Let's Fix Youth Sports - SAVI Academy

Sep 03, 2022

You love your kids and want the best for them, so let's knuckle up and sacrifice to invest in youth sport.

I'm not all talk, I'll go first.

I'm starting a basketball academy here in Phoenix. I'm going to be doing my youth program this Winter for FREE. I'm putting my time and money where my mouth is. I'll be offering our Winter youth programs completely free to anyone who chooses to commit.

More info to come on that, but if you know anyone in the Phoenix area, send them this email and have them subscribe.

Here's five things I'll be doing and I hope you encourage them to happen in your youth sports leagues as well.

If your community youth coaches, administrators or parents aren't following this newsletter, please share it with them.

I'm here to help revolutionize the way the game is taught and played.

Below are five of the ways I'm going to do it.

Challenge - Do the same and ask other coaches to take the challenge. Put the kids first, not your image, your ego or your record. Prioritize their development and love of the game.

Oh, and here's a video I made of one shooting drill I'd use with youth players, daily, as you build their shot.

1. Give advantage

Basketball's hard. It takes a long time to get good. While players are getting good, they get frustrated and often quit for sports that have more immediate success.

We like things we improve in. Youth basketball needs advantages, not obstacles. 10 ft goals, big heavy balls, 94 ft courts & lots of people make it hard. Give kids a chance. 

Build-in advantages that make the game age appropriate.


2. No excuses

Youth basketball is full of excuses, most often modeled by adults.

Make youth sports a no excuses space. These excuses are often a result of wrong-minded goals. 

Change the goal from status-driven goal centered around outcome to development driven one centered around approach.

You will be amazed as you watch the excuses evaporate.


3. Level Up

Competitiveness is a skill that we must intentionally grow.

Don't get it twisted. Comparison is not competition. Comparison is the thief of all joy.

The root of compete is to rise together. We rise when we encourage each individual to compete to level up their own game.

Measurement is magic. Measure the athletes scores in their developmental training. Test and test again. Recognize and reward them as they level up.

Video games shouldn’t be more addicting than basketball. 

Create ways for youth to level up in their sport.


4. Challenge

European premier league soccer clubs found resiliency is a greater indicator of elite performance than any technical skill. 

This must be a priority for youth basketball. 

Dose youth players with appropriate challenges. Attainable but not easy. Difficult, but not out of reach. Move the target as they progress.

This grows resilience.


5. Get messy

Youth basketball is an absolute mess. So get messy.

Don't let perfection get in they way of improvement. Don't wait for a perfect situation to dive in the mix. Don't way for a perfect solution to work the problem.

When it get's rough, it's time to get rough.

Mistakes are valuable. Failure is a waste.

Trying to help and making a mistake is to be admired. You can learn from that.

Failure is doing nothing. Failure is getting frustrated and complaining.

This is the basis of your participation and for the approach we must model for our youth.

As always, I'm here to help, email me back if there's something I can help you with.

Tyler Coston


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