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THIS SATURDAY: Brandon University to Host Prairie Challenge Basketball Series July 4

THIS SATURDAY: The Brandon University Healthy Living Centre will play host to an exciting series of basketball games between Manitoba and Saskatchewan's provincial teams.  The "Prairie Challenge" is slated for July 4 at the BU HLC with games between the province's best 15U, 16U and 17U players.

A total of 12 games will be played as part of a series of exhibition contests in preparation for the Canada Basketball National Championships in Halifax (15U and 17U), Edmonton (15U and 17U female), and the Western Canada Summer Games in Fort McMurray, Alta (16U male and female).

This event marks the first time Basketball Manitoba and Basketball Saskatchewan will send their best to play a series of exhibition games in Brandon.

"This is a great opportunity for us to welcome and host some of the top basketball players in Manitoba and Saskatchewan," says Bobcats coach Novell Thomas.

"I'm very excited to see each provinces best players in our very own Healthy Living Centre. There will be many visitors in attendance that have never been to our facility before, so it's great exposure for Brandon University and Brandon University Athletics. It's also a great opportunity for basketball fans in our area to watch some of the best young athletes from Manitoba and Saskatchewan."

Here's the complete list of games to be played at the HLC on July 4:

  • 11 AM - Game 1 - SK vs MB - 15UM – HLC North Court
  • 11 AM - Game 2 - SK vs MB - 15UF - HLC South Court
  • 12:45 PM - Game 3 - SK vs MB - 16UM - HLC North Court
  • 12:45 PM - Game 4 - SK vs MB - 16UF - HLC South Court
  • 2:30 PM - Game 5 - SK vs MB - 17UM - HLC North Court
  • 2:30 PM - Game 6 - SK vs MB - 17UF - HLC South Court
  • 4:15 PM - Game 7 - SK vs MB - 15UM - HLC North Court
  • 4:15 PM - Game 8 - SK vs MB - 15UF - HLC South Court
  • 6 PM - Game 9 - SK vs MB - 16UM - HLC North Court
  • 6 PM - Game 10 - SK vs MB - 16UF - HLC South Court
  • 7:45 PM - Game 11 - SK vs MB - 17UM - HLC North Court
  • 7:45 PM - Game 12 - SK vs MB - 17UF - HLC South Court

Admission to all games is just $3 dollars for the entire day, while kids aged 13 and under get in free.

Team Manitoba is coming off its best summer ever with two gold medals, a silver medal, and a bronze medal last year.  Team Saskatchewan's U15 girls won gold at the Canada Basketball National Championship in July of 2014.  Former Bobcat Tracey MacLeod (now Johnson) is the head coach of Team Saskatchewan's U16 girls team.

Source: http://gobobcats.ca/news/2015/6/24/WBB_0624155749.aspx

PHOTOS: View 85+ Manitoba Provincial Team Program Player Profiles

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to release its new Manitoba Provincial Team Program Player Profiles, highlighting each one of the team members currently representing the province this summer.  The profiles are grouped by team and include all roster and practice players and provide more information on their basketball history and ambitions.  See the full collection at...

Basketball Manitoba High Performance Camps for Ages 10-12 Set for Aug 31 - Sep 4

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce its High Performance Camps set for ages 10-12 from August 31 to September 4.  The camps will be led by High Performance Coaches Dan Becker, Randy Kusano and Provincial Team Coaches Alyssa Grant and Jon Giesbrecht.  Full details include...

New Mid West Basketball League for 18+ Men Announced

The Manitoba Drive Basketball Club have announced details on their new basketball league for male players ages 18 and up (with no age maximum) that will be sanctioned by Basketball Manitoba.  For many players, once they graduate from high school in Manitoba, if they were not picked up by a College or University program, many see their competitive playing career come to an end.  The Mid West Basketball League will allow the opportunity for these athletes to continue their development and the MWBL is currently identifying players & coaches for its program.

