5 Thoughts for Parents Now Educating Their Kids at Home

This is no more than a copy and paste of a Facebook post I wrote in 2 minutes on Friday night as we finished our 2nd week of distance learning. It was inspired by concerns I know parents are having, the push for no instruction I see from some, and the push for only instruction that I see from others. We can focus on the social/emotional support of families AND mix in some learning. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. What supersedes all of that is meeting our families where they are at and being accepting of that.IMG_3319.jpg

5 of my thoughts to parents all over who are now supporting their kids doing distance learning at home. My perspective comes from being both and educator and a parent. I am working from home as a principal, my wife is still working, and we are trying to support the education of the 2 kids in our home. There are good days and bad days, proud moments and not-so-proud moments. And it’s all REAL.

1. Any learning you are able to complete at home is greatly appreciated. Many of us are doing the same thing as parents and understand how hard it can be. 

2. Do what you can. Day by day. Some days it might be exactly what is being offered by the school and other days it might not be. Both are OK. 

IMG_3197.jpg3. Supporting yourself and your family emotionally should always supersede learning. If the teeter-totter to complete learning begins to tip too far in any given moment, error on the side of whatever gives your family stability. 

4. Wherever your child is academically/emotionally when they show up in the fall, we’ll be ready to support them. That’s our job. That will be the case if they spend 1,000 hours learning in the next 8 weeks or 0 hours.

5. We realize that any plan a district creates will be too much for some, not enough for others, and just right for a few. We will keep doing our best to support all of those needs the best we can.

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What is #MakeShots All About? Don’t Ask Me. Ask Players, Parents, and Coaches

I’m not a businessman. I’m an educator. I’ve lived my entire life with a central focus on impacting kids, not making money. What I have learned a couple years into the business world is that the business owner is not the person to go to for an unbiased opinion of the business. A coach isn’t the person to talk to for a reasonable opinion about that same coach.

#MakeShots is whatever parents, players, and coaches think of it. Here’s some of what they’ve shared. I didn’t include names because it’s their words, not their status, that I think is important.


Parents

* “Coach Secor builds relationships. He truly cared about our son. First as a kid, second as a player. Our son looked forward to each workout and Coach Sector’s attention to detail made a positive impact on Andrew and his game.”

* “Coach saved my son’s season- kept him positive during a difficult win-loss year, I honestly don’t know if he would have developed this season without Coach Secor. Instead, he thrived.”IMG_1549

* “#MakeShots is a unique program that incorporates individualized shooting instruction with close attention to detail. It’s not a one method fits all approach. Not only is ***** a better shooter, but his confidence has also grown tremendously. You want someone who understands how to work with adolescents. Andy’s experience as a basketball coach, teacher and leader is invaluable.”

* “He made the team!  Not sure which one yet but he said he didn’t think we would’ve made it if it weren’t for your training so thanks again!!”

* “Last summer, I sent you shooting footage of my daughter.  Without having the slightest idea of who my family is, you took the time to watch the video and provide a fair amount of feedback.  That was awesome, man.  Thank you.  It’s pretty clear you have a passion for helping folks.”FullSizeR.jpg

* “There are many great trainers out there but none that will personally invest so much time in making your player better like Coach Secor.  The #MakeShots program works with each shooter’s unique mechanics and Coach Secor collects and analyzes data to measure improvement over time.   My daughter looks forward to each #MakeShots session and can’t wait for the camp!


Players

* “This shooting program really built my shot and my mental mindset. I would love to experience this program when I am in my high school years. I enjoyed the weekly sessions they were different and challenging every time. I learned a lot about myself and my shot.”
* “I improved a lot as a shooter and I learned great shooting tips I can take with me forever.”IMG_9487.jpg
* “Training with #MakeShots has fine-tuned my shot and expanded my game as a 3 level scorer.”
* “This program is probably one of the best shooting programs ever it’s not just that he teaches you the game but how to handle certain game situations.”
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* “I was very skeptical about starting to train with Coach Secor at first. It’s just who I am as a person, I don’t like to try new things. However, this was my best experience I’ve had in basketball training. I’ve grown so much and have become a better student of my shot and a better basketball player. I will never forget my experience with Coach Secor, he truly is the greatest.”
* “I’ve known Coach Secor since I was 14 years old. He has been instrumental in my development not only as a player but also as a person. His knowledge, dedication, understanding and teaching of the game helped me tremendously on my basketball journey. I have been very fortunate over the course of my career to be around high level/high IQ basketball people, and Coach Secor is one of the best. I believe time spent with him will help anyone who is willing to work on their craft to improve immensely.”

* “The #MakeShots training program is a great way to work on getting a ton of repetition at game speed for game situations while working on the right mechanics of your shot.  If you want to become a better shooter and see improvement then this is the training you need to go to.”

