AAU Basketball – The Greatest Advantage and Hidden Risk of AAU Basketball Teams

The importance of AAU basketball has overtaken the high school basketball world. It has changed how high school players earn a college basketball scholarship. If you want to give yourself the greatest opportunity to succeed in today’s murky basketball world, start by understanding these truths.

Unfortunately, high school basketball has taken a backseat to AAU. In general, high school does offer a better environment to grow as a basketball player (depending on the coach). More practices, better team chemistry, deeper understanding of basketball concepts, community involvement, representing your school, etc.

The biggest problem is – the high school season is during the college season.

College head coaches are not primarily focused on recruiting during these months. They can’t be. Each coach at the collegiate level is extremely competitive and dedicated. They are constantly focused on their team throughout the whole season, and if they’re not, they’ll lose games… and then their job.

Once the college season is over their primary focus turns to recruiting. College coaches know recruiting is the lifeblood of their team. If they don’t have talent, their coaching career will be short-lived.

Enter AAU basketball.

AAU allows college coaches the ability to see players compete at a high level in the off-season. This is the main advantage AAU basketball has on high school basketball… and it’s a huge advantage.

If you want to play college basketball, get on a good AAU team that travels to the big tournaments in the off-season.

It’s common sense: more opportunities you get to play in front of college coaches, more likely they’ll notice your basketball skills, and begin to recruit you. Once you get noticed, momentum will build on itself.

But here’s the catch:

AAU basketball DOESN’T INCREASE YOUR INDIVIDUAL BASKETBALL SKILLS.

Before the AAU boom, players didn’t have practices and games year-round in the off-season. There was time to practice and improve your individual basketball skills.

Right now, players get lost playing to many games. The problem with playing games year-round is the COACH DESIGNS PRACTICE NOT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL PLAYER, BUT FOR THE TEAM.

So if you play year-round on an AAU team, you’re not developing your skills enough. Just because you’re on a team doesn’t guarantee you anything.

Two team practices a week will not help you individually as a basketball player!

You need to get in a gym and practice. Period.

Every year I got tremendously better as a player because I worked out consistently with a basketball plan. Ultimately, my superior basketball skills, enabled me to earn a Division-1, Full-ride, College Basketball Scholarship.

The great news is you can always improve as a basketball player. The method for consistently improving as a basketball player is fairly simple:

BASKETBALL WORKOUTS (consistently, intensely, and correctly) + PLAYING AGAINST GREAT PLAYERS = ADVANCEMENT TOWARDS YOUR BASKETBALL GOALS

This method will never get old throughout your basketball career. Every level you go to, keep using this method.

AAU basketball is a key component for furthering your basketball career past high …

"AAU Basketball – The Greatest Advantage and Hidden Risk of AAU Basketball Teams"

Do You Know How To Deal With People Who Mock And Ridicule You?

FACT: The Entrepreneur Is Without “Honour” Among Those Who “Know” Him

One of the greatest realities you may have to face(there are exceptions, as is the case with everything in life), when you formally announce to the world that you have become an entrepreneur, is that you do NOT know many people you think you know, as well as you think you do.

Godfrey Heron([http://www.irieisleonline.com]) in his Entrepreneur’s Survival Checklist described this shocking experience quite accurately when he wrote that people you love – friends, relatives, your spouse – will openly doubt you and sometimes even “predict” your failure.

In their eyes, you are just the same person they have always known and grown up with. People close to us seem to find it easier to think of us in terms of our past failures and weakest moments – the growing up years, and all the mistakes we made while trying to discover ourselves. They often miss the tremendous changes that have taken place inside us following from those experiences, especially AFTER we left home and explored the outside world on our own.

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” — George Bernard Shaw

My personal experiences confirm this. People who know you always think if they cannot see in you the potential for success in what you say you want to do, then it has to mean you cannot possibly succeed in it. And they can be quite insistent in tying to make you realise this “fact” of theirs.

In the process of trying to get you to be “reasonable” and see the folly in trying to pursue what they consider the “impossible” goal you have set for yourself, some will resort to tactless attempts at humour, and in some cases, ridicule your ideas and efforts outright – especially when you begin to record failures(temporary defeats). Heron however assures that this does not mean they do not love you – it’s something that just happens. Again, I agree.

Regardless of whether or not they love you however, I am of the firm opionion(based on personal experiences and extensive reading) that the truth is that their actions do not produce positive benefits of love. Napoleon Hill wrote about the psychologically destructive effect this kind of behaviour has on the person on whom it is inflicted, concluding that it often results in many men and women giving up on themselves and subsequently going through life with serious inferiority complexes.