Winnipeg Team Mayhem Announce 2015-16 Tryouts for Boys & Girls Grades 4-12

The Winnipeg Team Mayhem Basketball Club have announced details on its tryouts for the 2015-16 season.  Tryouts will be held at Winakwa Community Centre, 980 Winakwa Rd and the fee to attend the tryouts is $35.  Teams will be picked on Saturday August 8, 2015. A second time slot on Sunday August 9 is available if the numbers are such that a second day is needed.

Ndinawe Hosting Free 3on3 Basketball Tournament for Ages 13-24 on July 25 at North Centennial Centre

The Ndiniawe community resource centre has announced they will be offering a FREE 3on3 basketball tournament on Saturday July 25 at the North Centennial Centre in Winnipeg.  The tournament is open to males and females ages 13-24 and features a barbecue and prizes.  Full details include...

Contact Crystal for more information:

Visit 472 Selkirk Ave.
Call (204) 589-5545
Email crystal@ndinawe.ca
or visit North End Basketball Facebook page for more information and updates



Source: http://www.ndinawe.ca/bballsignup.html

WMBA Announces New Manitoba Basketball League to Begin Play This Fall

The Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association has announce details on its new club basketball league that will begin this fall.  The Manitoba Basketball League (MBL) is replacing the old Rising Stars League (RSL) with some changes to its format, timelines and fees.  The league was formed in response to the changes that were suggested by the various club teams throughout the city. With that in mind, the MBL will be a league where the member teams have a vote on decisions that determine its direction.

  • Our MISSION Is to provide a competitive basketball league with an emphasis on player, coach and club development using Long Term Athlete Development principles.
  • Our VISION: Is to be the premier club basketball league in Manitoba. We will do this by focusing on our key valus in the following areas: 
  • Developing excellence in our players coaches and officials
  • Mutual respect in a positive environment 
  • Transparency and accountability through effective communication with our members   

The MBL would like to extend an invitation to  all basketball clubs and club teams to attend their first Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 9th 6:30pm at the Sport for Life Centre at 145 Pacific Ave to determine some of the following.

  • Determine VOTING League Members 
  • League Rules
  • League Structure
  • League Timelines
  • Game Locations
  • Financial
  • Other items

For more information, visit the Manitoba Basketball League website.

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! Hoop It Up Winnipeg 2015 Event Wraps Up

VIEW PICTURES & VIDEOS: Basketball Manitoba and Hoop It Up would like to thank the 83 teams that took part in this last weekend's 3x3 event at the University of Manitoba!  The weekend featured a total of 211 games played in 10 different categories.  The full results of the games and division champions can be found on the official event website at...

BEGINS THIS FRIDAY NIGHT: Winnipeg Team Mayhem Announces “Night Hoops” Midnight Basketball Program for Summer 2015

PROGRAM STARTS JULY 3: The Winnipeg Mayhem Basketball Club has announced they will be hosting a new pilot program this summer called 'Night Hoops'. As there is a huge need for a healthy active choice for young men and women to have something to do in the late hours of Fridays and Saturdays, the Team Mayhem Basketball Club is offering a basketball drop-in program on the weekends starting Friday July 3, 2015.

Here is all the information you might need, and anyone in and out of Winnipeg is invited to come out:

