Wasatch Basketball Club e-Newsletter
January 10, 2018
Wasatch Basketball Club:
Please take the time to share this with your son and family. We hope to have more regular Newsletters with messages from the Coach Ballstaedt, Coach Long and the WBC Board. Coaches, we hope you will use this with your players or parents appropriately and even take time out of practice to discuss the messages or recognize the players mentioned in each email.
WBC Players of the Month – December
Congratulations to the following players! These players were nominated by coaches with comments on why they are deserving of being recognized. We had several nominations from our club coaches.
- Third Grade: Sam Pinter
- Sam plays with a great attitude, always hustles and engages on both ends of the floor. He’s an excellent teammate, always looking to get others involved and encouraging the other players
- Fourth Grade: Royal Matthews
- Royal is a first year player with the program. Always hustles and is willing and ready to learn. He also always has a smile on his face and is having fun.
- Fifth Grade: Logan Ritchie
- Logan dominated opponents in the month of December running the point of a new offense. He led his team in scoring and assists, and to a perfect 3-0 start.
- Sixth Grade: Drew Anderson
- Drew is one probably the hardest worker in the 6th grade. He’s at every practice, goes his hardest in every drill, is vocal and gets the team excited. You can tell he is working outside of practice to get better.
- Seventh Grade: Chris Cook
- Chris is a hustler. He’s big, fast and strong. He always finishes first in conditioning drills. He boxes out, always runs hard and finishes at the rim. He often scores just because he beats everyone up the floor. He is improving his skills as well.
- Eighth Grade: Soren Nielson
- He is at every practice ten min early and ready to work. He maintains intensity in practice during any drill. We put him at the top of the black defense and he created at least five critical turnovers. He has hit big shots when we’ve needed them and always is competing. He typically ends up guarding someone who is bigger than him. It is very impressive to me how he loves the challenge and takes pride in rebounding against larger opponents.
WORD FROM COACH BALLSTAEDT
Players Play, Coaches Coach, PARENTS CHEER
I have literally watched hundreds and hundreds of basketball games over the years. I have experienced all three sides of the game mentioned above. As a player, as a coach and as a parent. I can honestly say that the role that is most rewarding and frustrating at the same time is participating as a parent.
Parent participation in their child’s basketball games has taken a dramatically concerning turn over the last several years. From parents threatening to pull their kid off the team unless they get more playing time to threatening physical harm to the coach for not playing their son…and anything in between. Just last week I watched a parent throw a water bottle onto the court at a referee while another parent threw racial slurs at the same ref.
Maybe you have seen some of those “crazy” things yourself. Maybe you are thinking to yourself that there is no way you would ever do anything that dramatic as a sports parent. I certainly hope not. But I would like to talk about what might be a less obvious infraction of the rule Players Play, Coaches Coach, and Parents Cheer.
When I attend youth basketball games now I am constantly hearing things like, “Shoot the ball.” “Give it to him.” “He’s open.” “Pass it, pass it.” “Hustle Timmy.” “Take care of the ball Johnny.” “Use the pick.” “Go to the hole.” The unfortunate thing about hearing these type of comments is that I too often hear them coming from the stands more than I can hear them coming from the Coaches mouth on the bench.
As parents of athletes, we all want our children to perform well. When they are performing, somehow it feels like we are out there on the court as well. After all they are our kids. It’s hard to resist the urge to yell out some of the things listed above because we are trying to help our kids perform better. The reality is that yelling these things from the stands is really doing more harm than good.
There are a lot of things our players are focused on during the game. Running the offense, executing a play, performing their defensive assignment and communicating with their teammates while they are on the floor. The distraction of parents yelling at them actually clutters their mind and their performance. Too often the things being yelled by the parent is in direct conflict with what the coach is asking them to do. Imagine the stress that puts on your child.
A couple of years ago I was coaching a high school basketball team and during a time out designed a play for a specific player. I asked Johnny to come off of a pick and drive to the middle to pull the defense on him. If the man guarding him followed him and another defender jumped over to help, Johnny was supposed to then pass the ball to Jimmy for the open shot. As the play started to take shape, Johnny came off the pick and immediately drove to the middle of the lane. As expected, his defender stayed with him and another defender jumped over to help, leaving Jimmy wide open. Just as all of this happened I could hear Johnny’s dad from the stands yelling ferociously, “Shoot it Johnny, shoot it.” It was obvious that Johnny heard his dad and I watched Johnny hesitate as he turned to make the pass to the open shot the play was designed to create. Because of his hesitation, by the time he passed the ball the other defender had recovered and stole his pass going the other way for an open lay up.
Unfortunately, we could all probably relate many stories like this. Parents “coaching” from the stands as opposed to “cheering” does not create a positive environment for the player or the team. I am confident if you asked your child what they would like you to do during their games they wouldn’t say, “Please tell me what to do from the stands. I love to have everyone hear you yelling at me.”
About a year ago during a game I was coaching a Dad yelled out to his son to make a better pass. His son stopped during the middle of the game and started yelling back at his dad, “I’m trying Dad. Stop yelling at me. I got fouled and lost the ball.” It was obviously embarrassing for the Dad and his son.
Let’s all commit to be better about cheering from the stands and not “coaching” from the stands. Yelling encouraging things like, “Great shot Luke”, “Nice pass Timmy” or “Way to play defense Wasatch”, creates a much more positive environment for success for our kids. Let the players play the coaches coach and the PARENTS CHEER.
Eyes Up, Do the Work!
MESSAGE FROM COACH LONG
95% vs 5%
Coaches, Parents & Players: please see the video link below for a message from Coach Billy Donovan. This message has been a theme for our High School Program this year. I cannot fairly express the power this message has had with our student-athletes. By separating what is important and controllable, our players have been able to focus their efforts on and off the court this season. I strongly believe this message has improved our performance this season.
Eyes Up, Do the Work!
Saturday, Jan 13
Grind Athletics Training Resume @ WHS
Open Skill Training @ RMMS
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Grades 3-5
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Grades 6-8
Monday, Jan 15
Wasatch Club Clinic @ WHS