There Will Be Exceptions!

As is always the case in life, there will be exceptions to the general situation I have described above. You may be lucky to have been born into a family of entrepreneurs, who have developed a culture of passing down entrepreneurial know-how from generation to generation. In that case, starting out in business, may not sound/look, to them, as “crazy” as wanting to take up employment in …

"Do You Know How To Deal With People Who Mock And Ridicule You?"

The Proven Health Benefits of Riding an ATV or Off-Road Motorcycle

Good news! The “first ever comprehensive probe of the fitness and health benefits of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-road motorcycle (ORM) recreational riding” proves riding is as good as it feels.

The study

Conducted over several years by the York University Faculty of Health, co-supported by the Government of Nova Scotia and 3 riding associations, the study began with a meticulous countrywide survey to determine the ‘typical’ rider.

That was the entire first phase of this huge experiment.

Then researchers observed 128 riders, divided into 6 groups: 3 age classifications, male and female. After modifying these riders’ equipment, they could measure physical effects: heart rate; oxygen consumption; muscle fatigue and exertion, etc.

The findings

Riding an off-road vehicle requires genuine and serious physical effort. According to Canadian government fitness standards, it should positively affect your health.

While riding, riders’ use of oxygen increased by 3.5 to 6 times their level at rest. That’s 600% more! And according to standards set by the American College of Sports Medicine, that constitutes moderately intense physical activity.

That same moderate intensity taxes the heart and fatigues the muscles. How much? About the same amount as those other individual sports you take at your own pace, like skiing, golf or climbing.

A typical ATV ride was 2-3 hours; ORM was 1-2 hours. The amount of work required in the upper body and arms, if practiced regularly, was enough to increase muscle and skeletal fitness. And how regularly did they need to ride to begin realizing that increase? Just once or twice a week!

The biggie

Researchers also noticed the emotional high that fit people always talk about: “enhanced quality of life and stress reduction”. This surprised no riders.…

"The Proven Health Benefits of Riding an ATV or Off-Road Motorcycle"

Horst Wein Recommends Small Sided Games for Grassroots Football Development

Horst Wein, who has mentored more than 11,000 soccer coaches in 55 different countries around the world, believes that small sided games are the most essential element in developing youth soccer players. This comes from a man who knows a thing or two about this vital topic – his book “Developing Youth Football Players” is the official textbook of the Spanish Football Federation, and has also been adopted by the Football Federation of Australia, having sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide.

Small sided games in Training

Coaches should focus more on games rather than drills in training. Isolating particular techniques and concentrating on them using repetitive drills and exercises is known as the “analytical method” and often poses difficulties when the players come to apply what they have been working on in the real game scenario. The “global method” of training involves creating more game-like scenarios in training that can be more seamlessly integrated into the actual game itself. This is done through creating simplified games, which are scaled-down versions of the real game, but that can focus on particular themes necessary in the real game.

The concept of using games rather than drills and exercises has been studied for many years all around the world. Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) has been applied to many different sports and been found to be very effective. In Australia, it is also known as “Game Sense” and “Play practice.”

There are many benefits to this games-oriented method in soccer:

1.Most importantly, players prefer to play games than to do drills (especially the younger ones).

2.The games can be modified through different variables to concentrate more on specific elements that need to be addressed; The size of the playing area, the number of players, duration of the game, technical rules etc, means that in the hands of a skilful coach, games may be used to achieve all the requirements of playing the real game.

3.Small sided games require smaller pitches and can be suited to any number of players.

4.Small sided games provide a much more intense physical workout than larger games.

5.Small sided games allow the coach to develop the players Game Intelligence, as they may focus on the true dynamics of the game of soccer e.g. the 2v1 situation.

Small sided games in competition

This means that the competitions that young people play should be tailored to the specific requirements of their age group.

“The competition you play should be like your shoes, it should fit you perfectly! “

Benefits of small sided games in competition (and training):

  • More touches of the ball
  • Simpler decisions to make
  • Better game-related fitness, short duration of high-intensity vs laps
  • More time with coach per player
  • Easier to coach especially for parent coaches
  • More opportunities to solve game problems
  • More attacking opportunities (dribbling, shooting, passing )
  • More defending opportunities
  • More shooting and more goals = more fun!
  • No hiding place, players don’t get lost in these games
  • More opportunities for the full range of skills
"Horst Wein Recommends Small Sided Games for Grassroots Football Development"

Sports Coaching: 5 Strategies for Dealing with Bad Attitudes

Ugh… the player with a bad attitude. It sounds like a serious sports cliché, but it’s true – they are like a cancer in the locker room, on the practice filed/ court and in a game. They can make things difficult for all of the athletes on the team with their constant problematic behavior.