  • Friday and Saturday evenings from 11 pm – 3 am.  Winakwa C.C. – 980 Winakwa Rd.
  • Please note that a participant may arrive and leave at anytime they wish.
  • Starting Friday July 3 – Saturday August 29, 2015 (If the program goes well, we will be continuing it over the winter, and possible make it run all year long)
  • Registration form will need to be filled out and will be effective for the whole summer, and possibly year (until July 3, 2016)
  • Open to Young Women and Men ages 16 – 22 years of age. 
  • 15 year olds may attend but must be accompanied by a parent, or Legal Guardian during the entire time the participant is in the facility. 
  • $2 For anyone 18 and under as of July 3, 2015. (This fee will stop if at anytime we raise enough to cover program expenses trough sponsorship or entrance fee)
  • $ 5 per night for anyone 19 or over as of July 4, 2015
  • A photo I.D. will need to be shown to Mayhem Staff each and every time participants enters the facility. There will be no exceptions! (Either a School card or Driver’s license)
  • Once a participant enters the facility for the evening, and then if they leave the premises for any reasons, they will not be allowed back that same evening. 
  • Players will be responsible for either shooting around, or participating in: 1 on 1 ,    2 on 2,   3 on 3,    4 on 4,    5 on 5  play.
  • Team Mayhem Staff will organize games,  call fouls, or  set up teams if asked to, or if a need is deemed necessary. 
  • We would like to limit the number of participants to 40 per any one time of the evening. Priority will come to any participants that pre- register for that evening.
  • Example: If a participant emails, calls, or texts on the Monday before (or anytime) and confirms they will be attending the drop in on lets say the following Saturday, then if on said Saturday we go past the 40 participants and have to restrict players for playing in the gym, then priority will go to whomever contacts us earlier to reserve a spot. 
  • A strict enforcement of rules will apply. Any abuse of the rules deemed serious enough to ask a participant to leave the premises will cause said participant to not be allowed to return for a specified length of time. The Director of Team Mayhem will decide upon this period of time. 
  • Anyone Under 18 (Any participant as well) that does not arrive in their own car, or as part of a car pool must have a ride confirmed for when they leave the premises.  The name and phone number of the person picking up the participant is required to be given to the Team Mayhem Staff. We will then call the person to confirm the ride situation. 
  • Please feel free to contact Alex Barra at alexbarra@hotmail.ca , call or text  at 204-295-2006, if you have any questions, or wish to reserve any spots.

STARTS JULY 4: SWISH Outdoor Basketball Drop In Centre Coming to Winnipeg This Summer

STARTS JULY 4: Basketball Manitoba is pleased to support year 4 of the SWISH outdoor basketball program, coming to Winnipeg's core this July & August! Through a partnership between several faculties/units of the University of Manitoba and other community partners, a free outdoor drop-in basketball program will once again be taking place this summer at the University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus located at the Health Sciences Centre.

Basketball Coach Charlie Carlos Winner of Canada Basketball Game Plan Website Contest

Basketball Manitoba and Canada Basketball are pleased to announce that Winnipeg basketball coach Charlie Carlos has been randomly selected at the winner of the Game Plan website award!  Charlie was chosen from the over 100 Manitoba coaches who signed up for the new Canada Basketball coaching website called the Game Pan.  The Game Plan is becoming a one stop shop for Canadian basketball coaches to gain access to a growing collection of development, education and communication resources. All coaches had an opportunity to sign up for free prior to May 31 if they had taken an NCCP clinic in the past.   The free registration has now passed and access to the website will cost $50 for a five year membership.

As the contest prize winner, Charlie receives...

  • 1 FREE 2-day registration to the 2015 Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic ($115 value)
  • 2 new Wilson Evolution Basketballs ($100 value)
  • 1 Canada Basketball Dry-Fit T-shirt ($40 value)
  • 1 Fox40 magnetic dry-erase coaching portfolio, marker & whistle ($40 value)
  • 50 FIBA Scoresheets ($24 value)
  • 10 training cones ($10 value)
  • TOTAL $329 value!

Charlie Carlos (left) with Canada Basketball's Ron Yeung





Train Ugly Basketball School Summer Camps for Ages 13-18 August 24-28

SESSION 3 IS SOLD OUT - SPACE GOING FAST! Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce a special summer basketball camp experience for Manitoba players ages 10-18 this August with the Train Ugly Basketball Camps & High Performance Basketball Camps.

WMBA 3on3 Summer League Returns for Summer 2015; Register Now

The Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association has announce it will be offering the 3rd year of its outdoor 3on3 summer basketball for players ages 15 and up.  The league will begin July 28 and run through August at one of six outdoor courts built by the association in the recent years.  Full details include...

