3d Athletics will be sharing the perspectives of some of our athletes in our newly featured BLOG posts from parents, players, and all associated with our training program.
"The 2013-2014 High School season begins in less than a week! Being able to come together with my team to start practice, preparing for this journey over the next few months is an exciting feeling. Our team's main goal is winning a Long Island Championship with hopes of an opportunity to compete for a New York State Championship. In order to achieve our goals, it requires hard work, sacrifice, and a commitment to each other. It's going to be tough, however, I know that all of the hours in the gym with the team will be worth it at season's end."
Who is the The Basketball Dad? I am a married, full-time working father of three kids, who’s always in pursuit of finding ways to keep my kids motivated and inspired, in the hopes that my efforts will bring out the best in all that they do.
I can tell you that this is no easy task to accomplish! In fact it’s nearly impossible sometimes. But as the old saying goes, ‘It’s not the destination; it’s the journey that matters most!’ I have to remind myself of this often.
The focus of this monthly blog will be to share my experiences as a parent of young athletes, and discuss my successes and failures in maintaining the balance between family, school, athletics, and some sort of social life for my kids that does not include Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
In addition to sharing my personal experiences I plan on sharing articles, web links, and book recommendations that I find helpful to me in this endeavor, and I hope that you may find them valuable to you as well.
I do not profess to be an expert by any means, and my goal is not to offer advice through this blog. Lord knows that I sometimes struggle to maintain the “Life Balance” described above.
But what I’ve come to realize is that many of us Basketball Dad’s and Mom’s alike, share the same goals, dreams, and anxieties when it comes to athletics for our kids, but we don’t often discuss them because perhaps we assume that it's ‘JUST US’ going through these things. For example, we may be asking ourselves;
Am I pushing too hard?
Should my kid be training as much as some of the other kids?
How do other parents and coaches inspire young athletes?
What should I say, or not say, on the car ride home after games!
Some other concerns parents may have…
“I just want her to have fun.”
“He never wants to work at it.”
“She’s great in practice, but she can’t seem to do it in the games.”
“She has no confidence.”
“How do we find the right team/coach/trainer to play for?”
My hope is that this blog will give us all something to consider when it comes to questions like these for our young athletes.
Truth is we’re all after the same thing, which is finding ways to instill confidence, build skills and inspire our young athletes in the sport they love, while keeping ourselves and our kids ‘balanced’ at the same time.
The Basketball Dad
In today's era of sport, we are provided instant access with updates on all facets of the game from pre-game to post game. Players of all levels have the ability to send their message globally. In doing so, we all have the ability to connect with people and utilize these resources constructively.
However, one of the major downfalls is that players often use these networking tools in a detrimental, negative connotation. If you have something that you are interested in posting, make sure it is directed in a positive light where people can form reason behind the words. Often times, these tools are used as a forum for players to "hate" on others or publicly criticize their coaches, teammates, administrators, officials, etc..., not realizing that these are public forums where we all have access to.
Be mindful of your environment, enlightening people on what you can do, what you will do, and what you have done to improve not only yourself but those in your support system.
The challenges that we face as athletes is finding a true balance in our lives both academically and athletically. We become more attractive to our environment when this balance has been achieved. You will find that an education will keep you grounded as a person and allow your mind to experience challenges that are often overlooked athletically. This balance will improve your growth as an athlete in your critical thinking abilities, awareness, and more importantly, your confidence in making decisions on the court. All of which are often bypassed when creating a plan to improve your skills as a player. We tend to forget how important the mind is in allowing us to achieve our goals and continue to grow.
As you move toward the culmination of the school year, remind yourself how important it is to complete the task at hand and prioritize your responsibilities both academically and athletically. These lessons will help you in life as you will continue to be faced with decisions that will be increasing difficult as the years progress.
3d Athletics is proud to recognize its clients as they continue to excel throughout the season. It has been rewarding to hear from coaches, players, parents, and administrators, the effect that our players have on the game. Our clients are prepared for both the mental and physical demands that the game presents. It is important to recognize those that make the right play in the game that oftentimes is forgotten because it does not show up in the box score.
Players to note are Kristine Best of Marist College, Phil Izevbehai or NYIT, Connor Fedge of SUNY Geneseo, Marques Charlton of Clarkson University, Matt McLeod of Molloy College, Garret Kerr of the University of Sciences, CJ Capilets of Hauppauge, James Curley of Seaford, Markim Austin of Riverhead, and Ryan Hickey of Smithtown West have been recently highlighted for their on court performances.
Through our social media, we will continue to update our audience on how our clients excel on the court as the post-season nears closer.