Summer Basketball Is Almost Over!

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Coach Josh and For the Love of the Game would like to thank you for participating in summer basketball. We hope that we fulfilled our promise to provide quality instruction and a fun basketball experience! We look forward to seeing you again for another 3 months of basketball in fall!

Upcoming Dates

Aug 2 – Last day of SATURDAY Summer Weekly Workouts

Aug 10 – Last day of SUNDAY Summer Weekly Workouts

Aug 11 – Private Training returns for fall (Mon-Fri)

Sept 6-7 – Weekly Workouts returns for Fall (Sat &Sun)

Nov 22-23 – Last Day of Fall Weekly Workouts

Dec 22 – Winter Camp (9a-12p & 5-8p)

You can register early or learn more about our programs by visiting our website at www.forthelove21.com
Stay tuned for a flyer with more details on fall programs: Weekly Workouts, Private Training and Winter Camp.

Basketball Workouts Canceled This Weekend July 5-6

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Hi everyone, just a reminder that there’s no basketball workouts this weekend July 5-6. We’ll be back for the weekend of July 12-13.

If your child is new to our program and new to basketball, I encourage you to take some time with your child and have him/her practice some skills during the week. Just like any other skill or activity, basketball skills need consistent attention or else development will plateau. Playing with us once a week is good, but the more they practice the faster they get better. The better they get, the more fun basketball becomes!

I also recommend you check out a some of the articles I’ve written on our website related to the topic of practicing basketball:

What’s Fun About Practicing Basketball?
Nothing But Net
The Not So Glamorous Secret to Being a Great Shooter

Have a great July 4th weekend and we’ll see you next week.

Coach Josh
For the Love of the Game

Summer Registration Deadline This Sunday June 1st

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Happy Friday Everyone!
Weekly Workout Schedule – We are back for basketball this weekend at the regular times. Sat 9am for 6-9 yrs, Sun 145pm for 6-9 yrs, Sun 315 for 10+ yrs. Starting June 8th, Sunday workouts will be moved to 430pm for 6-9 yrs and 6pm for 10+ yrs. Saturday workouts will remain at 9am for the summer.
Summer Registration – This is the last reminder about signups for summer basketball. The deadline for receiving free private trainings during the summer is this Sunday June 1st. You can still register after June 1st if there is space available, but free trainings will not be included. You can register in person this weekend at the Weekly Workouts or online here: forthelove21.com
 
Summer Private Training – There are very few private training spots available for summer. Here are the last few dates and times still available from June – August: Mondays 8-9am @ Parks Jr. High, Mondays anytime after 645pm, Sundays 8-9am. It’s $22 for individuals or $30 for your whole group!
Refer a Friend – Yes, the refer a friend deal is still going! If you refer any new registration, we give you 2 weeks free for the weekly workouts. If you referred someone in the last 2 months, please let me know! We got quite a few referrals but not everyone mentioned who referred them on the registration form. We want to give you 2 weeks credit!
See you this Weekend! And if we don’t see you this summer, we hope to see you again soon!
Coach Josh
For the Love of the Game

 

Basketball Canceled This Weekend – Summer Registration

Hey all,
One last reminder that there’s no basketball this weekend. There will be no Weekly Workouts or Private Trainings Saturday May 24 – May 26. The Weekly Workouts will be back next weekend May 31 – June 1.
Also, I want to remind you that the registration deadline for summer basketball is next Sunday June 1st. You can register after June 1st, but you will miss out on the free offers included in some of our programs for summer. There are just a handful of spots available for Private Training. The dates and times available for Private Training can be seen here: http://forthelove21.com/summer-private-trainings.There are some spots for Weekly Workouts but I’m also expecting more registrations the weekend of the deadline.
 
There are several options and discounts you can choose from for summer basketball. For more information, see our Summer Basketball page on our website here: http://forthelove21.com/2014/04/23/summer-basketball/
Have a great weekend and I hope to see you this summer!
Coach Josh
For the Love of the Game

The Curious Case of the Gentle Giant

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It’s a coach’s dream to have a number one pick in a draft. Your instincts lead you to choose the tallest player available thinking that he’ll become the next Shaq. You automatically dream of ways to use your new tall player. Alley oops, post plays, pick and rolls, wash your second story windows… the options are unlimited. But many coaches come to find their tall basketball player is just not very good at basketball. Even worse, it seems like he doesn’t really care to be good either.

