4 ways bad grades can ruin your athletic career

A familiar story is heard in schools across the country – an athlete who had all the talent in the world, but couldn’t do the job in the classroom. Often it’s too late before a high school superstar realizes academic success is just as important as achievements on the field.

While four years fly by, there are always opportunities for athletes to turn their academic struggles around so they don’t decimate their potential as athletes.

1. You won’t be viewed as a leader

Most athletes want their coaches, teammates and community to view them as a leader. Regardless of any on-field heroics, a combined lack of effort and success in the classroom will lead teammates to look elsewhere for leadership.

“Coaches look for their best players to convey their program principles and philosophies, because the best players often have a heavy influence on the team as a whole, especially younger players,” Hammer. said. “The first and foremost (principle and philosophy) will always be academics, because academics are necessary to achieve the goals the coach is trying to push the athlete toward.”

2. Chances of being a team captain are out the door

The honor of being chosen team captain is arguably the highest honor any individual athlete can achieve. If an athlete has proven to not be able to get the job done academically, there’s no way that athlete can be trusted as someone to represent the team in that way.

“Simply put, most teams have academic requirements in order to be a captain,” Hammer said. “If a student-athlete has bad grades, it shows teachers, coaches and administrators they don’t take pride in everything their name is attached to, on the field or off.”

Every single player on a team is expected to represent the program in all aspects. This is especially true of team captains.

“(Keeping up your grades) is an extremely important characteristic in a captain because all coaches want captains, assistant coaches, booster club members and everyone else affiliated with their program to always represent the program in a positive light.”

3. Your accomplishments on the field aren’t as appealing

Any high school athlete’s outstanding, game-winning performance can be overshadowed by that same player’s complete lack of effort and discipline in the classroom.

“If academics aren’t a priority, your career won’t advance to the scholarship NCAA level,” Hammer said.

Hammer goes into further detail about the academic policy that leads NCAA schools to hesitate when recruiting next-level caliber players who don’t possess next-level academic work ethic.

“There’s a sliding scale with core GPA classes like English, math, social studies, science, foreign language, psychology,” Hammer said. “There must be a certain level of this sliding scale (grades) met in order to be able to accept a scholarship. Many schools won’t admit you without certain required grades achieved for this scale.”

When college recruiters come to check out a player, they’ll cross off even the best athletes from their target list if they know they aren’t performing in class at an acceptable standard.

“Schools have to be mindful of their APR, or academic progress rate,” Hammer said. “This is a number that takes into account what classes a student is taking as well as their progress toward their degree and the percent of players that get their degrees.

“If a student is likely to hurt a school’s APR, and they can get a similar student with great academic prowess, the school will opt for the more academic player every time because of the APR rules.”

4. You begin to gain a negative reputation

Even the best athletes can be followed by the stigma of poor performance in the classroom.

“As a student-athlete that’s often in the public eye, you have to realize your character is based on your total body of work, not just how many tackles you had Friday night,” Hammer said.

If athletes take that drive, passion and determination that’s exemplified on the field and apply it to their schoolwork, their reputation will remain pristine.

“If you can learn plays and be responsible to work hard in the weight room in order to do a great job on the field on Friday nights, people expect you to put that same effort and focus into the classroom and everything else you do,” Hammer said. “Your every action is a resume for whatever you want to become. It just isn’t enough to be great on the field. You have to build your resume to become what you want to be.”

 

by coach Ben Hammer

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Social Media…friend or foe?

Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media For ABVM Players

If you want put yourself in the best position to be recruited to the best college it means you can’t use social media like your friends do, like it or not.

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As we’ve talked about in a previous social media post, college coaches are crossing athletes off their lists because of the content they’re posting on social media.

Now don’t get me wrong… I’m not against athletes using social media. At all. There are many benefits to using it and it’s a great way to stay in contact with friends and family and have some fun, but there are a few things athletes need to be aware of if they’re looking to impress recruiters.

Below I’ve listed 12 things I believe it’s important for athletes to keep in mind. Not all of them are compulsory, but they’re good for all athletes to know.

 

Do’s

1. Do use correct spelling and grammar

Not compulsory… but will make you look more mature than other players that recruiters may be looking at.

