Brookfield, CT

Never leave your feet on defense -- not even to block a pass, not even to block a shot. For every pass you block by jumping, two will get by you and you will be slow getting to good defensive help-position. You have to wait until you come down to move. For every shot you block, twice you will foul unnecessarily and another time or two the shooter will miss but be able to run by you for the rebound, since you cannot block out in the air. Jumping is not a valuable skill on defense (unless you are a gifted, intimidating center). Don't jump. Never leave your feet. Keep your feet on the floor at all times on defense.

Can you raise your hand higher?   (YES)

Will you raise your hand higher?   (IT’S UP TO YOU)

All growth involves some level of discomfort. But the discomfort is short-lived. The growth is forever.

Don’t be too cool to work hard at what you want.

Try new things.  Stop resisting.  Just because you always did things a certain way, does not mean you can’t change those things.

Example: I always shoot with my hands on the side of the ball.  You might want to change that. 

I always wait until the last minute to do homework.

You might want to change that.

All you really have is this very moment.  Don’t miss your moment.

Engagement is the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, & passion that students/players show when learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their education.

1. LOCK IN – PUT BALL BETWEEN FEET – LOCK HANDS AND LEGS – TOES ON LINE (SIT IN FRONT ROWS AT SCHOOL AND TAKE NOTES)

2. EYE CONTACT – GET TO A SPOT WHERE YOU CAN SEE TEACHER/COACHES EYES

3. SHOW TEACHER & COACHES YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING & GETTING BETTER

4. BRING LIGHT (ENERGY) - CONTRIBUTE DON’T CONTAMINATE

5. MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT - HIGH FIVES – USE NAMES AND GIVE POSITIVE SUPPORT

6. TRANSITION – GET TO EACH DRILL/CLASS QUICKLY & ORDERLY

7. ORGANIZE – GOP = GRAND ORGANIZING PLAYER (HELP EACH OTHER OUT)

8. ASK QUESTIONS – TEACHERS & COACHES LOVE TO HELP

9. INDICATE YOU UNDERSTAND – NOD / SAY THANK YOU

Conclusion: It is the Student/Players job to control their effort & attitude. Leave the room a better place than when you first entered.

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