But, believe it or not it is possible to put stop to it – or at least curb it by laying down a few ground rules to begin with. And it doesn’t hurt to get the player’s parents involved with this as well. It takes a lot of energy to deal with players that have poor attitudes, but they can be turned around, and the impact they have on the rest of the team can be significantly lessened.

Here are a few tools for dealing with problem athletes:

oLay the ground rules for players and parents – This is the first thing I would tell any coach – especially if they are running a community team as opposed to a school team. I’d even do it if it were a school team I was coaching. Plan a parent’s meeting and expect everyone to be there.

At this meeting you will explain to parents and players the conduct that is expected of players and the way they are to carry themselves on the practice field and when you play games. This is very Coach Carter, but it is preached in many current athletic club guidelines – coaches need to take control of the team immediately.

It is important to lay the foundation for: behavior, expectations, practices, games, and the role of the parents.

oDeal with the player as an equal – If you try to act condescending, or worse yet, call out a player in front of their peers, you might not get the response you want. Talk to the player behind closed doors and get them to take an active role in their team. Don’t talk down to them.

oTalk to team leaders – If you approach team leaders, they may be able to persuade or have an effect on the behavior of the player(s) with attitude problems. Peer pressure is often the best pressure to put on people.

oGive the player responsibility – Take advantage of the player’s influence and turn it into a positive. Get them involved with a major part of the team to try and generate positive interest in what the team is doing. You might be surprised with what they come up with.

oStay calm – Part of the attitude is to generate a response. Don’t let the player see that you are affected by what they are doing.…

"Sports Coaching: 5 Strategies for Dealing with Bad Attitudes"

Pre Playoffs 2013 and Outlook for Next Season

What a surprise – the last match happened to be the cruel game in the season 2012/2013; that time the opponent turned out to be the champion of last season, the Eisbären Berlin. This was a tough team to beat for the Tigers, since only a victory could have replied in obtaining rank ten, which was the prerequisite for the pre playoff games. Once more, my older son, Tobias was part of this historic triumph, similar to the year before, when we were testimonies of the unbelievable victory versus Adler Mannheim resulting in the direct participation of the plays.

This thrilling game against the official champion of 2012 was extremely exciting, but the Tigers performed sensational well, keeping the top players away from their goalie and even scoring six times whereas the defense only allowed two goals which was pretty awesome in this situation. If the Tigers had scored one more goal, the Eisbären Berlin would not have even obtained the right to play their first game at home; anyway they were lucky that way.

Late afternoon, the crowd in the stadium was astounded again having achieved the pre playoffs this season. Who should have been the team to be beat that time? Soon it became clear, that the Augsburg Panthers were the opponent.

Occasionally, I was right to forget about all those other games before and start off at zero – anyway, it was obvious that the Tigers had to play their best hockey.

First of all, the Tigers had head to Augsburg; almost 6,500 crazy spectators followed this game, a huge fan community of Straubing was in mid this crowd of passionate people. In the long run, after the second overtime which basically rented about 20 minutes, the Tigers set the lucky punch and lead 1: 0 in the series.

Then, I tried to grasp a valuable ticket for the next home game taking place two days later at the Pulverturm, when I was accompanied by a close friend who had already experienced a lot of fairly emotional games.

In fact, we were part of a great game of my beloved Tigers: they were intensely cheered by nearly 6,000 fans. Finally, we won 4: 1 and reached the quarter finals versus the sharks of Cologne, whose head coach Uwe Krupp was not too glad about this constellation.

It goes without saying that I attempted to get both tickets for the home games which was not easy anyhow. Since Cologne won the first match pretty easy with a 6: 1 victory the Tigers had to bite back soon. Their first home game was a real highlight again, because our players managed to beat the sharks 5: 2. At that moment, everything was possible again and you always firmly believe in your team anyway.

Next match in the huge Lanxess arena was shown on TV and I watched it, there was no doubt.

The first 10 minutes turned out to be rather even with both teams working on several good …

"Pre Playoffs 2013 and Outlook for Next Season"

The Best Neck Strengthening Exercises and Routines

You can build a fairly strong neck with a great neck strengthening exercise or routine. If you are trying to build a great physique, you need to devote time to building a strong neck as well. There are many benefits to building a strong one.

