Will Your Mental Toughness Hold You Back In 2011?

January 5, 2011

Basketball

After a few days, as soon as we get your feedback, we will start overcoming those problems for you.

Some common problems I’ve noticed in most athletes are:

- Overcoming anxiety and nervousness before and during games.

- Fearing coaches, and fearing their reactions.

- Time management and productivity.

- Leadership problems.

- Body language and how to subliminally impress coaches and scouts with the way you carry yourself.

If you’re one of those rare players who isn’t having any trouble with the mental game right now, let me know as well.

Talk to you in the comments!

- Taylor Allan

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27 Responses to “Will Your Mental Toughness Hold You Back In 2011?”

  1. Jessy Bliss Says:

    I have problems with overcoming anxiety and nervousness, fearing my coaches reaction, and im also worried that the team will get mad or not pass the ball to me because I miss a shot or two.

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  2. Harry Says:

    I have problems in game. I fell as if i am not going to make a shot. I doubt myself and i am scared when i get the ball. I am afraid to talk to anyway like a leader. I am always nervous when i play.

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  3. imran Says:

    sometimes i get nervous in a game and unless i hit a shot dats when i get a little confident so i need help get really confident

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  4. Jessica Dambach Says:

    leadership promblems, like i can get my team to do what I need them to do, and i dont know how to react to it.

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  5. JOhny c. L. Says:

    what’s up taylor thanks for all the help but let jacob know i didnt get the dvd he said he would send out by email. But yea my problem is that i’ve put the work in my game and athleticism very fast got a good jumper still improving but when i play out of school i seem to always perform better in school i hold back i think it’s because i’m caring too much about the coaches and what they think. Before my game felt so nice and i felt like i could do anything but now my creativity and my scoring dropped ridiculously along with my minutes too. My defense is styll there tho. so what do you think that could help me?

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  6. Graham C Says:

    hey man thanks for everything so far
    I have problems staying focused during my workouts and also during school. I also need to be able to block things out of my head like “White Noise.”

    Thanks Taylor

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  7. Jackie b Says:

    I am a coach of kids from 8-17 years old and sometimes have trouble getting through to the kids about being mentally tough because well there kids some get most don’t can you give me tips on how to teach mental toughness and confidence how to carry themselves on the court I would greatly appreciate it thank you

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  8. Holly Says:

    Overcoming and managing anxiety and nervousness before and during games

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  9. Harris Says:

    Hey Taylor,
    I have problems on buliding up my confidence and nervousness before and during games is well too.
    So could you help me please?

    Thanks

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  10. Adam Says:

    The most complicated mental game for me to bring is definitely being a leader on the floor.

    Thanks Mr. Allan

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  11. Frank Says:

    One problem is that maybe the day before the game or even hours before the game I feel calm and focused. But right before the game starts there is anxiety and that calm feeling fades. How do you keep focused without the anxieties?

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  12. Brandon Says:

    My mentality has been going down the drain. My coach has been sitting me in jv so I can play varsity but then I don’t play much. The other night I only got two qtrs of game time. My coach knows I’ve got talent but he always plays me in the wrong position on the court. I don’t know how to confront him and tell him that I came out to play and that I can be better for the team in a different position.

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  13. alex Says:

    when im in my post position i take the shot but miss. how can i make my post better

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  14. Josh Says:

    I believe that my biggest problems I have with the mental aspect of basketball is most definitely my self-confidence. I’m one of those players who dedicates their life to basketball. However, I’ve always been afraid to mess up during a game. I’m afraid that if I make a bad pass, or miss a shot, that my teammates and coaches will get mad at me, and I’ll never have a chance to prove to them that I’m a good player. Also, I get angry inside watching my Varsity friends play. I’m a junior, but my coach sent me back down to JV because there are just better players than me. He says he knows I can do it, but I just get nervous when there is pressure on me. Whenever I watch my friend Nick play, who is an all-star, (averaging about 30 ppg) I ask myself “Why can’t that be me?” There are so many natural athletes on my team, but I’ve had to work for every skill I have in basketball, and I still don’t perform as well as I know I should. How can I get my mental toughness boosted up and become the player that I and my coach know I am?

