Posts Tagged ‘Youth Programs’

NBA-Level Experience Drives Coach Coleman Crawford

November 11, 2016 Leave a comment

Coleman Crawford and basketball go way back. He started at a young age and worked his way to the college level (he still holds University of North Alabama career scoring and rebounding averages records). Following college, he put his basketball skills and IQ to work on the sidelines as a coach. He began at the college level – including four NCAA teams – then moved to international opportunities and the NBA Developmental League before settling in as Cooper Fitness Center’s Basketball Pro. His coaching experience eclipses 40 years and continues to this day.

As the NBA season kicks off, we asked Coleman a few questions about his coaching experience and his tips for growing as a basketball player.

Pro-Zone-Coleman-CrawfordWho was your favorite NBA team growing up?

“I didn’t necessarily have a favorite team, but instead had favorite players. I enjoyed following the Milwaukee Bucks because Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played for them, and I eventually pulled for the Lakers when he moved to L.A. I enjoyed following the careers of my favorite players.”

What did you gain from coaching in the NBA Developmental League?

“Coaching in the D-League was a big change from collegiate coaching. Coaching college athletes involves guiding them with their grades and off-the-court behavior on top of their basketball skills. In the NBA D-League, it was purely coaching and total focus on the game. I was able to build the team needed to win, and the players were solely focused on making it to the next level–the NBA. We won a championship when I coached in the D-League and six of the players went on to play in the NBA, which was exciting and rewarding.”

What is your favorite coaching memory?

“When I coached at Florida State, we beat Duke, who was the number one seed at the time. It was incredible! I also loved being able to coach my son at Tulsa and Florida State.”

What do you like most about coaching youth versus coaching adults?

“My favorite group to coach is, surprisingly, the 5-7 year olds. They are new to the sport, have no bad habits and have no fear. I see so much improvement and growth throughout the time I work with them, and I love introducing them to basketball. Coaching adults is enjoyable because they are usually very focused on improving one or two areas of their game, whether it is shooting, ball control or defense. They are open to learning new things and growing as players.”

Who do you think will win the NBA Finals this year?

“I’m currently a Cleveland Cavaliers fan because Lebron James is my favorite player. So I’m hoping for back-to-back championships!”

What skills do you teach your players that NBA players are always working on, too?

“The best NBA players never stray from the basics of the game. They practice the fundamentals constantly in order to master them. They also get into a routine that works for them, which usually consists of working hard and putting in extra practice time. The best players on NBA teams – Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Lebron James – are often the hardest working players on the team. Hard work distinguishes average players from elite players. Working on the fundamentals early on, as we do in our basketball camps and programs, can help kids grow and develop into solid players. On top of building physical skills, we also work on the mental aspect of the game.”

What are your top tips for any NBA hopefuls out there?

“Work ethic, skill development and mental prowess all tie together in basketball. The best players work tirelessly to master their skills. Try to always play against the best possible competition, because that challenge will bring out the best in you as a player and will give you an idea as to whether or not you’re improving. Keep working hard and never stop trying to improve and grow.”

For more information about Coleman and basketball programs offered at Cooper Fitness Center, visit or call 972.233.4832, ext. 4337.

NEW! Teen TRX at Cooper Fitness Center

At Cooper Fitness Center, Dallas, our Youth Programs provide endless activities for kids and teens. Designed specifically for teenagers, this week we are introducing Teen TRX Hybrid!

Teen TRX Hybrid is a full-body workout that incorporates the TRX Suspension Training system and other equipment including battle ropes, kettle bells, slide boards and stability balls. In small groups of no more than six, the teens benefit from the camaraderie of group training and the individualized attention of personal training.

Professional Fitness Trainer Ryan Sheppard is excited to work with teens at Cooper Fitness Center. “TRX training is great for teenagers,” Ryan said. “It ensures that they are proficient with their own body weight before adding weight on the machines.”

He joined Cooper Fitness Center in December, but he first got a taste of being Cooperized in 2004 when he was an intern here. As an innate teacher, Ryan has also worked with The University of Alabama, Birmingham Southern College, Baylor University, YMCA and most recently, was the Assistant Strength Coach at Georgia Southern University.

With the use of the speed ladder and hurdles, teens also learn to move better and improve coordination. Register today!

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:45-5:30 p.m.

Session 1: March 18–April 24
Session 2: April 29–June 5

Watch a video as Mary Edwards, Cooper Fitness Center Dallas Fitness Director, introduces TRX suspension training.

For more information, contact Mary Edwards at 972.233.4832, ext. 4230 or email medwards@cooperfitnesscenter.comRegister today!

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents and Children

October 31, 2012 1 comment

By Meredith Rosson, Youth Programs Director, Cooper Fitness Center Dallas

The big day is finally here – it’s time to go trick-or-treating for Halloween. You have picked out the perfect costumes and have your favorite candy ready to hand out.

