TRANSFERRING SCHOOLS FOR SPORTS

4 Most Impactful Questions to Ask When Deciding to Transfer Schools for Sports

So, I’m going to be honest.

I FULLY expected to sit down and write a blog post about high school student-athletes and the current trend of transferring schools at what seems like an astronomical rate and portray it in a negative light.

As someone that went to a large public school for 3 years (middle school in my area of Texas is 7th through 9th grade) and didn’t always see eye-to-eye with my coaches and didn’t appreciate the overwhelming emphasis put on football at my school, I completely understand those frustrations. Hey, I even transferred in college.

But, after returning to North Carolina from my college and professional careers, it was obvious that something had changed. To see kids leaving schools mid-season or going to 3 high schools in 3 years all in the name of chasing a scholarship, I was both taken aback and curious.college basketball transfer

So, I was prepared to question what was going on and express my skepticism. But after doing some research on the topic, it appears that there are no EASY answers and no quick judgments can be passed.

But, based on the number of state governing body rules (examples found here, here, here, here and here. Plus the fact that lawyers are needed to help navigate the rule books! Lawyers! In high school sports!) and the HIGH rate with which kids leave schools now, I would argue that we have lost our way concerning what is in the best interest of high school kids trying to play collegiate team sports.

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5 BEST PRACTICES TO RUN A GREAT YOUTH BASKETBALL CAMP

 

Thinking about running a youth basketball camp?

As Pro Skills Basketball enters its 8th year of summer basketball camps, it’s fun to look back and compare how we started versus how we run our camps today.

There is no doubt that over the summer months, depending on where you live, there are numerous basketball camps and activities to choose from, as the allure of running youth basketball camps is very easy to understand…teach kids, be around basketball and hopefully make a little extra money.

What’s not to love?

We know a lot of people want to test the waters of running a basketball camp, and we like to warn people about some of the mistakes that we made. So, here are our 5 tips to running a successful summer youth basketball camp.

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4 BENEFITS OF PLAYING ON THE AAU “B” TEAM

CMW_0295Here at Pro Skills Basketball, one of the main things we do aside from our basketball clinics and camps is our PSB Select “AAU” (also known as “club” or “competitive”) teams.

We’ve been running these AAU basketball teams for the last 6 years or so, and we’ve seen the tremendous value that AAU brings to young kids if done the right way. We now have AAU teams in the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas, Denver Colorado, and Greensboro NC!

One of the things we do in our PSB Select club is, if we have multiple teams in a grade, we form multiple teams and break them up into “A” and “B” teams, which we label “Gold” and “Black” (our club colors).

We do this for a number of reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Not wanting to “cut” young kids who want to play
  • Ability to give more kids a chance to play
  • More efficient distribution of playing time
  • More efficient development of skills all-around

However, forming a “Black” team or “B” team always causes some issues, sometimes amongst players, but more often, among parents.

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WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO SACRIFICE FOR BASKETBALL

Sacrifice in BasketballDo great basketball players make sacrifices? 

Of course they do! So, here we are. The last segment in our posts describing the Pro Skills Basketball acronym of F.O.C.U.S. Fun, Overcome, Concentration, and Unity have all been written about.

Now we are down to the “S”…and it’s my personal favorite. The four previously mentioned topics are all extremely important concepts that basketball and youth sports can teach young kids.

But, the “S” is what takes some people to the top. The “S” is what holds 99% of us back. The “S” can be the greatest lesson that young people can apply to their adult lives.

Without it, nothing great has ever been accomplished. Without it, experiencing discomfort or enduring the struggles of adult life can be difficult to bear. Without it, we struggle to learn to make tough decisions.

The “S” in our acronym, and I believe the most important thing youth basketball can teach young players, stands for sacrifice.

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HOW TO SET REALISTIC S.M.A.R.T BASKETBALL GOALS TO ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS

“A dream without a plan is just a wish.”

setting smart and realistic basketball goalsOften times when I ask young players what their ultimate basketball dream is, most of the time I get a response like “I want to play in the NBA” or “I want to play in college” or “I want to play Division I” or “I want to play professionally one day” etc.

I then proceed to ask them about how exactly they plan to achieve this dream and very often they have little or no idea. And this is exactly why players need to set realistic and smart basketball goals!

I love to hear when a young player has basketball goals or a BIG dream as I’m a huge proponent of shooting for the moon because as they say, “even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

I relate to this notion in my own life as I dreamt about making the NBA from the time I can remember first playing basketball. Although I didn’t quite make it to the NBA, I was able to play professionally in Europe for a number of years, which ended up being one of the great blessings of my life.

In order to get there, thoughachieve basketball dreams with basketball goals, I set many basketball goals that acted as a “plan” to achieve my NBA dream.

This is where many young players lack the understanding and vision of what it takes to play professional basketball.

They don’t set basketball goals, and often times if they do, they don’t do it properly.

Goal setting in general is not an easy thing, and it does require time and effort, but hopefully this article can enlighten some players on how exactly to set basketball goals in order to achieve their dreams.

Basketball goals (and any goals in general) need to be S.M.A.R.T. That is, goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely.

To be clear, a dream is the ultimate, big, huge goal, but in order to achieve that dream, players must set smaller S.M.A.R.T. goals along the way. These goals are essentially the stepping-stones to help a player inch closer to their dream.

Let’s look at S.M.A.R.T. and start with the “S”…

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