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Quiz the Coach - What Do Coaches Look For?

Reviewed by on Dec 27, 2006
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Quiz the coach helps teens and tweens with sports and fitness related issues and problems like obesity, asthma, healthy eating questions, skateboard tricks and basketball tips and drills. - Page 2

So ya dig sports but need some help with your game? Don't understand some of the rules of football, basketball or hockey? Got a gripe about P.E. class, skateboarders, cheerleading, coaches, or anything? Why not ?

1Hey Coach,
I have a dream of being in the NBA. I am 13 right now and going to high school next year. I am currently weight training, distance running, sprints and taking about 400 shots every day. I'm not that tall but I am working on [kwlinkk 6241]increasing my vertical jump and I play in a league to help me get experience and know what it's like to play in a real game. I want to be at the top of my game and be on top of my competition in high school, because I would really like to be recruited to a college basketball team. I can currently beat just about any kid at my school and I am one year younger than the kids in my grade because of skipping a grade earlier on for academic achievement. Do you think I should go to a basketball camp? What are coaches looking for so I can make it on the team? What are recruiters looking for in a player? Thanks for the help.
mandomansion [/kwlinkk]

Hey mandomansion,
There's a lot that happens between the age of 13 and the age a player gets drafted into the NBA - but you seem to be on the right track. Every coach or recruiter has their own specific checklist of characteristics they look for in a basketball player, but here are a few things that all coaches emphasize:

  • Do You Got Game? - No matter how hard you work or how nice a person you are, a college coach or recruiter won't come calling unless you've got the skills to play at a high level. They don't care if a player takes 500 shots a day if 400 of those shots are bricks.
  • Do You Got Brain? - Coaches love smart players who can follow a system and a game plan. They like players with good concentration skills who won't get distracted by crowd noise or trash talking and who can make quick adjustments on the court.
  • Perfect Practice - Coaches always emphasize that good practice habits lead to good game habits. Coaches want players who put out their best effort in both practices and games. Don't be a slacker and don't think you can take it easy because "it's just a practice."
  • Are You A Team Player? - Coaches look for players who are confident of their skills and want to have the ball in their hands. But they also want a player is able to work well with teammates. Do you make your teammates better? Are you willing to sacrifice some of your playing time to help the team win?
  • Going to a basketball camp is a good idea. It'll give you a chance to play with different players and an opportunity to get some new tips and advice from different coaches. Many coaches or recruiters also attend basketball camps to look for potential players. It's always smart to think about your future and go after your biggest dreams - but always remember to have fun. The road to NBA stardom can be hard and filled with unexpected potholes, so don't forget to enjoy the ride.

    Do you need tips or advice on sports, fitness or health? to the Kidzworld Coach. Keep in mind peeps, the Kidzworld Coach isn't a doctor or a professional athlete or anything like that. He's just a dude who digs sports, plays 'em and knows a lot about 'em. You should always talk to your 'rents, a doctor or your school gym teacher before starting a new sport or a new exercise.

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