From youth sports to the NBA, there are vertically gifted athletes that are just too nice. They don’t fight for rebounds. They don’t foul. They don’t really do anything aggressive or too quickly. They just gently make their way down court and back. Except for every once in a while. Someone lights a fire under them. They play to their potential for a handful of games only to go back to their usual gentle-selves.

Not sure if you have a chronically gentle giant on your hands? Compare your gentle giant with the all time greats of gentle giants of professional basketball.

How to identify a gentle giant

1) He has poor footwork or coordination in general. Walking and chewing gum at the same time is very difficult for him. You have hopes that he grow into his body, but that is an uphill battle.

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Shawn Bradley – Height = 7’6″, vertical leap = 2″ max

 

2) He doesn’t use his height to do anything productive, like say put his hands up and block shots. He doesn’t really do anything to stop opposing players from scoring and he doesn’t care about getting the ball on rebounds.

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Some 7’2″ French guy

 

3) Low basketball IQ and just general lack of awareness on the court.

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Kwame Brown – The definition of 1st round pick draft bust

 

4) He has unkept or purposely messed up hair like he just woke up out of bed. He doesn’t really care to look professional or at least look like a basketball player.

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Andrew Bynum – Would rather bowl than play basketball, but still wants to be paid like a real basketball player

 

5) He lacks good judgment and often makes the wrong decision. Sometimes he’s just not paying attention.

 

But Why?

Why can’t a tall athlete out compete the little guys? Why is he so lazy? Why doesn’t he practice? I believe, at least one of these items is in play when you’re dealing with a gentle giant.

1) Everything has come easy for him, so he never learned how to fight for the ball or out muscle anyone.

2) He hates being tall and hates the attention. Playing average basketball is his way of blending in.

3) He doesn’t really like basketball but plays because people expect him to.

4) He’s under too much pressure from coaches, teammates and spectators because of high expectations.

5) He doesn’t want to hurt anybody.

Not every tall player is a gentle giant

Not everyone follows the stereotype. There are many aggressive tall players in the NBA. Joakim Noah, Al Jefferson, Blake Griffin, Deandre Jordan, Serge Ibaka all play with a lot of aggression and enjoy using their size to their advantage.

Are some tall players just born with a will to compete? Are some tall people destined to be gentle all of their lives? I don’t know. No one knows it seems. Even in recent NBA drafts, teams have made poor decisions in selecting their tall players. They’ll even give them playing time in order to develop and mature, but sometimes it never pans out. The curious case of the gentle giant is an unsolved mystery.

Recommended Viewing

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Here is a list basketball related things I’ve watched, listened to or read through recently. Yeah, basketball is a full time job…

Watch

B.S. Report – Bob Pettit sits down with Bill Simmons and details life in the ABA and NBA when he worked as a banker in the offseason. He also proclaims Bill Russell as the greatest of all time and tells the story of Red Auerbach punching Ben Kerner before a game.

 

B.S Report – Rick Fox tells Bill Simmons about his days in the NBA, including a season of tanking on the Celtics, how tough Reggie Lewis used to play Michael Jordan, and his tumultuous times on the Lakers with Phil, Shaq, and Kobe.

 

The StartersOn Wednesday’s episode, the crew is back from their Awards Show on Monday and start off with some game recaps. Then, a round of Crossfire.

 

Listen

The Lowe Post – Zach and ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton talk real plus/minus, NBA awards, and the plight of the Pacers. Listen here: Link

 

Read

Fixing The NBA Playoffs – Plus, all your questions answered in this week’s mailbag by Bill Simmons. Read here: Link

NBA Shootaround: The Western Conference Arms Race – So much amazing is happening, and the Shootaround crew is back to help you keep track of it all. You’ll find takes on moments you might’ve missed from the previous night, along with ones you’ll remember forever. Read here: Link

 

Nothing But Net

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Swish! Splash! Wet! Net! Those are just a few acronyms for making a perfect shot that doesn’t touch rim. Regardless of what you call it, aiming for the perfect shot should be a habit, not just something that happens every once in a while.

