General information about all things Basics

PARENT INFO

Snap Shot Facts Five (5) divisions  U12 Co-Ed, U14 Boys, U14 Girls, U17 Boys, U17 Girls NO TRAVEL and NO WEEKENDS No try outs at U12 division.  We do NOT believe in cuts that young.  GRAB A SPOT, these fill up March Try outs for older divisions, practices begin AFTER Spring Break  (the week of…

Know Your Yardages

KNOW YOUR YARDAGES When I was playing professionally (1991-96), it was just pre-Tiger.  The best players at that time were Greg Norman, Freddie Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Paul Azinger, Payne Stewart, Corey Pavin, Ben Crenshaw, Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Tom Kite among others. Kite made it to # 1 in the world briefly, after wining…

I Am A Coach

I Am A Coach I care about the players. Actually I love the players.  (Brilliant Coach Wooden Video here on this topic: 1:15) I am patient. I am honest. I lead by example. I am fair AND firm. I am capable and understand what I am teaching.  I teach precisely. I am passionate and dedicated…

Coach I got Cut

“Coach, I got cut…..”   Where do we begin but at the beginning….   Many-most will not take the time to consider these kids who get cut.  Most of these players quit at the time, but surprisingly many continue to try.   This post is about those kids.  The kids who do not make the…

In Defense of Youth Sports

Defending Youth Sports   RELATED: I Am A Coach   We hope to educate parents as consumers of youth sports. To do this requires an exercise that might seem at first glance unnecessary, if not absurd: to offer a defense of the sports our kids play. That these sports and how they are offered to…

State Champs 2012 and 2013

 Basics worked with every player on Grand Haven High School’s back-to-back state championship teams (2012-2013).  CONGRATULATIONS GIRLS!!!!   “Fundamental skills are the key in the game of basketball. This is why I like Basics. Basics’ staff understands the importance of fundamentals and teaches the skills in a way that is fun for the kids. My…

BCAM Endorsement: BB Coaches Assn of Michigan

    From: Thomas Hursey, Executive Director (retired) To: Coach Jim McGannon Subject: Basics program   I am very impressed with Basics training program and philosophy. BCAM is trying to emphasize similar thoughts with its membership. I would like to use your newsletter in my next newsletter to our over 5000 members. If you could…

Normal Improvement

Normal Improvement seems like a simple concept. It is in fact very difficult. Why?   Normal Improvement is difficult because there is almost CONSTANT INTERFERENCE.   Obstacles abound.  If these kids, all of whom LOVE basketball, could just be left alone with good coaching and an eye on sharp skill development, they could improve normally.…