From Eminem to Metallica, Jay Z to AC/DC and everything in between, whether you are ol’skool or new school, warmup music has been a staple in pre-game rituals for nearly every athlete, regardless of their sport. The key is, are you listening to the right music?
Many athletes use music as a method of preparing for a game or event as a way to focus and concentrate. By tuning out the outside world with their headphones plugged in, music often helps one concentrate and envision what their want to accomplish and how they are going to achieve their goal. Whether you need a bit of inspiration and motivation, or something to build your confidence and swagger the type of music that you listen to before you head out for your next practice or game is all part of your preparation for success. For all of those who appreciate Phil Collins “In The Air Tonight” and the classic drum solo, the preceding calmness may make some wonder how this could be a pump up song. Just ask Meek Mill who found it worthy to create a remixed version in 2018.
Think about it like this, you are in your room getting ready, in the car on the way to the game or in the locker room prior to tip off, are you listening to the same type of music all the way through? Is it realistic to listen to hype music and keep that level of intensity throughout the whole game, whether you are on the court or on the bench? Consider what kind of mood you are in and what kind of game are you in the mind frame to play? Are you nervous and anxious? Then maybe something a little more chill that will help calm the nerves and allow you to concentrate and mentally focus is more in store. On the other hand, if you are a bit lethargic and need a boost of energy, then by all means rock out!
Goal setting is a mental training exercise that is not only important in helping to achieve success in sports performance, but as a general life skill. As a means to help understand and see their current level of skill, achievements and ability to evaluate progression, goal setting is a valuable tool for athletes of all ages.
At the beginning of our Fall season, Thrive athletes filled out a worksheet on their personal goals. Some of them have been achieved in a short amount of time, others are more long term goals. While it is important to take time to set out a list of goals and plans as to how we can achieve them, it is equally as important to revisit and review our goals to see where we succeeded and failed in 2018 in order to make us stronger for 2019. Please feel welcome to download a copy of our worksheet below.
A great teammate develops real relationships with their teammates
A great teammate is willing to play any role on the team
A great teammate works hard to improve their game
A great teammate always leads by example
A great teammate is always prepared before practices and games
A great teammate understands their own strengths and weaknesses
A great teammate always has a positive, energetic attitude and body language
A great teammate holds themselves and others accountable to the commitment they made to the team
A great teammate works hard to develop their game.
A great teammate always gives 100% effort regardless of the situation.
THE GAME OF BASKETBALL IS MORE THAN JUST LAYUPS, JUMPERS AND DUNKS. NOT EVERYONE IS AN ATHLETIC FREAK LIKE GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO OR A PURE SHOOTER LIKE KLAY THOMPSON OR A CRAFTY BALL HANDLER LIKE KYRIE IRVING. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU CAN'T BE A VALUABLE PLAYER TO YOUR TEAM. UNDERSTANDING THE PLAYBOOK, KNOWING THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF YOUR TEAMMATES AND KNOWING HOW TO PLAY WITHIN YOUR ROLE ARE ALL VERY IMPORTANT COMPONENTS TO BECOMING A BETTER BASKETBALL PLAYER. ARE YOU SITTING ON THE BENCH JUST WATCHING THE GAME OR ARE YOU WATCHING THE GAME. ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT THE OPPONENTS ARE DOING, WHAT TYPE OF DEFENCE THEY ARE PLAYING, WHAT TYPE OF OFFENCE THEY ARE RUNNING, WHAT IS YOUR POTENTIAL CHECK'S DOMINANT HAND. EVEN THE SMALLEST DETAIL CAN MAKE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IN HAVING A SUCCESSFUL GAME.
Offensively it is important to know when and where to make the correct pass or the right time to take a shot. Sometimes the first look isn't always the best. Pay attention to what your teammates are doing and how to play away from the ball.
Defensively, communication and help side defence are two major keys to success. However knowing where to be and how to properly cut off the ball handler are equally as important. COmmunicating to teammates will go a long way towards helping get defensive stops, especially when the other team runs a pick and roll or sends a cutter through the lane.
Being mentally attentive in practice and games is just as important as working with the ball. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Focus on details both in practice and in games as every play is like a snowflake, it is always different in even the smallest way.
One of the best ways to help improve your individual basketball IQ is to keep a notebook in your bag and always write down important tips and key points to practice and games. Then remember to review your notes, you will be surprised how much it helps.
A lot of players think that the game is won and lost by the amount of points scored in a game. While talent will help you, it is the hard work and effort that is put into preparing your body away from the court that will help you in the long run and keep you on the court during the important moments on the game, rather than on the bench huffing and puffing for air. Not all workouts have to include a crazy amount of running or lifting heavy weights. If you take a look at the attached document, we have put together a complete body weight workout that takes at most 30 minutes to complete and is something that you can do in your bedroom, living room or garage with very little to no equipment and will help you get through the tough grind of practice and your next battle on the court.
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