 

2. Do share your accomplishments

Some players I’ve talked to believe they may look arrogant by posting or tweeting about their accomplishments on social media. While it’s best not to go overboard on this, there’s nothing wrong with sharing the accomplishments you’ve worked hard to achieve. Remember not to disrespect the competition and to praise and thank others whenever you get a chance.

 

3. Do connect with coaches, skill trainers, and others that may help you

There are thousands of coaches and skill trainers on social media and they’re all out there looking to connect with others. Get in touch with them! Especially ones you find that live close to you. You never know what opportunities may arise.

 

4. Do remember that people can see the time of your tweet or post

If you’re sending out tweets at 2am and you have an early morning training the next day it’s going to explain why you’re struggling to give top effort the next day.

 

5. Do watch what you re-tweet

Don’t re-tweet anything you wouldn’t write yourself. Just because you didn’t write it originally doesn’t matter. By re-tweeting it you’re telling recruiters and your other followers that you share the same thoughts.

 

6. Do recognize the accomplishments of others

Recognize and give a shout out when other people you know achieve something great.

 

Don’ts

1. Don’t use an inappropriate Twitter handle

First and foremost, the Twitter handle or username you’re going to be using to promote yourself on social media must not make you look bad or immature.

 

2. Don’t get into arguments online

This is a must. As an athlete you’ll always be in the spotlight, and criticism, whether warranted or not, comes with being in the spotlight. There will be criticism directed your way and all players wanting to be great need to be the bigger person and not retaliate. The last thing you want to do is say something angrily online out of frustration.

 

3. Don’t post anything negative about your coach, team-mates, or the competition

There’s nothing that will cross you off a recruiters list quicker than bad mouthing your coach, teammates, or the competition. Doing so will show poor attitude and a lack of character.

 

4. Don’t use profanity or derogatory words

There’s no need for them and using them is a terrible habit to adopt. Using them makes you look very unprofessional and immature.

 

5. Don’t post about getting drunk or using illicit substances

Whether you drink alcohol or not, there’s no reason to be sharing it on FaceBook or Twitter. As for illicit substances, if you’re using them stop. They’ve wrecked far too many lives and they’re not worth it. Don’t succumb to peer pressure and use them.

 

6. Don’t share your password with anyone

You don’t want your friends giving you a bad name by posting inappropriate content trying to be funny.

 

Conclusion

To put it in a nut-shell, recruiters use social media to determine your character. They use your posts to find out who you really are. How you interact with others, what you like to do with your spare time, etc.

You need to present yourself the best way you can and following the tips above will go a long way to help you do that.

Players: If you wouldn’t want your parents or coach to read it, don’t post it.

Coaches: Consider running a social media seminar/meeting at the beginning of your  season. Let the players know the importance social media can play in their future.

I’d love to know… have you had any negative experiences with your players and social media in the past?

The ABCDs of Being a Happy Sports Parent

As a sports parent, you have a choice in every situation. You can choose to yell at your young athlete, the coach or the official, or you can choose to stay calm and not take it all so seriously. You can choose to nag your young athlete to work hard, or you can choose to let them learn the consequences of their choices.

Recognizing that you have a choice and actually following through on that choice process are two different things. But once you understand that making a choice is a process and once you grasp what that process entails, you can take control of your reactions. I love the process laid out in the book Change Your Questions, Change Your Life, where the author lays out a four step process: A,B,C and D. Let’s do that with youth sports parenting.

Awareness

Learning to make good choices in terms of behavior starts with an awareness that you actually have a choice. Furthermore, one must accept that maybe, just maybe, one’s behavior is less than desirable.

How many times have you said something and immediately knew that it was not the smartest thing to say? That’s awareness, and that’s the first step in the process of making good choices.

Breathing

Once you become aware that you are starting to overreact, then ask yourself this question: Do I need to step back, pause and gain perspective?

Obviously, this is not easy in the heat of a moment. The more you practice it, the more of a habit it will become. Sports parents are notorious for emotional outbursts, which would be avoided if they’d stop to breathe and pause before proceeding.

Curiosity

Once you step back and try to gain perspective, it’s time ask yourself this question: What’s really going on in this situation? Am I perhaps missing something? Asking yourself this question may require you to do some soul-searching.

