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If you are looking for a totally positive, forever smiling face, baby talking, let's always-make-it-fun-because-they're-kids kinda guy then.... look for another tutor. ( Although I am a positive person, who smiles a lot and believes every player should have fun because they are learning and making progress). I am a critical coach, who gets my players out of their comfort zone. Sometimes it is the parent who is out of their comfort zone and the player is craving more. As a veteran coach of 45 years of instructing young players, I have seen it all. From instructing players from the number one Prep team in the country (Notre Dame Prep, Fitchburg, MA) to coaching groups of Kindergarteners, my experience covers a wide range of abilities. If I don't have an answer to your question, I will find the answer. If I am not clicking with my student I will recommend someone who can.
Starting out as a 15 year old coach at a local YMCA, I soon realized that teaching was what I wanted to do as a profession. I continued coaching through high school, college, and as a teacher-coach. As a Special Needs teacher I had unique training in observing students at the earliest of developmental levels. As a basketball coach these observation techniques combined with my knowledge of the game have brought me to a level that allows me to instruct other coaches as well as players. Right now, I am a retired teacher, basketball director for an urban organization and the director of an AAU club. Besides instructing, I can evaluate players in game situations.
Individualized basketball tutoring will include an evaluation of the players skill set. From the evaluation process a set of objectives will be drawn to help the student progress through and achieve the goals set up by the student.Aside from the skill set evaluation, each player will be observed (optional)in a game situation of the student's choice. As the student progresses more challenging situations will be presented such as but not limited to competition against a player from a level above.
Small group and team development as well as coaching consultation will be available.
I am qualified as a retired Special Needs Teacher with a Master's Degree in Special Ed. I retired after 36 years of teaching, during which I was certified K-12.
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