How to Deal with Difficult Parents as a Coach: The Complete Guide

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

In every coach's career, it is inevitable that they will at some point be faced with the wrath of an angry or overly aggressive parent. You might be faced with that parent who is convinced that their eleven-year-old son or daughter is cut out for the pros. Or maybe you have a belligerent parent terrorizing the other team's players from the sidelines.

Whatever the case, fear not, as we have gathered up the most helpful tips for sports coaches to deal with difficult parents.

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Tags: Advice, Basketball, Guides, Coaching

The Single Greatest Piece of Advice for New Sports Coaches: 13 Coaches Share Their Wisdom

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Being a coach is an incredibly rewarding experience that comes with its own unique challenges.

We asked a wide variety of sports coaches with different backgrounds and years of experience the same question:

What is the single greatest piece of advice you would give to a new sports coach?

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Tags: Advice, Lacrosse, Basketball, Football, Guides, Baseball, Little Leage, Coaching

Basketball Gifts for the 2015 Holiday Season

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Thu, Dec 03, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

The basketball season is officially underway - and so is the holiday season! If you're slacking on your holiday shopping this year, use this basketball gift guide for inspiration. Your favorite basketball player, coach or fan will thank you.

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Tags: Basketball

Youth Basketball Tournaments: Tips for Coaches

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Tue, Dec 01, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Teaching children how to play a sport is an effective tool that can not only teach the fundamentals of the game, but can also instill discipline, work ethic, and several other skills that can be used in everyday life.

While playing basketball is a fun activity for kids of any age, there are many who play in an organized league where competition is at the forefront. We've pulled a wealth of tips and strategies for coaches coaching in youth basketball tournaments.

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Tags: Advice, Basketball, Coaching

Top 5 Best Basketball Blogs for Coaches

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

It's not always easy to find the information you're looking for among all of the videos, cat memes, GIFs, and other noise on social media and the rest of the web. Sometimes you just want to have a central place to go to for trustworthy, helpful information that you can apply to your practices, games, and life in general. 

Stop getting distracted by your out of hand newsfeed, and bookmark these awesome basketball blogs for coaches:

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Tags: Basketball, Coaching

Coach's Toolkit: 5 Simple Basketball Games for Kids

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

As all coaches know, basketball can very quickly become competitive - aggressive even - if we let our teams spend all their time playing five on five games. The number one goal of youth basketball, however, is supposed to be to have fun.

Every coach wants to help their players have so much fun that all of them return to play the following season. Therefore, it's important to learn and then incorporate a few fun basketball games for kids to play at practice. 

Listed below are five simple basketball games for kids of all ages, heights and skill levels. The games build off the basketball drills for kids that we highlighted in a previous post focusing on basic basketball fundamentals. These games are all intended to help improve basic skills while letting players have fun: 

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Tags: Basketball

Basketball Team Gear Essentials and the Best Way to Order Them

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Basketball season is quickly approaching. Along with tryouts and selecting players for the team, if you are a coach you are likely in charge of dealing with selecting and ordering basketball team gear. You might know why it's important for you team to have matching gear, but what exactly should you order this season?

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Tags: Team Gear Packages, Basketball

Coach's Toolkit: Basketball Drills for Kids

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Coaching youth basketball is a great way to help get young athletes ready for middle school, junior high, or high school basketball. You are able to teach them the fundamentals of the game, team work, and most importantly, sportsmanship. The basketball drills you teach your players at practice will set the stage for their future success as leaders and athletes, as well as their love of the sport. 

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Tags: Basketball

Team Gear Guide for Summer Camp Success

Posted by Erin Philbrick on Wed, May 07, 2014 @ 01:24 PM

Summer camps are quickly approaching, and team gear packages are one of many items on your end of school year agenda.  As your students prepare for pool parties and summer vacation, you struggle with grading report cards, finishing lesson plans, and signing your team members up for summer sports camp.  Many coaches wear the hats of teacher, coach, and mentor, which means that preparing for summer camp may be the last thing you're ready to tackle this spring.    

