Hoops’ Senior Spotlight – Marty Linsky

Marty Linsky (#20 in the picture above), currently a senior at Briar Woods High School, started training at Hoops in 2014.  Marty was a 4-year player at Briar Woods, where he was chosen captain by his coaches all four years.

Thanks to his training at Hoops, Marty first developed a solid mid-range game in middle school, earning the nickname “Mid-Range Marty”.

After his freshman year at Briar, he worked diligently in the off-season with his Hoops trainers to develop a consistent 3-point shot. His production increased on the JV team, and he was pulled up to varsity at the end of his sophomore year.

In addition to being named team captain and getting pulled up to varsity, Marty’s high school highlights include a career high 17 in front of a packed house on the road against Jefferson High School in Charles Town, West Virginia, and winning the coaches award for team work and leadership at the end of the year. Marty also loved his time as a Hoops player, his favorite tournament experience being a trip to Hampton, Virginia to play in the prestigious Boo Williams Invitational.

Marty excels in the classroom as a member of the National Honor Society, and was voted by his senior peers as “person most likely to become a motivational speaker”. He will continue his academic journey this fall at the University of Maryland where he plans to study business.

Marty credits his Hoops trainers and coaches with with his development not only as a player, but as a leader on and off the court.

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Are You a Good Sports Parent?

Remember the saying “actions speak louder than words”? That’s especially true when it comes to teaching your kids the basics of good sportsmanship. Your behavior during practices and games will influence them more than any pep talk or lecture you give them.

Here are ten tips on how to build good sportsmanship in your kids:

  • Unless you’re coaching your child’s team, you need to remember that you’re the parent. Shout words of encouragement, not directions, from the sidelines (there is a difference!).
  • If you are your kid’s coach, don’t expect too much out of your own child. Don’t be harder on him or her than on anyone else on the team, but don’t play favorites either.
  • Keep your comments positive. Don’t bad-mouth coaches, players, or game officials. If you have a serious concern about the way that games or practices are being conducted, or if you’re upset about other parents’ behavior, discuss it privately with the coach or with a league official.
  • After a competition, it’s important not to dwell on who won or lost. Instead, try asking, “How did you feel you did during the game?” If your child feels weak at a particular skill, like throwing or catching, offer to work on it together before the next game.
  • Applaud good plays no matter who makes them.
  • Set a good example with your courteous behavior toward the parents of kids on the other team. Congratulate them when their kids win.
  • Remember that it’s your kids, not you, who are playing. Don’t push them into a sport because it’s what you enjoyed. As kids get older, let them choose what sports they want to play and decide the level of commitment they want to make.
  • Keep your perspective. It’s just a game. Even if the team loses every game of the season, it’s unlikely to ruin your child’s life or chances of success.
  • Look for examples of good sportsmanship in professional athletes and point them out to your kids. Talk about the bad examples, too, and why they upset you.
  • Finally, don’t forget to have fun. Even if your child isn’t the star, enjoy the game while you’re thinking of all the benefits your child is gaining — new skills, new friends, and attitudes that can help all through life.

Hoops’ Senior Spotlight – Ian Walker

This month we continue to spotlight our seniors — and this shout out goes to Ian Walker (pictured above, back row, second player from left).

Ian Walker, a senior at Briar Woods High School, has trained and played with Hoops the Right Way since middle school. He and his HTRW teammates have played together for over 6 years — and 4 of his HTRW teammates were also teammates on the Briar Woods High School team. At Briar, Ian has played 4 years (2 on varsity), advancing to the second round of the district playoffs when he was a starting forward as a junior. Initially, Ian split time between basketball and soccer, converting to a full time basketball player three years ago.  Ian loves basketball (and his NY Knicks), and looks forward to playing either club or intramural hoops in college.

As of this writing, Ian was undecided on his college selection as he awaits decisions from a number of schools.

Glad you’re part of the Hoops family, Ian!