In 2017 I was lucky enough to coach 8th grade boys basketball for the 10th year. I love coaching this level because it allows me to push the levels of youth mindsets, skills, and what it takes to be successful. We are part of a school that does not cut players. We often have two teams of 30-35 players(we have 2 teams per grade). As a coach I can coach the players that will go on to play varsity and those will no longer play organized basketball after this year. Regardless of ability we have the same expectations for all - to be the best version of themselves.
What you are about to read is a collection of blog posts I wrote to my players each morning. This started out as simply sharing to them directly through our school system, but then I decided to post them on Medium to make it easier to organize and link. I hope you enjoy. I only want to share in hopes that it inspires and gives you pause to think about life decisions. These posts lead to great team conversations and regardless if you play or like basketball, the messages apply to everyone.
You learn about mindset, stoicism, gut, success, and just real talk that is missing in youth sports, parenting, teaching, and more when it comes to working the youth. These are life lessons that go beyond the hardwood courts.