Advice to a parent, from a player pt. 2

Making difficult decisions As your child grows and develops over the years, difficult decisions can arise about how to help them best reach their potential. Should we move to a school that has a stronger athletic program? Should my child join and AAU or 7on7 team so he can face better competition? Do we look into a personal training program to help advance skills? In this regard, you often do not give yourself enough credit as a parent, you know your child better than anyone else. To this day, my Mom can tell by the tone of my voice or the look in my eye weather i'm genuinely happy or sad about something, or if I’m just trying to fake it. My Mom never played organized sports, but she knows what makes me happy. When our family moved back to Tampa after a few years in Indianapolis my Mom knew the culture and environment and Plant was going to be one that would make me happy, and she knew I was mature enough to accept some of the sacrifices that would have to be made for that move to happen. A few years later my parents and I found ourselves having to tackle the idea of hiring a personal trainer.

The personal in personal training. Many trainers, strength coaches, fitness gurus etc garner business because of the sexiness of their facilities, the flashy videos they put out on social media, or the testimonials they get from superstar clients. Some of those coaches may be great, but what actually matters is what their relationship with your child be like.

Between graduating early from University of Oregon, and enrolling in University of South Florida for my grad school, I had about 12 weeks where I was not a member of either team. My Dad and I reached out to several trainers so that I could continue to stay in shape during my transition. George Walcott, the man I ended up working with did not have a shiny facility, we didn't have camera crews making highlight videos of our workouts. What we did have, was a great personal relationship. 6 days a week for 12 weeks we worked out in one of 3 places. A high school field, a rusty gym, or on the hill at a local park. Not once during my time was George working with another athlete during my sessions. When I was with him, his only objective was to help me improve. At one point, George sent me home from workouts for a few days. This was not because of some sort of conflict, it was because of the attention to detail he paid to me and the relationship we forged. Prior to our first meeting I told him I had suffered hamstring injuries during that season with the Ducks, and while doing speed training one day he noticed I was favoring one side while I ran. We paid George per session so he literally took money out of his pocket and told me to take off a few days and rest. More important than the next days check, George's biggest investment was in me and my long term best interests. That is a lesson I won't ever forget and these days it is something I always apply to my business career.