Succeeding on the court or field, but especially in life, requires particular skills and character. Thus, our teaching and coaching center on kids.
* Perform under pressure.
* Organize time.
* Set goals and work to achieve them.
* Persist, persist , and persist even more.
* Handle both success and failure.
* Take risks, but be thoughtful in all decisions.
* Respect orhers and practice self control.
*Be flexible and patient.
*Communicate, communicate, and communicate even more.
” Few people have the imagination for reality”~ Johann Wolfgang Goethe
I promise that I will get this thing going consistently sooner than later and provide you with some timely and informative stuff or at least what’s on my mind at the moment. I am finding that managing this social media stuff definitely requires good time management. Can’t believe that it’s been so long since my last post.
Well since the last time we talked or I should say since I wrote something, I have gotten out to several gyms watching kids and parents “ Chase The Dream” Also since that time another large powerball drawing has taken place, the WNBA held it’s draft and the NBA held it’s annual lottery drawing, making me continue to think, Ironic or Coincident? Some lucky guy in New Jersey won over $600 million dollars, obviously changing his life or at least for the moment.
Just like those who stood in line hoping for their chance to cash that winning ticket, every weekend I have watched parents in gyms hoping and praying that their kid represent the next big thing, powerball or mega-million. While I am one who always encourage folks to pursue their dreams I sometimes wonder with basketball does reality ever really happen. I still hear guys thirty-something still saying they are trying to play professional basketball even when they have never played at any level.
If you have not been recruited for the past four years as a high school player, do you honestly think you will get a DI college scholarship playing from April to July? Yet every tournament host a group of kids who have used up their eligibility auditioning for college coaches or looking for exposure.
Maybe it’s time to consider a back-up plan? Parents and players alike should understand that the numbers are real. There are 341 schools that have DI men’s basketball teams, and 338 that offer DI Women programs. Men programs total 4,443 scholarships or 13 annually per team. There are 165,ooo graduating high school seniors plus Junior College kids seeking those scholarships. Women programs total 5,070 or 15 annually per team. In Division II there are 290 men’s programs and 291 women programs. Both men and women programs can only offer 10 total scholarships. It is common practice for DII to give partial scholarships. While their are 395 Division III men’s programs and 425 women programs, athletic scholarships are not offered, students can earn academic scholarships or receive a need based grant.
According to the NCAA the probability of competing beyond high school is 3.3 % for boy’s and 3.7% for girl’s.
Be careful because there is always someone out here who can sell a ketchup popsicle to a women in white gloves.
Integrity Is telling myself the truth and honesty is tell the truth to other people” -Spencer Johnson
If you have visited my blog this past year you would know that I have had a long hiatus. I needed to step away on spend some time working on becoming a better ” Coach McKenzie”, getting focused and re-energized. With a new year that brings lots of excitement and promise I am ready to move into 2013 ” Making Choices instead of Taking Chances” Which too many of us often do.
As you may or may not know, Coach McKenzie experiences and opinions extend beyond the hardwood and so starting next Sunday I will begin sharing on a weekly basis my thoughts on issues around sports, education and current events.
We most recently re-launched our new webpage http://www.coachmckenzie.com which will allow you to stay connected in a variety of ways, please go over and visit us. Stay tuned for our new blogtalk radio show that will be coming your way in the very near future.
As this year progress, I hope you too will focus on becoming a better you through making choices instead of taking chances. Remember every morning that you arise we all are given 86,400 seconds and days end we should account for them all and remember life and is” Basketball is Much More Than Just A Game”