The first ever Doctor Dribble Mini Camp in Puerto Rico was a success. Seeing so many passionate young ball players inspired me to give them the best ball handling clinic I could. I had three sessions for boys and girls based on age. The first group was ages 5-8, then 9-12, and 13-17. I worked with each group for three intense hours at a time. I had the help of Glen Rodriguez, a native of Puerto Rico and former player at La Salle High in Miami and Manhattanville College. Basketball is definitely a universal language and brings different people together.
We went through ball control drills for hand placement, hand speed, moves off the dribble, creativity, court vision, multi tasking, conditioning, and more. It was nonstop instruction. I let everyone play at the end but only the last 20 minutes or so. I was there to teach and what a joy it was because everyone wanted to learn! I emphasized over and over again the importance of messing up and trying again. The purpose of introducing my drills to them wasn’t so that they could do them perfectly, but so they could remember them and practice them daily. The more you practice, the better you become. You get out what you put in. Nobody improves very much in two days; however, anyone with an open mind can retain as much as possible to practice on their own. Everyone understood the importance of practice. Every time you practice, it counts. In fact it counts even more when nobody is making you do it. The trick is to improve a little bit each and every day. Dr. Shaquille O’Neal says that “excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.”
I’m back in Miami working out top players that have a world of potential ahead of them. I say that because they have the willingness to work hard and myself to provide them with the proper training. It requires both in order to really blossom in just about anything. My father is a guidance counselor so guiding people sort of runs in the family. A player can work their butt off everyday but if they aren’t learning the right fundamentals or developing the necessary skills, that work will not transfer over into a game against real competition. I advise everyone to pay close attention to detail and train everyday on their own in addition to whatever they are doing with their teams. It’s really not enough to do the same as everyone else if you want to be better than everyone else. The people who train with me have always had an advantage on their competition. It’s fair though because you get out what you put in. That goes for everything.