I'm so proud to be a Philadelphian, and always have. Philly is tough, rugged, blue collar, and we like it that way. Having experienced my own share of failures and disappointments, I especially appreciate the story line of Nick Foles. By now, you know that before the season Nick thought about giving up on his NFA dream. Someone, along the way, told him not to, and thank God they did. Nick shined, and delivered Philadelphians a Super Bowl victory. Click here to read more.
It reminds me of how important it is for people to have cheerleaders. As human beings, we all have doubts and struggles, regardless of what your facebook page says, a line from Nick Foles himself.
Action Step: Find someone in your world who needs a word or two of encouragement. The key is to ask good questions, and simply listen. Take deep breath and let them know you believe in them, especially when they are your kids.
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The NBA season began this week, and basketball players are looking forward to playing ball. Regardless of the age or level of play, there are three simple things to remember when playing or trying out for a team.
1. Stand out
Find a way to stand out in a positive way. Use your voice and talk to your teammates. Be loud! "I got ball", "Help left", "Shot" are just a few things that all players can say when playing. Avoid standing out in a negative way, like when you are you the last one to the huddle or the baseline when the coach. You can also stand out by practicing extra free throws or layups at the end of practice.
2. "Be a star in your role"
To borrow a phrase from former Bulls and Sixers Head Coach, Doug Collins, for a team to work each player must play their role. Coaches look for players who will have a team-first mentality, who help others score the ball. Especially if you are a rebounder or screener, have that be a focus in the tryout.
3. Smile & Have Fun
Playing a sport is supposed to be fun. Get to the tryout early and introduce yourself to the coachesWhile playing, have fun and smile. Say "Nice Pass" when someone hits you with an assist, or say "Good Shot" when a teammate scores. Coaches will notice that you are fun to have on the team. When they are deciding, that could make the difference.
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Parents often ask us about the difference between travel and local recreation programs. They fear they will miss out on the path. The answer is not always simple or clear.
- Given our experience with youth sports over the past twenty years, people also often: When it's appropriate time for your child to start sports. Answering when to start and what kind of program to choose are not always clear. There are many choices for parents to decipher.
- Our experience has been that at the age of five, kids are at school learning different sports and games in their physical education classes. In our programs, we start at age five and have found most kids are ready at this age. Travel ball may be an option for you for soccer at the age of seven or eight, depending upon your offering.