It’s 1:22 AM…and I am still up. Why? Just beyond excited, and since a status on Facebook would have been too long to write and somehow I would have made this into a 20 minute video….(ok I love to talk)…. I decided to jump on here and share my thoughts.
….NOTE: its a good one.
Success story after success story is all I have been getting. I know it’s early in the season but damn…I’m proud of them. These athletes that I worked with individually over the summer are performing at new levels and succeeding in ways they have never before and they deserve this.
Over the past summer the details we put into getting them better are just…beyond words… but I’ll try. I say that because the process was different. I turned it up a notch. I demanded more from them and more from myself… The biggest change was, when an athlete comes to me, first I make sure they are committed. This is for players who want BIG RESULTS.
I first secure athletes FOUNDATIONS. For everyone it’s different. Some athletes that are already phenomenal (top in the state, athletic, College players) they don’t usually need basics, so we skip right into different workouts where I focus on details… How are they attacking, where is their lead foot going, hows their change of speed, do they shoot better off of their left or right, what are they struggling in, if its nothing let’s turn it up a notch, etc, etc. With other players (beginners, middle school, maybe some highschoolers) theres a step by step process I go through and if you’re past step 1 we start at step 2 and so on.
…can’t go too in depth, secret secret secret
I watch film on or attend my individual athletes games, I watch their strengths, their tendencies, their weaknesses… how many times they shoot from certain spots, what their go-to moves are, I know them better than they know themselves. We then get to work. We strengthen their weaknesses, and detail out or improve on the things they are good at in game-like drills. These drills are created by me to model their teams offensive sets. I put them in places they would be in throughout the game and we rep out the footwork options needed to succeed and counters to use on different angles, reads from defenders, etc…When perfecting that and then adding in slowly over the course of the summer their “now improved” skills, the player they become is pretty unbelievable. When they get into a game these young girls and guys are performing and scoring more because they can anticipate, react, and read/counter the defense. ESPECIALLY when we incorporate all of that within their offense. Its now muscle memory.
But this is honestly only 20%, I truly think athletes start to become a completely different player when..they change their MINDSET….
It’s a piece of the puzzle that takes the most work and time from trainers/coaches and sometimes over-looked because it really is a ton of work (not if you love it) but speaking generally. The amount of messages, after hour talks, after game conversations, game film, thinking and contemplating on how to help is more than the time I spend ON the floor with the player. How to battle nervousness, pressure, fitting in, becoming a leader, confidence, bad games, uncertainty…is sometimes the only thing holding a player back from 10 points to 25 points a game. Even without getting their skill work better….
I would like to think I did but… even if I had nothing to do with helping the players SKILLWORK I think I helped them become more confident…this will help a player MORE on the floor than any drill you can show an athlete. When they play clear minded, everything flows, they don’t over think or over analyze plays. They come out of their shell and play the way they know they can. Now of course adding proper shooting, and better ballhandling (for example) will increase their game but for the most part, what holds a player back isn’t their jumpshot, it’s their mindset. I help my athletes understand: they had a different mindset when they scored 20 compared to when they scored 0…we have to get them to trigger that mindset, of scoring 20 consistently. Sometimes this takes time.
…becoming the player you want to be is like a puzzle and everyone has different pieces to their puzzle. Some pieces you find right away, others you flip over and back, scramble and search, sometimes over and over, filtering and tinkering to see what fits…
I would like to think this is where my athletes grew the most and one of the reasons they are doing so well this year. You can train with anyone weekly and get better for the most part..heck just dribbling a ball everyday with your left and right hand for an hour will get you better than you were last year…but truly maximizing a players potential is only 20% skill work. 80% comes from knowing how to UNLEASH THE POTENTIAL THEY HAVE INSIDE…
Some of this is scrambled and I apologize, I just am beyond proud of these athletes. I’ve seen the hard times, the doubts, the struggles, the momentary failures, some of them I spent 6 months to 12 months with. They are just like family to me. Seeing them happy and succeeding is my oxygen…I had to share…
Until next time,