Read Brenita’s introduction and first Tip HERE
Articulate the GOAL
One things I know is that the season is long! Yet in the blink of an eye its over. You may set goals formally with your team, you may just verbally say “We want to win.” In whatever way you choose – I think it is necessary to set goals for not only every season, but also for every game and we even broke it down by quarter. So by the end of the first quarter we wanted 10 defensive stops!
We even had goals in practice. We want to make 100 lay-ups in 2 minutes. These players know that they can’t walk to meet this goal. The same is true for my classroom. I tell my 4-5 year olds what the goal is “Today I want everybody focused and engaged for our reading lesson because I am going to ask a few questions afterwards and I’m going to pick somebody to answer. So lets pay attention to this story.”
You would be surprised how simply articulating a goal will captivate CHILDREN and grab their attention. No punishment attached and no incentive either – simply a GOAL to FOCUS!When dealing with children I believe that talking to them and have the same consistent expectations creates a normalcy that they will adjust to and live out. I believe they learn best when it is made clear to them that running inside is not safe for them or anyone else.
Watch Out For Tip 7, coming soon…
Bio: Brenita Jackson has coached women’s college basketball for 8 years improving the culture at each school she worked for. She started playing basketball at Cedar Hill High School in Texas,USA and went on to play professionally in Aarhus, Denmark. She beganher coaching career while in Denmark leading the junior team to an undefeated season. She currently holds a Master’s Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University in Irvine, CA.
Brenita returned to her home Dallas, Texas to continue her passion for coaching young girls and inspiring others to develop and use their gifts. She was recognized as 2011 Sportswoman of the Year by the Jacksonville Progress after winning the Region XIV Championship Runner Up Title along with developing the program’s first All American who’s jersey hung in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, TN. In 2015 Brenita was voted the Region XIV Coach of the Year for a turnaround performance going from 3 to 23 wins in just her second season as head coach.
During her 8 years of coaching college basketball, 6 of them were with her husband Kevin Jackson who was a huge key to her success as a head coach. The two were recognized by the Houston Chronicle as “Couple a winning team on and off San Jac court.” The Jackson’s are known in the basketball community as coaches who care about their players, set high standards and teach life skills through the game of basketball. They founded a company called KBJ Academy where they travel to schools, churches and businesses to host team bonding retreats or leadership workshops. They also consult with coaches on changing the culture at a new school they just joined or consult with players on how to pursue playing college sports. They have experiences that they love to share with all transparency so others can learn, grow and succeed.