For instance, you sit through a game where you feel your young athlete gets little playing time and it makes you very upset. You feel your blood pressure rising and are aware that you might explode at the coach after the game. You stop to breathe and pause before proceeding. You take a minute to ask yourself what’s really going on. Is your child frustrated, or is it just you? Is this a situation that your child should handle by talking to the coach him or herself? Does your child fully understand his or her role on the team? Do you?

Decision

At this point, you can decide what the best course of action is. Choose the action that will be best for your young athlete, not for your frustrations. Choose the action that will best help your young athlete to grow through the situation, not what eases your anger. Decide to take a big-picture view of your child’s youth sports experience, in hopes that he or she will truly learn and grow from it.

If you start practicing this choice process, there’s no doubt that you’ll have less regrets and more fun watching your young athlete play youth sports.

Janis B. Meredith, sports mom and coach’s wife, writes a sports parenting blog called jbmthinks.com. Her new book, 11 Habits for Happy and Positive Sports Parents, is on Amazon.

Top 3 Tips to Save Big When the Season Starts

Sorry to be Captain Obvious, but youth sports are expensive. You’ve got to pay for registration fees, equipment, drinks, snacks—and don’t forget there’s always someone who insists on having only organic snacks. And these costs double or triple if you’ve got multiple kids on multiple teams!

Worry not! There are plenty of ways to mitigate youth sports expenses. Here are three ways you can save big this season (and hopefully many more after that!).

1. Volunteer Your Time

One of the easiest ways to save on team fees is to volunteer your time. For example, some teams waive fees for parents who help out when and where they can.

With a career, kids and everything else life throws at us, this might sound tough. However, oftentimes teams only look for a few hours of volunteer help every season.

Don’t forget to check other places you can save as well. For instance, many leagues will offer price breaks for early bird registration.

2. Buy Gently Used Equipment (And Maintain It Well)

Buying used can be huge for young athletes who don’t mind previously loved equipment. You’ll be surprised at the condition much of the gear is in. Young athletes often outgrow their old equipment before they’re able to use it for more than a season or two. This often leaves used goods almost like new!

Of course, with things like helmets (especially for football), you might want something relatively new. While there are often great deals for used sporting equipment, make sure to hand inspect any safety equipment you buy. Also, make sure your young athlete tries it on first.

Also, take care of your old equipment and it will take care of you! Instead of buying new when a piece of equipment seems worn out, see if you can fix it up. Getting a little extra life out of a pair of cleats can make a world of difference.

3. Buy in Bulk

Soccer Ball ParentsIf you must buy new equipment (some teams require this), consider partnering with other parents and buying in bulk. You’ll be pleased at the deep discounts you can receive by purchasing twenty new helmets instead of just one.

This is also true for snacks and drinks. Take a trip out to your local bulk retailer and grab cases of low-cost snacks and beverages instead of going to the grocery store. Alternatively, some dry goods can be purchased in bulk online for pennies on the dollar.

Yes, youth sports can get expensive. But they don’t have to be! Try these simple ways to save.

Balance: The Foundation of Success

The 2017 World Series was balanced. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers were neck and neck in every game, making for a very exciting series to watch and learn from. But if one team had totally outmatched the other, we wouldn’t be calling it one of the best World Series ever. It was as if both teams made each other better by continually raising the bar.

That’s what competition is all about: two equally matched teams, each tipping the balance in their favor—if only by one run.

But balance isn’t just physical; it’s a way of living one’s life. Striking a healthy balance in youth sports has much to do with perspective and good judgement. When my son was six, his baseball team won every game with scores like 20 to one and 30 to three. Because this rec team was unfairly stacked with the most talented athletes, there was absolutely no competition; any type of learning life lessons from failure was unfortunately put off until a later date. And how do you think the inexperienced six-year-old kids on the other teams felt? In this unbalanced situation, created by adults with poor judgement and lack of perspective, nobody won.

When winning is over-emphasized in youth sports, imbalance is usually the result.

In youth sports, there are often two philosophies when it comes to winning: winning is unimportant or winning is the only thing. Neither of these extremes represents a balanced approach. Winning is important, because without the desire to win, it’s no longer sport and any opportunity to learn life lessons through competition will be lost. But when a coach’s sole desire is winning, kids are the losers. Overtraining, playing too many games and pressure to perform beyond their ability results in burnout and over-use injuries.