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  15. baylor Says:

    I am a pretty good basketball player but I have a fear of my coaches reactions, nervousnes before the games and i dunno sometimes I just get frozen. My coach thinks I suck but he has never seen me when I play my real game,

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  16. Cori Says:

    Hi Josh, I really enjoy the info. you send. After reading the other responses, I guess there are many players with similar problems to overcome. I’m 13 and I play on 3 AAU teams as a starting point guard.My coaches and my dad say I have excellent defensive dribbling skills and great court vision,but I need to use these skills offensively as well.During practice we do lots of drills to overcome this,but I freeze up in the game.

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  17. Ashley Says:

    I have trouble with overcoming nervousness before and during games and also fearing the reactions of coaches.

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  18. Jason Says:

    My thing is that im uncordinated and when i go to do something like dunk or try somethen new i break i get super nervuos its crazy

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  19. Matthew Says:

    Hey Taylor,
    Yes, I do fear that my mental toughness will and can hold me down, I’m afraid if I don’t make a good shot or lose the ball, the coach and the scouts will just assume I’m a bad player. I also don’t want my teammates to call me a ball hog and drag me responsible for the fate of the game. I’m always nervous during games because I really can’t predit my coach’s reaction to my failed plays.

    -Matthew

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  20. Isac Says:

    Hey Taylor,

    My mental toughness is really slowing me down in the games i play it is the anxiety and nervousness not know if my coach is going to be glad i took that shot or upset that i did not pass the ball.

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  21. Jake Says:

    My main issue is with the begining of the game. I feel very nervous before games and for the first couple minutes. Once I get in the flow and/or hit my first shoot I feel fine. Its mainly a rhythm thing. Still, I would like to be able to start games stronger and be able to score decent in the first half instead of scoring most of my points after half. I have noticed my mental toughness declining though as well. My freshman year in college I hit alot of big shots, but sophomore year I began to miss those shots that I expected to make at the end of the game. Any help with the mental part of the game would be great, as I feel it is under valued and considered one of those, you have it or you dont, type deals.

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  22. David Says:

    Hey Taylor,

    Before going into games, i always feel a sense or urgency to succeed, i always find myself the last one to leave the locker room just staring at myself in the mirror and blanking out before games. When the game comes however, its hard for me to concentrate. I lose focus a lot and brick a lot of my early shots, they are always long and my teammates keep telling me to calm down. But its not like a panic attack or anything :S.

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  23. Colin Says:

    I think the thing that most athletes deal with is the amount of confidence in themselves. It is either more than it should or not enough, and I deal with that by having my athletes right down their strengths and weaknesses and getting at why.

    Because if they don’t know why and if we cannot address why, then we can’t change it.

    But once you get to the main reason behind the belief, that is when you can address their strengths and weaknesses in a way that can be helped and coached to a better place.

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  24. Dom Says:

    I might sound like I’m full of myself but I know I’m the best player on my basketball team. In practice sometimes & in games I get nervous on the offensive end of the floor. I’m a point guard & I have great ball control but I don’t show it in games. Playing with some friends at the Y or something I usually dominate. When the coaches & crowd watch me though I freeze up. It’s mainly that I think players will strip me when they press even tho I can dribble no problem. I used to dominate last year in 7th grade. I’d get about 12-18 points per game with 6 min quarters. Now I have like 5 or 6 zero point games & some 2 4 & 1 8 point game. I’m 6 th man now when I used to b a starter. My confidence has dropped. I believe in myself but I don’t show it in ball leagues only street ball type of stuff with friends.

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  25. aaaa Says:

    i get nervous for a game i get scared of the ball in games and i be scared ima miss a layup i need help

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  26. Raphael Says:

    I think the best way to dominate in basketball is to not view your opponent as the ” enemy” rather as a companion who helps you get better because they will expose your weaknesses like when you’re dribbling they rip you but then it’s your choice to say he just ripped me I need to work on keeping the ball between me and him…etc

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  27. markus Says:

    Overcoming anxiety and nervousness before and during games.

    - Fearing coaches, and fearing their reactions.

    - Time management and productivity.

    - Leadership problems.

    Reply

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