The BEA Workshop Series strives to educate and empower girl athletes on and beyond the athletic field.
The workshops series launched in the 2014 to use sports to teach our girls skills on and beyond the court. Our workshops are informational and interactive, and each athlete will walk away with practical tips and new skills to apply to their game. When available, our workshops also introduce our girls to women athletes to share their stories. The workshops are also delivered in various forms at our Team Awesome Basketball Leadership Academy.
Contact us to bring a workshop right to you. Basketball Education in Action works with athletes, teams, camps, and organizations to deliver these messages and skills. Our goal is to bring these messages and skills to as many girls as possible. We tailor each workshop for your particular needs.
“Power of the Mind”: What Every Athlete Needs to Know About Mental Toughness and Tips to Gain a Competitive Edge
Mady.: “I was really sucking at softball today and I was really sad then I remembered Bea’s mental toughness speech and then I caught a ball!”
Marivel: “It was awesome. My mom always yelled at me about mental toughness, but I finally yelled back at her and said she never told me what that meant. And now, I know.”
Lily: “The best part for me was thinking about how to get into the zone. The other stuff like visualization and self-talk I already knew about because I’m interested in the mental side of the game, but it would be really helpful for people who have never really thought about it.”
“Makings of an All-Star”: How to Make the Most Out of the ‘Off’-Season to Maximize Performance ‘In’-Season
As competitive high school basketball becomes a year-round commitment–in addition to everything else teenage girls want to do–this session works with young athletes on how to use their limited time efficiently to push their games to the next level. Girls will come away with timely goals and plans of action, and methods to play to their strengths and to improve their weaknesses–skills student-athletes can use off the court.
“Best Kept Secrets”: What No One Ever Tells You About Women Playing Basketball in College
Of 12 All-County/All-State high school seniors I graduated with, only two of us made it through four years of college basketball. The biggest problem, according to a coach at Seattle University, is the girls’ false expectations of what the college experience is, and how drastically it differs from “what their dads went through.” This session is put together with the help of over 20 former women basketball DI, DII, and DIII players–complete with a picture of the full collegiate athletic experience as well as the in’s and out’s of the recruiting and the decision-making process.
“Choose to Lead”: How to Be the Leader Your Team Needs You to Be
We ask our girls to be leaders on the court, but what does that really mean? In this workshop, girls will learn about different types of leadership, break down what “good” leaders say and do, and develop awareness of herself and her teammates. We will discuss key communications skills: how to say the right words, at the right time, with the right tone and body language. Each athlete will walk away with an analysis of her own leadership strengths, as well as a plan of action to make the choice to become a leader and make a positive impact on her team!
“Secrets to Awesomeness”: Becoming the Ultimate Team Player
This workshop teaches high-level, team-first thinking for players that not only want to take their games to the next level, but want to help their teams reach their goals. Players will think critically about their roles, broaden their vision on the court, rip apart their tendencies to play “the blame game”, and each athlete will walk away with BEA’s not-so-secret Keys to Awesomeness. BEA also runs a team workshop (high school level only) in two parts.
NEW!”#WNBA20 Symposium”: How We All Wore Air Swoopes Shoes and Thought ‘Love & Basketball’ Movie Was About Us
As the WNBA celebrates its 20th year, BEA mentors and trainers take the girls back to the beginning of it all: how we could finally imagine ourselves playing on television in ponytails, how every other girl at tournaments wore the Sheryl Swoopes shoes, and how AAU basketball as we know it today really took off. The Symposium invites the girls to imagine a life without the WNBA, open their eyes to the obstacles that continue to face women’s sports, and to encourage their contribution as either participants or pioneers of our sports movement!
“Girl Jocks”: What Does It Mean to Be a Girl Athlete in the 21-Century and Why It Matters to Us All
The football quarterback is the hottest, most popular guy in school; what about the girl athlete? Hollywood still shows girl jocks as outcast, but we all know that is no longer true. So what, exactly, are we? This workshop will take girls and parents on a quick journey through Title IX to the WNBA to the #throwlikeagirl movement and the current gender battles in college athletics–and why it matters to all of us. Girls will learn to think about their identities, learn to recognize existing gender issues, question stereotypes, and, ultimately, to strive to break glass ceilings.
The success of the first “Girl Jocks” workshop in 2015 inspired the Awesome Sports Project, an online platform dedicated to the voices of girls and women in sports. Check it out!