The rising popularity of travel teams has produced many unbalanced situations. They are not all created equal so research is important. When managed responsibly, however, they can be a good venue for kids whose interest level matches the commitment. Being on a travel team is not an automatic stepping stone to the future. If you think it is, you may be disappointed. There must be a proper balance of playing time and personal training on skill development for progress to happen, whether playing travel ball or not.

The only stepping stone to something bigger lies within one’s self. There must be a self-motivating notion that drives a player forward, no matter what.

Physical Balance:

Mastering one’s physical balance is the first step in developing athleticism. In martial arts, the code of karate states: “A person’s unbalance is the same as a weight.” Trying to execute a difficult athletic movement without a solid foundation of balance will be futile as the body fights to overcome unwanted movement or weight. Whether it’s a boxer delivering a punch or a baseball player swinging a bat, it’s all about focusing all of your energy into the movement in the most efficient way possible.

When the body is unbalanced, this does not happen. The nervous system must recruit muscles to try to regain balance, leaving less energy to put into the ball, resulting in a weaker hit, for example.

Mental Balance:

When a hitter steps into the batter’s box, or a basketball player steps up to the free throw line, their mental approach will prove to be the difference maker between success and failure. At this moment, an over-competitive mind will cause an out of control body and mechanics will suffer. When mental stimulation is balanced, previous physical training will manifest itself to the highest degree possible. Achieving mental balance starts with taking a breath before every pitch, free throw, serve or swing.

Whether it’s an entertaining World Series or our kids seeking joy in playing sports, balance is needed for good outcomes to become possible. For kids, a balanced approach to their sports experience is crucial whether it’s to avoid overuse injuries and burnout, or to avoid laziness by thinking others will make them great by creating unrealistic opportunities for them.

Chuck Schumacher is the author of “How to Play Baseball: A Parents Role in Their Child’s Journey,” available at www.chuckschumacher.com (signed copy) or Amazon. Chuck has 20 years experience as a youth baseball coach and 40 years experience in martial arts. In 2006, he opened Chuck’s Gym in Franklin, Tenn., where he teaches baseball and Okinawan karate. You can contact Chuck at chucksgym@comcast.net.

Pressure in Youth Sports: Protect Kids or Teach Them to Deal With It?

“C’mon, Mason, you can do it! One more strike, put him in the books!”

As these encouraging words resonate from the crowd, Mason receives the ball back from the catcher after throwing one in the dirt, allowing the runner to score from third—one ball, two strikes. He pauses to compose himself, taking a breath to relax his mind and loosen the muscles. He hears the crowd but they become mere background noise as he prepares to allow his body to act without his mind doing anything. The pitch is on the way—strike three!

masonpitching_webDoes it seem unrealistic for a 9-year-old kid to have this kind of mental control over his thoughts in the heat of competition? Along with proper mechanics, my student Mason has been taught a routine that helps him mentally prepare before every pitch. This routine keeps his mind “in the moment” instead of “in the crowd.”

You won’t see this kind of poise from a kid with little or no training. After throwing a wild pitch, you are more likely to see negative body language—looking into the crowd at his parents or rushing the next pitch hoping to get lucky. The truth is, in a competitive environment a trained pitcher merely feels challenged while an untrained pitcher feels pressured.

In youth sports, preparation equals fun.

Whatever the sport, teaching kids about basic mental preparation is crucial for managing pressure. It starts with taking a breath. Doing this consistently will focus the mind and loosen the muscles, allowing the body to effortlessly perform the mechanics unique to the sport. If taught along with basic physical technique, kids will learn it. It’s that simple.

The best time to learn how to manage pressure is when an athlete is young; the best time to teach it is at practice. When failure happens, be ready to give instruction.

What causes pressure? Along with a lack of training, unrealistic expectations from parents and coaches are a big cause. If these expectations are out of balance with the amount of training a young athlete has, there will be pressure, and it can be overwhelming.

masonandcoach_webAs parents, we purposely train our kids to listen to our voices at all times. Usually, this is a good thing, but it’s not particularly helpful when your child is trying to perform a difficult skill like hitting or pitching a baseball, so coaching from the stands should be avoided. Encouraging cheers from the crowd can also be distracting for some kids.

