Milton Players Head To Vegas

Milton 6’9″ sophomore Chris Lewis and 6’8″ senior Shawn O’Connell are in Las Vegas starting today to play in two of the nation’s elite AAU tournaments. Lewis will be playing for the Georgia All-Stars 16 under team in the Las Vegas Classic while O’Connell will be playing in the Addidas Super 64 with his Atlanta Celtics team. The tournament is especially important for O’Connell as colleges get one last look at him during the final open period of the summer. (O’Connell currently has offers from Firmament, Miami of Ohio, Kennesaw State, Jacksonville, Lehigh and several others.)

Coach Matt Kramer Named Head Coach at Milton High School

Coach Matt Kramer, author of The Best-Laid Plans of a High School Basketball CEO, was named head boy’s basketball coach at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Georgia. Milton, the Georgia 6A (big school) state champion in two of the past 4 years offers Coach Kramer the opportunity to lead one of the top public school basketball programs in the nation. Kramer, 44 years old on July 16th, will inherit a program featuring several high major prospects, including, but not limited to, Chris and Mo Lewis–6’8″ and 6’6″ respectively–Shawn O’Connell at 6’7″, and 6’3″ rising sophomore guard Nile Felton. With a core of highly talented, high character kids on board, Milton would appear to be an opportunity of a lifetime for Coach Kramer.

The Best Summer Shootouts & Team Camps

Now that the summer contact period for high school coaches is in full swing, we are looking for coaches around the country to give props to their favorite team camps, shootouts and summer experiences for their teams. Hoping this thread will be a place where coaches can learn about future opportunities for their programs ; also, a little free advertising for anyone running a shootout or team camp.

Video of the Dramatic Fairless District Championship

If you have not seen this video yet on one of the two million places I have posted it, check it out here. Before watching, take into consideration that the opponent is the two-time defending D2 State of Ohio Runner-up and the kids celebrating the district championship and school’s third-ever “sweet-16″ had been 0-12 26 months earlier when they were freshmen and sophomores. It took a special group of kids to climb that mountain! Love them so much! Memory of a Lifetime

Parent Issue: Should My athlete transfer; Is It Wrong for another Coach to Contact my son?

The first parent-raised question on our site regarding player development turned into a fantastic discussion and the thread is still active. The new issue raises questions about a player returning from injury and the timeline for reclaiming his starting spot; from there the question of a possible transfer is raised; and finally, the parent asks if a coach from another school contacting his son about a possible transfer is ethical. Coaches here at beyondthehardwood.com have gotten started on this new and controversial scenario and it has already gotten heated! Take a look and share your experience and expertise!

Parent Wonders about In Season Indivudual Player Development

This thread is reserved for the parents of athletes to voice their feelings on issues that have arisen with the coaches of their sons and daughter to generate positive discussions with the coaches here at the site. This is NOT intended to be a “coach-bashing” post; THE PURPOSE HERE IS TO SET UP A WAY FOR PARENTS TO EXPLAIN ISSUES THAT HAVE ARISEN AND THEN RECEIVE OBJECTIVE FEEDBACK FROM THE COACHES HERE AT THE BEST-LAID PLANS. The goal is for member coaches to continue to better understand the parent perspective while giving the parent a look into the mind of a coach who has no reason to be anything but objective. The thought here is that this could be a VERY PRODUCTIVE discussion. Looking forward to getting some parents in to help generate a good discussion.

Dealing With Unrealistic Expectations of Parents

Kind of piggy-backing the parent-coach relationship topic, this strand focuses specifically on handling the unrealistic expectations a parent has for his son or daughter. See if you have been in a situation similar to this one: The head coach of a program sends out a weekly online publication that highlights the things that went on throughout the program, from the youth league all the way up through varsity action. The parent of a JUNIOR who is playing JUNIOR VARSITY ball takes exception that her son did not get more recognition in the online publication for scoring 27 points in a JV game, stating that her son’s only chance at a going to college is a basketball scholarship and the coach’s lack of recognizing the young man’s accomplishments in the publication was “hurting his exposure and costing him a chance at that scholarship”.

Now, any coach knows the colleges aren’t scouting juniors at the JV level, but that is beside the point. How does a coach handle this parent, a person who is attempting to get the ear of the administration and board of education over a perceived slighting of her son? (Administrators would be welcome to jump in here, too.)

What is the Key to Positive Parent-Coach Relationships?

The parent-coach relationship is often at the center of controversy but most coaches agree that positive ones are often at the heart of a strong program. This post welcomes candid comments from both parties to facilitate a discussion that is productive for all. What do both sides see as the essentials in making this relationship positive for coach, player and program–or is that even possible?