Some athletes and parents think there are shortcuts to success in basketball. Usually only the strong and dedicated survive. It’s very easy to see those who are just doing it for instant success. So many athletes tell me:
– They want to be great.
– They want to be the best.
– They want to win championships.
– They want to play college ball.
– They want to make their highschool team.
No trainer in the world will MAKE you be able to do those. Not me, not some other coach/trainer, not Michael Jordan, NO ONE. What a trainer or Coach does is show you the way. Why my players seem to get results, outside of them being ridiculously talented, is I have mastered helping the ones who love this and truly want to do those things we mentioned above. I help those committed understand the process and work ethic it takes to actually acquire that.
I help them build the muscle of commitment, hard work, patience, and understanding the importance of details. The parents or athletes who think they can go to a certain AAU program, coach, or trainer because you think it’s going to make you/your child stand out will never be successful.
….Can those help? Of course! But only to an extent. Nothing is given…
there are no shortcuts to be above the rest.
What I can do and what I’m the best at is showing athletes shortcuts to learning experiences. Out of all the trainers in Maine I believe I might be the only one that has been successful at EVERY level from middle school to college. I can show them exactly the blueprint it takes. Want to start on your highschool team? This is what you need to be good at. Want to play college ball? These are the skills you need. To a degree can everyone give some input on what it takes to become successful in basketball or any level? Yes. But there are tiny details, it will separate the good from the great and you only know those tiny details from actually experiencing and playing in those environments. That’s why some of the top athletes in the state trust me. I’ve been where they want to go and I’ve been successful. But just because I’ve been there and know what it takes doesn’t mean they automatically will make it. They have to APPLY what I teach.
Every athlete at the beginning of the session, tells me their goals, and when they want to achieve them. We create a blueprint. Sometimes when we meet, they are way behind what I believe they must be able to do to reach their goals and have to catch up. I have refused to continue to train with athletes because I required them to practice on their own. After a couple weeks if I hear they haven’t and it’s a legitimate reason to why they haven’t, I tell them they don’t really want it and this isn’t for them.
There are 2 pains you will have to choose to go through in life. The pain of regret or the pain of discipline. The choice is yours. If you have goals, GREAT. If you have dreams, AWESOME!! But the bigger the dream the MORE the sacrifice. To go up you must give up, and the higher you climb the stronger you have to be.
Until next time,