Coaching Perspective: 2019 Summer Youth Basketball Season Review

Every year I learn and grow as a coach, this season was no different.  After many seasons of promising myself to write a review of the season, I finally have committed to doing it, and if you’re reading this, I did it.  I’m going to review what my goals were prior to the 2019 Summer Basketball season, what I learned this season, and a few special notes about the season. After several years of coaching basketball for each of my son’s teams in various sports, this summer I had the pleasure of coaching my two oldest sons in basketball on the same team.  I’ve coached winter basketball at our local sports association for the last several years, and as the dad of 4 boys, we’re busy throughout spring, fall and winter sport seasons; we’ve always tried to take summer off to rest and recharge.  This spring 2019 my twelve-year-old had been playing travel-basketball for a local travel team, Emerald Coast

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Letting My Child Swim, or Sink – a tale of football, failure, and (hopefully) perserverance

A few months ago my oldest son, Jackson, told my wife and I that he wanted to play football.  Jackson (11), is the oldest of our boys – his 8 year old brother loves football and has played it into his 4th season now, and Seth (5) is trying it on for size in his first season.  Jackson is a good athlete, but hasn’t learned what it takes to win, and worse, is really bad at losing and often has a negative attitude about all things new.  For that and other reasons, his mom and I discussed the commitment of the season, the collisions involved, the work of practices (which are more frequent and intense than soccer and basketball) – frankly, I tried to talk him out of it.  Personally, I was excited he wanted to try something new and because I knew if he didn’t try football soon, he would miss the window of learning the fundamentals and the

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My Review of the University of Southern Mississippi Youth Football Camp

My eight year old participated in the 2015 University of Southern Mississippi Youth Football Camp. Below is a summary of the good and bad experiences that he (as a participant), and me (as a dad) took away from the experience. Disclaimers: I’m neutral about Southern Miss, neither a devotee nor detractor. I’m not star-struck by the name on the jerseys or the coaching staff. While I respect the coaches for what they do, it’s not a fan experience for me. Instead, I wanted my boy to have a good experience that ingrains a further love for football, fitness, and that will give him a favorable memory of his childhood. Further, I was hoping he’d learn something that would make him a better football player. This is our first year on the camp scene – I don’t have much to compare our experiences against.  My only other comparison was the Florida State University youth football camp, which I wrote about here.

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My Review of the Florida State University Youth Football Camp

For three hot days, my eight year old participated in the 2015 Florida State University Youth Football Camp.  Below is a summary of the good and bad experiences that he (as a participant), and me (as a dad) took away from the experience. Disclaimers: I’m neutral about Florida State, neither a devotee nor detractor. I’m not star-struck by the name on the jerseys or the coaching staff. While I respect the coaches for what they do, it’s not a fan experience for me. Instead, I wanted my boy to have a good experience that ingrains a further love for football, fitness, and that will give him a favorable memory of his childhood. Further, I was hoping he’d learn something that would make him a better football player. This is our first year on the camp scene – I don’t have much to compare our experiences against Why we chose FSU Football Camp: Last college football season I was flipping through the

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Do you have these common running traits?

Most people notice you’re a runner by the way you look; more and more, I notice other runners by the way they live their life.  Runner’s have a beautiful spirit, heart, and mind. You have a beautiful spirit Your spirit is shaped by miles of inclement weather, and a few precious rays of sunshine.  You have cried through pain and joy.  You were broken, and you healed.  You will be broken again, but you run anyways.  When you run, your spirit shines through. We don’t race to the finish line against other runners.  Our race is one against ourselves, always pushing back that devil who’s telling us to quit.  Every time we finish, we have won.  Sometimes, we win in the form of a Personal Best, sometimes we win by finishing, sometimes we win by starting.  We win because we push our limits each run.  What’s your best victory? You have a beautiful heart You took a few wrong turns,

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Are you prepared to be great?

