A skill that separates an exceptional athlete from the rest is the degree to which that individual believes in themselves and trusts that they can be successful in the sport. Confidence is defined as how strongly an individual believes that he/she can achieve the desired goals. This skill is applied at all levels within sport and is developed over time. The way that Tom Brady is able to make that winning touchdown pass or LeBron James making that defensive stop in clutch moments all stems from this confidence and the belief that they can perform these tasks on a regular basis.
Mike Klinzing is Founder and Executive Director of Head Start Basketball (Cleveland, OH). Offering youth basketball camps and skills training for over 20 years, Head Start Basketball uses the game to improve character, develop leadership, and promote sportsmanship.
Comparisons are death when it comes to player development.
Alex Foster is a professional basketball player and founder of Sense Basketball, a youth basketball initiative. His youth programs include purposeful skills training and mindfulness exercise, to promote athletes’ self-confidence and general well-being.
Imagine two players: identically tall, equal in strength, with matching basketball skills. Despite their similarities, they likely perform differently after the game tips off. Talent itself does not always translate to on-court performance. The missing part of the equation is the mental process of applying your abilities in the moment.
Ronny Musikitele is a contributing writer at Basketball Buzz, and a Communications student at Carleton University. A former basketball coach and player, Ronny is also an Intermediate Youth Worker at the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa.
Two main components make up coaching: teaching new skills, and motivating players.
Everyone goes through a season where they have a problem keeping their focus, from professional players all the way to beginners. This lack of focus comes down to one thing these players have in common: they need to be motivated.