My Basketball Journey

 

Hey! My name is Coach Chris Robinson and I am the founder of Overtime Academy.

I began playing basketball at the age of 11. My late start to the game meant I was years behind my peers in skills and confidence.

In fact, the first time I was passed the ball in a real game, I ran with it. Thankfully, I improved over the next couple of years and by the time I was in 8th grade I felt ready to try out for the team. Unfortunately I was the last player to be cut from the team.

I was sad but still wanted to grow as a player. So I asked the coach why I didn’t make the cut. His response stirred something in me, “You’re too short.” (I was 5’3 at the time and am only 5’8 now). I knew what he was really saying…”You’re not good enough to be as short as you are.”

So I set a new goal to make the JV team at my high school – regardless of my height. That summer, going into my freshman year of high school, I spent most of my free time in the gym or outside working on my game.  As a result I made my JV team, but barely.

After receiving very little playing time during the season I decided to ask the varsity coach what I needed to do to improve as a player and achieve my ultimate goal of playing college basketball. His response was even more shocking than the one I received from the middle school coach, “You’ll never play college basketball and the only reason I’m going to let you on the varsity team is because you’re a good cross country runner (he was also the cross country coach).”

I was outright discouraged after our conversation and spent the next few days pondering if I even wanted to keep playing basketball. I did. I loved the game to much to let setbacks or the unkind words of a coach stop me. So I told my dad about my conversation with the coach and we began exploring other schools for me to attend.

We ultimately chose a small private school and although the change in scenery was helpful, the real adjustment occurred during my summer workouts. I had the opportunity to work with a D1, female basketball player and my understanding of hard work grew as a result. We spent hours perfecting go-to moves, performing plyometrics and honing our craft. That year I was able to start half of my varsity team's games and would go on to be the full-time starter my junior year on a team that finished 25-3.

While I had become a much better basketball player leading up to my senior year, I still didn't have the one thing I wanted most – a basketball scholarship. So I spent the summer leading up to my senior year working harder than I ever had before. That meant waking up at 5am to play pick up, hitting the gym 6 hours later to lift weights (I gained 10lbs of muscle that summer), getting a 1.5 hour skills session in afterwards and depending on the day, play another game of pick-up in the evening. 

Although I was working my tail off, there where very few people outside of my family that thought I had a chance to earn a scholarship. I didn't care though. My focus was solely on becoming a great player.

The process worked. That year I led my team to a 24-6 finish as the only returning starter, scored 18ppg, won All-State, All-Area, All-Region and attended the Georgia vs. South Carolina Allstar game...and earned a scholarship! 

My journey wasn't over though. My college basketball experience was just as difficult and rewarding as the chapters before it. As a result, I became very strategic in my approach to player development. Now I am able to examine my players' games, break them down and provide the specific training, guidance and encouragement they need to reach their potential.

– Coach Chris

NOTE: Thank you for taking time to read about my story! If you’re ready to get your athlete started, you can find a link to my private and group training schedules in the navigation.