Every Thursday, I’m in Apex, NC at the community center delivering basketball camps. Afterwards, my coaches and I hang around to engage in great conversation. During this time, others enter gym to shoot-around, play games and even have private lessons.
Over the past 3 weeks, I’ve witnessed a father training his son. On the surface, this is beautiful! A father is actively participating in his son’s life. They’re creating life-long memories with each other.
Here’s the problem: the father has no idea what he’s doing! As the son is shooting the basketball, he’s standing straight up, his feet are too close together, there’s no follow-thru on the shot, the shot is flat and he’s not jumping! Furthermore, the son is shooting the basketball out of his range!
Guess what, it’s probable that kid won’t have the success he’s hoping for because he’s not being trained properly. In fact, in the past, kids like that will eventually stop playing basketball all together. This breaks my heart!
I’ve always believed that we, as parents, should connect our kids with those who have the appropriate (subject matter) expertise to teach them properly. If we’re most effective at training our kid, we should do it. If not, delegate accordingly.
The last thing I want to do is be the reason why my kid is not advancing! I couldn’t live with this!!!
If your kid wants to learn how to play basketball (the right way), find someone who specializes in fundamental skill development, teaches basketball IQ and character enrichment. Doing so, you’re doing your kid a great service!