5 Thoughts That Will Change Your Youth Sports Experience for the Better

Coach and young player
In order to maximize the experience of youth participating in sport, it is important for coaches and parents to observe their environment and consistently reflect on the different characteristics that may have an impact on the enjoyment/development of those participating. As youth sport continues to evolve, parents and coaches must be prepared to evolve as well. In this article, John O’Sullivan does an excellent job explaining why it is important to understand how youth sport is changing and offers sounds advice on how we can improve the experience of the youth taking part!

By: John O’Sullivan

As I reflect upon many of the conversations I have had over the years as a coach and club director, most of them in one way or another ask the simple question “How do I balance sports and life?” In other words, how do I juggle these five balls. This is especially true when it comes to balancing the needs of your young athletes with the needs of your family, your work, and your other relationships.

It is easy to get caught up in the hoopla, the massive commitments, and the mythology that surrounds youth sports. When we do, we lose sight of the things that really matter. We lose sight of the fact that our athletes can be irrevocably damaged by our actions and words as parents and coaches, however well-intentioned those actions and words may be.

To damage or destroy your relationship with a child over the result of a game, or the choice of sport or team, may be the worst mistake one can ever make. Yet it happens all the time.
So, as we step into a new year, here are a few thoughts that will keep you grounded, keep your priorities straight, and help to keep all those balls you are juggling in the air:
  1. Raising a child, whether they are an athlete or not, is akin to designing and building your child’s long-term infrastructure, as if you were building a house. If you are only building for the short term, you are not worried about things like the foundation, wall strength, or ceiling beams—only first impressions and curb appeal. But if you are building it to last for seventy years, you want a sturdy foundation, strong walls, and a well-built roof. We need to think of parenthood in the same way.
  1. If we are building a solid emotional and moral foundation for our children, we must think long-term. We must think beyond single games or three-month seasons. Focusing on winning and short term success prior to high school is curb appeal; proper athletic and personal development creates both an athlete and a person built to last. When we think about the long haul, we realize that the purpose of youth sports is not only to develop better athletes but better people. Sports help children build the foundation for becoming a quality adult both on and off the field. Children form their self-image through what they hear said to them and about them. We need to make sure the messages they receive enhance one of the values above, or other values that are important. We need to make sure they are in an environment where these things are not only taught but exemplified by the coaches, the teachers, and the adults charged with educating them.

3. According to the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethical Education, research shows that kids play sports for the following reasons:
  • To have fun (always #1)
  • To do something I am good at
  • To improve my skills
  • To get exercise and stay in shape
  • To be part of a team
  • The excitement of competition
They do not play to win. They like to win, they enjoy competing, but they do not play to win. They play to have fun, to be with their friends, to feel good about themselves, and because it is exciting. Yet how often do we pick and choose our kids’ sports team because it is the winning team, the winning coach, the defending champion, and assume that because of all the wins everything else just happens? We look at wins and losses and fail to search for happy faces and proper developmental environments.
  1. The sad statistics indicate that while only 3-5 percent of high school athletes even play in college, an even smaller number receive athletic financial aid. About one in one thousand high school athletes receives a college scholarship (most of them only partial), and about one in thirteen thousand ever becomes a professional. Unfortunately, even in the face of those numbers, between 30-50 percent of youth sports parents believe their child is good enough to get a scholarship. This reality distortion is one of the effects of a youth sports culture that promises the latest bat, the newest shoe, or the most elite camp will have college coaches knocking down your door with a big check in hand.
  1. At some point you need to decide what side you are on. Are you about doing what is best for your kids, or promoting the status quo? If we are going to move the bar and change the culture of youth sports, we must not be naïve about the challenges we are facing, both on and off the field. The status quo is well funded, entrenched, and has convinced many parents to accept the new reality of youth sports. Their products may be fantastic and give great value to players and families. The products are not the problem, nor are the people behind them. It is the culture in general, and we all bear some responsibility for that unless we do something to change it.
I certainly do not sit here and say I know better than you what is best for your son or daughter. I do not claim to know how to coach your team better than you do.

I do know that three out of four kids are quitting sports by middle school. I do know that most of them say they quit because adult values, such as the emphasis on winning, lack of playing time, and excessive criticism and yelling, have taken the fun out of sports.

