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Power Performer Of The Week: Cici West is The Definition Of Determination

Watts Alumni, Cici West has just completed an incredible senior season. The 5’10” forward/guard was a standout at Holy Names Academy before going on to have a stellar college career at Portland State University as an undergrad and Seattle Pacific…

Creating the Best Sports Experience

Parents Control The Experience:  6 Tips to Creating the Best Sports Experience for Your Child The world of youth sports can seem like a jungle and be extremely difficult to navigate. There are parents, coaches, and players with competing interest,…

Power Performer Of The Week: Sidney Rielly Is Going Dancing

     Four years ago, Sidney Rielly was told she would never be an impactful scorer at the division 1 level.  Rielly didn’t listen. She intensified her training with Watts Basketball and transferred from Saint Mary’s to a rebuilding Portland…

Power Performer of The Week: Jadyn Watts

  Each week, Watts Basketball highlights the efforts of one of our young female or male trainees who have translated the skills and lessons they have learned from Watts and applied them on and off the court. This week we…

Feedback Factor: How The Feedback Our Kid’s Receive Shapes Their Destiny

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“It’s not the feedback you receive, it’s your response, that determines your destiny.”- Coach Watts As a parent I believe the most critical aspect of raising healthy, happy and successful children is being mindful about the feedback they are receiving….

7 Tips To Help You Choose the Right Program or Team in 2019

With the high school basketball season coming to an end, many families are now preparing to make the decision of what AAU program to compete for.  I have seen players have great AAU experiences and I have witnessed the devastating…

How To Develop A Growth Mindset: 3 Keys And Questions To Help Your Kids Succeed In Sports And Life

As parents, we can all relate to the challenges of wanting to see our kids succeed while also holding ourselves back in order to let them learn though their mistakes. None of us enjoy watching our children struggle, but it…

Donald Watts Seeks to Improve Youth Sports

A recent Washington Post story raises the alarm about the decline of youth sports. The story highlights a study from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and Aspen Institute that says increasing costs, sport specialization, and improperly trained coaches are…

On Her Own Terms: Sidney Rielly Is Leaving A Legacy At Portland State

       Four years ago Sidney Rielly was at a crossroads. She was completing her freshman year at Santa Clara, a school where she had fallen in love with both the academics and campus lifestyle. The only thing that…

5 Tips To Turn Setbacks Into Successes

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And…