March 2007

Our guest today is Jim Kubacki, co-founder of College Camp Advantage.  This 4-day program helps a student demystify the process of college applications, take the pressure off, develop a plan, and focus on the things that you can control.  Tom and Guy discuss the template and process with Jim and offer tips that are valuable for high school students preparing for college.

For those in the Seattle area, College Camp Advantage is 7/23/2007 through 7/26/2007.  There is room for 25-30 students. 
Coach Jim Dail from the Clakamas Girls Basketball Association talks with Tom and Guy about their successful model for coaches, parents, and players. He describes how they set expectations for fun, teaching and skill-building, and positive experience for girls, appropriate to each age level. The CGBA has 500 girls in grades 1-8 participating in games, camps, and clinics in Oregon....(read more)

In youth sports, the pre-game, time out huddles are so important to the psyche of your young players. It is a time for direct communication using eye contact, giving praise, teaching by critiquing in a positive way, and using humor.





  • Always make sure you smile at the kids, giving each one eye contact, letting them know you enjoy being in the gym or on the field with them.
  • Being so easily distracted by the anticipation of a contest, make sure they are listening. I recommend using the "Listening Drill", by clapping a series of claps and having them repeat what you've done in unison. This is a great way to get their attention and put all of your players on the same page.
  • Remind them of a few important aspects of the game, such as getting back on defense, spacing, sharing and valuing the ball.
  • Make sure every player knows what position they are playing and who they are defending.
  • And always, incorporate giving good effort and having fun into your thoughts.
  • Close every huddle with a player hand in the middle of the huddle and use a "Focus Word" in unison. For example: "On 3- defense... 1,2,3 DEFENSE!"... You can change the Focus Word... Teamwork, Effort, Sacrifice, Pride, etc...

Time Outs:

  • Know why you are calling a time-out and have your thoughts organized when players come to the bench or sideline.
  • When you greet them coming to the huddle, look at them confidently using positive body language and eye contact. They need to know you are there to help them succeed and have fun.
  • Begin with a positive comment like: "I really like our passing so far". Or, "You guys are really playing hard".
  • DO NOT yell at the kids or embarrass a player in front of his peers with negative comments. Stay positive, constructive and reaffirm when needed. "Joey, do you know who you are guarding?" "I forgot, coach"... "That's alright, Joey, but ask me if you don't know because its kind of important that we know who we're guarding, isn't it?" Or, use humor: "It's important that we know who we are guarding because we don't want anyone from the other team feeling lonely!"
  • Although it is easier to do in basketball or volleyball than in soccer, try to end the timeout with a positive comment directed at each kid.

The huddle is the place where kids can feel like their coach is looking out for their best interests, sometimes creating a long lasting memory.

KarenBryantKaren Bryant from the Seattle Storm organization talks with Tom and Guy about the team and players going into the new women's basketball season.  They discuss the impact of the WNBA on girl's sports, the Storm's commitment to the community, and upcoming public events.  For more information, see

As spring sports begin, Coach Newell and Coach Perry talk about the transition and issues that coaches, parents, and players face:  a different coaching model, player's lack of confidence, the intimidation factor, and even getting shoe size right.

As parents, we have control over the memories we make for our kids. I encourage you to pay attention to the sports, the teams and the players your child are interested in.

Ask your son or daughter what they like best about the players they love to watch. This one question may shed light on what things they are looking at in a player, things they are noticing about the sport, and how they might play the sport.

In the early 1970’s, I was enamored with the New York Knicks. I knew all the players, their stats, even the colleges they attended. Frazier, Reed, Monroe, Bradley, DeBussure, Lucas… All of them eventual Hall Of Fame players. They epitomized teamwork. Each was a gifted individual talent, but they recognized they could be greater together, so they checked their egos at the door and wound up being one of the best all around teams in basketball history. Anyway, my father recognized my passion for this special team, and while taking me on a business trip to Los Angeles, he got tickets for game 6 of the Knicks- Laker 1973 Championship series. After we arrived at the Forum with a family friend, we reached our seats only to find there weren’t enough for the three of us. It was then my dad handed me a ticket and pointed to where I was sitting. It was a fourth row view behind the Knick bench.

I watched the Knicks win the NBA Championship that night, and shook hands with Bill Bradley and Earl Monroe as they came off the floor. It was a surreal moment that is with me always. And, when I think of my father, I think of his kindness and interest in me.

My dad isn’t a big basketball fan, but learning that I was, he made a lifetime memory for me. Pay attention to the passions of your children, you’ll feel better because of it. I know my father does.

As we start spring and summer sports, Coach Tom Newell and Coach Guy Perry give practice reminders for new coaches or for a new season.

Boo! to the WIAA (Episode #13)

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The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has proposed a ban on booing and other signs of disrepect.  Coach Tom Newell and Coach Guy Perry continue the discussion of the "Fans in the Stands" podcast and talk about the advantages of booing versus other expressions by students, and most especially, parents.

Some recent news articles on the ban can be found at:

Tom discusses those "combustible fuels" that weigh you down and can explode, how to overcome, develop "the athlete's mind" and rise to the occasion.  This template is something Coach Newell has used for both high school and intercollegiate athletes.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, the organization that governs high-school sports in Washington State, has drafted guidelines on unacceptable behavior that they hopes to implement throughout the state by the beginning of next school year. These guidelines ban booing, organized chants targeted at a single player, and other signs of disrespect.

Coach Tom Newell and Coach Guy Perry will discuss the proposed ban on in their Friday, March 8th podcast.  What do you think?  Let us know and we'll try to include it in the podcast.

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See the news story at

Following up on podcast #11, Coach Tom Newell and Coach Guy Perry have suggestions on how to deal if you are a target or victim or comments on Facebook or
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