I’m a firm believer that in order to become great at anything, you must have a strong foundation and be fundamentally sound.
As a basketball coach, players often come back from the summer break and are eager to show me their “fancy” moves. I’m thrilled about their enthusiasm, but often times their technique is littered with flaws. When this occurs, I urge them to do the “basic” things (ball handling, shooting, offensive moves, defense and inside play). Long term, it’s very hard for a kid to truly understand how effective this is.
Just as in the Karate Kid with Mr. Miyagi, I insist, “Wax On, Wax Off”! Do the basic things repeatedly! No exceptions! All thru this process, the kid is kicking and screaming! After a relatively short period of time, the kid realizes how their skills are drastically improving. Next thing I know, the kid becomes a MONSTER!
In my 24 years of coaching, I’ve taken countless kids through this process. In doing so, they’ve made their basketball teams, become most valuable players, obtained all-conference honors and their overall confidence reached an all-time high!