Book Quote of the Week – 111

“We think of effortless performance as desirable, but it’s really a terrible way to learn.” – Robert Bjork

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Book Quote of the Week – 107

“Deep practice is built on a paradox: struggling in certain targeted ways – operating at the edges of your ability, where you make mistakes – makes you smarter. Or to put it a slightly different way, experiences where you’re forced to slow down, make errors, and correct them – as you would if you were walking up an ice-covered hill, slipping and stumbling as you go – end up making you swift and graceful without your realizing it.” – Daniel Coyle


Book Quote of the Week – 105

“The people inside the talent hotbeds are engaged in an activity that seems, on the face of it, strange and surprising. They are seeking out the slippery hills… they are purposely operating at the edges of their ability, so they will screw up. And somehow screwing up is making them better.” – Daniel Coyle

Tia Heggie Basketball – Senior Year

Proud of how Tia played in her senior year of basketball and I am so grateful for the opportunity I have had to coach her.

She was just recently awarded the Regional Offensive Player of the Year and named to the All-Region 1st Team. Hopefully later in the month she will also be recognized at the State level.

2017/18 Stats:

Arizona State 3A Division Ranking
3A Central Region
Ranking
Shooting
23.0 ppg
2
1
Rebounds
6.7 rpg
23
10
Field Goals
187
1
1
Free Throws
172
1
1
3-Pointers
53
4
1
Assists
3.2 apg
15
4
Steals
6.2 spg
2
1
Blocks
0.5 bpg
34
12
Charges Taken
1
Double Doubles
6
13
6

Tia Heggie 2017/18 Highlights

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Kids Basketball Updates

It has been a while since I wrote anything about my kids and our basketball lives but for the last while basketball has kept us very busy.

After breaking his leg and requiring surgery in their last game of football this season we didn’t think that my son, Daxon, would be playing basketball at all this season. But he had a great physio-therapist that worked him hard but also made sure that he didn’t do too much too soon and now we at least have had the opportunity to watch him play in some of the final games this season. Once he received the ok to play it has been good to see his determination and desire to not only get playing again, but to keep getting better. Between both Tia and Daxon we’ve spent hundreds of early morning hours working on their games. But usually I have to wake up and then drag them out of bed. Since Daxon has been playing again we have been going to the gym most mornings for workouts. I get up at 4:30am and when I come out of my room to make sure he’s getting up, he’s usually already sitting in the living room waiting for me. Not only the that, he’s also practicing twice per day with the freshman team and the JV team and then after every game we spend another hour or two in the gym. Season is nearing the end, but if he stays this determined he’s definitely going to be ready to have an impact next season.

Tia is in her senior year and I’ve had the opportunity to be her head coach. We’ve had our ups and downs but overall it has been a great season. Our team has had the cards stacked against us in a number of ways. Because of other commitments we had some of our returning players decide not to play this year. On top of that we have been riddled with injuries. There have been games that we have a total of five girls that can play. But these girls have done a great job fighting and keeping great attitudes. Despite the challenges we’ve had, Tia has had a great season personally and she really loves her teammates. If you look at the entire United States girls high school basketball, at all levels right now she is ranked 173rd in scoring. Out of all of Arizona she is number seven, and in our region she is number one!

Here are her current stats and how she ranks in our region after 24 games:

Scoring – #1 22.5 points per game

Field goals – #1 168

3-Point – #1 47

Free Throws – #1 156 (86 ahead of 2nd place)

Assists – #2 3.1 assists per game

Steals – #2 6.1 steals per game

Charges Taken – #2 0.1 per game

Double Doubles – #4 5 double doubles

Rebounding – #9 6.8 rebounds per game

Blocks – #11 0.5 blocks per game

On January 26 Tia scored 32 points in our last home game of the season. When she scored her 11th point in that game it marked a big milestone. It was her 1,000th varsity career point! The reality is that she achieved it earlier but we only had her 10th grade stats when she played for the Cardston Cougars for the 13 league games that she had. It didn’t include any of their tournament or playoff games. So from her first year of varsity basketball in Cardston we only counted 190 points. Last year at American Leadership Academy (ALA) she played in 17 games and had 346 points, and after 21 games this season she had 485 points. That means that she averaged just over 20 points per game up to that point over the past three years. This year she has had a couple of 40+ point games, including one that was 47 points.

I’m excited to see how we can finish the end of this season and I’m very excited to see where this sport takes her in the future!

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Book Quote of the Week – 064

Productive Failure: Rather than simply answering a question, it is beneficial to be challenged and even fail. Failure provides an opportunity to analyze a problem from different angles pushing us to understand it’s deep underlying structure and to hone the transferable skill of problem solving itself.

Brad Stulberg / Steve Magness

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Summer of Basketball 2017

One more day and our kids wrap up their first year of school living in Arizona. The move has been great for our family. The kids are experiencing so much and are loving it. Once again as we look forward to summer, it is going to be jammed packed.
Daxon is going to be extremely busy with both football and basketball as he prepares to enter high school. Tia is finishing her junior year and preparing to be a senior. With all she has worked towards in basketball over the years, this summer is going to be one of the most important in determining where she will go on to play after high school.
We live in Arizona, but decided that the best thing for her to do this summer is play for a team she was invited to join that is based out of Los Angelas. The team is the GBL Candace Parker National team. This team is very well coached and their focus is to get their players in front of the college coaches to give them the opportunities to earn a scholarship.
As soon as school ball ended the focus turned to GBL. So we have made a lot of trips from Arizona to California on the weekends for practice and games. GBL is an Adidas sponsored team and follows the Adidas Gauntlet tournaments, in addition to a number of other tournaments. So far they have had the Phoenix Adidas Gauntlet tournament, the US Junior Nationals (USJN) in Irvine CA  and another tournament last week in San Diego.
Their upcoming tournaments are:
June 3-4 Swift Hawaiian Classic in Corona CA

June 17-18 GBL Hosted DII, DIII Viewing Event

July 6-8 Cal Storm Tournament

July 10-12 Adidas Gauntlet Finale – Dallas TX

July 23-25 Brandon Clay’s Peachtree – Atlanta

July 27-29 Adidas Nationals – Atlanta

It has been fun to watch the process as college coaches have been reaching out to her. She has been invited to a number of Elite Camps where the coaches can evaluate her. The challenge has been trying to schedule all of these camps and know which ones to prioritize by how serious the coaches are.  Tia has worked hard to get to where she is basketball. She has also worked hard to keep a 4.0 GPA. I’m confident that all of this hard work will pay off and she will have the opportunity to go on to play at a great school where she can also get a great education.

This video is Tia’s most recent highlight tape comprised of some of her final high school games plus the Phoenix Adidas Gauntlet and US Junior Nationals.

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