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January 27, 2018

When I was in elementary school, life was very different. Photos were captured on a roll of Kodak film and had to be professionally developed to be viewed.  Videos were recorded with a video camera and that footage was confined to a tape, that could only be viewed on VCR. Content used to have a limited scope. 

Things have changed. We now live in a world of instant access and infinte sharing.

According to a recent poll, 22% of teenagers log on to their favorite social media site more than 10 times a day, and more than half of adolescents log on to a social media site more than once a day. Seventy-five percent of teenagers now own cell phones, and 25% use them for social media, 54% use them for texting, and 24% use them for instant messaging. Thus, a large part of this generation's social and emotional development is occurring while on the Internet and on cell phones.

Instagram is the main social media platform for youth athletes. If you're not up to date with the wonderful world...

November 10, 2017

Elite basketball camps are popping up everywhere. Totally not suprising, considering youth sports is currently a 15 billion dollar industry. What a time to be alive and ballin! Camps can be golden opportinities for your child to develop, gain exposure and compete against awesome, non-local competition. They can also be uhhh...just aiiight. Every camp scenario is different, so here are some questions to ask the camp director to help you make an informed decision. 

1. Will there be trained medical personnel on staff? Injuries happen. Kids get sick. And in basketball, there are no helmets or protection. (yikes!) It may be important to you that someone is there to care for your child in the event anything happenes.  If the answer is no, that's fine. Some budgets simply don't allow for this. But now you're informed, and you can make sure you're aware of the nearest medical facility.

2. What skills will you be teaching the children? Ask this question and...

November 7, 2017

1. Find opportunities to praise mental triumphs as well as physical feats. "You looked disappointed when you missed the layup. It was an easy shot. But I love how you picked yourself back up and got back tough on defense! Way to keep your head in the game!"

2. Set goals together. Give rewards when the goal is accomplished. Simple, I know. But it's great practice for children start writing goals down. 

3. After the game, ask your child to self-audit and identify areas of improvement. Give verbal praise when you see your child making the effort to self-correct.

"Great game today. What do you think you want to focus on this week?" 

"Well I didn't have many assists, so let's work on passing."

4. Get excited and stay lighthearted on the way to games. Positive energy is contagious! Send them into the game pumped up and feeling like they can do anything. Or, if your child prefers to zone out, make sure they have whatever they need to get in their zone.

5. Make your chi...

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