Confidence is a necessary skill for all players, coaches, and teams to have in order to be successful. However, that doesn't mean that confidence always comes easy to each individual. Let's check out 3 ways players and coaches can help build confident and successful basketball programs.
1. Do not fear failure
Confidence can be shaken by emotions of fear, anxiety, and insecurities. A lot of times, players feel like they can't make a mistake and when they do it's hard to get out of a rut. Coaches can assist with this by assuring players it's ok to make mistakes at times.
Everyone is bound to make a mistake at practice or in a game, whether it's a missed shot, a bad pass, or forgetting a play. Pick your teammates back up and help them learn from the mistake and get their head back in the game. The only way to avoid making mistakes is to not play, so shake off mistakes and get back to work!
2. Be vocal on the court
The game of basketball moves fast and communication on offense and defense is essential to winning games. Players who lack confidence may hesitate to call out screens, switches, or an open pass. Get outside of your comfort zone and start by working on team communication in practice. Coaches can help with this by setting up offensive and defensive drills that require players to talk throughout.
Being vocal on the court allows players to connect with their teammates and approach each game situation with confidence. When players know their teammates will be vocal they don't have to worry about missing a screen or an open opportunity on the floor for a shot. Vocal and confident players build team comraderie and help win championships.
3. Practice, Practice, and more practice
One of the simplest ways to help build confidence is through practice. This means practicing with the team and individually. Confident players are aware of their strengths and weaknesses and they work on both to maintain and get better. Building confidence outside of game situations will allow players to shake off mistakes when they happen and get back in the game.
Consistency in your training will be key to success. That means working hard, being disciplined, holding yourself accountable, and dedication. Make your training a routine, stick to it, and watch your confidence in games grow!
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