Podcast: April 2007

Pete Newell Interview

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Family Sports Life Today, a Bellevue-based sports website, announces an exhibition basketball game at the University of Washington, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, June 16, 2007, with the game beginning at 1 pm.  Former local intercollegiate student athletes from the Pac 10, WCC, Big Sky and local colleges will demonstrate their adaptive basketball skills playing on a basketball hoop that is 11 feet high. This feature is more of a "science" experiment, presented by former NBA/WNBA Coach Tom Newell, a longtime Northwest native. 

As part of the announcement, Coach Tom Newell interviews his father, legendary coach Pete Newell.  The upcoming "For the Love of the Game" exhibition follows on to a similar exhibition with raised baskets that Coach Pete Newell did in 1961. 

Also, Coach Tom Newell and Coach Guy Perry discuss the NBA game and whether it is time for a change in our podcast episode "The NBA Game:  Time for a Change?"

Coach Tom and Coach Guy talk with Todd Kozinka, President of Planet-Hoops.com.  Planet-Hoops offers a digital video editing system to break down video for scouting and post-game analysis, saving time for coaches.  Todd talks about their DVCoach system which makes the technology available to high schools and small colleges, or for use in producing scout tapes or team season highlight videos. 

DV Coach is available for basketball, soccer, hockey, and rugby.  Highlight videos and editing is available for other sports.

Tom, Guy, and Todd also talks about how coaches can use the service and analyze games, linking with a stats service like CyberSports.  They talk about the potential for high school athletes to do some self-promotion, especially to division-II or NAIA schools.  The Phoenix Sun's Steve Nash is an example of an athelte that was never recruited, but had to market himself.  They compare the $250-500 price of highlight tape to the thousands of dollars spent on AAU travel teams. 

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Daniel Jahn, former UW Strength and Conditioning Coach, talks about his company End Zone Athletics and their program for training kids, both one-on-one, and for entire teams.

The NBA Game: Time for a Change?

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Coach Tom Newell announces an exhibition, "For the Love of the Game", featuring professional and college players playing with an 11-foot hoop.  He and Coach Guy Perry discuss the change, what they expect for this exhibition, and for the pro game.

The exhibition and follow-up panel discussions will be held in June in the Seattle area.  Admission will be free with a can of food for donation to Northwest Harvest.  The event is sponsored by Family SportsLife Today, Coaches Who Care, Intl., and Best Effort Camps and Clinics.

Update:  The game will be at 1:PM on Saturday, June 16th, 2007 at UW's Hec Edmundson Pavilion.  Admission is free, but we are asking for a canned food donation to Northwest Harvest.  Join FamilySportsLifeToday.com and become an official observer.

Coach Tom and Coach Guy discuss the recent loss of the Franklin Girls Softball team 64-0 to West Seattle.  They discuss the failures by both coaches and the umpire, the impact on players on both teams, and offer suggestions on how the game should have been handled more gracefully.

Over the Top (Episode #19)

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Already this year we've seen several ugly instances where parents lose their sanity and take matters into his own hands--impacting their family sports life FOREVER.  Does watching your son or daughter playing competitive sports make you anxious?  Imagine if there is no score, would you have the same feelings and reactions?  You need to listen to this podcast for parents that are "Over the Top."