Team Mental Exercise

9 Nov

Coach Bobby Knight said it best when he said,”Mental is to Physical as 4 is to 1″.  He further went on to say that you must motivate the mind 4 times as much as you body.  I totally agree with Coach Knight.  With that in mind, throughout the year I am always challenging/motivating my players 4 times as much mentally than I am physically.  This past week I gave to my players the following documents, which were a three part assignment:

* Part One – we had them complete a pre-season self evaluation and character assessment then tally their score and rate themselves. We also had them do the same assessment after the season, so that they can hopefully grow and develop.

* Part Two – we gave them 15 words that we felt were the most important “one word philosophies” that define our program. Then with the words they had to place them in a 15 block pyramid with the most important words making up the foundation. Then as a team we discussed and comprised our own collective “Pyramid of Success”.

* Part Three – they had to rate their teammates in 10 basketball related categories.  They had to pick the top 5 on the team in each category. The purpose of this exercise was to help define roles and also give them an accurate depiction of how they are perceived by their peers.

Kids rarely focus on the mental aspect of any physical activity that they participate in.  It is our job as coaches to make them aware that it is as important to train mentally as it is physically.

Below is the character assessment we use.

Montverde Academy Men’s Basketball Team Character Assessment

Read each of the qualities and explanations listed. Rate the degree to which you believe you posses that quality by circling a number from 1 to 10. 1 being the lowest score and 10 being the highest score. At the end of the season, you can mark the survey again, using a different color pen, and see how you’ve grown.

QUALITY EXPLANATION RANGE

Drive Highly motivated 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Perseverence Sticking to tasks or goals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Risk Taking Willing to take chances 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Organization Life and school in order 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Confidence Sure of yourself 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Persuasiveness Able to convince others 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Honesty Open, Truthful 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Competitiveness Eager to win 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Adaptability Coping with new situations 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Understanding Empathy with others 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Discipline Able to stick to schedule 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Vision Able to think long term 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Players Name:________________ Age:_______________ Grade:____________

Date of first self rating:_______________ Total Score:____________________

Date of second self rating:_____________ Total Score:____________________

These 15 words represent the building blocks upon which this program is built. Much like the great pyramids through history no one block can stand alone. With strategic placement of these blocks the success of our program is dependent. Embrace them and allow them to become apart of the fabric that is you. For each one of you help to define the success of OUR program.

Exercise: Draw and 15 Block Pyramid and Place the 15 words into the Pyramid where you think they should go to ensure that the Pyramid is most stable/successful.

  1. Collective excellence
  2. Team Accountability
  3. Respect for program and self
  4. Unselfishness
  5. Maturity
  6. Integrity
  7. Commitment to Development
  8. Poise
  9. Honesty
  10. Trust
  11. Loyality
  12. Responsibility
  13. Open lines of communication
  14. Success
  15. Academic Commitment

And the rating system we use:

Montverde Academy

 

BASKETBALL

 

WHO ARE OUR BEST?

 

Write down 5 names for each category.

 

I.Shooters
II.Passers
III.Screeners
IV.Rebounders
V.Defenders
VI.Listeners
VII.Workers
VIII.Teammates
IX.Free Throw Shooters
X.Leaders

 

Montverde Academy Men’s Basketball Team Character Assessment

 

Read each of the qualities and explanations listed. Rate the degree to which you believe you posses that quality by circling a number from 1 to 10. 1 being the lowest score and 10 being the highest score. At the end of the season, you can mark the survey again, using a different color pen, and see how you’ve grown.

 

QUALITY EXPLANATION RANGE

Drive Highly motivated 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

Perseverence Sticking to tasks or goals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

Risk Taking Willing to take chances 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

Organization Life and school in order 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

Confidence Sure of yourself 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

Persuasiveness Able to convince others 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

Honesty Open, Truthful 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

Competitiveness Eager to win 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

Adaptability Coping with new situations 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

Understanding Empathy with others 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

Discipline Able to stick to schedule 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

Vision Able to think long term 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

Players Name:________________ Age:_______________ Grade:____________

 

Date of first self rating:_______________ Total Score:____________________

 

Date of second self rating:_____________ Total Score:____________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These 15 words represent the building blocks upon which this program is built. Much like the great pyramids through history no one block can stand alone. With strategic placement of these blocks the success of our program is dependent. Embrace them and allow them to become apart of the fabric that is you. For each one of you help to define the success of OUR program.

 

Exercise: Draw and 15 Block Pyramid and Place the 15 words into the Pyramid where you think they should go to ensure that the Pyramid is most stable/successful.

 

  1. Collective excellence

  2. Team Accountability

  3. Respect for program and self

  4. Unselfishness

  5. Maturity

  6. Integrity

  7. Commitment to Development

  8. Poise

  9. Honesty

  10. Trust

  11. Loyality

  12. Responsibility

  13. Open lines of communication

  14. Success

  15. Academic Commitment

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