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Tags: Under Armour, moisture management, Cost-Saving Tips, Choosing a Team Dealer, Sport-Tek, Lacrosse, team sports apparel, team gear delivery time, Track & Field, Basketball, Adidas, Football

Why Youth Basketball Uniform Duty Doesn’t Have to Suck

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 @ 09:24 AM

Ugh, stuck with uniforms again. It’s a parent volunteer’s worst nightmare. Well, maybe that’s being a bit dramatic, but when you’re stuck with the job of outfitting your kid’s youth basketball team, you’ve really hit the bottom of the volunteer barrel. Why? Because choosing and ordering youth basketball uniforms for a dozen different kids can be a serious pain in the neck. You have to:

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Tags: Cost-Saving Tips, Choosing a Team Dealer, Basketball

Why Your Kids’ Youth Basketball Jerseys are Stuck in the 80s (or 90s)

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 @ 10:56 AM

Retro is cool. We’ve made note of this trend before on this blog. In professional sports, teams are going retro with their uniforms as a fun way to appeal to their die-hard fans and, yes, sell more merchandise. For teams that have been around for a century or more, retro is great look—when it’s done intentionally. For your kid’s youth basketball team? Not so much. Especially not when retro isn’t a style choice but a look foisted upon your players by a team dealer that hasn’t updated its buying process, decoration techniques, or knowledge of style trends since 1985.

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Tags: custom team uniforms, Basketball

The NCAA's Refusal to Pay Student Athletes, Total Hypocrisy

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 @ 05:16 PM

With Johnny Football's recent suspension for allegedly getting a small payment for signing autographs and last week's admission by NFL player Arian Foster of receiving payments while playing in college, the controversy and hypocrisy of paying student athletes is a very hot topic. At the center of the discussion is the notion that students are scholar athletes and the idea of incentivizing them with money for their dedication or performance will some how violate the long standing tradition that it is simply their duty and privilege to play.

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Tags: Ice Hockey, Gary's Corner, Team Values, Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports

Top 3 Trends for Team Basketball Uniforms & Shoes You'll Want to Know

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

Finding basketball apparel that impresses your players is difficult. After all, basketball team uniforms and shoes change styles year after year. If you don’t keep track of the trends in basketball apparel, you will miss out on purchasing the most stylish gear for your players. Moreover, and perhaps more importantly to their play on the court, basketball uniforms and shoes have new features every year that make your players feel like they can run faster, jump higher, and move more freely on the court. The mental boost that this gives your players is significant and should not be ignored. Below are described the top three trends for team basketball uniforms and shoes that you should be keeping an eye on.

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Tags: Uniform Performance, Basketball

Everything Coaches Need to Know About Purchasing Team Basketball Gear

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Aug 06, 2013 @ 03:40 PM

Purchasing team basketball jerseys and shoes can be a challenge for coaches. The sport’s biggest stars develop their own shoes and apparel, teaming up with leading brands to sell them at exorbitant prices. Yet, your players probably don’t care about the cost of these items; they simply want to look like the stars when they’re on the court. So, it is difficult for coaches to manage their players’ expectations about the gear that they will be receiving from their school teams. Some coaches can satisfy their players’ demands because they have large budgets to work with, but most coaches do not have this luxury. Most coaches need to find affordable jerseys and shoes that satisfy their players and allow them to perform at their best.

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Tags: Under Armour, team apparel performance, team sports apparel, Basketball

Where to Find the Best Youth Basketball Jerseys for Your Team's Budget

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 04:30 PM

Youth basketball can be a challenging sport to outfit. Some kids grow faster than others, so the height and size of your players will (most likely) vary significantly even if they are all the same age. Having an apparel company that can meet your youth basketball team’s uniform needs is vital if you want to field a squad that looks and feels good on the court.

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Tags: Temperature Management Gear, Cost-Saving Tips, Basketball, Adidas