Benefits of Having a Strapping Neck

You are into wrestling or mixed martial arts, you will benefit from having tough neck. It will help you resist being easily overwhelmed by your opponent. You will be able to control your opponent. It will protect you against injuries. You will be able to defend yourself against a choke. You will also be able to deal with punches more effectively if you have a well-built neck. A strong neck represents power and this will prove as a deterrent against attacks. Your opponent will think twice about attempting a choke against you.

Neck Strengthening Exercise Tips

You can actually get someone to help you with your neck exercises. In fact, having a partner and getting him to help you with your exercises can be fairly beneficial. This is also quite effective and it is a good option if you do not have the funds for good equipment or gym membership. You only need to get a few tools like a neck harness. Of course, you have to make sure that you get the best for durability, effectiveness and comfort. Here are some tips on how to strengthen your neck:

  • A harness is really great for developing the muscles in front of the neck, but you do not need the same thing to strengthen the back of your neck. You just need to have your partner sit on the back of your head – yes, the back – and he will perform abdominal work while he seats on top of your head.
  • To work the front of your neck, your partner should first stand up and straddle your body. He will have to put his hands on your forehead and then he has to pull your head back. You need to resist the pull and attempt to pull your forward while he continues to pull your head backwards. Try to do 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions.
  • To work the sides of your neck, you can also work with a partner to strengthen the sides. Many wrestlers ignore the sides of their neck, choosing to focus on strengthening just the front and the back. They do not realize that they can be hit anywhere. Their opponents can hit from all angles especially during a grappling match. In order to work on the sides, you need assume an all-fours position. Then, you need to place your head against a fixed object or equipment that is bolted on the floor. Once you have assumed the position, you can then push the side of your neck against the immovable equipment as hard as you can and maintain this for 10 seconds. Continue to breathe as you push your neck against the object. Do 6
"The Best Neck Strengthening Exercises and Routines"

Oxford- A City Guide

Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England,
with a population of 134,248 (2001 census). It is home to the
University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking
world. It is known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined by
Matthew Arnold in reference to the harmonious architecture of the
university buildings. The Oxford suburb of Cowley has a long history of
carmaking, and still produces BMW MINIs.

History

Oxford was first employed in Saxon times, and was initially known as
"Oxenaforda". It began with the foundations of St Frideswide's nunnery
in the 8th century. The University of Oxford is first mentioned in 12th
century records. Oxford's earliest colleges were University College
(1249), Balliol (1263) and Merton (1264).

During the English Civil War, Oxford housed the court of Charles I in
1642, after the king was expelled from London, although there was
strong support in the town for the Parliamentaryarian cause. In the 19th
century the controversial surrounding the Oxford Movement in the Anglican
Church drew attention to the city as a focus of theological thought.
Oxford's Town Hall was built by Henry T. Hare, the foundation stone was
laid on 6 July 1893 and opened by the future King Edward VII on 12 May
1897. By the early 20th century Oxford was experiencing rapid
industrial and population growth, with the printing and publishing
industries becoming well established by the 1920s.

Places of interest

Oxford has numerous major tourist attractions, many belonging to the
university and colleges. As well as several famous institutions, the
town center is home to Carfax Tower and a historical themed ride, The
Oxford Story. In the summer, punting on the Thames (sometimes called
the Isis as it flows through Oxford) and the Cherwell is popular.
Other notable attractions include:

  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • The Church of St Mary the Virgin (the University Church)
  • Martyrs' Memorial
  • Ashmolean Museum
  • Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of the History of Science
  • Science Oxford
  • University buildings
  • The University Parks
  • The University Botanic Garden
  • Cornmarket Street, Oxford
  • Turl Street, Oxford
  • Little Clarendon Street
  • Oxford Covered Market
  • Westgate Shopping Center
  • Museums and Art Galleries

    Oxford has a large number of museums and galleries open for public.
    Following are the world famous and a major tourist spot in Oxford:

  • Ashmolean Museum, Britain's oldest museum
  • Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Museum of Natural History, home of (the remains of) the Oxford Dodo
  • Museum of the History of Science, in Britain's oldest purpose-built
    museum building
  • Museum of Oxford
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Science Oxford
  • Shopping

