Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Former Player, Alexis Givands, National Champion

While everybody in the city of Memphis were so focused on the University of Memphis' Mens basketball team run for a national championship, one of my former players and a Memphis Kirby High School standout actually won a National Championship.

Alexis Givands, a 5'9 Guard, and her Gulf Coast teammates won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship by beating Central Arizona 62-61. Alexis had 10 points in the game.

Alexis is a sophomore and will be annoucing here selection for D1 Schools to attend very soon.

Other former player updates, (Northside High School)Candace Rucker from Southwest TN Community College, made her decision this past fall to continue her basketball career at Southern Mississippi University. She was nominated 1st Team NJCAA All- American.

(Southside High School)Ashley Martin of Bevill State Community College in Alabama will be making her decision on what school to continue her college basketball career.

For more on the championship game, click here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Michael 'Mike' Conley demonstrates Girls Basketball Dribbling Drills

How to Handle Setbacks in Girls Basketball

I read this on one of my mentor's site, Jeff Herring. I thought it would help you in your journey of basketball.

Q: “I’ve suffered a few setbacks and disappointments in the last year, and seem to be bogged down in them. A business that I began failed and my long-term girlfriend left me for someone else. I want to move past this, but just don’t seem able to bounce back. What I can I do?”

Let’s pretend for a few moments that we are in a seminar, and let me ask for a show of hands:

How many of you have ever been rejected by anyone, for anything, at any time in your life?

How many of you have ever suffered a defeat over something large or small, for any reason, at any time in your life?

How many of you would not raise your hand no matter what I asked? Sorry, just a little seminar humor there.

All of us have suffered rejection and defeat at some point in our lives. Loss of jobs, broken relationships, deaths, disappointments, or just the ups and downs of every day living.

Motivational speaker W. Mitchell has been quoted as saying “It’s not what happens to us that matters, it’s what we do about it that makes the difference.”

With that quote in mind, I’ve noticed that when presented with rejection and/or defeat, most people have one of two reactions. They either let it beat them or they rise above it.

I call these two responses “dropping dead” and “bouncing back.” Let’s take a closer look at each of these two choices.

How to “Drop Dead”

¨ Believe that this event defines you and your life now and forever. In other words, it’s a final judgment of who you are.

¨ Lose perspective. Focus only on what happened to you and nothing else.

¨ Organize your thoughts, feelings, what you talk about, in other words, your whole life, around what has happened. Talk about nothing else. Bore your friends.

¨ Take a “dead roach approach.” Flat on your back with your legs in the air, no power, giving up.

¨ Quit . Give up. Throw in the towel. Or whatever losing metaphor you can find.

¨ Believe in your heart that you have failed. Even worse, define yourself as a failure.

¨ Focus on the past, something you can do nothing about.

¨ Go it alone.

How to “Bounce Back”

¨ Decide to. It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “People are about as happy as they decide to be.” I think it’s the same with bouncing back. I realize that sounds so simple, but that’s really where it starts.

¨ Implement the principle of NEXT!!! This one comes from the world of sales. The top sales people in any field have trained themselves to handle rejection by saying “next” to themselves. In this context “next” means to move on into the future and not get stuck in the past, even the recent past.

¨ Implement the principle of Open Doors. God never closes one door without opening several others. We have to look for them, however.

¨ Focus on the present and future, two things you can do something about. The best way to predict the future is to create it as close as you can to the way you would like it to be.

¨ Install a new belief that says I can only fail if I quit or if I don’t learn something from the experience. In this way you have to try really hard to fail, sort of like failing gym class.

¨ Get the support you need.

¨ Make this two crucial distinctions:

· Make a place for what has happened in your life. It may stink, not be fair, and you may hate it. But it did happen, and denying it will only come back to bite you later on.

· Put it in it’s place. Which is behind you, in the past. Think of the event like a chapter in a book that you do not have to read again and again.

¨ Become a bouncer!. A bouncer is someone who has taken a huge leap past just merely surviving. Some folks consider it a compliment to be called a survivor. Spare me. Let’s bounce back and live our best life!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

How to Grow in Girls Basketball

"There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions
as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them."
—Denis Waitley: Author

Girls Basketball Resources

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Girls Basketball Guard Drills That Improve Defense 4

Drill 4: Leg Bounds

1. Line up along the baseline
2. Stand with your legs together, arms tucked to your sides, and knees bent.
3. Jump as high and as far as you can, throwing you arms up and extending your body.

Girls Basketball Success Guide

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Girls Basketball Guard Drills That Improve Defense 3

Drill: Rope Jumping

1. Get a jump rope.
2. Jump with both feet.
3. Switch to jumping with the right foot.
4. Switch to jumping with the left foot.

Girls Basketball Trainer