If anyone has seen me lecture over the years they know that I always ask for “someone to catch the ball out of the net” and a scorekeeper. I do not use the term “rebounder” rebounder’s get shots that don’t go in. The scorekeeper keeps track of my shots during my shooting demonstration. Over the years I have had many scorekeepers but none have ever been as detailed as my main man, Mike Procopio. Mike not only keeps track of the shots, he also grades the passer, gives the weather conditions and updates the current events. I have known Mike for quite some time now and I am blessed to have him as my friend. When I am not lecturing, I am practicing. Whenever I practice I keep track of my shots. By doing this I can see the improvement that I am making. Started doing this a very long time ago when I was a junior in high school. When you keep track of your shots and set goals for yourself you are becoming serious about becoming a better basketball player. Most players do not have a clue as to how to workout, what to work on, how many shots to take. How many players actually bring a notebook to the courts or the gym? Hardly any basketball players do this, but if you go to a health club or weight room the majority of the people are writing down what they are doing, how much weight they are lifting and how many reps they do. In all of my years coaching basketball, running camps, speaking and traveling the world I have seen about a dozen notebooks. I guess I wasn’t getting through to anyone. Kids would give me all kinds of excuses as to why they didn’t have them. They forgot to put it in their backpack, lost it, lost the pen or pencil, etc.. Some said they felt stupid writing things down. Now players will be able to record all of their workouts and shots on their phones. No more excuses. When you track or chart your shots, you will not only see the improvement because you are tracking it, but you will also gain confidence. If you never chart your shots how will you ever know if you are getting better? When you see yourself getting better, you will want to practice more. You need to see the numbers to keep you motivated and from becoming bored. My new app will eliminate the excuses and notebooks. Look for it soon on iTunes. Should be out real soon. Will keep you posted. Remember Sunday is Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there. Mom I miss you so much, not a day goes by that I don’t think of you.