It seems as time moves on more and more sports are adding professional training to their practice schedule. Gone are the days of the coaches, that are mostly parent volunteers, trying to figure out how to run a practice for a sport they might not have even played as a child. I have noticed with my own children how much the professional training has helped them develop the key fundamental skills needed to play sports. Professional training gives our children access to someone that knows the game inside and out that has the ability to pass on their experience and expertise to help them develop better habits right from the start. Since trainers played (and still play) the game they have the ability to pass along the necessary skills to the kids in a way that they understand. Professional trainers seem to hold instant credibility with the children as soon as the step on the floor or field, kids know that the trainer has played the sport at a high level and look up to them.
Over the summer my son Derek had the opportunity to train with Coach Will an Ultimate Hoops trainer at Life Time Athletic in Mount Laurel. Will has a long list of accolades as a player, he then worked for the NBA and now is coaching and training for Ultimate Hoops at Life Time Athletic. Derek has had an interest in basketball since we joined Life Time but never played on a team. He had started trying to get into pick up games with older kids and would keep asking my husband questions about the game. While in summer camp we signed Derek up for once a week one on one lessons and his love for basketball grew and grew.
I had the opportunity to sit and watch one of Derek’s training sessions with Coach Will. Will’s patience, kindness and love of the game leaps out at you. As a parent I wish I had the patience to explain something over and over so calmly and lovingly as Coach Will does with the kids he is training. I got to watch the cheering on, the positivity and the all the attributes I want to see in a mentor to my child. After just one lesson Derek was in awe of Coach Will and sitting there, watching the two of them, I knew exactly why.
Coach Will teaches life lessons through sports:
- Listen to your parents
- good sportsmanship
- be proactive
- training habits for motivation
- have a goal
- do things with a purpose
- think and move
- what is your end game?
- why are you doing it?
Will teaches kids lessons he has learned in his own life. He says things that happen to you aren’t always a set back, embrace things as they come and obtain the skills needed to apply to your own situation.
“Basketball is the greatest sport in the world, period. More than any other sport, kids learn the complexity of a constantly moving and interchangeable platform that mimics the ebb and flow of society. They learn life skills unparalleled to any other sport, though golf and boxing, independently speaking, provides similar life skills, but both lack a team concept and more importantly the ability to be knocked down more than three times in a match and misfire on more than 10 shots in a match and still come end victorious in any given match. Just ask the Cleveland Cavilers, perseverance is the baseline of this great sport and without learning that life skill, I wouldn’t be have the success I have today. Champions, on and off the court, is instilled through the game of Basketball.”
-Coach Will Kirkdaldy
Working with Coach Will and having professional training has helped Derek feel good on the court. He has a sense that he is getting better and progressing because he is now focused on the task at hand. Professional training teaches kids how to play properly right from the start. It has taught him important lessons that can be attributed to all aspects of their life that hard work and effort really pays off in the long run.
If you’re interested in basketball trainings, court rentals, camps, clinics, train & play sessions, team & AAU practices, etc contact Coach Will. This is open to non-members as well!