Cheering is a normal part of a competitive event; this will never change, nor should it have to. How a kid responds to the cheering, however, should be cause for reflection for parents. If a player feels pressure from normal cheering and failing because of it, it may mean that their parent’s expectations have been unrealistic the whole time, not just during today’s game. Just hearing their parent’s voice can rattle even the most talented kid if they’ve been constantly over-coached on results, and this is the problem, not the cheering. Instead of “C’mon, you can do it,” this player sub-consciously hears, “C’mon, you better do it!” Parent’s expectations are powerful! If they are unreasonably high, they can shatter confidence and ruin a young player’s competitive experience.

The key is to not add unnecessary pressure by over-coaching during competition. Once the game starts, an athlete’s training is what they can count on, not some anxiety-ridden parent or coach yelling, “Throw strikes!”

Pressures in professional sports and youth sports are similar, but when it comes to managing this pressure, the age and experience levels of the athletes makes the difference. Pressure is normal during competition, but an athlete needs to learn effective ways to cope with it or the pressure is likely to win the battle.

Chuck Schumacher is the author of “How to Play Baseball: A Parents Role in Their Child’s Journey,” available at www.chuckschumacher.com (signed copy) or Amazon. Chuck has 20 years experience as a youth baseball coach and 40 years experience in martial arts. In 2006, he opened Chuck’s Gym in Franklin, Tenn., where he teaches baseball and Okinawan karate. You can contact Chuck at chucksgym@comcast.net.

4 Truths That Will Radically Change Your Sports Parenting

You show up to your child’s game and sit down to enjoy the game and the beautiful day. Suddenly the serenity is pierced by the sound of a parent hollering instructions and calling out players by name.  Horrified, you realize that it’s you that’s bellowing from the sidelines. At that moment your child catches your eye and you realize that he is embarrassed and defeated. You sink down into your chair, determined to change your ways.

Sound familiar? Here are four truths that, if applied daily to your parenting perspective, will radically change your youth sports experience for the better. This change will trickle down to your young athlete, giving them a more positive and enjoyable season as well.

Truth #1: Your Child Can Play Youth Sports Without You.

In the “good old days,” kids used to play pickup games in the park, with little to no adult supervision. And the adults that were there, watched from a distance just to be sure that no one got hurt. Kids had fun, adults did adult things and everyone was happy.

My point is this: Your child is perfectly capable of having fun and playing sports without you!  However, in today’s youth sports culture, with its leagues, elite teams, and private coaches, the game no longer belongs to the kids. It belongs to adults, too. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to encourage competition and skill growth, but the lengths that some adults go to in order to control their child’s youth sports experience has turned it into a circus.

Let’s encourage the purity of the game, which is that youth sports is fun and should be all about the kids.

Truth #2: Your Child is Capable of More Than You Realize.

Isn’t it amazing what your kids can do when you don’t interfere? They are smarter and tougher than parents often give them credit for. And that strength only comes as parents let them work it out themselves. The more parents step in to fix things, the less resilient a child becomes.

Try it sometime. Back off and let your child figure it out by themselves. You will be amazed and proud of how they handle things. I’m not saying they won’t make mistakes. However, they will learn from them and work through them with the support—not the interference— from Mom and Dad.

Truth #3: One Season Will Not Determine Your Child’s Entire Athletic Journey.

If your child is in sports for the long haul, one season is not going to make or break them.

Last week I attended a high school basketball game and later learned that one of the starters got injured and is out for the season. He’s a sophomore, and will undoubtedly be back next season. He’s a good athlete and will not be defined by this one season of injury.

 

Even my son, who suffered a season-ending injury in his senior year of high school football, refused to let that define his athletic journey and was still able to play in college.

Perhaps your child has a rough season because of difficulty with a coach or teammates. When that happens, help them see that it’s only one season—although it seems like forever to them—and therefore only one link in the chain that is their youth sports journey.

Truth #4: Youth Sports Should Not Define Your Child’s Identity.

Youth sports is merely a means to an end, whether that end is a college scholarship or growing into a strong, responsible adult. Youth sports is not the end all, be all in life and it should not be the only thing that defines your child.

I like to make a distinction here between define and describe. Define means that your child only lives for, knows, and works for youth sports. Kids defined by their ability in youth sports are left devastated when they can no longer play because that was their whole world and it defined who they were.

