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I am really excited to start sharing on Basketball Insight! Coach has put together a fantastic site that really helps coaches connect and share daily. I hope to contribute some value to you and your teams. The 2015-16 season was my first as a Boys Varsity Assistant at Baraboo, WI High School. Prior to Baraboo, I was Head Boys Coach for Sparta, WI from 2011-2015. Today I wanted to share some pre-game mental preparation sheets that we did as a program in 2014. I will be following this up soon with the post-game processing sheets as well. A huge shout out to Josh Metcalf and Jamie Gilbert as these sheets are a part of their Train to Be Clutch Program. I am currently reading their book, “Burn Your Goals” and can not wait to implement some of their ideas in my training sessions and team work. Enjoy!
Their process, that I hope to share some with you over the next few posts, is directing people to transformational leadership and increasing mental preparation for life.
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During the 14-15 season as a team we spent time pre-game as a team with no noise and used a simple visualization process to prepare for that night’s games. Following our quiet time, the players would each receive one of the attached pre-game preparation sheets to help process their thoughts. This is something that we practiced and worked on prior to using this in a game setting. Following time for the players to work on the sheets we would go into our pre-game preparations and matchups for the night. Finally, we would read our team creed as a squad before taking the floor.
With an extremely young team that year, (6 sophomores out of 10 varsity players), we struggled early with pre-game anxiety and early game miscues. We started this exercise about three games into the season and I noticed a huge difference as the season progressed. Our players became more prepared and focused for tip-off and really came together as a group off of the court as well.