I also know that most adults have only the best of intentions when it comes to raising young athletes. We want them to succeed, we want them to perform their best, and we want them to have fun.

Unfortunately, what happens in most youth sports organizations on a daily basis does not lead to this. It leads to dropout and disenchantment. It leads to the ‘family’ ball being dropped, and children’s self esteem and relationships being damaged and destroyed. This is what must change.

In the year ahead, keep these five foundational thoughts in mind. Think long term and build a solid infrastructure. Use sports to develop better players and better people. Ask your kids why they play, and make sure sports has that in abundance. Forget about a financial return on your investment, and make sure the return is a high quality individual with core values that will last a lifetime.

And last, but not least, choose a side. If you believe that youth sports exists to serve the kids, then take a stand, and pass good information on. Demand a sports environment based upon the best science, psychology, and research. Find coaches who understand kids, and are not serving their own egos first. Educate yourself, and pass that information onto other parents. Ask your clubs and schools to provide parent education so that you may help your athlete, instead of being shut out of the process.

No one person can change the culture of youth sports in our country. But many individuals committed to serving their own children, and changing the game in their own community, certainly can.

As the great environmentalist Carl Safina writes “But one does not wait for a revolution. One becomes it.”

Let’s make 2015 the year of the youth sports revolution!

Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog http://ift.tt/1R2h1qg

Winnipeg Wolves Announce Summer Camps & Tryouts for Girls Grades 7-9

The Winnipeg Wolves Basketball Club have announced details on their upcoming summer basketball camp and tryouts scheduled for girls entering grades 7-9 this August.  Full details include...

Junior Alliance Basketball Club Announces Tryouts for Boys Born 2000 to 2003

Junior-Alliance-Basketball-.pngThe Junior Alliance Basketball Club has announced it will be hosting an “Open Selection Camp” for their 2015-2016 competitive teams on Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 16 2015 from 12pm – 3pm.

Bison Men's Basketball Sign Minnesota Forward Raheem Tyner

University of Manitoba Bison men's basketball coach Kirby Schepp has announced another key recruit for 2015.  6'6, 220 Forward Raheem Tyner from Minneapolis, Minnesota has committed to the University of Manitoba for the 2015-16 season.

Coach Schepp commented on Raheem's signing with the Bisons: "Raheem is a prototypical combo-forward that we often see do very well in the CIS. He has a proven ability to play multiple positions at the college level. He is also a character person with a great work ethic and we feel he could be an impact player for our program".

Raheem  graduated from Cooper High School and averaged 23.5ppg 9.7rpg 2.1 ast 52%  37% 3pt in his senior season.  After High School Raheem went on to play 1 year of prep school basketball and then on to Allen County C.C. He posted impressive stats in his year at Allen; 19.6ppg 9.1 rpg  54%FG  30% 3pt where he was first team All-Conference and a NJCAA honourable mention All-American.

In 2014-15 he was a standout player at Iowa Western CC where he averaged 12ppg, 8rpg, 56%FG and 29% 3pt shooting and was the Co-Captain of the team.

Raheem is excited about the adventure of coming to Canada: "I feel great about this new journey in my life and can't wait to bring my style and versatile play to this team through scoring, rebounding, and defending. Can't wait to get after it and show my work ethic and leadership"

Tyner joins an outstanding recruiting class that includes local standouts Dharmjit Dhillion and Raj Sidhu of Kildonan East Collegiate as well as transfer guard Ilarion Bonhomme from Brandon and Ontario shooting guard Saajan Arora.

Coach Schepp is currently overseas with the national team program but can be reached by email at kirby.schepp@umanitoba.ca for comment or for access to athletes for further comments.

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Josh Hebel-Allard of Ross L. Gray Commits to CMU Blazers

The CMU Men's Basketball Team is happy to announce the commitment of Ross L. Gray's dynamic guard Josh Hebel-Allard for the 2015-16 season. Hebel-Allard led his Raiders to a record of 26-1 in his grade 12 season en route to the 2015 MHSAA 'A' Boys Provincial Championships last March.