    Golden Cross, an arcade of first-class shops and boutiques, lies
    between Cornmarket Street and the Covered Market. Parts of the colorful
    gallery date from the 12th century. Many buildings remain from the
    medieval era, along with some 15th- and 17th-century structures. The
    market also has a reputation as the Covent Garden of Oxford, with live
    entertainment on Saturday mornings in summer. In its way, Alice's Shop,
    played an important role in English literature, it …

    "Oxford- A City Guide"

    Different Types of Sports

    Football

    Football is a very popular competitive team sport. The object of this game is to score more points than the other team. You can score points various ways like carrying the ball over the goal line, running with the ball over the goal line, catching a pass while standing behind the goal line and many more ways. Whoever has the most points wins the game. The ball is an oval shaped ball. The game is played on a grass field that is 360 feet by 160 feet. The field is separated by many lines for game play. Each team typically plays with 11 players each on the field.

    Baseball

    Another competitive team played sport is baseball. This one is played with a bat and a small hard ball. The team with the most points wins the games. Points are calculated by how many players have crossed home plate. One team bats while the other team pitches and plays outfield. After so many strikes, they switch places. The field is diamond shape and made up with grass and dirt. There are 9 players on each team.

    Softball

    Softball is a lot like baseball. It is played with a bat and a softer version of the baseball. Softball uses the same field as baseball does and has the same rules although softball often has additional bases called safe bases. Safe bases are so the first baseman and the runner do not collide with one another during game play. You will typically see these bases in children’s softball and women’s softball games. Points are also calculated by how many players have crossed home plate. After so many strikes, the teams switch places from outfield to batting.

    Basketball

    This is also a competitive team sport. Played with a large round ball and a hoop or a basket. The object of this game is to get the ball into the hoop more times than the other team. Each time the ball goes into the hoop points are scored. The value of points depends on where the player is standing when they shoot the ball into the hoop. The court is a solid flat ground with baskets or hoops on each end. There are different size courts depending on who is playing. Regulation court size is 94 feet by 50 feet.

    Soccer

    Soccer is a competitive team played game. This game is played with a ball that is round and big and two goal nets, one on each end of the field. The object of this game is to score more points than the other team. You score points by kicking the ball into your opponent’s goal net. You are not allowed to use any hands in this game with the exception of the goalkeeper which is the person who guards the goal net. There are 22 players on the field at one time. The field is varied in length from 50 yards to 120 yards, depending on who is playing and what regulations they …

    "Different Types of Sports"

    Want To Get Sick, Disgusting, Nasty Handles? How To Get Sick Handles!

    Arguably the most important offensive skill is ball handling ability.

    Without great basketball handles you’ll rack up a high number of turnovers on the basketball court and you’ll mostly have to rely on your teammates to set you up for a good look at scoring the basketball.

    Imagine being able to break down your defender and create a high percentage shot for yourself whenever you want. When you have sick handles this becomes a reality and the game of basketball becomes that much easier. Every defender that steps up to you becomes a joke and you don’t need to rely on your teammates to help you score.

    So here is how you get ridiculously sick handles.

    Become one with the basketball. Dribble the basketball whenever you can. If you’re going outside to get the mail bring your basketball, If you’re going to walk your dog bring the basketball, if you’re going to pick up the mail bring your basketball.

    Have you ever noticed that when a song is played on the radio frequently you end up memorizing the lyrics of the song without trying? This is because when you repeat something over and over it begins to stick and your brain memorizes it. So if you dribble the basketball frequently you will begin to build up muscle memory which is exactly what you want to do in order to get sick handles.

    Try walking around your block while dribbling the basketball. This is great for muscle memory. Do ball handling drills that require you to dribble the basketball. Remember you need to do this frequently. How frequently depends on your schedule and the amount of free time you have in your day. Even finding 30 minutes a day to dribble the basketball is great.

    Another way to get sick handles is to build your confidence. Look in the mirror and tell yourself you’re a great ball handler before you go out to your basketball game or go play at a basketball court. Tell yourself you are a great basketball player and you can blow by any defender you want. Tell yourself that you’re the best basketball player in the world. Repeating these phrases to yourself will boost your confidence and help you to handle the basketball more effectively.

    Last but not least, is watching the greats. You can learn a lot from simply watching crazy ball handlers destroy their competition on the court. You will get to see what it looks like to have sick handles and therefore you can have an idea on how far away you’re from reaching that level and what you need to do in order to reach that level.

    This is what it takes to get sick, disgusting, nasty handles.…

    "Want To Get Sick, Disgusting, Nasty Handles? How To Get Sick Handles!"