On the other hand, if children describe themselves as athletes who play basketball or lacrosse, then they understand that competition is not their reason for living; it is merely something that they want to succeed in and love to do. When youth sports is over for them, the world does not end because they will find other things they love to do. They are a person apart from their sport.

So where are you when it comes to these truths?

Janis B. Meredith, sports mom and coach’s wife, writes a sports parenting blog called jbmthinks.com. Her new book, 11 Habits for Happy and Positive Sports Parents, is on Amazon.

Parents’ Actions Impact Coaches’ Decisions

It started with me asking, “which one is your son?” and ended sometime later having uttered five sentences, at most. By then I was well versed on how incredibly gifted his son was, every team and coach his son had played for, and how every one of them had mishandled him. Even if I discounted everything by half, his son had played for six different clubs. The kid was 11 years old.

Baseball PitcherAll I kept thinking was the kid would never play on a team I coached. I could envision the countless phone calls and meetings with his father regarding his son. Imagine the litany of questions he would ask: Where he was playing? Where is he batting? Why isn’t he playing first base? I could picture the disdain coming from the sideline whenever the kid didn’t bat in his father’s preferred spot. If none of the other umpteen coaches had handled the kid to the father’s liking, what would make me the lucky one? Nothing. It’s a shame too. The kid was a good ball player.

Whether we like it or not, our actions and demeanor as parents of young athletes have as much impact on coaches’ decisions as our children’s abilities. Here are three reasons why:

No one likes one and done

Persistent team hopping is usually a sign the parent has inflated ideas about their kid’s ability. The parent is chasing some imaginary “golden” ticket to the pros and will never be satisfied with any coach or any program. As a coach, I’m not interested in one and done. A lot of time, effort and money goes into working with a player. The reward is seeing that player develop over time. It is a much harder investment to make when you know the kid will not be playing with you for long. And unless this kid is pitching, playing shortstop and batting third, he definitely won’t be because his parents will be shopping for a new team.   

It trickles down

Players pick up on the vibe when the parents deride the coach or the team. We are teaching them by example that this is an appropriate way to behave and they project it back. 

A parent on one of my 9U teams was overheard on multiple occasions saying his son should be pitching, that he was as good as our number one pitcher. The player didn’t pitch more because he had a 40% strike ratio and walked 13 batters and hit another three over the two and two-thirds innings I had him pitch. After the season, the player asked his close friend who was better, him or another player on the team? When he received an answer he didn’t like, the player, who was one most well-mannered kids I have ever coached, called his friend an offensive name. He then went on to say he was the best pitcher on the team and should have pitched in all our games. Where did that come from?   Throwing Technique

When a parent tells me how every team has mistreated his kid, I worry that player is going to be a prima donna. Is he going to take instruction or think he knows better than everyone because all he’s heard at home is how great he is and how wrong his coach is? Is he going to mope on the bench and blame his teammates when things don’t go his way or he when isn’t playing his preferred position, or is he going to accept it and work harder?

A toxic sideline

In a previous post, I wrote about a coach’s responsibility to create a successful environment for the parents of their players. I am a big proponent of taking the time to listen to and address any concerns parents may have. But the concerns of a parent who believes their child is better than everyone else can never be addressed satisfactorily. That can turn the sideline, a delicate ecosystem to begin with, toxic.

At the high school level, the effects can be career threatening for a coach. This past August, a high school coach was sued for not playing a kid. The movie Trophy Kids, a worthwhile watch about over-the-top sports parents, ends with the true story of a tenured basketball coach’s firing after a group of disgruntled parents lobbied for his dismissal. These are just two examples of what is at stake. At younger ages, it can be a constant distraction (or worse) for both the coach and the team.

As much as coaches want good players on their team, they also want to be able to focus on player and team development. That is harder to do when being forced to deal with the drama of parents who have unrealistic expectations. And no coach wants drama. 

Brian Sieger is a father of two, husband, volunteer baseball coach and author of the blog 8U Travel

2-Man Rebounding Drill

The purpose of this basketball drill is to help with boxing out, rebounding, and outlet passes. With this drill, make sure to teach you defense to attack the boards, keep their stance wide, and use their legs and rear end to contain their man. For offense, emphasize that they be aggressive, and always anticipate the rebound and be ready to put the basketball back up with power. Look at the diagram to see how to execute this effective rebounding basketball drill in your next practice.

 

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