Young Athletes: 3 Tips to Training A Winner

Whether coaching overseas, volunteering with the Jr. NBA program or working with local players, Game On has found these following tips to be at the heart of training winners at all levels.

1. Fun Before Fundamentals

Joy is a more productive motivator than fear, and a more sustaining reward than a trophy. Players who may not be winning yet, but are having fun and progressing are more likely to have the psychological stamina to move to the next level than a player who is winning but unhappy. For this reason, it is important to balance skill development with fun activities that keep players at all levels connected with the love of the game.

Stage, Not Age

2. Stage, Not Age

Though schools and athletic organizations often organize players by age, the most effective way to train an athlete is to recognize which stage of development they a