There’s an old saying that luck happens when preparation and opportunity meet. Here’s the breakdown:
What is preparation? To me, preparation is a mindset, a discipline. Preparation just doesn’t occur 2 weeks before tryouts in October, preparation begins in the quiet month of April after the hoopla of march madness all the way though until October. Preparation is weights at 6am, running by 8am and shooting by 10am. Preparation is your lifestyle choices, preparation means you are a full time student of the game, preparation happens when no one is watching, preparation is hard.
Preparation is a responsibility, Preparation is a way of life.
A moment in time when you are given a chance to perform a task that benefits something larger than you, a chance to take the next step in your career, a chance to embrace sweaty palms and have the confidence to overcome a new challenge. Opportunity hides. Opportunity is inevitable, it will knock on your door.
Opportunity is unknown, sneaky and invisible. Opportunity is your future…
Have you struggled making the team before, or made the team but rode the bench? How are you planning on changing that? October will come, faster than you think and only you can change the status quo.
Eventually your name will be called, the whistle will blow and your opportunity will be your present, how you have prepared will determine your future.
All serious basketball players work hard right? (key term here is: serious). All good shooters can make 65/100 3′s, right?
We all play on sweet AAU teams, we all lift wieghts down at the rec center and hit the gym to shoot our shots afterwards, right?
Sounds like a full schedule of basketball, man we must be working really hard, what a great work ethic we have. We all do it, so why do only some of us stand out? Why do only some of us get college scholarships?
Luck? maybe a little bit.
With a little hard work, you know the standard amount; It’s easy to go from 50/100 to 65/100 in 3′s but why is it so hard to go from 65 to 80/100….consistently?
If all you’re doing is the standard amount, all you’re going to get is the standard result. The hard part is the last 8% and yes even the last 1%, everyone is already doing the standard amount, if we practice enough we can all hit 65 made 3′s out of 100, but that’s not going to make us stand out from a crowded market. The hard part is getting to 80 on a consistent basis, now you’re in an exclusive club that only 1% of your peers are in…does this give you a better opportunity of getting a college scholarship? I think so!
Which part of your game is in the 1% club?
Notice the key words I used: “we all do this” “we all can shoot 65%”, be the one that says “only I can shoot 80%!"
A few minutes ago I just got done speaking with a young player overseas and he shared with me he was online looking for good 1on1 moves to practice and only kept getting highlight video’s of the and1 mix-tape tour.
His response to me was this: “These aren’t legal are they”? “They seem ridiculous”
I had to laugh because they are ridiculous but also very entertaining. I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch guys with cool nicknames throwing it off each other’s faces then off the backboard for a reverse dunk?
But speaking to him made me think of the possible influence it may have had on many young ball players looking for an identity, looking for something to hold on to and believe in, looking for guidance. The appeal of And1 can be addicting, all the flare and excitement can make you want to play like that.
For those of us who are veterans of the game, we know this to be what it is, an entertaining lie. But the question is, what did the young players think of it as? Reality?
You betcha! I can speak from first hand experience on this one, I grew up at the height of the And1 mix-tape and had several teammates (both high school and AAU) train and do drills straight from the And1 mix tape tours. They truly thought this was the best way to invest their time and energy. So yes, they could do really high cross-overs and fancy behind the back spin moves or even pretend to fake you out by thinking they threw the ball behind your back, looked awesome without any defense.
The harsh reality was that these moves won’t and can never be effective in a real live game with decent defenders. First off, 98% of the moves are illegal and second off they always led to a turnover.
The point is this, don’t be fooled by the glitz and glamor of our game and don’t try to be like anyone else. Seek out knowledge from knowledgeable sources and they will tell you what I have always told you, fundamentals and skill development are still king on the hardwood.
Who here has failed trying to complete a move they couldn’t do for the sake of showing off? I know I have and it seems like trying and failing is the best medicine for not trying it again? What do you think?
What does the ‘Flying V’ and a flock of geese have to do with this site, your basketball career, success of your team and your life beyond athletics?
Well, I am going to tell you:
Take a few minutes to observe a flock of geese in flight and you’ll understand. One goose flies at the front of the V, fighting wind resistence and putting in the effort so that the flock can fly further and achieve more than any of them could on their own, being the leader of the flock is difficult and exhausting therefore one goose can only take the lead for a short amount of time, the geese rotate the leader of the V ever so often to share the burden of fighting the wind. Without a cohesive, well-structured plan where all the geese buy into the system, the flying V will fail.
The individual goose must establish trust with his/her peers within the flock, without trust and teamwork the objective of the flying V cannot be sustained.
Here are some concrete idea’s we can learn from the flock.
The team is always greater than any individual
Establishing roles and responsibilities is key to success
Create your own trustworthy flock, gather together your teammates this off season and build genuine, trustworthy relationships and start preparing for a championship next year.
One vision – each member of your flock must see and understand the flock’s objective.
Trust must always be constant. That wind gets strong, so the trust in your flock must be stronger
A lot of time in sports we are motivated by famous quotes and inspirational sayings that get us all hyped up to play. These three questions serve that cause but also serve a self-assessment cause. You guys know by now that I am big on self-assessment and when you can narrow it down to three important questions, that’s even better….Ask yourself these questions on a regular basis and don’t lose focus of who you are and where you want to be.
1.) Can people trust me do to my best?
2.) Am I committed to the task at hand?
3.) Do I care about other people and show it?
If the answer to these questions are ‘yes’, there is no way you can fail.
Coach Holtz didn’t just mean this in relevance to sports; these are three important questions you can continue to ask yourself throughout life in whatever it is you choose to do. This takes some serious critical thinking on your part!
Please share a few questions that you ask yourself in your own journey and we’ll compile a good running list for the community. For short term goal setting this off season and long term desired goals, please send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work on it together.
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