Happy New ALL Year to you, your Families and your Teams...

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Greetings this Holiday Season...As we wind down the year of 2011, and reflect upon the experiences, some good, some not so, and yet some wonderful, we need to make sure that we understand clearly, that we're learning, improving our knowledge on and off the court, grasping leadership opportunities daily (that we never knew were so important), making right decisions on and off the court and most importantly, having the experience of ongoing development in our academic and athletic environs...Wow!! T'aint that a "textFULL" reminder of 2011...!! :-) 

Okay, so for those who have just completed their Christmas Tournaments and their coaches are focused upon the upcoming conference season, we must daily remind ourselves that this "part" of the season, the middle, is where we begin to see our advancement, our improvements, our self confidence and our overall approach to the game aspire to new levels of success, meaning the opportunities for such abound, just for the "taking", no prodding from Family, teammates, coaches, just ourselves, a cognizant observation and conversation within that reminds us to "get busy...leave it on the court everyday, bust some prime USDA Hind Quarters and relax once the final buzzer has sounded..."...

For those individuals who have struggled philosophically, emotionally and physically (injuries, etc.) this season, don't despair, please...Know this: your value to your Teammates daily is paramount to the TEAM'S SUCCESS, even if it means you, as one of 1-12 players, struggles with your shot, your finishes, your FTs, your self confidence and your "stats", you will miss this golden opportunity to "grow" to another level of personal attainment with this wonderful game, abandoning ALL that makes up the fun aspects of being on a team, win or lose, the trust and confidence YOUR Teammates FEED off of your positive support model...So what if your minutes have been reduced when the team struggles in games, and you "feel" the pressure of NOT scoring like you should...Did you REBOUND? Did you BLOCK OUT your opponent so your Teammates could rebound? Do you sometimes "FORGET" your responsibilities to TALK on Defense, calling out Screens Left and Right? Did you forget to block out on a Free Throw...Have you made this game so personal that you're not having FUN anymore? If so, then take a DEEEEEEEEEEP BREATH....hold to the count of 10...eyes closed...and exhale slowly through your mouth and RELEASE every freakin negative thought you may have about YOURSELF (1st!) as a basketball player; how you FEEL about your Coach(es); how you LIKE certain players on your Team but not others ( YOU MUST RESPECT YOUR TEAMMATES ALL WAYS, not necessarily LIKE THEM)...If you NEED to repeat this EXERCISE, then do so, however many times it takes to "CLEANSE" your competitive basketball mind of the JUNK that YOU'VE ALLOWED to take a place upstairs...Let me ask you this: when your hands get dirty, and you know they are, do you pick up food with them (chips, french fries, candy, cupcake, burger, apple, orange, etc.) or do you wash, cleanse your hands before eating? Then WHY do we allow ourselves to get "dirty" from OUTSIDE GERMS (comments from teammates, coaches, friends) ATTACH themselves to our psyche, emotions of the moment/day/practice/game, and THINK that everything is "HONKYDORRY" and we can ENJOY ourselves before/during/after any engagement with Family, Team and Friends...WE MUST LEARN how to "cleanse" our minds of negative thought processes that weigh us down and overwhelm us in the end (of practice, games, at home when Mom or Dad ask us how everything is going...)...So, what I'm sharing here is INVALUABLE "gems from the gym" elements on "how" we can clean ourselves up DAILY, before practice/games and AFTER same...You gotta do this, if you don't, you'll go nutz trying to play the game with a shovel in one hand and the ball in the other: it won't work...it won't work...it won't work....If it does, call me, we'll go into business together and become rich and famous like Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies... 

Okay, I know, forgive me, please, it's been soooooooooooooooo long since I've seen and spoken to most of you, yet I sense we each have "suffered" through some emotional trauma related to our play, our team, and perceived lack of success SO FAR THIS SEASON...Bah HUMDATBUG!! NOW...TODAY...NOT TOMORROW...get'er done and have some FUN!!

Happy New Year Everyone...we'll be teein it up again NEXT weekend, and I hope for those to whom this email speaks to your heart, please don't go mute and NOT communicate with your parents and myself about what you're thinking, feeling and holding back deep down within that Warrior Spirit WE ALL POSSESS!!


Much love to all...

Coach t

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