This meant that his TRAINING time was much larger than his TEACHING time. The lion’s share (no pun intended) of practice was spent with bodies moving and shoes squeaking. That’s the way HABITS are formed. Repetition is king and there are no reps when my lips are moving and players are standing and listening.
The infamous press conference where Allen Iverson rants about practice may have occurred more than a decade ago, but that type of attitude in basketball players still carries on to this day. As coaches, we don’t want our players to take on this mentality that minimizes the importance of basketball practice. So how do we get players to really value practice?
Express the sincere appreciation you ought to feel for the fact that they came a long way just to watch you and your team perform.
What would your team look like if you said your end of the season goodbyes… today? You may have never thought about this but I promise you, it would greatly enrich your team.
THINK THE GAME
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Often times, as athletes, we’re thinking about what we can get from a situation or what we can take from an experience. We don’t often think about is what we can bring to an experience, an environment or our team. Who can we count on you to be every single day this season?
Coaches have different styles. There are many ways to accomplish the same goal. I do not presume to know the very best ways to coach. But I hope many coaches will find the following somewhat unusual approach to be useful. Emphasize execution, not conditioning.
Mental toughness is what you choose to put your focus on. You can let your feelings dictate your actions which in turn will dictate your identity. Or you can choose for your identity to impact your actions.
Everybody knows that it’s painful and hard to wake up at 6AM and get to work. We know it’s difficult to make 500 shots every day in a shooting workout. It’s painful and difficult to get in the weight room and tear up your body to build new muscle. It’s difficult and painful to study for a test. It’s difficult and painful to sacrifice your lesser desires for greater desires: to sacrifice sleep and hanging out with your friends.