Youth Programs and Elite Coaches Thoughts

Always interesting to see the posts and articles written about youth programs. Everyone has an opinion, but, the more I read, the more I am convinced we are on the right path.  It is about having fun, developing a desire to pay and making a place for everyone to enjoy the game. 

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Coach Pat's Thoughts

Coach Pat’s Thoughts

Often we get caught up in the winning part of the game and it extends all the way to Kindergarten. Players need to have fun, enjoy the game, develop life long athletic skills and above all learn skills that will help them in all kinds of athletic participation.

So, the discussion around developing skills and character vs winning games is something for all the club programs in British Columbia and Canada to ponder. 

I think the job of the club programs is to promote a fun atmosphere that allows players the freedom to explore their possibilities and become better players after a summer with a club coach.  So often now the clubs feel they have to go to all the tournaments in the States or their programs are not being successful.  Winning becomes more important than development and kids are excluded because they do not measure up.  Kids picked for Elite teams – how I hate that word to categorize players – are already good and likely have been developed by the wonderful high school coaches we have in BC.

I was thinking about this the other day and wondering what is best for kids.  Taking a Friday - Saturday – Sunday at a tournament playing 15 minutes per game – the games in the States are usually 25 and 22 running time halves – paying $200 to $400 or more per tournament for a family and getting 45 minutes of playing time. 

Now, lets look ant another option and instead of 10 tournaments we do 4 or 5 tournaments and instead, on Friday and Saturday the clubs offer 2 to 4 hours of skill development sessions where the players are on court for the 2 to 4 hours and playing every minute.

So, if we ever want to win a gold again we are going to have to develop players that can compete with the Ontario athletes. Right now club programs compete for the good players and do so by promising lots of games in the states, they call it exposure.  (I have a whole new thought on exposure but that will be in the next blog).    Maybe its time to develop players rather than just roll out the balls and play lots of games. We need to change, something, as BC is not doing so well when we put our best teams together to compete against Eastern schools.

Club coaches and programs should develop programs that encourage skill development and character development so that players love the game and learn that spending time in the gym is the way to improve and that playing games is a reward for being in the gym.

Funding Sources

Looking at the BC Bounce Program and thinking it is too much for the budget.  Look into these programs to help.  They are excellent organizations and have helped many kids in our program take part.  Contact Pat Lee: if you need more information.

KidSport : good program that helps families with funding for sport

Jumpstart: good program that helps families with funding for sport

Athletics 4 Kids :  good program that helps families with funding for sport




Dreams without daily goals will remain, just Dreams. vol.1

Hey BC Bounce Crew. I wanted to chat with you guys about goal setting. Many of us have big dreams, but have you ever wondered or asked yourself why we sometimes fall short, get off task or side tracked from our original goal. We need to get shots up, work on our handles, get in the weight room, stretch, eat healthy and still excel at our school work. How do you fit it all in? You set daily goals. "If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you."  Now it may seem crazy to try to add everything all at once, but if we add one thing to our daily routine, week by week our routines will become just that, routine. This is a part one, each week ill add a video of a workout that you can add to your daily routine. Below is a link to a video on basic core strengthening exercises that you can do at home. Try it all, then take a few exercises that are extremely challenging to you and add it to your daily routine and remember your big dreams will remain dreams without goals and consistent follow through. -Bounce