* “For the past year, I have had the opportunity to train with Coach Secor at #MakeShots. Coach is one of the best at teaching the fundamentals of shooting in the area. He knows how to teach and motivate me personally to become a better shooter every day. The way Coach Secor teaches and trains me to shoot prepares me to step on the court with confidence that I can succeed each and every game. If you are looking at improving your shot, you should plan on training with Coach Secor”


Coaches

High School

* “The players I’ve had go to #MakeShots training have seen measurable, significant improvement with their shots. Andy is incredibly detailed with his approach, not just with a player’s shot but by having consistent dialogue with me as a coach to find out how players will be used, what type of shots they actually get in games, and the types of actions we use to try getting kids open. Andy goes the extra mile by studying game film and analyzing every shot each player takes, then tailors workouts to address what he sees. I think #MakeShots uses a really comprehensive approach that I’ve not seen from other trainers before.” IMG_2528.jpg

* “Through tryouts and early season play, ***** shot about 35% from the free-throw line. In the last three to four weeks he has been shooting about 65%, including two makes after an intentional foul at the end of a one-point game. He has been working very hard and refers openly to the lessons he learned from you.”

* “In a society with individual education plans, #MakeShots gives players an individualized shooting plan that helps them analyze and learn more about their shot and how to improve it than any other training option I’ve seen.”

* “The #MakeShots program has helped our program develop more skilled and fundamentally sound shooters. In the time we have utilized the specialized and made-to-design shooting program, we were able to customize the approach that worked not only for our team, but for individuals as well. Coach Secor presented a 10-week program that we were able to implement during the season and it came with great results. I am so confident with what he offers, that we are going to bring him back during the summer as well as next season!!” 

College

* Coach Secor’s extensive experience in coaching and his knowledge of shootings skills and mechanics make this program a must for any serious player looking to improve their game” 

* “My son played high school for Coach Secor and went on to be a college All- American.   I could not be more pleased to recommend him to help your son or daughter.”

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“Are You Going to Change My Shot?”

That is the question that I’m most often asked when I begin 1-on-1 #MakeShots training with players. My answer is usually more complicated than parents and players expect. Most of that answer centers around my shooting philosophy that every shot is unique, different, and it’s not about creating THE perfect shot, but THEIR perfect shot. 

I don’t change anything. I don’t tell players they HAVE to change anything. That’s not my style nor does it fit my beliefs on leadership and working with people. Any decision made to make mechanical shot adjustments are done collaboratively. This is the process used to approach that conversation and work.

1. How often does the shot go in? The #1 factor that impacts shot changes is how often in workouts and games the ball goes in the hoop. As simple as it gets. If it’s going in up to our expectations, it means our primary focus won’t be mechanics. Player Example: Maddie Petroelje, Hudsonville. Maddie has a big lower-body move and then right-hand driving motion that is unique. She gets to a great finishing spot in a different way than most. It’s truly her perfect shot and when you shoot 45/40/82 as a freshman, the proof is in the numbers.IMG_8752.jpg

2. What are your common misses? Sometimes players know what their common miss is and sometimes they don’t. I look at their game film on HUDL and then track miss types in workouts. Once I have a large enough data set to identify the 1-3 most common misses, I analyze that back through the shooting process to what is causing that miss. I make sure players see that on film, can feel it during a session, and then share the drills we’d work on to correct that. We decide collaboratively whether or not to pursue making that mechanical adjustment. Player Example: Tommy Gregwer, Grandville. Tommy led the OK Red in scoring as a junior. Almost 50% of his misses are online off the front of the rim. Finishing the last 10% on top and landing to balance are the reasons for that and therefore the focus of our workouts. IMG_9471.jpg

3. We work through the process of mechanical changes. We work together in workouts on those drills and they often work on their own. It’s a process. For some kids, they can make the change very quickly and other times it takes months. The ultimate result of whether or not our work is successful is rooted in numbers. Either the percentages are improving or they aren’t. It’s not rocket science. Player Example: Brooke Toigo, Forest Hills Eastern. We focused a lot on arc angle, shoulder tilt, and the catch/shoot process during the 2020-2021 season. A majority of our time was focused on shooting the 3. Brooke was invested, focused, and awesome to work with during the process. The result was a 15% increase in 3-point percentage from her freshman to sophomore season. It was great to see all of her hard work on that aspect pay off.IMG_9923

4. Becoming a student of your shot. This is the ultimate goal. It’s simply for a player to know their shot well enough to know the primary reasons it goes in and the primary reasons it doesn’t. I’m not next to them in a practice or game, so they need to be able to know their shot well enough to make those subtle adjustments on the fly. Player Example: Kobe Haglund, West Ottawa. I’ve had a few individual and a couple small-group workouts with Kobe. He’s very analytical and has an amazing work ethic. We are working to make sure the center of his hand shoots the center of the ball and slightly moving the guide-hand lower to combat left and short misses. It’s work that can only be done by the most determined players, like Kobe. He becomes a better student of his shot every time I interact with him.IMG_1430.jpg

There are players I work with players where we make NO mechanical adjustments or we’ve already made them and are now in the refining stage. For those players, our work is more focused on:  film study, specific shooting skills they want to improve in, knowing what a quality shooting workout should look like, increased reps, competition – increase scores in challenging/timed drills, and the mental aspect of shooting.