The 5'10 point guard has factored in the major success of the Ross L. Gray boys program since 2011. Hebel-Allard has been selected for the varsity boys roster since entering Grade 9, and has helped his team to winning back to back Manitoba Provincial 'A' Boys Championships in 2012 and 2013.

In Grade 11, Hebel-Allard was recognized as a MHSAA 'A' Boys Provincial All-Star and earlier this year he participated in the Manitoba Basketball 'A-AAA' Boys Graduating All-Star Game hosted at Winnipeg's St. Paul's High School where he was selected to the second team All-Manitoba.

"Josh is a good play-making point guard," said head coach Billy Isaac, "He has the ability to drive into the key and find his open teammate. I am looking forward to getting him into training camp in September and really seeing more of what he can do."

Hebel-Allard represented his region at the 2012 Manitoba Summer Games on Team East-Man as a player only entering Grade 10. He is also a well-rounded athlete having participated in competitive baseball, curling and 10-pin bowling during his high school years.

The Men's Basketball team begins their preseason on Friday, September 25th when they host the Alberta Collegiate Athletic Conference's Briercrest Clippers as part of the 2015 Fall Festival events taking place on CMU's Shaftesbury Campus.

Source: http://athletics.cmu.ca/2015/06/19/new-recruit-will-represent-southeastern-manitoba-with-blazers-basketball/

Aidan Saunders of Calgary Signs with Bobcats for 2015-16 Season

BRANDON – Bobcats men's coach Gil Cheung continues to round out the 2015-16 recruiting class, this time with the announcement of high school stand-out Aidan Saunders of Calgary who recently signed an official letter of intent with Brandon University.

Saunders is a 6-foot-1 guard from Calgary who made a name for himself as one of the elite point guards in Western Canada thanks to extreme athleticism and a high basketball IQ.

The three-year member of the Ernest Manning High School varsity squad helped the Griffins capture a consolation title in his grade 11 year and the team's best record in his grade 12 year at 9-1. He also made the Calgary Selects team for his grade 12 season and is a product of the Genesis Basketball Club.

Saunders has also made some spectacular highlight-worthy plays, demonstrating how he's prepared to make the jump to the university ranks.

"Aidan is a dynamic point guard who has the potential to be a solid contributor in Canada West," says Gil Cheung, head coach of the Bobcats. "He is an explosive athlete who excels in open court and will challenge for minutes as a freshman."

Coach Cheung isn't the only one impressed with Saunders' resume so far. His past coaches have high praises for the soon to be Bobcat as well.

"Aidan is a special player. He has that 'it' factor that he can bring to any team he is a part of," says Eddie Richardson III, Saunders' club coach with Genesis Basketball in Calgary.

"I personally believe under coach Cheung's tutelage, and the staff and support at BU, Aidan will excel in and out of the classroom. We are very proud that he has an opportunity to suit up for a great school with an impressive history."

The accolades for Saunders are in contrast to his humble and hard-working nature. His attitude and approach of hard work on the court and in the classroom will make him a great member of the Bobcats.

"I chose Brandon because of Coach Cheung's immediate confidence in me as a player and as a person. I believe that he and I share the same passion to win and I know that will carry over to the season," says Saunders.

"Coach Cheung did a great job recruiting this year to maximize the success of the team and I can't wait to be a part of that. I am looking forward to the opportunity to play against a high level of competition, the ability to join a team that suits my playing style, and lastly, being able to contribute to our team's success right away."

Saunders plans to enroll in Brandon University's Bachelor of Business Administration program.

Video highlights from Saunders' senior season with Ernest Manning:

Source: http://gobobcats.ca/news/2015/6/17/MBB_0617152657.aspx

WATCH LATRAVEL GROUP TOP GUN MEN'S LIVE ONLINE: Hoop It Up 3x3 Returning to Winnipeg June 27-28 to University of Manitoba

GAMES RUN SAT & SUN AT U of M IGAC:  Basketball Manitoba welcomes the 82 teams who have registered as part of this year's Hoop It Up 3x3 event!  Games will begin Saturday & Sunday at 10:00 am at the University of Manitoba Investors Group Athletic Centre on 10 different half courts.  Six courts will be set up inside the IGAC and up to 4 will be set up in the parking lot just outside.  If weather were to be an issue on either day, the plan is to move the outdoor courts to the Frank Kennedy gyms on campus.  

