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THE WAY . . . to do Anything/Everything!

There is a correct and incorrect way to do anything and everything in life. In order to be our best as individuals and as a team it is important for us to recognize this fact, take risks, learn from failure, and take a new approach! In this activity we will be following this process by learning the correct way to greet and be greeted by others!

This session is inspired by the late, great, John Wooden. Considered the best coach in college basketball history, Coach Wooden started every pre-season by teaching his players how to put on their socks and how to tie their shoes.

"THE WAY" to give a HIGH FIVE!


CORRECT! The Advanced Edition!

High Five Teaching Points:

1) Make Eye Contact.

2) Consider the relationship/context.

3) Confirm intent: Check the elbow.

- If it remains in the same general area the handshake or fist bump is likely.

- With focus on the elbow you can also see if the hand remains open or closed as it extends.

- If the elbow is raised in a way you can see its point, the high five is confirmed.

4) In any case maintain elbow focus until completion.

5) Maintain good posture to ensure firmness of the shake/bump/five.

6) Go Right! This avoids missing the potential handshake.

7) Follow through to contact.

8) Shift focus back to eyes.

9) Connect!

Tie Backs:

1) There is a correct and incorrect way to do anything and everything!

2) Fundamentals are essential, and the little things matter!

3) Master the process! Each step brings us closer to something greater!


1) Whenever you pass a teammate in the halls of school be sure to greet them with a handshake, a fist bump, or a high five.

2) Whenever you enter the gym for practice or games first find your coaches to greet and connect.

3) Before leaving a practice/game/trip, bid farewell with a handshake, fist bump or high five immediately after the team cheer.

Extension One: Practice and Game Warm-up Routines

Another place that we begin with "The Way" is how we prepare to begin practice and games. The following is an example routine that might be put in place:

Prior to first practice routine:

Before the kids are permitted to begin practice they are taken outside the gym. A piece of tape is laid across the threshold of the door. It is explained that

before they cross the tape they are to clear their mind to eliminate distractions. They are to bring nothing in the gym (especially devices). The time for practices

will be known well beforehand. They are not to be late. They will also be reminded that if you are not early in life you are late!

Player will be provided the first 5-10 minutes to complete a Dynamic Warm-up. A few options will be demonstrated within the first week for players to choose

from. Once this is complete players will do form shooting. Again the type of form shooting exercise will change each day. Whilst players are completing the

Dynamics and Form Shooting they will be encouraged to utilize visualization and self talk to focus on process goals they will carry out during practice.

Once form shooting is done a start of practice challenge will be provided to get the kids competing from the start. This could be a form of 1v1, 2v2, or any game

situation the coaches see fit to set up. This will most often include a breakdown into the skills/reads necessary to be successful in the specific context (Small

Sided Games Approach).

Extension Two:

Before, after, or when a random reminder is necessary, it is beneficial to provide players with the same messages through videos, podcasts, articles, books, etc. For this reason the following resource could be a valuable share with players.

SOCK IT AWAY: John Wooden on the Importance of Hosiery

Wulf, S. (2009). The mighty book of sports knowledge. New York: Ballantine Books.