Thinking of going to a basketball camp this summer?
Well, you have come to the right place. This article will provide you with the insights on how your state of mind can impact your basketball camp experience and how you can achieve better results by listening to your coaches and giving your best effort.
Get the best out of your basketball camp experience by following these 5 simple tips.
1. Begin with the End in Mind
In his book, “First Things First”, Stephen R. Covey emphasizes that one of the best ways to achieve success in any endeavor, is to begin with the end in mind.
To begin with the end in mind, simply means that you should first think about what you intend to achieve before you start doing something.
This principle is certainly useful if you are to make the most out of your basketball camp experience.
What do you want to achieve by the end of your basketball camp experience?
How can you achieve these goals?
Asking yourself these types of questions in advance helps you develop a mental framework that enables you to anticipate different situations and stay focused on the things that contribute to your basketball goals.
2. Stay Positive, Be Happy
Beginning with the end in mind is not enough. You might know what you want and have a great plan for achieving your goal, but if you don’t stay positive and be happy, you might end up having a very unpleasant camp experience.
Positive thinking builds your skills and boosts your health. Barbara Fredrickson, a positive psychology researcher at the University of North Carolina, says that positive thinking broadens your sense of possibilities and opens up your mind, which in turn, allows you to develop physical and social skills and makes you more creative.
Negative thoughts, on the other hand, makes you shut off the outside world and limits the options you see around you.
So, stay positive and think positive thoughts, this way you will be able to stay focused during drills and competitive training that you might face at your camp.
Don’t waste your parents time or money, if you are not going to get the most out of your camp experience.
3. Listen & Learn
While basketball camp is supposed to be a fun experience, it is also supposed to help you learn.
Coaches are there to help you improve your skills and become a better player. Your responsibility is to listen and pay attention to what they have to say.
Since it is difficult to remember everything your coach says, I suggest that you keep a notebook handy in the gym to help you keep track of useful tips.
You can write down what you have learned during breaks or in between drills and organize your notes later when you get home.
This is what really good players do. It allows you to review everything you have learned and come up with a plan to improve on your own.
As we know, success doesn’t come from what you do in public, but what you are able to accomplish when no one is looking.
4. Don’t Be Too Concerned With Mistakes
During camp, you might make a few mistakes. Don’t be too concerned if you are having trouble with some of the drills.
Mistakes do not mean that you are a failure, they simply are opportunities to consider when determining what areas of your game you need to improve.
Do not take failure to heart, even Michael Jordan missed shots occasionally (thousands of shots to be exact). He also was cut from his high school team, but he still didn’t let that stop him from becoming one of the best basketball players ever.
Rather than focus on what you did wrong, focus on how you can do it right the next time. Don’t be afraid of asking for help from your coaches.
At PSB, all of our basketball coaches are experienced and are willing to help each individual player learn from their mistakes so they can improve their game.
5. Give It Your Best
Since you are going to spend your precious time at camp, why not get the most out of it?
During camp, you will get the opportunity to learn a lot of fundamentals. Mastering these fundamentals will require that you give your best.
Prepare yourself to get outside your comfort zone and stretch the limits of your abilities. This is really how great NBA players are able to adapt to hostile environments and rise to the level of their abilities.
In addition, when you strive to give your best, your mind becomes receptive to learning and this can create a positive vibe between you, your coach and the other players.
That’s not all.
When you persist in giving your best, it becomes part of your character, and you find yourself giving your best in everything you do almost as if by default.
Basketball isn’t only what you do on the court, but what you do off it!
So, how will you perceive your time at this year’s summer basketball camp?
In addition, PSB has partnered with several NBA players to host their youth basketball caps, such as; Malik Monk, Kemba Walker, