Our MSA day camps provide great opportunities to teach character with our players. Last week at our MFA and MBA day camps, MSA coaches and Beyond The Sport Coordinator Eric Hollis focused on what it means to be a good teammate, play with class, and have discipline in practices and games.
At the MFA day camp our coaches handed out a pin recognizing discipline, being consistent within your passion. Maddox Krugler, one of the older and more talented players, consistently lead others in the camp to become better. He helped others follow instructions, picked up soccer balls, and consistently displayed effort and focus. Maddox was ecstatic to find out he was awarded the pin, or as we call it, our "DisciPIN."
Meanwhile on the courts at Woodland, two players stood out to Boys Basketball Coordinator Bryan Powell. Aiden Barnes got a, "Discipin" due to his, "constant focus and encouraging his teammates throughout each drill." Coach Powell praised, "His character was contagious and created a very positive atmosphere all week at camp."
Bryan also chose to hand out a most improved award. Brady Ashcroft was a younger player at the camp who was very new to basketball. Bryan adds, "Throughout the week our coaches could tell he was being pushed outside of his comfort zone, at times he would get overwhelmed and want to quit. Despite that struggle he never missed a day and embraced the struggle with many different drills. By the end of the camp he was able to keep up (despite being a bit younger) and attack his development at a great pace!"
Furthermore, during All Day MBA Camp, campers and coaches ate lunch and watched a couple clips from the movie Coach Carter, a true story of the Richmond high school basketball program. (While watching, there were a couple inappropriate words that the coaches skipped.)
The first clip emphasized teamwork when a player who quit the team violated rules and owed countless push-ups and sprints. Watch how the team responded and note the quote, "One player triumphs we all triumph, one player struggles we all struggle."
The next day MBA players watched a second clip from Coach Carter. Richmond's team was having success in their league and dominating their opponents. Players started to taunt, demean, and humiliate their opponent. After watching the clip, our Beyond The Sport Coordinator Eric Hollis pointed out that while posing after a dunk, players were not getting back on defense and potentially giving up easy points to the other team.
MBA players were then encouraged to be relentless in letting their playing do the talking. Their efforts should instead be on the attention to detail, getting better, and giving focus. If another basketball player thinks they’re better? Play them one on one or against their team, no need to talk.
Character conversations are important to our athletes developing to their fullest potential - in sport and in life.