Basketball workouts/practice should be hard work, but it should also be fun. In order to be fun, energy is required! Energy also helps us get more done and get it done at a higher level.
I heard this summed up well from another coach that there are 3 P’s of a workout: Passion, Purpose, and Play. Passion is a must, and includes bringing energy and love for the game! Purpose means simply we are working on skills for specific reasons, and to translate to live play. Without purpose, what are we accomplishing and why? The third “P”, play, is both having fun and competing. Workouts should be full of games that teach us live situations and making reads, and should be full of fun and energy in a gym with everyone getting better.
It is work when you walk in the gym, but it should also be full of purposeful improvement at an extremely high level of passion, energy, and fun. Do your part to make your workouts have all three of these components!!
Active listening is sometimes remiss in our busy day to day, and yet it is such a crucial component of connection. Actually stopping to focus on what others are trying to say to us becomes a mix of multitasking, thinking about our response instead of their words, looking at our phones or smart watches, or thinking about something else entirely. We owe each other better.
We have all been on the giving and receiving end of “pretend active listening”, but I don’t think any of us deserve to be on either side. Put the phone down. Focus your attention. Genuinely listen to the person speaking to you.
One facet of active listening that is helpful and communicates engagement is eye contact. I believe it shows respect and says “I am listening and interested in what you have to say.” This is a simple thing that I demand in coaching. If you can’t do this, then politely end the conversation, don’t fake it. (Go try this today!)
At PEAK, we strive to develop better athletes and better people. My vision for starting this organization was to give athletes in the high country a place to work hard developing their skills to reach their potential as a basketball player. As we approach summer, I wanted to outline some ways to become a better basketball player and in the process, push yourself in other ways (character, work ethic, team player, leadership).
Many of these options are through PEAK, but also wanted to highlight other opportunities I know of that would be helpful for growth. Let me know if you have any questions! Help your athletes plan their work to becoming a better player this summer!
“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” -Derek Jeter
"Get Better" is our PEAK blog, providing you with content to help enhance your game, your mind, and your relentless pursuit of the process! Enjoy.
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