Practical Mindsets to Play Your Best

Alex Foster Headshot (Small)Alex Foster is a professional basketball player and founder of Sense Basketball, a youth basketball initiative. His youth programs include purposeful skills training and mindfulness exercise, to promote athletes’ self-confidence and general well-being.

Imagine two players: identically tall, equal in strength, with matching basketball skills. Despite their similarities, they likely perform differently after the game tips off. Talent itself does not always translate to on-court performance. The missing part of the equation is the mental process of applying your abilities in the moment.

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The Full Plate

Rodney Wilson Headshot (Small)Rodney Wilson is a conditioning coach at Conquer Training (Kingston, ON) and former Head Strength Coach at Queen’s University, with years of experience developing complete athletes. In his free time Rodney trains for ultra marathons and drives his daughters to every activity under the sun.

I’m a ham man. I could eat slices of spiral ham until the proverbial cows come home. My wife does up a lovely goose on occasion, but it’s not the same. I surround said ham with all the usual fixings and get at it. I often question the weight capacity of the fancy plates that we bring out for family dinners as I travel from kitchen to table. They seem to hold up well.

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5 Ways Parents Can Set the Tone for a Positive Basketball Experience

Mike Klinzing (Small).jpgMike Klinzing is Founder and Executive Director of Head Start Basketball (Cleveland, OH). Offering youth basketball camps and skills training for over 20 years, Head Start Basketball uses the game to improve character, develop leadership, and promote sportsmanship.

Parents play arguably the most important role in the development of a young athlete. It is the parents – not coaches or teammates – who spend the most time with a child. And by extension, it is the parents who have the most influence on the child. Make the most of it!

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Using Mindfulness to Revolutionize Youth Coaching

Alex Foster Headshot (Small)Alex Foster is a professional basketball player and founder of Sense Basketball, a youth basketball initiative. His youth programs include purposeful skills training and mindfulness exercise, to promote athletes’ self-confidence and general well-being.

By prioritizing talent evaluation over personal development, the existing approach to youth basketball continuously fails young athletes. At the beginning of every season, kids are evaluated based on their existing abilities (or performance that day) and slotted into roles by their coaches. These player roles are unlikely to change, either through the course of the season or even through their career.

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Should I Watch My Young Player at Practice?

Mike Klinzing (Small).jpgMike Klinzing is Founder and Executive Director of Head Start Basketball (Cleveland, OH). Offering youth basketball camps and skills training for over 20 years, Head Start Basketball uses the game to improve character, develop leadership, and promote sportsmanship.

As a sports parent today we spend an awful lot of time in the car driving our kids to their practices. If you have more than one child participating in sport, chances are most nights of the week are spent in the gym or at the field. A question I get asked frequently is: How much of the practice should I watch?

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How to Become an Expert

How exactly does someone become an “expert”? Some people assume there is a genetic predisposition towards expertise, such as intelligence in chess or height in basketball. Others claim that while genetic factors matter, we actually have enough control over our own development that “expert level” is in reach for everyone.

So which is it?

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