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Parent Letter 4.20.17

Hello again and hopefully your Easter break and vacation is going well. I will go over some new stuff and answer a few questions I am being asked. As we are now starting the middle of April we will transition into our Defensive Skill Set Training. We use to do Defense first but soon realized we were making a tough job even tougher by not having our players know the offense first thus making scoring and being competitive even tougher. Defense is what we love the most to teach, especially to our newer players. At the root of my business is the pure fact you as parents want to get an advantage over your neighbor and school kids for your child. I understand and love the challenge. I challenge myself to make sure that your neighbor or school kid is the least of my worries. I want your child to be better than everybody. Our players game has to travel from St. Tammany to every parish in the state. To many of our local schools win district and get bounced year in and year out of the state playoffs in the first round continually. Regardless of the coach our players should move on in the playoffs is my expectation. Teaching Defense the way we do and will, will help your child throughout their career. WE WILL MAKE YOUR CHILD TOUGH, SOME WILL LIKE IT SOME WILL NOT. If your child is serious about playing High School and or College, toughness is just expected. We teach all our players Defense as if they are in High School. They can always pull back aggression if needed, can’t get tough at halftime cause your coach needs you to. So with that being said you will notice the drills changing and the tone of practice to be a little more serious. BTW expect opponent parents at games to start bitching and complaining a lot more about the way we play. Ignore it, refs will handle how the game will be played and called. If you have any concerns please text me. For our younger players parents. Thank you for your confidence in our program. Traditionally we get about 10-12 for spring. This year we have 30-40 from grades 1-4. We are so excited but need to explain what we are doing. We will play more games outside of our gym. Problem is so many are basically brand new to basketball and our way of basketball. They are learning the skills and concepts and are doing great for their age. Problem is that the learning does not translate into looking good playing in games. We are teaching real basketball and players this young just want to run and shoot. Their ability to runs sets and plays properly, is like herding cats. Almost impossible, but we will not stop. We will organize and do control games as we have been dong and then travel to play other teams so get the experience. As I can say is this is how basically all of our players get developed. It just hard to watch sometimes. This is a journey not a sprint. So again they are in line with their learnings just hard to translate into games. WE will rotate the newer players with some of our more experienced players so they can see and learn what is expected and what it should look like. This is truly how they learn. You can see how well our younger girls are doing. They are very young but have been with us for about 8-9 months now and do very very well playing outside competition. How are our 5 grade thru high School doing? Well we are doing fine. We have a really good little nucleus of 4/5 graders that in time will be outstanding. They just lack the toughness needed. By St. Tammany standards they are tough just not the standard I use.  Our 6 grade group is outstanding as a whole. Trying to make their individual skill better and getting them to play outside their box is a little difficult because they view success as winning, when that has nothing to do with it. Hard telling that to a 6th grader but we will continue to improve their skill and ability to see their development as a series of constructive failures. Our 7 graders are simple the best we have, and they can’t win anything because they now understand that their personal development sometimes is at odds with team chemistry and goals. That crazy scenario make me so proud. We have some of the best players anywhere in 7 grade, big, athletic, aggressive attitudes. They will be monsters in high school, trust me. They just don’t play well together and that is what n why we do this. Personal development using other players and teams. They ain’t scared of nothing n nobody. Our 8 grade thru freshman are doing just as well. We are playing these groups up and down like the 7 graders to really get specific with their skill development. The real pleasure is to now watch these groups beat teams that owned us from 5 grade to 7 grade. Mainly because the were better athletes than us, as our players go thru puberty and grow, we are not afraid. So now that it is a basketball game and not a track meet, we win. A true delight to see our players stay they course to becoming men and woman and in the end prevailing. We have a ton of Sophomore and Juniors this year and are playing games with them as they become available. Just harder with this group as their lives become somewhat more important than games on Saturday’s. N most of them are here for the training anyway. They will get enough game in june with their high schools. This year so far has be great, we have record numbers and it seems parents that understand that this is more than just basketball. It is a lot about life and lessons. All which can be learned if you have the proper perspective on what you want. From the bottom of my heart I hope we are fulfilling your expectations because I look so forward to seeing our players as young adults, parents and so on. Having a little hand in their development means so much to us. They always have a home and friend in us. A question I get asked a lot is: why is my child playing differently from X when both have been coming about the same time. That is very simple. Each player is at the mercy of their body. Great athletes are easy to make good or great. Smaller weak players are just as talented skill wise and are honestly more skilled but their body can only do certain things, certain ways. As a players body changes their game changes by leaps and bounds. This happens every season, every year. The second factor is “why players play differently”: does your child really want to be good or even play basketball? Sounds strange but some players just don’t have it in them to be good or do what is necessary