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Quote of the Day:
Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born. Leaders are made, and they are made by effort & hard work."
--Vince Lombardi

  

GOOD-BETTER-BEST!
 
Never Let It Rest
Until Your GOOD is BETTER
and Your BETTER Becomes Your BEST!

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Lil Man, Queen, me, Tre Tre & Teya after Queen's team won Districts.

My name is Coach Nell Smith.  I have coached boys and girls basketball at different levels (3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, freshman, JV & Varsity) and I have also coached girls' AAU (12U, 13U, 14U, 15U & 16U).

Basketball is a great sport and a lot of fun as well.  I love to coach and teach basketball to young people because I feel there are a lot of things in basketball that can be transferred to everyday life.  Such as hard work, fun, good work ethic, good practice skills, respect, team-work, etc.

I feel that because of some of the coaches that I have been blessed to have had in my life and the things that they gave me from the game, I owe it to the kids that I coach and come in contact with to give something back.  To pass on the blessings that I have gotten because someone cared.

Just a little bit about me.  I was born and raised in Detroit, MI by my wonderful mother (Eyvonne - "Hey Momma, I LOVE YOU!").  I have over 50 nieces and nephews.  I have five GIFTS From GOD (My kids TEYA, QUEEN, LIL MAN & TRE and my grandson TYREKE).

This page is designed to give kids, parents and coaches some ideas on how to get better, where to get better and other helpful information.  And hopefully I can learn more about basketball myself.  I hope that you enjoy the site and feel free to e-mail with ideas and suggestions on how to make it better.

MUCH LOVE

Coach Smith

COMMITMENT

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.

It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions.

And the actions which speak louder than the words.

Commitment is making time when there is none.

Coming through time after time after, year after year after year because that was your intention.

Commitment is the stuff character is made of and the power to change the face of things.

Commitment is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.

CONFIDENCE!
 
"How can I become confident or regain my confidence in shooting, passing, etc?

While this is not an easy issue, (especially if their lack of confidence has spread now to other areas of their game), it is nevertheless a fairly straightforward one.
 
Research has shown over and over that confidence is gained through:
1. Success (both real and imagined),
2. Verbal Persuasion (from yourself and others), and
3. Commitment (to a plan or schedule).

Therefore in order to gain (or regain) confidence you have to:
1. See It (Watch yourself having past success and visualize future success.)

2. Say It (Surround yourself with positive talk from yourself and others.)
3. Do It (Stick to the plan outlined to bring about success and delay evaluation until a pre-determined later date.)

If you can do these things, you are well on your way to becoming confident (again).

Mia Hamm on Being A Winner

“The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.

After every game or practice, if you walk off the court knowing that you gave everything you had, you will always be a winner.

This is an extremely difficult concept to embrace as society certainly differentiates tremendously between winners and losers.

But you must always believe in yourself and take satisfaction in the fact that you did everything in your power to help your team try to win. If you can learn to equate effort with success, you will not only be a winner on the court, but, through that effort, a winner in life as well.”
                            Mia Hamm

UNDERSTAND WHAT CAUSES YOU TO LOSE BALL GAMES.

Second Shots: BOX OUT!

Turnovers: HANDLE THE BALL SAFELY!

Shot Selection: PASS UP A GOOD SHOT TO GET A GREAT SHOT!

Fouling: PLAY GOOD DEFENSE AND DO NOT FOUL!

Fast Break Lay-Ups: GET BACK ON DEFENSE!

Open Shots: DO NOT ALLOW UNCONTESTED SHOTS!

Putting an "I" in Team: PLAY AS A TEAM!


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Nicole and Greg Jennings


Coach Pat Summitt’s Definite Dozen

  1. Respect Yourself and Others.
  2. Take Full Responsibility.
  3. Develop and Demonstrate Loyalty.
  4. Learn to be a Great Communicator.
  5. Discipline Yourself so No One Else Has To.
  6. Make Hard Work Your Passion.
  7. Don’t Just Work Hard, Work Smart.
  8. Put the Team Before Yourself.
  9. Make Winning an Attitude.
  10. Be a Competitor.
  11. Change is a Must.
  12. Handle Success Like You Handle Failure.

ATTITUDES CAN BE CONTAGIOUS!
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IS YOURS WORTH CATCHING?
 
The single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude.

It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position.

Attitude is that "single string" that keeps me going or cripples my progress.

