For 3 weeks in March every year the Div 1, 2, 3, NAIA and NIT NCAA Men’s and Women’s basketball tournaments are in full swing. Thousands of male and female student-athletes thirsting for that one shining moment lay it all out on the court to be crowned NCAA National Champion. In other words, win 6 (5 in NAIA/NIT) games in a row, and you are a Champion. I love that and here’s why. On any given day or night, any team regardless of where they are seeded in the tournament can win and advance. How exciting is that? On the flip side though, on any given day or night your 6 months of practices, film sessions, travel, sleeping at odd times in hotels, endless meetings, games, and perhaps your senior year, all comes to a crashing halt. It’s an emotional rollercoaster.
Sound familiar though? For many reading this perhaps not, however there might be a few people thinking, yeah, sounds like life! In life things can be going amazingly well one moment and in the next, things can come crashing down. Last Thursday night it did for Phil Cofer of the Florida State University basketball team. After winning their first game of the NCAA Div 1 tournament, Phil was informed that his dad passed away. One moment the team gets their first win and are on an emotional high and moments later, they are consoling their teammate. Just like life. Highs and lows. Experiences we can control (like winning a basketball game) and some that we can not (like the passing of a friend or relative).
So what’s the point you might be asking yourself. The point is simple and challenging at the same time. When you wake up each day, be grateful you're alive. When you see the people in your life that you love, tell them. When you’re hanging with your friends, tell them how much you appreciate their friendship. When you can, do something for someone else asking for nothing in return. When you work on your game, be thankful you can because not everyone is physically or mentally able to do so. And finally, appreciate the little things in life because it’s the little things that make a huge difference. In your life and others.
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OK, so your 14, 15, or 16 years old and your thinking, "maybe I'm good enough to play overseas at a U.S. prep school or NCAA college". You got the game, got hops, the work ethic, good grades, and the mental attitude to be a leader. Someone a high school or college coach would love to have you on their team. So now what?
First and foremost, get your parents involved with your dream. Secondly, talk with your current high school or AAU coach and ask if they have any connections or thoughts on how best you can get the word out. Lastly, go to the internet and check out services that provide support in providing exposure for you. And as you will see, there are hundreds to choose from. Some of these services are free and others will charge you an upfront fee to manage the communications/relationship between you and potential schools. Keep in mind, you get what you pay for. NCSA is an example of one. (DISCLAIMER: I do not get paid anything from NCSA and I am not endorsing them, this is simply an example.) So again, like in my previous post, Do You Want The Best For Your Son Or Daughter?, parents, do your due diligence.
If interested in a prep school in the U.S., check out the schools website and email the head coach and their assistants direct. Once you do, be persistent and perhaps they'll respond to you and provide you with their requirements. Here is a list of the Top 25.
Finally, be persistent. Don't give up if you don't hear back from anyone at the high school or college right away. Life is a test. This will be just another test to see if you pass. Now get out there and be elite!
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Ever wonder what elite athletes eat? Well, LeBron's longtime trainer Mike Mancias recently shared what LeBron ate on game days. Now I don't expect any of my players at their ages to be this particular about their diets and follow Lebrons to a T, however, it's a good idea to start getting into the habit of eating healthy now. If you think of your body as an elite sports car, say a Lamborghini, what type of gas would you put in it? The high octane or the low octane cheap stuff? And how about oil? The cheapest you can buy or the highest grade you can find? Any gas and grade oil would do, however, how would your Lamborghini perform? Less than the best it can? Just like your body would.
So it's your car and it's your body, what will you decide to put in it today? Because guess what, your competition is eating right. It's time you do too. Find a great nutritional diet plan that's appropriate for your age and get eating right today! Because your competition is. Now go out and Be Elite!
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Of course you do. That's a rhetorical question. However, I asked it to remind every parent reading this that you are the biggest influencers in your child's life. And you know that too. So when it comes to deciding should my son or daughter play AAU ball or rep ball or play on the state team or some other organised team here in Australia, you do what's best for your baller in the family. Not what one person says, or an article says, or where you think they "should" be playing. (Here is the best unbiased article I have read about AAU and your role in deciding whether an AAU team is a good fit for your son or daughter.) Take 5 minutes and read it.
Due diligence is key. Ask around. Check out references, websites, the experience and success of the organisation, who is coaching there, their credentials and philosophy of the game, the players who've played there in the past or who currently are playing there. Once you're well informed, go with your gut. This will alleviate the second guessing when things don't look exactly the way you think they should. And believe me, they never do. So trust your judgment, your child's desires and stick with your decision. See it through to the end of the season. If at the end of the season you and your baller want to move on, then choose to do so then. It's OK, because it's your son or daughter, and you know what's best for them.
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Coach Tom Haupt has been coaching basketball since 1982. He is committed in supporting student athletes in achieving their goals and dreams on and off the court. These are his thoughts and insights to support them.