From Coach Sordello
Starting my sophomore year of high school I was 5'5"and weighed 99 pounds! I know, not the best physique for basketball. My size put me at a disadvantage on the court where every practice and game I was seemingly going against someone who was bigger and stronger than me. Minor bumps and bangs that are a part of the game, like boxing out, playing defense, or setting a screen seemed exponentially harder. I was finding out that many of the advantages I had at a younger age did not exist anymore (I wasn't always the smallest on the court). Due to the struggles with my size, my confidence dwindled at an important time in my basketball career.
Fortunately, I did end up growing to a 6 footer (I was still very skinny) by senior year and was able to have a successful final high school season. However, playing basketball competitively stopped there for me as I still lacked the strength, quickness, and, most importantly, drive (mindset), needed to play at the collegiate level.
Why do I share this? I am confident that if I knew what I know now, I would have fueled and trained my body and mind vastly different at a young age. I would have ate differently (maybe not so many pop tarts), trained differently, exercised my body and mind differently, and slept (hours and quality) differently. I may not have developed into a Zion Williamson, but I'm confident my body and mind would have been better equiped for basketball and young adult life.
That is why I am passionate about young athletes not only working on their craft, but also working on their health! It is never too early for youth and young adults to learn about methods to properly fuel the body and mind. Campers understanding, feeling, and seeing the difference in making healthier lifestyle choices could propel them on a path that takes them to the next level, whether it be in basketball or other avenues in life.
Splash started in the summer of 2016 by PE teacher of Maloney Elementary, Mr. Sordello. Splash's philosophy is for all campers to have fun in a hard working and safe environment. Splash focuses on the development of the complete player, focusing on basketball skills along with aspects of health (sleep, nutrition, training, and mindset) for athletes to reach their full potential.
About Coach Sordello:
Coach Sordello has been an Elementary PE teacher for 10 years. He earned his degree and teaching credential from San Jose State University and has a Masters degree in Positive Coaching from the University of Missouri. Coach Sordello is also a certified health coach earning his certification from Primal Health Coach Institute. His favorite sports are basketball (of course!), golf, and ping pong.