You can only be great if you’re prepared I will not inspire a generation with my words.  I will never lead the NBA in scoring or the NFL in rushing.  I will not win an Olympic medal.  I will not save a soldier from gunfire.  But there are things at which I aspire to be great. Dad I work to be a great father to my children.  I am the only dad they will ever have, I owe it to them and their children, to teach them to be men.  I want to leave a legacy of love that they can aspire to, that they impress upon their children, so that when I leave, I leave a legacy of great men in my wake. Career I aspire to be great at my job.  I don’t wake up each morning hoping to just do enough to keep getting a paycheck.  I choose to be a fully engaged participant with my employer,

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How to #RUNch

Need more time in the day?  fitting in your run during your work day could give you those few extra minutes you need each day.  Several times each week I run (or cross train) during my lunch break at work, and have done so for more than a year.  Here are some tips if you would like to try a #RUNch on for size: 1. Fat kid has to eat! – prepare and pack a quick lunch that can be consumed in a hurry if needed – I eat the same lunch everyday, red or black beans and whole grain brown rice.  Clocking in at less than 350 calories, I can gobble it down pretty quickly at my desk after I get back from my run.  It’s also a good recovery meal (protein + carbs) according to Runner’s World Magazine. 2.  Bring a gym bag to work – I pack my shoes, running (or cross training) attire, phone armband, ear

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Bicycling as Crosstraining

Bicycling Again I wanted to run today, but didn’t because I’ve got my mileage for this week, and my legs could’ve used the rest.  Since it was in the low 60’s today on the Gulf Coast, I decided to go biking!  I haven’t biked a lot in the last couple months due to the cold; in fact, in December I biked just over 35 miles, down from 180+ miles per month during the spring and summer  –  Here’s the dirty proof via RunKeeper.  if you use RunKeeper, please friend me and I’ll add you back! 40 mile scenic loop Things I saw on my ride today – a word of caution, I may take the WORST pictures of any person you’ve ever met. 1.  A Giraffe – passing The Gulf Breeze Zoo, this guy was hanging out doing Giraffe things. 2. Navarre Beach – a little coastal city, known locally for its rustic charm. 3. Gulf Islands National Seashore 4. Pensacola

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Race Report – We Believe in our Children 5k

My first race of 2014 was the We Believe in Our Children 5k in Pensacola, Florida.  It was a rousing success!  Below are the gritty details. STATS  You can view the official stats below, or for those of you who might be skeptical, here are the official documents. #34 of 215 men #7 out of 14 in my age group (35 through 39) 24:47.56 total time 7:59 per mile pace WHAT WENT RIGHT I woke up at 5:30 AM and fixed oatmeal for breakfast – this was a smart move.  I had plenty of fuel for the entire race. I was fast – for the first half-mile or so, I shook off the nerves and warmed up the engines, then blasted through the rest of the course.  About 2.5 miles into it, I was feeling pretty fatigued, but kept the peddle to the floor. I had fun – given that I really, really dislike running in the cold, my mind

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My Mistress

The Other Woman She was familiar, easily available, and very desirable.  I ran to her; no, not at first.  At first I walked to her, then I walked faster, then I ran slowly and for short bursts.  One day I ran the whole 30 minutes to her house.  Today, I run to her, around her, and from her.  She has given me great comfort; she has listened when nobody else would (and when I didn’t care to tell anyone else); she has held me close, and she gave me love before I gave her anything.  I love her, and cannot ever imagine a day without her.  This passion with her, this love, it is beautiful, it is healing, it is all I ever want or need.  My mistress is called by many names, but today most of us call her Running.  I am passionate about Running like I have been passionate about few things in my life.  Today I read,

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New Beginnings

There are no new beginnings, there is only right now If you want to make a change then start where you are right now, in your puddle of humanity, swim to the edge, crawl out of that cesspool, claw your way up that beach, through the jungle, over the hills, through the desert, and climb that mountain.  Start paddling right now, or you’ll find yourself in that puddle day after day after day… How bad do you want it? Do you want it more than you want to play that video game? Do you want it more than you want to watch TV? Do you want it more than you want to go to that party? If you’re unwilling to skip the luxuries of life to achieve that dream, you will never achieve that dream. Someone else is always willing to work when you’re not. Pledge allegiance to the struggle… Bring it on 2014 I’m not the biggest, fastest, strongest,

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Clean Slate

2013 is history Now is our chance to reset our lives and make a great 2014.  For me, 2013 has been a forgettable year. I’m starting to turn the corner and move on from a life I can no longer have.  I’m moving in the only direction afforded to me: forward.   2014 is here, and I’ve made some annual goals. More than twenty goals to be precise.  That number will likely continue to grow this month.  What I’m doing this year different than before is that I’m implementing a process that will let me do things each day that will allow me to meet those goals.  This way, I won’t have to worry about achieving these goals.  Here is an overview of my fitness-related goals. current body fat is ____%; goal body fat % is ____. Run a 5k, a 10k, and a 1/2 marathon run a sub 25 minute 5k Run 100 miles each month in 2014 The

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