A group of parents were frustrated with the lack of professionalism with youth coaches, especially their summer coaches. Parents looked for an organization that offered either training for their coaches, or a place where they could search for qualified coaches. One did not exist, so they decided to start one.
The group decided they wanted more than just parents designing the program. They formed a team that consisted of school principals, college and university professors, middle and high school teachers, college and high school athletic directors, male and female middle and high school basketball coaches, men's and women's college basketball coaches. Some of the team’s accomplishments are national championships, tournament championships, club championships, national educational awards, and more. The members of this group created an educational curriculum for the training program.
The parent group decided to align their curriculum with a basketball platform that was in keeping with their goals. The program they chose was The WAVA System which was created by Coach Keith Coleman. Coach Coleman was brought on board to align the curriculum with the training using his basketball system.
Recruit instructors to train the coaches. This was done for all 50 states. It was important to find highly motivated instructors to teach the curriculum.
Set up training for new and existing coaches and provide a place for them to be seen and hired.
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Bball Crucible provides quality educational opportunities that empowers coaches for success and strengthens the youth coaching community.
When you look at the open forum for coaches to grow today, there are hardly any opportunities available for coaches at the youth and middle school level. This lack of opportunity is very limiting for young aspiring coaches because of the simple fact that youth and middle school coaching is the foundation for athletes' success. Once an athlete gets to the high-school level, if he or she does not have the basic skills and knowledge for the game of basketball, it will become increasingly harder for that kid to continue his or her basketball career. Here at the Crucible we make it our duty to make sure no child is failed by helping to create a strong foundation for coaches. We are a organization that makes sure our coaches not only have all the fundamentals of coaching, but also can actually teach the basics of basketball. By the time a coach leaves The Crucible, it is our goal to make sure they have all the tools to instill a solid foundation in every young athlete they come across.
The fundamentals of basketball are essentially the basics of every individual play, offensive strategy or defensive strategy, and each move your players make. What separates the best players from the rest of the crowd is simply the fact that they have perfected the basics of the game. While college and professional coaches grab all the headlines and praises in the coaching pyramid, it is the youth coaches who work with the players during their most important years of their development. In other words, the youth coaches are tasked with the enormous responsibility of nurturing the would-be professional players with the fundamentals of the sport.
While the need for coaches to always seek improvement and better ways of teaching cannot be overemphasized, the parent must understand the critical role youth coaches play in the development of the kids. Parents must recognize the needs for coach education programs because we entrust coaches – often with little or no supervision or training – with our children at their most vulnerable and formative periods. Also worthy of note, during this crucial development stage, the child is expected to develop the following: Love for the game. The child learns to love and play the game. He and she learn to improve, to compete, to work hard. And crucially, the child learns to deal with the first negative experience. Let that not be the coach.