I was at a bar mitzvah this weekend and sitting at the “basketball table”, meaning everyone at the table was a coach or a parent of a player
I was talking to one parent who’s daughter will be playing at a D3 school next year that’s in a high level conference
And I told him the 2 things that stands our to me with my 20+ years of being a player and now coach
1. Mental and Physical Toughness
If you want to be successful in D1, you better be mentally and physically tough
If you are good enough to play D1, your skill level will only take you so far, you better be tough because once you play D1, they “own” you
Right now, freshman players are hitting wall. The play and demand on your mind and body is like nothing you ever expected. This is the time you need to fight through the nagging injuries, the mid season slump and balancing school and basketball
I honestly believe this is the #1 difference on whether you will be a good college player or great!
Whether you sit on the bench, or get playing time!
2. Sports Performance Training
Once the season ends, send your college coach an email or the strength coach and asked them to send you their post season training program
If they Olympic lift, you better be Olympic lifting
If they deadlift, squat, push and pull (they should be), you better be doing this. No cares about cardio and tricep dips!
Whatever there program is, get a coach and start training this March
The difference difference between high school and college is SPEED AND STRENGTH, NOT SKILL!
I always found, the more I trained, the stronger I got, the tougher I became mentally and physically because I knew I could compete with anyone
If I can help you, just hit reply
Your friend and coach,
PS: Whenever you are ready, here are 4 of my most popular programs, coaching programs for coaches, athletes and parents
1. The Complete Women’s Basketball Strength and Conditioning Program
The Complete Women’s Basketball Strength and Conditioning Program addresses a specific need in girl basketball players. There is nothing out there on the market designed by a former standout division 1 girls basketball player that specifically addresses the strength and conditioning needs of girl basketball players in regards to pre-season, in-season and post-season. If you want to get stronger, faster, quicker and stay injury free and prevent ACL injuries, it’s all here for you.
You check out the program HERE!
2. Live Post Season Sports Performance Training
I will be training small group of athletes starting Monday, Feb 25th in Waltham, Mass
Why you should be training this post season?
1. Get Stronger Physically and Mentally
2. Clean Up Any Nagging Injuries
3.Reduce Injuries Especially ACL Injuries
4. Prepare for the Next Level (High School or College)
You can find all the dates and register HERE
3. The Female Athlete Summit
The Female Athlete Summit is a virtual conference for female athletes, coaches, sports performance coaches and parents!
It is a event to give a platform for female athletes. Let’s be honest, the female athlete is an undeserved market.
The Female Athlete Summit wants to highlight women coaching women, empower coaches and athletes, help build up female athletes and provide world class coaching and information to coaches, parents and athletes.
You can sign up for free for the summit HERE
4. Online Programming for Athletes This Post, AAU Season
The programs you download and videos I share is a great resource to start from. But it is just the beginning, if you want me to guide you through your season and design a personalized strength program for you, just reply and let’s discuss
Remember, I was a 2X Gatorade High School Player in NH and played D1 of a full scholarship. I have played at a high level and can help you guide and be a valuable resource to you