It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope.

When my attitude is right, there is no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me.

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Don't worry the Light-Sabre is just how I adjust attitudes in practice. :-)


WINNING ISN'T EVERYTHING, BUT ITS A LOT!
(Adapted from Michael Josephson's Gabriel Award-winning radio commentaries)

If you want to raise the blood pressure and lose the respect of people serious about sports, belittle their passion by telling them, "Its just a game."  Then smugly point out, "Its not whether you win or losethat matters most...Its how you play the game."

To those who devote substantial portions of their lives to sports as athletes, coaches or administrators, these cliches are naive and offensive.  In the world they live in, winners are respected and highly paid while losers get eliminated or unemployed.  In fact, even youth coaches rate winning so highly that they think a child would rather sit on the bench of a winning team than play for a losing team.  Surveys show they are dead wrong.  Kids like to win, but its the adults who need to win.

Winning isn't everything, but its a lot.  Its the grand reward for effort, the golden ring that motivates sacrifice and justifies hard work.  Yet too many adults overestimate the importance of victory and underestimate all the fun and learning that can take place in passionate pursuit of victory.

I always wanted to win but as a high school basketball player who played three years for a mediocre C-team I know that one can enjoy the game immensely and develop important life skills without winning.

If we teach our children to love the process more than the result, to find pleasure in competition and play, not merely victory, we give them a lifetime gift of renewable pleasure.

This is Michael Josephson reminding us that character counts.


ARE YOU A CARROT, AN EGG OR A COFFEE BEAN
 
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her.  She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up.  She was tired of fighting and struggling.  It seemed as if as soon as one problem was solved a new one arose.  Her mother took her to the kitchen.

The mother filled three pots with water.  In the first, she placed carrots.  In the second she placed eggs.  And the last she placed ground coffee beans.  She let them sit and boil without saying a word.  About twenty minutes later, she turned off the burners.  She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl.  She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.  Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.  Turning to her daughter, she said, "Tell me what you see."  "Carrots, eggs and coffee," she replied.
 
She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots.  She did, and noted that they felt soft.  She then asked her to take an egg and break it.  After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg inside.  Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee.  The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich flavor.  The daughter then asked, "So, what's the point, mother?"
 
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water - but each reacted differently.  The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting.  However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.  The egg had been fragile.  Its thin outer shell had been protected its liquid center.  But, after sitting through the boiling water, its insides had become hardened.  The ground coffee beans were unique, however.  After they were in the boiling water...they had changed the water.  "Which are you?" she asked her daughter.  "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?  Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"
 
Think of this:  Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?  Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat?  Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship, or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?  Does my outer shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?  Or am I like the coffee bean?  The bean actually changes the hot water - the very circumstances that bring the pain.  When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor of the bean.  If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you instead of letting it change you. 
 
When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?
 
How do you handle Adversity?
 
ARE YOU A CARROT, AN EGG OR A COFFEE BEAN?

WHAT PLAYER PRIORITIES SHOULD BE ACCORDING TO COACH WOOTEN
(from the book "Coaching Basketball Successfully" by Morgan Wooten)

We encourage our players to devote themselves to four things.

  1. GOD
  2. Family
  3. School
  4. Basketball

Everything else must come after.  Show me young people who have their priorities in order, and I'll show you players who have the best chance of getting the most out of their lives, both on and off the court.

These priorities are one element of my coaching philosophy that has not changed over the years.  These four cornerstones came as a result of stepping back and taking a look at the characteristics I wanted in a player.

My primary emphasis on a strong spiritual commitment results from experience, those with such a conviction are better able to meet life's challenges than those without one.  Second, I have found found that young people who are loyal and devoted to their families are more capable of becoming loyal and devoted members of a team.  Third, academics are the purpose of school; a student who is willing to work hard toward that purpose is more likely to work hard toward becoming a better basketball player and helping the team.  And fourth, basketball is the sport the athlete is playing, so obviously a strong commitment to that is necessary as well.

Players who demonstrate these priorities are far superior to those with equal talent who do not have such objectives.  Because I have seen much less talented teams with the proper priorities beat more talented teams, I love to play against teams with whose players are only interested in individual statistics and scoring their 25 points.  That kind of player is not the player for me.


