03 Nov Tribe Spotlight: Connecticut Attack – Parent/Coach Perspective
Author Note: A parent turned coach of a former player who wishes to remain anonymous has written this review of Coach Ulysses Garcia, and the impact of the Read and React Offense being used at the CT Attack (Connecticut Attack) program.
Seven years ago Ulysses Garcia started coaching his oldest daughter’s sixth grade South Windsor travel team. Back then, and still today, the “win-at-all-costs” mentality was not something Ulysses was willing to buy into. With commitment, discipline, and hard work, Ulysses started developing kids into basketball athletes with strong skill sets. The foundations he established would allow players to grow and live outside their comfort zones while becoming great individuals along the way. The culture, habits, and skills Ulysses established would make winning a by-product of their environment.
Seven years later, in 2016, Ulysses Garcia, founder and director of the CT ATTACK AAU program, continues to push the envelope on girls basketball and spends countless hours in and out of the gym preparing girls who love the game, helping them to reach their full potential, and giving them opportunities to succeed.
Players and coaches alike hold themselves to high standards. Everyone understands that the ATTACK is a process and that there is no easy way to achieve greatness other than having a great work ethic, positive attitude, dedication, and a willingness to stretch your limits. The CT ATTACK embraces the motto “Fail Harder.”
In skill development sessions we encourage our players to embrace mistakes, practice at game speed, and bring the ATTACK attitude to everything we do on and off the court. Ulysses has aligned with some of the greats in the business such as Micah Lancaster, one of the world’s most recognized and respected skill development trainers. With Micah’s innovative input, our ATTACK athletes work tirelessly on skill and game enhancement. We focus on footwork, speed, and training for game situations. Ulysses believes in every player and helps them aggressively “ATTACK” and pursue their dreams. Whether you are a 2nd grader or 11th grader, we expect all our athletes to buy into this philosophy. Because of this consistent philosophical approach, when you walk into a gymnasium filled with players associated with the ATTACK organization, you automatically feel that the environment is different.
In addition to skill development, Ulysses has embraced the READ & REACT Positionless Basketball system, an offense that allows players to play with flow and react to real-time game situations. The READ & REACT instills principles of movement and spacing in its players and has no set plays. Footwork, ball-handling, and shooting drills are often practiced in the context of the offense, which requires all players, regardless of size, to have a varied skillset and to be able to play both on the perimeter and in the post. All grade levels are taught the READ & REACT, and the entire coaching staff is trained in every level of this program. ATTACK players benefit from the continuity of a seamlessly blended offensive system that develops their skills and court awareness both within a single season and over several years.
Ulysses Garcia has a dream-big mentality and puts in countless hours to ensure that everyone connected to his organization has the chance to chase their dreams. Ulysses believes in giving his athletes a road map to succeed and puts his players in situations where their hard work and determination will allow them to complete the journey.