The dreaded “p” word

As a middle or high school basketball coach, you’ll have 3 or 4 years to coach players. Coaches salivate when players show great promise! Everything they’ll do in practices is geared towards developing a player’s skill, IQ and live-play.

But, here’s the deal. Basketball season will end. The off-season will kick in. This is where the real work begins. Some players put the work in. Others won’t.

In each of my years coaching, there’s always been at least one player that didn’t put in the required off-season work (for success). As a result, the player won’t reach their potential, the dreaded “p” word!

If I could get paid $1 for every player, who never reached his or her potential, I’d be a rich man! When you think about it, it’s sad. It’s sad because the player’s approach, or lack thereof to working on their craft could be a predicate to how they approach other projects or tasks in life!

If more kids reached, as opposed to breached their potential, three things would happen:

  1. The kid would be more confidence.
  2. The kid would become a stronger leader.
  3. Their teams would reach higher levels of success.

It absolutely pains me when I look at a player, who had great promise, and I say to myself “That player never reached their potential because they were unwilling to put the work in! What a waste!” Ouch!

At Youth Hoops Basketball Camps, we implore kids to have a strong work ethic, never settle for being average, and have a burning desire to be the best version of themselves!

Encourage your kid to keep working on their basketball game (or anything that’s important to them) so that they may reach or exceed their potential.

About the author 

Coach Berry

John Berry (a.k.a. Coach Berry) has been a basketball coach and skill development trainer since 1993 and has coached hundreds of games and instructed 1,000’s of kids. Coach Berry is, and always has been committed to helping youth in life and on the basketball court.