How To Coach Generation Z?

As a coach in youth sport, it is important to understand the children who will be participating. Having a better understanding as to what makes this generation unique from the past can make all the difference. Generation Z typically refers to youth born after the Millennial Generation, generally identified as those who have been born in the last fifteen years. In this article, Erki Tarro does an excellent job describing what makes Generation Z special and the approaches coaches should consider adopting to create a better and long-lasting connection with their athletes!

By: Erki Tarro
Coaching is an art. You can be the wisest, most passionate coach ever, but if you don’t know who you’re coaching, then you might as well be trying to teach a fish to climb a tree. Coaches have immense knowledge of their sport, but the question remains – how to deliver that knowledge and engage my trainees? With the world and people changing quicker than ever, we’ll have a look at how to reach the ones born in the 21st century – the Generation Z.

Business world has taken notice of different lifestyles of different generations to address their needs accordingly. Sports world needs to do the same. Of course, the most important thing for coaches, managers and parents to consider is the age-appropriate development of a child, but to get your message across, you need to be aware of the generational differences as well.

The kids that you’re coaching today aren’t the kids you were coaching 10-15 years ago and they’re definitely not the same as when you were growing up. Changes in the society, in the world and in technology are shaping the way Generation Z thinks and acts. Here’s how to understand them.

What is Generation Z?
Generation Z bears many different names – the ‘Digital Natives’, the ‘iGen’, the ‘App Generation’, the ‘Selfie Generation’ or even ‘Homelanders’. These youngsters, usually defined as born in the last 15 years, are growing up in a world which is whole lot of different than the previous ones.
Youth sports of today is filled with Gen Zedders. Currently aged up to 15, they are the first ones who haven’t even seen the world without computers and smartphones. They are the ones who have been growing up in one of the toughest economic recessions and in a time when news is dominated by wars and insecurity.

All of this makes their beliefs, values and character inherently different from the previous generation who mostly grew up in the 1990s. Coaching Generation Z can sound tricky, but since they’re probably more down to earth than their predecessors, you will probably enjoy it once you get it.
So what makes them special?
To understand how to coach Generation Z, you really need to understand what makes them tick. There are some overarching qualities of Zeds that influence their behavior and character in all walks of life, including sports and training. 
  • Although they’ve grown up in the digital world, they are actually relatively comfortable talking face-to-face. Text messaging is so last decade, video chats have made Gen Z excellent in face-to-face communication
How should a coach approach Generation Z?
A good coach is aware of the aforementioned peculiarities of Generation Z. Technology is the obvious talking point here, but good communication is the key for understanding and coaching Generation Z.

Krisha Parker of Georgia Southern University has conducted a good case study that illustrate the importance of communication for coaching the modern kids. Using youth soccer players as an example, four main themes come out as particularly important.
According to Parker’s study, these are the qualities of a good coach for Generation Z:
  1. Does not yell and remains calm
  2. Is caring and encouraging
  3. Has knowledge of sport
  4. Involves team in the decision-making process
These qualities signify the importance of democratic and inclusive training methods to Gen Z. Perhaps using technologies such as video chats to give honest feedback or including the team in the decision-making process builds that trust, sincerity and stability that Generation Z craves for.
Given that Gen Z already has a positive image of sports as a health tool, it is up to the coach to harness that potential and understand the Zeds to make the whole training process engaging for them. They love to track their own progress on technological devices, but as a coach, limit your tracking activities to best serve their interests.
One thing is certain though. The days of authoritarian coaches are over. Listen to what Generation Z has to say as well and you’ll gain their trust to build a solid foundation for their future.

Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog http://ift.tt/1NkpjnX


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