“Always aim for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars” – W. Clement Stone

This is a great quote for setting big goals. Even if you come up short, you’ll still be a success. With basketball this can easily be applied to how you should aim when you’re shooting…

“Always aim for swishes, even if you miss, you’ll still make the basket!” – Coach Josh

The idea is to aim for a swish every time you shoot and it makes the most awesome sound in the world!

 

See the Bullseye

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The smaller your target, the harder you try to hit it. Trying to hit the tiny red circle on a dart board is difficult, but even if you don’t hit it, you will rarely miss the whole dart board. Now picture that bullseye in the center of the rim on a basketball hoop. Your goal is to hit that bullseye with the ball every time.

Make Adjustments

Even when you make the shot, if it touches the rim, it wasn’t a perfect shot. And you were lucky the rim worked in your favor. Observe which side of the rim it hit and the trajectory of the ball. Was it a laser or a rainbow? Your shot should go high and come down like a rainbow. “More arch” is the number one tip I use to help players get more swishes. Was it left or right? Make sure your hand is pointed directly towards the rim. Learn from your last shot. The next time you take a shot, you can make minor adjustments to turn that lucky make into a skillful swish!

The Rim is a Variable

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Don’t rely on the rim to help you every time. We’ve all had shots that rattled in and out, or spun around the rim and don’t go in. The rim can be a cruel tease. The rim can be very different depending on where you play. It can be stiff or too loose. It could be one of those dreaded double rims that is very unforgiving. But the net never fails! Regardless of how bad the rim is, it won’t matter if you’re aiming for swishes. You’ll start to see that shots that almost go in can be improved upon, rather than blaming it on bad luck. Don’t settle for imperfect makes!

The Ball is a Variable

Don’t blame the ball for your misses! Whether its rubber, leather or some kind of vinyl, the ball shouldn’t effect your shooting percentage. Aiming for swishes is the key. Hitting the rim is your bad, not the ball’s!

Some Faulty Theories

There are many philosophies about shooting. Some are wrong, some are just plain outdated. But nothing is 100% guaranteed and nobody can tell you one way is perfect. No one makes 100% of their shots even with ideal shooting form and even when the one shooting is a professional NBA player. It’s just impossible to be 100% consistent. Yes, repetition increases your chances of making shots, regardless of your shooting form.  But there are some theories that incorrectly lead to missed shots that could be avoided:

1) Aim for the back of the rim – Incorrect. You hit what you aim for. So if you aim for the back of the rim, that’s what you will hit. Why would you aim for something you don’t want to hit? The rim is a variable that doesn’t always work in your favor. The net always works in your favor.

2) Aim for just over the front of the rim – Incorrect. For the same reasons as #1. This kind of aiming usually leads to better arch, but not enough accuracy when it comes to how hard you shoot. Sometimes you’ll hit the back, sometimes you hit the front.

3) Aim for banks on all shots if possible – Incorrect. Depending on where you are playing basketball, the backboard is either plastic, or metal or glass. The backboard could be white or clear. Even in the best of circumstances with an indoor basket, the backboard only has a square which is too large a target to aim for (the corner of the square, however, is a great target for layups and close shots within 5 feet from certain angles). The backboard is too much of a variable because the backboard changes based on where you play. The net never changes.

How You Can Use This Today

Shoot 25 free throws and only count your swishes. Don’t count it if it touches any part of the rim. The number will be very low at first. That’s ok! What you will realize is that the rim and/or backboard was helping you make a majority of your shots. Even though there may have been a fundamental problem with your shot, you ignored it because the ball went in sometimes. However, the rim is very unreliable and will hurt you in the long run. Aiming for swishes forces you to make adjustments even when you do make it.

At Least You’ll Make It!

Trying to get swishes every time can get very frustrating. It’s impossible to get a swish every shot. But luckily, swishing it is not the only way to score points. If your shot is close enough to a swish, the more likely you are to have the rim work in your favor. Also, there is still something to learn from every shot result. If it hits the rim, then next time you need to either shoot harder or softer, higher or lower, right or left. If it swishes, just rinse and repeat!