More and more women keep playing sports and basketball in particular. The game of women’s basketball has become one of the most exciting sports to watch not only in person, but on television. The athletes are getting bigger and better, the game is faster and there are even a few slam dunks now. One of the reason these athletes are improving so much is better coaching, specialized training and technology.
Our special guest is one of the people training the female basketball players of tomorrow and promoting the sport.
Lyndsey (Medders) Fennelly was a 2-year All-American at Iowa State (’03 – ’07) and was drafted by the Indiana Fever with the 22nd pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft. Lyndsey holds the career assist record at Iowa State. Following her playing career, Lyndsey has emerged as one of the top skill trainers in the country working with over 20,000 athletes from ages 6 to 26, scanning North America, and with both males and females. She pursues a life well lived and uses basketball as a vehicle to teach athletes key life lessons. She’s an encyclopedia of information and just a great person as well. A real role model to young girls playing basketball.
One question before we get started.. With your name… I was wondering do you have to pay for meals at Hickory Park and what is your favorite dessert?
1. You didn’t finish your playing career that long ago, but are the athletes even better now and has the game changed even over the last 5-7 years?
2. We really haven’t seen the likes of an athlete like Britney Griner of Baylor…is she ahead of her time, that where the sport is heading. Bigger, stronger girls?
3. In your instructing and coaching, tell us about some of the technology you use and what kind of technology can we use today to get kids active and involved in sports?
4. How is it different from when you played?
5. A school like Iowa State has been really proactive when it comes to promoting sports on the internet and social media, is that something potential recruits look at when choosing a school now? Do you wish social media was bigger when you played? How would you have handled it?
6. And do schools look at potential recruits social media accounts and monitor what goes on there?
7. Talk about use of video as a teaching and coaching aid and where we are today with that.
8. Talk about injuries and girls and women in basketball. Can tech be used to prevent injuries and then to rehab
9. In all sports now we hear about concussions. How has this changed from when you played.
10. Talk about being a female, but working and teaching male players. Some favorite drills that girls should be doing?And maybe some suggestions for drills they can do on their own
11. Where do you stand on girls playing many different sports as opposed to specializing at an early age.
12. The one piece of modern technology you can’t live without in your professional or personal life?