I have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know Nadine Domond and have been fascinated with her program “The Transition” and all that she is doing to improve the game of basketball. She is a very passionate teacher that cares about the growth of women’s basketball. I thought I’d take a few minutes to sit down and get to know her a little better:
HOOPTHOUGHTS: As a player, you had the honor of playing for Coach Stringer. Name something you learned from her that not only made you a better player but a better person.
NADINE DOMOND: What I learned from Coach Stringer is that:
#1 You play the hand that you are dealt with in life to the best of your ability and Win!
#2 Let nothing stop you from striving to be the best at whatever you do.
#3 Don’t ever come second to anything or anybody.
#4 Work hard and smart and be intentional towards your will for success.
HOOPTHOUGHTS: What and/or who inspired you to teach the game of basketball?
NADINE DOMOND: I just love teaching in general; if I weren’t a professional skill trainer I would have been a teacher or a college professor. There is a need for skill development on all levels. I think kids play way to many games and don’t spend enough time developing their skills. There is a need for skill training if players want to get better. What I love about teaching is that the great player always wants to get better. If you want to be the best you always have to be working on growing your game.
HOOPTHOUGHTS: Explain how you came about “The Transition?”
NADINE DOMOND: We understand that the transition from high school to college is not an easy one for many players. It can become a struggle in Division I through Division III programs. As a highly recruited player I thought that I knew what my coaches expected of me on the next level, but I didn’t have a clue. It is frustrating not knowing what is expected of you mentally and physically when you arrive on a college campus. The Transition will prepare you for the next level.
The Transition is an exclusive intense training experience opened to sophomore, juniors, seniors, incoming college freshmen & current college players.
The Transition – The Total Basketball Experience - combines a variety of exercise techniques, discussions and practices to help prepare the mind, and to work on the game of basketball in a unique and fun way. This experience is designed specifically for the best of the best.
For an In Depth Look visit The Transition website: http://nadinedomondbasketball.com/index.html
HOOPTHOUGHTS: As you work with young players, what are some the important skills/traits you try to first improve upon?
NADINE DOMOND: A skill that we teach and highlight is footwork. Nadine Domond Basketball’s philosophy beings with F.A.B.R.I.C. It is our make up and what we believe.
An important skill/trait players must first improve upon is their “Footwork.” It’s not easy to have great footwork - but it is a must. Players must be able to dribble while exercising proper footwork along with creating their own shot using footwork. An examble would be creating space to create a shot coming off a screen or setting up a teammate.