to be good. We can teach and train and challenge all day but some players just don’t want it. That sometimes changes as they get older, sometimes it doesn’t. Basketball is truly one of the toughest to compete in and living in our area makes it even tougher. Nothing about where you live lends itself to being a great basketball player. I make fun of this all the time but am really serious when I say no one with their right mind would take on what we do and expect to be able to compete with players from other areas. This is why I love it so much, I never go with the crowd, I have always traveled upstream. Always will and giving your child the ability to do something most in our area don’t do much less do it very well, makes me very proud. It is a bind that will last forever with your child and myself and staff. Your child knows how hard this is, each week when they face players that don’t look like or act like their neighbor. Your child realizes their gains and needs. It is a journey we are all taking on, in the end it is more than just basketball.   For everyone, I want to explain while we do a lot of teaching and instruction during February and June, the most amount of development and learning happens from June-October. These months   are where our players become good or great. These months are the time frame you do your learning, experimenting and gain your self confidence. February – June is where we see how a player has translated our teaching into their game. Brand new players during AAU season get benefits but not nearly the benefits of those who train June-October. So as we transition into June-September 3 on 3 training please consider just staying in a playing with us thru the summer. We understand the vacation stuff and are fine with it. We train during the week as normal and play every Saturday at our gym. Excluding 4th of July week. This is where we develop our toughness and resiliency for basketball. My favorite part of our program. More details will follow. Uniforms will be shipped Easter week and should be in by weeks end. This year we have been delayed by the number of uniforms ordered. We sent order for some 190 uniforms and still have about 20 more to go. Remember it is good for 2 years and we will use year round. May and June time frame. May will be our bigger tournaments. District and State tourney’s will be coming up. We will form teams for these like we have in other tourney’s. One difference is they are Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s. Meaning and I don’t want to sound to harsh but “If your in, your in”. I don’t want to hear about something came up on Sunday, or anything else. Commitment, first step in becoming tough. IN REGARDLESS. I will let everyone know of the dates this week at the gym, not all players will be participating in the tourney. The teams we for will need to be very competitive. After State we will go back to League Play events each week home and away. June we will start to transition into 3 on 3 play and instruction. We will also still do regular AAU / YBOA. For everyone, I want to explain while we do a lot of teaching and instruction during February and June, the most amount of development and learning happens from June-October. These months   are where our players become good or great. These months are the time frame you do your learning, experimenting and gain your self confidence. February – June is where we see how a player has translated our teaching into their game. Brand new players during AAU season get benefits but not nearly the benefits of those who train June-October. So as we transition into June-September 3 on 3 training please consider just staying in a playing with us thru the summer. We understand the vacation stuff and are fine with it. We train during the week as normal and play every Saturday at our gym. Excluding 4th of July week. This is where we develop our toughness and resiliency for basketball. My favorite part of our program. More details will follow. Uniforms will be shipped Easter week and should be in by weeks end. This year we have been delayed by the number of uniforms ordered. We sent order for some 190 uniforms and still have about 20 more to go. Remember it is good for 2 years and we will use year round. May and June time frame. May will be our bigger tournaments. District and State tourney’s will be coming up. We will form teams for these like we have in other tourney’s. One difference is they are Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s. Meaning and I don’t want to sound to harsh but “If your in, your in”. I don’t want to hear about something came up on Sunday, or anything else. Commitment, first step in becoming tough. IN REGARDLESS. I will let everyone know of the dates this week at the gym, not all players will be participating in the tourney. The teams we for will need to be very competitive. After State we will go back to League Play events each week home and away. June we will start to transition into 3 on 3 play and instruction. We will also still do regular AAU / YBOA.   Summer Camps: thank you for those who have filled out the forms and dropped them into the box at the gym. If you have not chosen your camp, please do and put form and check in box at gym thanks. Any questions just text me. Camps are for 9th  grade and below. Shooting Academy: I am in middle of this session. I am taking players for my next session which is Middle May thru June. We go on Sundays at 3:30 for 2 hours. We have make up days. All information is on website. Contact me personally as we only take 9 per session. Crawfish Boil has been cancelled, was to hard getting volunteers for silent auction and overall set up. We will play next Saturday instead. I will later in week start to recognize all our players accomplishments this past basketball season for their schools. In some cases I will over ride the coaches poor decision and name the MVP myself. Some coaches are just to stupid and aren’t really coaches and kids don’t understand politics yet. This should be fun. One player that I will recognize this week actually had their coach not recognize any player on the team because the rightful MVP was a younger grade than the team he was playing on and the team parents did not like the fact he was the best. They decided for this one team of many at the school there would be no MVP. That nonsense won’t happen again on my watch. I learn, takes a little but I learn. By the way, the kid went on to win 3 state championships at other schools.