foul by a defensive player who blocks the legal path of an offensive player.

Charging: A foul by an offensive player who runs into a defensive player who has legal position.

Cheap Basket: A basket scored by poor defense rather than good offensive play. Sometimes called a garbage basket.

English: A type of spin put on the ball which can help to soften a shot.

Goal-Tending: Illegal interference with a shot above the imaginary cylinder over the rim of the basket or when the ball is in its downward flight. This can be an offensive or defensive infraction.

Visit our Basketball Terms page to view our list of over 200 terms!

If you have any basketball terms you'd like to share with us, send them to me. I'll include them in the next issue!

5. Product Spot Light - The Hyper Gravity Weight Belt

Want to jump higher? Have more hang time? Run faster? Be more explosive? Well...of course you do!!

Those are all key elements to being a complete, all-around, highly effective basketball player.

Some players are born with those natural talents. They are gifted athletes that can run, jump and hang better than anyone else. For the rest of us, we have to train in order to improve in and excel at those areas of the game.

The Hyper Gravity Weigh Belt is an incredible training aid that helps improve your vertical jump, hang time and overall breakaway speed. Simply put - you become a more EXPLOSIVE player!

In fact, a 6-week study showed that athletes wearing the weighted belts outperformed athletes not wearing the belts by over 200% in the standing jump and 32% in the running jump. The results are obvious - weighted belts work!

The Hyper Gravity Weight Belt also comes with a complete Jump and Speed Training Program.

For more information on this INCREDIBLE training aid, please click here!

6. Media Center - Swish & Swish 2

I keep recommending this incredible shooting video each month, because quite frankly, I haven't found anything else on the market that compares to it!!

My sons and I have been using this program very consistently with some AMAZING results. The simplicity and effectiveness of this shooting program is nothing short of incredible! My two oldest sons, ages 10 and 12, have immediately embraced the Swish Method of shooting.

Shooting instructor Tom Nordland is a fantastic teacher/coach of basketball shooting. I can't recommend this product highly enough.

Do yourself and your players or children a favor - Check This Out!

First, read my complete review of the Swish Program here. This will give you a complete understanding of our experience with this method of shooting.

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I'm positive you'll be as impressed as we are!!

7. Pass It On

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