 
HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR COACHES and PLAYERS:


MULTIPLE DATES (October, 2012-May 2013)
MHSAA's CAP (Coaches Advancement Program) TRAINING
Multiple Sites in Michigan
Cost for CAP each level is: $60.00 per individual (includes instruction, binder and refreshments)
 
CAP Beginning Certification is achueved after completing CAP1 and CAP2; additional certification occurs after completion of subsequent levels.
 
*****Must complete CAP1 and be certified before taking CAP2, etc.*****

CLICK HERE TO GET DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS
 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 
CLICK HERE TO GET "CAP" COURSE OUTLINE 
 
CLICK HERE FOR THE MICHIGAN HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (MHSAA) WEBSITE

If you think you might want to continue your athletic career at the college level, but not sure how to go about it.
 
Here is a Do-It-Yourself Guide to help with Questions you may have about the process.
 
The material was reviewed and approved by staff members of the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA
 
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RECRUITMENT
 
CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE D. I. Y. RECRUITING GUIDE
(Requires 11 X 14 Paper)

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE D. I. Y. RECRUITING GUIDE
 

PLACES TO GO PLAY YEAR AROUND (CAMPS & CLINICS):

THE KALAMAZOO COURTHOUSE ATHLETIC CENTER
7365 S. Sprinkle Rd. - Portage, MI
269-329-0033
 
 

CAGE FIELDHOUSE
4110 Morrish Rd - Swartz Creek, MI
866-THE-CAGE (843-2243)
information@cagesports.com
 
 

THE GRAND RAPIDS COURTHOUSE ATHLETIC CENTER
8455 Byron Commerce Dr. S.W. - Byron Center, MI
616-878-7600
 
 

HOOP CITY-BASKETBALL GYM & ACADEMY
PO Box 68544 - Grand Rapids, MI
616-957-HOOP (4667)
(Call for Gym Locations)
 
 
 

MOREY COURTS
5175 E. Remus Rd. - Mt. Pleasant, MI
(989)-953-PLAY (7529)
 
 

RANDO ACTIVITY CENTER (RAC)
3055 Shirley Dr. - Jackson, MI
517-768-BALL (2255)
 
 

 
UPCOMING EVENTS:

 
OCTOBER 21st
UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO WOMEN'S BASKETBALL'S 2012 COACHES CLINIC

John F. Savage Arena - University of Toledo - Toledo, OH

Cost: $15 per coach 
 
Clinic Schedule:
  • 10/20 Toledo vs. Cincinnati Football Game—time TBA
  • 10/21 UT Women’s Basketball Practice - 9-11am
  • Assistant Coaches Break-downs - 11-12pm
  • Head Coach Tricia Cullop UT Practice Drills - 12-12:30pm
  • Guest Speaker - UT Men’s Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk - 12:30-1:30pm
  • Reception at Mulvaney’s Bunkers - 1:30-3:00pm
Any questions?
Please contact Rebekah Legan at rebekah.legan@utoledo.edu or 419-530-5461
RSVP by October 15th

OCTOBER 5th & 6th
BCAM COACHES CLINIC
 
Cost: $100 per coach
Clinic Schedule:
FRIDAY SESSION - Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center - 6820 S. Cedar St - Lansing, MI 48911 (Lecture Setting)
 
Friday Speakers:
  • Clinic Registration
  • MHSAA Rules Meeting
  • 10:30am - Tom Izzo, MSU - Topic: MSU Basketball
  • 1:00pm - Break Out Sessions* (6 Speparate rooms)
  • 2:00pm - Break Out Sessions*
  • 3:00pm - Break Out Sessions*
  • 4:00pm - Alan Stein (Professional Strength & Conditioning Coach) - Topic: Improving Basketball Athleticism All Year Long
  • 6:30pm - Keno Davis, CMU - Topic: CMU Basketball
  • 7:45pm - Danny Hurley, University of Rhode Island
SATURDAY SESSION - Holt High School Gym - 5885 W. Holt Rd - Holt, MI 48842 (On Court with Players)

Saturday Speakers:
  • 8:00 - Registration
  • 9:00 - Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State University - Topic: Transition & Secondary Break
  • 10:30 - Kim Barnes Arico, University of Michigan - Topic: Defensive Pressure Drills
  • 1:00 - Ray McCallum, University of Detroit-Mercy - Topic: Zone Offense Concepts
  • 2:30 - Brett Reed, Lehigh - Topic: Defensive Principles; Defending Ball Screens


 
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