basketball

What Are Trainers & Coaches Looking For in Their Clients & Athletes ? 

In this article I interviewed a number of  trainers and coaches from various levels. We conversed about what their expectations are for their athletes and how they can help them obtain higher physical activity success. I won’t spend a plethora of time elaborating on this blog, but will let you peruse through this composition. 

* The content below has been copied and paste from trainers & coaches I’m connected to in heterogenous ways*

1. Darrell Polee

I’m possible training (Certified Trainer)

William Jessup university (Current Collegiate Athlete)

What I look for when I train players is focus, effort, and positivity. Players that don’t get hung up on the last miss and are able to get to the next rep are those who turn out great. That is what I look for in a player. 

2. Ronald Dorsey

RD Hoop Source Academy LLC
(www.rdhoopsource.com)

Instagram: @rdhoopsource

Dedication and Consistency is what I look for in my clients. 

3. Ryan Hensley 
 

Whitney High School (Coach)

Instagram: @ryanghensley 

Besides overall ability, the most important thing I look for is attitude. Are they coachable? Do they play hard? Coaches play the kids they trust to do the right thing under pressure. Players who have great ability, a great attitude, that are coachable, and play hard. They are the ones that coaches trust under pressure. Those are the ones that play. 

4. Preston David

 McNeese State (Coach)

Instagram: diddyAKAdeezy

Work ethic is huge, I want a guy that is going to forget all of the outside distractions and just come to work and get the job done with no questions asked. 

5. Shae McNamara

Diamond State Of Mind LLC, 

Instagram: @BigDyman

As a Peak Performance and Mindset Coach, I am only work with individuals and teams that are going to honest with themselves, open to growth and willing to confront what is needed for their development while they’re on their path to brilliance. 

6. Fernandez Lockett 

 Madison Elite Basketball Academy 

 Instagram:  Madison_Elite 

 I look for the player’s determination, will, and effort to get better. As I challenge the player, I see if they accept the challenge and push themselves past their comfort zone. Focusing on the fundamentals of the game, I make sure the player’s understand the “why” within in the process. #LetsGetBetter

7. Marcus Kirkland 

Striveaboveothers 

AAU team Trill 

Instagram: @striveaboveothers

It’s more than basketball. Keeping kids out of trouble. Keeping kids motivated to play in college or go to college is the goal

8. Brent Alfred

1500° Fitness
Instagram: @brentalfredfitness
Instagram: @1500degreesfitness

What I look for most in all of my clients is the desire for change. I can do a great deal for someone but I can’t actually do the work for them. The clients who have the most progress is the ones who are most ready for a change in their lives.

9. Carlos Jimenez

Owner of Up Your Performance Basketball and Skills trainer and coach for AAU team OC Magic
Effort and to give their all every single workout. That is something that I want and look for in every player I train. When I see how hungry they are it just fuels my passion for the game and it makes the workout way easier and enjoyable. Seeing this in players also makes me want to go harder and push them harder and get more into it…If they give me all they got I will make sure I do whatever it takes to help them get to where they want to be

10. Patrick Haynes 

New York Life , 8yr former assistant coach @ McNeese state university

Instagram: Raisedbyhaynes 

I look for a kid that hasn’t peaked yet that I can add more to his game he has to be coach able and has a huge upside and he has to hate to lose more than his opponents likes to win !! passion and love for the game is a must have for me !! Basketball is a lifestyle not just a hobby either you are all in or please exit the stage!!

11. Reggie Calhoun Jr.

Rezolution Prep Academy

Instagram: @ iamtherezolution

What I look for in players and clients : anyone with the deep desire to progress. I want to work with anyone who wants to work for themselves (physically, health related and business related). Coaching coachable people is cliché. I prefer to coach or train someone who knows they need help and have put forth the effort towards change. Can’t just be coachable must be actionable as well.

12. Tagipo Maui Sr. 
FAMBIZ SPORTS – MALU FITNESS. TLM684. 

Efforts,Hustle is what I look for in my clients 

13. Christopher Phenix Lee Collins
Phenix Fitness 24/7, assistant coach at American River College, freshman coach in Oakmont High School, Co-director of yba Youth Basketball Academy AAU program, CEO and founder of Phenix Fitness 24/7, 8th grade coach at Sacramento Waldorf High School

Instagram: @ Hoopstariam

 The biggest thing that I look for when I’m training an athlete or anyone in the general fitness Community is motivation what is the reason why they’re doing it for athletes the answer simple they want to master their craft but for people just simply unaware of how to get their bodies in a place that they’re comfortable with their motivation requires a little more digging a little more psychological evaluation and if I find that the motivation is finite meaning the motivation isn’t something that will be grounded for the rest of their life then I tell them we have to find something that can keep them going on days when they can’t. Kids, value of a long life, etc… These are reasons that will never go away. I enjoy what I do because I love watching people succeed.I live my life dedicated to helping those around me and when I see those people achieve their dreams it brings fulfillment to my life I’m a firm believer that if you are not living your life for others you’re wasting your life

14. Lance Ohara

I’m Possible Training Sacramento

Instagram: @im_possible_sac

What I look for most in players/clients: Because I deal with the youth, a few things come to mind:

PASSION – If they show a true passion for the game, they will work hard to improve.

LOVE FOR THE GAME – You can tell when a player has a true love for the game when they are having fun because they simply love the game.

Those two characteristics are just a couple among many that I like to look for in an athlete, because I believe they set the foundation for a player that will dedicate their time to improving.

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God and Basketball. Faith?

Having faith in God for what your heart desires is a key factor to achieving those desires. Most athletes want to be great at their respective sports, but often miss out on their blessing because of a pessimistic state of mind. God wants you to be great and to achieve great things in life. To receive those things, we must keep an optimistic frame of mind at all times. That’s not to say you won’t ever become discouraged or challenged, because at times you will be tested. Even during challenging times, we must know that God has our back and our best interest at heart.

Back in 2005 I was a freshman in college playing basketball for McNeese State University. I hardly got any playing time my freshman year and I became very discouraged about my future as a basketball player. I often complained about not getting playing time and being treated unfairly by my coach. The truth is that we had upper class men who at that time were just better than me. I was still skinny and built like a high school player and they were older, strong, and a year away from graduating college. However, back then with a freshman’s logic I didn’t realize that nor did I care. Moving along, I eventually stopped with the complaining and began putting more effort and work into my faith in God and basketball. I decided to let God work and fight my battles for me putting all my trust in him. I thanked him for the plans and work he had already begun to make happen in my life. Once I adopted this frame of mind I could see him slowly working in my life. In addition, I also worked hard at my craft. I was 185 lbs. at the end of my freshman season. When I came back at the start of my sophomore year I was 215 lbs. I went from playing a total of 41 minutes the entire season as a freshman to 35 minutes a game and starting as a sophomore. Talking about a total turn around. I was on the verge of wanting to quite or even transfer to a different school just a year ago and now God had totally turned everything around in my basketball life. That season taught me a lot not only about basketball, but about having faith in God.

In conclusion, since that sophomore season I’ve had plenty of challenges in life on and off the court. I won’t get into any details, but I will say having strong faith and trust in God has got me where I’m at today!

 

John A Pichon