Importance of Skill Development – Stan Van Gundy

Those that follow me regularly know… my years with the Van Gundy family, both Stan and Jeff, have provided me with so much.  I can’t begin to express how thankful I am to them for the role they have played in my life.  Not only with basketball “X’s & O’s”, but with respect, loyalty, work ethic and teaching skills.

This clip was taken from Stan’s time with the Miami Heat.  There is an outstanding message here.  I believe the emphasis on skills should be taken on by every coach, regardless of level – but completely embraced at the youngest levels.

Do NOT sacrifice skill development for WINS!

I am currently helping coach my son’s 7 year old team and I can echo Stan’s sentiments more.

Also, I have been fortunate to become involved with the Virginia Basketball Academy here in Charlottesville.  VABA takes the high emphasis of skill development and teaching even a step further.  The Mission of VABA is teaching, real teaching with building character and shape lives through the game of basketball.

Character development.  Skill Development.  Core Values.

Don’t miss the opportunity to teach and impact the lives of young basketball players… it will be some of the most rewarding days of you life.


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