Before your family heads out the door, remember  to put safety first with these tips:

  • Go out trick-or-treating with a trusted adult. Walk up to every door with the children. Make sure to have a small ratio (adult:child). Plan a route ahead of time so you have a set plan, and have a spot to meet in the neighborhood in case you get separated. For older kids, set a reasonable curfew.
  • Use reflections or glowsticks.
  • Make sure masks/costumes are flame retardant.
  • Stay on well lit streets.
  • Make a game of organizing the candy by type. This allows you to look at the candy while the kids have fun.
  • Try your make up for 30 minutes first on your arm a few days prior to see if you will have any allergic reaction.
  • Make sure masks fit properly and can be seen out of.
  • Instead of carving a pumpkin, decorate it with paint.
  • Don’t consume food items that are homemade or wrapped individually (not commercially wrapped)

Have a safe, healthy Halloween!

Start the School Year Off Right

By Meredith Rosson, Youth Programs Director, Cooper Fitness Center Dallas

The back-to-school season is just around the corner! I know that making the transition from long summer days to the school year can be a crazy time for your family. With summer camps at Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas wrapping up, we’re busy getting ready for our fall youth programs. After talking with our summer campers, I wanted to share these tips to help you start the school year right – and stay organized all year long.

Two Weeks before School Starts:

  • Schedule doctor visits. Most schools require immunization records, so it’s important to schedule your child’s dentist and doctor appointments to allow enough time for any follow up visits before school starts. This will also let you know if there are any underlying issues that need to be addressed with your child’s school and teacher. Watch this video from our Cooper Clinic physician Dr. Emily Hebert with additional reminders for doctor’s visits.
  • Re-establish daily routines. During the summer, your child’s routine become a little off course. It’s important to re-establish their daily routines such as mealtimes and bedtime, in order to ensure that they are ready to conquer each school day with bountiful energy and a good attitude.
  • Fuel their body. Provide your child with nutritious meals to give their body lasting energy and to boost their brainpower. It’s also vital that they are getting at least eight hours of sleep each night. You can re-establish a normal “school night” bedtime, by moving up their bedtime by 20 minutes every 2-3 days to help their bodies adjust.
  • Turn off the TV. When your child is out of school for the summer, it’s easy to let them spend too much time with electronics like the TV and computer. Stimulate your child’s brain and help them learn to focus by encouraging activities such as books, word puzzles, arts and crafts, and musical instruments.
  • Establish a positive attitude. When done properly and consistently, your words are the most influential tool in shaping your child’s attitude and feelings towards school. Share your favorite school memories to instill a sense of excitement in your child.

One Week before School Starts:

  • Visit the school. Whether your child is heading to a new school, new grade or will start rotating from class to class, it’s always a good idea to show them where they will be spending the next nine months of their life. This is a great way to alleviate anxiety and help make the first day of school seem more familiar.
  • Provide a sense of responsibility. Your child’s bedtime routine can be a great opportunity to teach them responsibility. Allowing them to pick out their daily outfit, set their own alarm and pack their backpack, will empower your child to grow into the self-sufficient adult that you want them to be someday! Don’t forget, it’s always a good idea to supervise these types of activities.
  • Prepare meals ahead of time. The first week of school can be a little chaotic, so prepping simple meals ahead of time will take the stress and time out of the kitchen, allowing you more time to connect with your child on their daily experiences at school.

First Week of School:

  • Meet the teacher. It’s important to build relationships with your child’s teacher to set a positive foundation for the upcoming year. This will allow you to express your sincere interest in their feedback about your child’s behavior and classwork, and to show your support for the goals that they set for your child. Meet-n-greet opportunities also give you the chance to learn the best way to communicate with the teacher.

All Year Long:

  • Playtime before homework. The school day is long and your child often needs to be physically active and release pent-up energy. Believe it or not, studies show that having time to play outside before a big test helps children with their concentration and results in better grades. The same theory can apply to your home life. Designate a specific amount of home recess time before your child comes in to start on their homework. Here’s a few play date ideas to try!
  • After school snacks. With my job, I’ve come to understand how easily kids can become hungry! Be sure to offer them a healthy snack to hold off their hunger pains until dinnertime. As a rule of thumb, the snack should not be more than 200 calories. To find delicious snacks ideas that your child is sure to love, click here.
  • Teachable moments. Whether your child forgets their homework or doesn’t remember to complete last night’s assignment, these types of moments can teach your child responsibility and accountability. It’s key to teach your child that their actions have natural consequences. As a result, your child will learn to check their backpacks and establish a routine to help them become a successful individual throughout their life.

I hope these tips will help you and your child to experience a wonderful school year!

What tips do you have to ease your child back into the school routine?