In the world of High School Basketball Recruiting, as well as other NCAA men's and women's sports, there are lots of rules about how and when college coaches can talk to student athletes after age 14. One of these rules has to do with campus visits. A men's basketball athlete cannot take an “official visit” … Continue reading Unofficial Visits
During Landen's 6th grade year, age 11-12, he grew from 5'4" to 6' tall. This was exciting, but painful to his joints, and definitely required a lot of sleep and calories. Coincidently it was the exact same growth spurt I had at the same age. Feeding Landen healthy food and keeping an early bedtime was … Continue reading Sports Nutrition
I always bragged that my son was “bred well” with height and athleticism. This is something tall people do.... After all I am 6 feet tall and his father is 6'7". His dad and I both played college sports but when we grew up it was common to play a different sport every season. But … Continue reading A Fighting Spirit.
BY RUSTIN DODD - The Kansas City Star FEBRUARY 13, 2015 5:04 PM They lived in a Japanese town called Fukui, the days passing in a cozy little home that one might describe as a traditional uchi — the native word for house. There were paper-thin walls and no central heating. There was … Continue reading KU’s Landen Lucas was immersed in Japanese culture before basketball
As a 2 year old, my son made his first basket in a 10 foot hoop, after one of his dad's basketball games playing as an American on the JBL -Japanese Basketball League. By the time Landen was 4 years old, he dreamed about playing basketball in the NBA someday. Back then, Space Jam the movie had just come out and … Continue reading Basketball Dreamin’
In no other situation would it be acceptable for Jeff Orr, a grown man, or any other fan, super-fan, or booster to hurl insults at our sons. So why is it tolerable at a sporting event?!? Since the Marcus Smart/Jeff Orr incident, there have even been a serge of comments such as, "he's going to … Continue reading FANatic Behavior and the Safety of Athletes
The best thing we can say to our kids regarding their participation in sports is, "I love watching you play! It's great to see you compete and have fun!" Comment on specific things your child did well, but Refrain from giving a critique unless they ask you for specific feedback. Remember that their coach has … Continue reading Advice
"Pursue Excellence, Cheer for Others, Do the Right Thing!" This is our family motto. I reminded my son of this daily while he was growing up. Sometimes I still do. I'd explain that: Pursue Excellence means always trying to improve yourself, always pushing yourself to be better, and never giving up. Excellence is your next … Continue reading “Pursue Excelle…