Friday, June 28, 2013

Cooking Tutorial

I am not necessarily the one to give cooking advice as my father is the chef in my family, but I do know how to create some healthy dishes in 20 minutes or less. With the schedules student athletes have it's also necessary for them to know how to make some good meals quickly. So that's what we decided to do. Since we are in our first 6 week session of summer school the staff came up with 3 different meals (under 20 minutes), divided the players into three different groups and had the team cook the meals. The first meal was the "Bader Delight" named by my dad which had sausage (can subsitute a turkey sausage), cabbage, onion, and potato. I think our athletes were intimated by the cabbage as they selected a few leaves rather than the whole ball to put in. I must say, it was a DELIGHT. The second meal was Coach Starr's dish that was a Tai Chicken noodle dish that turned out to be yummy with a nice spicy kick to it. This dish forced my son to run to our neighbors for a bigger pot, but that's the advantage of having great neighbors. The last meal Coach Barney oversaw which included salmon, salad, and rice. Our newest member to the squad Mekayla Carew pretty much too over like Rachel Rae from the cooking network and seasoned the salmon and created an incredible dressing for the salad. After that I encouraged the team just to have Mekayla cook the rest of the meals. After it was all said and done, I decided it was time for a bigger kitchen, more pots and pans, and Ausha decided this should not be considered an "occassional" meal since they made it. Good work ladies. Three dishes down, and the next 4 weeks they will rotate between their houses giving their teammates their favorite meals as well. I can't wait to see what Kalli Durham comes up with! Coach Bin

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Bin Tid Bits

School is out for most of us, camps begin next week, so what better time to give some off season tid bits to those who are getting after it on the court this summer. Less is More-Many people make the mistake of doing more and getting good rather than focusing on less and becoming great. This could be certain sacrifices you cut out of your day or even concentrating on a few moves to perfect them over multiple moves. What weak hand? How to fix this? Eat with your weak hand, write with your weak hand, rep your weak hand twice as many times as your strong one, make your defender shade your strong hand. "The Better Me is a Better We" quoted from US Army General Becky Halstead who spoke at the Center for Coaching Excellence last week. We can all be leaders and to begin, start with leading yourself. She was incredible and even 2 inches shorter than me. Go Rock Climbing-I say this every year to basketball players, but strong fore arms will make you a stronger dribbler & passer. Plus, cross training is good for the body and mind. Put your feet up-Literally, straight up against the wall for ten minutes at the end of camp or in between games and let the circulation flow back through your legs Read-I have about a dozen books on my list for this summer either by recommendations, gifts, or borrows but this is a habit that needs to overcome our social media. Smile-It's amazing what a smile will do for your attitude and how much a smile will influence your day. Yes, I will want you to smile at 7:45pm next Wednesday after the 3rd day of camp when you are exhausted, sore, and it will help you enjoy every minute of it! All I have for now. There will be plenty more at 9:00am Monday morning for our 170+ screaming campers!!! Go Cats, Coach Bin