If NBA MVP Stephen Curry Did This, Maybe You Should Consider It For your Child

Asia Mape
In Balance, Learn
By Asia Mape | November 16, 2015

I was a good basketball player, even earning a scholarship to a D1 School. But I often wonder if I could have been a lot better. I was a latch key kid with a single, working Mom and two busy older brothers; I basically trained myself. Everything I learned about basketball was during a team practice or self taught. And I can’t help but think, what if …


The “what if’s” are why I have been a proponent of outside coaching and training for my own kids. I want them to have the advantages that I didn’t. I want them to realize their potential to the fullest. I’m not alone; Jordan Fliegel, founded CoachUp in 2011, a website that matches athletes with qualified trainers. The idea came to Fliegel because his life was forever altered after working with a basketball trainer as a child. He credits this coach for transforming him from a mediocre basketball player into a collegiate athlete and eventually a professional player. He believes the experience also helped build his overall confidence in school and life. When his playing days were over, Jordan decided to start CoachUp.

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Today, reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry, who also worked with a private trainer and strongly believes in the advantages of using one, serves as an advisor on the CoachUp team where they have over 15,000 coaches working with  100,000-plus athletes in more than 30 different sports.

Jordan says the number one reason a young athlete uses CoachUp is to improve skills. But here are a few other reasons why you might want to consider hiring a private coach for your child (or even for yourself):

1. Maintain skills if your child needs to take a season off. This is particularly useful if a young athlete would like to try a different sport but doesn’t want to fall behind or lose skills in their current sport.

2. Avoid Injury by learning proper technique. Overuse in today’s young athletes has become a huge problem. It might be worth working with a skilled trainer to work on proper mechanics.

3. Learn coaching techniques, skills and practice drills. No offense, all you Dads (and Moms) out there, but some of you could use a lesson or two yourselves.


4. Build confidence in a child taking on a new sport. Trying a new sport will feel less intimidating for your child if they first have a few private sessions to help accelerate the learning curve and to get the basics down.

5. Changing positions (or wants to). Your child might need to work on a different skill than they are getting in practices. If your kid is a defender with dreams of being a forward, maybe a trainer can help fill in the gaps he’s not learning in his team practices.

6. Give your kid a boost. A few hours spent with a pro will go a long way toward helping your child feel comfortable and be a contributor in his next game.

7. Correct a deficiency or bad habit  Practices are usually spent on team goals and team improvement. But if your kid needs some extra help to correct her shot form in basketball, a trainer can help with this.

No matter why you choose private training, always check out the credentials and background of your trainer. Or choose a service like CoachUp which does a thorough background check for you and makes finding a trainer easier than ever; just a few clicks on the computer and you have some of the top choices in your area at your fingertips! And training doesn’t have to cost a fortune; to see creative ways to make hiring a trainer more affordable, Click Here

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