"Well Begun is Half Done"
The following is an article written by former Memphis Assistant coach, Ed Schilling Jr. The artilce talks about an interesting phrase that he often uses regarding player development and fundamentals of basketball called "well begun is half done". This is a great phrase to reference to when talking about how important those "little things" are to a player's and team's fundamental improvement. The article was taken from Ed Schilling's Champions Academy website.
It’s that time of year, when summer “vacation” has come to an end. You’ve played in summer leagues, open gyms, gone to camps and AAU Tournaments as well. Summer offers a great opportunity for development. We are grateful for the opportunity we’ve had to train you and play a role in your development.
a teaching point called, “Well begun is half done.” The purpose of this teaching point is to help you understand that how you begin, most often, has a big effect on how you finish. For instance, if you start low and on balance you have a greater chance of being strong and explosive at the finish.
The same concept is true on your teams. Most great practices begin with high energy, sharp focus and team spirit. How about in games? Can you win a game after being down 20 at half time? Certainly! But, it’s a lot easier to win if you’re up 20 at half time and shooting free throws in the fourth quarter.
For most, the 2006-2007 school year has begun; the beginning of a new academic year is here. “Well begun is half done.” We want to encourage you to do every thing in your power to get off to the best start possible. Here are some tips to help:
1. Set academic goals:
a. Make them challenging, yet attainable.
b. Make short term, intermediate, and ultimate. (ie: “My first grade in this class will be…my mid-term grade will be…my final grade will be…”
c. Write your goals down in a visible place (like the front of your note book.)
d. Share your goals with someone like a parent, counselor or perhaps a teacher.
2. Be prepared for each class. Hand every thing in on time. Be neat and organized.
3. Get to know your teachers. Speak to them each day. Stay alert and maintain eye contact. Ask them at least three questions about their subject each day.
4. Study, study, study. Read, read, read. Write down questions as you study and read.
5. Dare to stand alone. Not all your friends will share your goals or your desire to achieve.
Thank you again for the opportunity to share in your development. Make the 2007-2008 year a great one, on the court and in the classroom. “Well begun is half done!”