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SGG #86: Derrick Mayes: “Hindsight gave me 20-20 vision on how to do things with my son"


What are some of the key decisions facing parents of elite young athletes? What are some of the benefits of today's high-level youth sports environment?

Derrick Mayes was a great college and NFL football player. But today, much of his energy is directed toward parenting an elite young basketball athlete. He joined the SGG podcast to discuss:

1. His sports experiences as a youngster—including playing contact football starting in 2nd grade.

2. “Hindsight (into his own sports experiences) gave me 20-20 vision on how to do things with my son.”

3. The difficult decisions he’s facing as a parent of a young athlete: 1) no tackle football until at least high school; 2) load management in basketball (but, “there’s a lot of work you can put in that doesn’t put wear and tear” on the body); 3) deciding on which high school to attend (“It’s important to know who’s going to be developing him.”).

4. Public vs. Private school decisions for talented young athletes.

5. Social media: “I am adamant that sports stay merit-based. Your talent will show through.”

6. Social media: “It gives a false narrative of what’s important.”

7. A benefit of today’s high-level youth basketball: Access to innovation in training.

8. Analytics: “I’m thrilled that my son can apply some of the math stuff to something that he cares about.”