How Moms Can Support Young Champs - My Son's Experience At The Jr. NBA Presented By Alaska NCR Selection Camp

It's tough being a mom of a teenager boy.  Raise your hand if you feel the same way (Yeah!  I see some imaginary hands up in the air rig...

It's tough being a mom of a teenager boy.  Raise your hand if you feel the same way (Yeah!  I see some imaginary hands up in the air right now!)  Let me share with you a little bit about him first.  He's my first-born and has always been interested in playing ball since he was one year old.  I saw his basketball potential when he started shooting balls in toy basketball rings continually.  So when he turned seven, we started to enroll him in basketball clinics.

Now he is a school basketball varsity player and we're proud of his achievement because he's always dreamed of this.  I can say that it's also product of years of summer basketball clinics, school training, and a lot of prayers, pep talks and goal setting with our son.  The road is not easy but it's doable.  We're happy he's into sports and he's doing what he's really interested in.  Basketball.  Malay natin someday he may be a PBA star diba?

Basketball has always been considered the unofficial national sport of the Philippines.  Just count the number of basketball courts – makeshift or otherwise – in any given city or barangay and you can surmise how popular the game is among Filipinos.  It is no wonder that more and more kids are picking up the sport at younger age just like my son.  In fact, right now, kasama na rin siya sa Barangay league to further develop his defense or shooting skills.
Just recently too, he tried his luck in the Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 Manila Regional Selection Camp.  I'm happy that Alaska has again launched the Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 to help nourish these young athletes’ love and skill for the game.  It's a perfect program to entice kids to put down their gadgets and pick up a sport instead so they could live healthier, energetic lifestyles.  And with the help of Alaska, have a nutritionally balanced lifestyle too!

Here are some highlights of the Jr. NBA NCR Regional Selection Camp:

More photos here:
Vital tests, skills tests, and drills test for all participants
The selected boys and girls who will advance in the National Training Camp in Manila on May 12-14
A partnership between Alaska Milk and NBA Philippines, the Jr. NBA Program aims to cultivate young athletes’ potential through a series of school and open basketball clinics, Regional Selection Camps, a National Training Program and the NBA experience trip.  It also seeks to help these young talents form the habit of getting the right nourishment by drinking milk and through leading a healthy and active lifestyle.

HOW MOMS CAN SUPPORT YOUNG CHAMPS:
And as moms, you can help your budding basketball player reach his or her star athlete potential. Here's how...

Demonstrate SPORTSMANSHIP.  Not every game your champ will be in will be as clean as a whistle.  Kids will be kids. So, don’t be surprised if they play rough sometimes.  Teach your son or daughter to be the “bigger” athlete by taking the high road.  If for instance, your kid’s team loses a game or an important point, teach him to refocus instead of losing steam.  Train him to reassess what he could have done better and how he can apply it next time.

Learn the game further with your kid.  Brush up on some Basketball 101 by going online, watching games or just asking other basketball fans.  Before you know it, you both can comment on the directions of the point guard, critique the flow of the movement in the paint, and observe how the team executes zone defense and triangle offense like the best of them.

Emphasize the value of TEAMWORK.  Do you remember when you were a kid and you didn’t want to follow rules or just wanted to be let alone?  Well chances are, your child will also have a spell and will refuse to go to practice.  Be understanding, yet firm. Tell him that he is a crucial part of the team and that he should feel privileged to be part of it.  Help him realize the importance of commitment and teamwork.

Cultivate a positive ATTITUDE. One of the mistakes most parents commit is that they pressure their child to perform well and win the game.  Don’t overburden your child by focusing on the outcome of their game. Emphasize to them that what is most important is that they are enjoying every minute of what they are doing. Allow them to discover the highlight of the sport and to fall in love with every aspect of the game because once they’re hooked, their dedication, passion and performance will follow.

Give time and space.  Big name athletes didn’t excel in their sport overnight. They practiced, practiced and practiced.  If you want your child to reach his potential, don’t be afraid to give him the time and space to practice.  Let him dribble away during his spare time, watch and rewind recorded NBA games, or even bring his basketball with him wherever he goes.  
Highlight the importance of RESPECT.  In professional sports, athletes are often pitted against each other. While your budding star athlete is still young, make him realize that his only real competition himself.  Show him to benchmark against his own personal bests and not see or tag other athletes as “the enemy.”

You also need to become a good example. Leave the coaching to the coaches.  Let’s face it, it’s hard to shake off the game even when you get home.  Stop yourself from over analyzing each move point by point or from criticizing your kid’s play.  Your job as parent is to be their quiet strength and their pillar of support – even when they lost the deciding point.  Be an encourager and not their worst critic.

Remember, the most powerful yet simple thing a mother can do for a young athlete is to provide unconditional love and support. Nourish your child in and out of the court. Ensure that your child gets the proper food and nutrition while undergoing training. This helps them perform better by powering up their bodies to function at its optimum and has the “fuel” needed to recover after training day.

Drink Alaska Chocolate Powdered Milk Drink. It has energizing nutrients namely, magnesium, calcium and potassium that keep young athletes' bodies in winning form.
And as always, be their number one fan by telling your kid you love them before or after every game, whether they win or lose.

With your love, support, and the proper training and nourishment, your son and daughter has the potential to make it to the big leagues.  Help them reach their dreams.

To know more about the Jr. NBA program, follow them on Facebook http://facebook.com/jrnbaphilippines.  For updates and promos on ALASKA, visit their website www.alaskamilk.com or www.playph.com

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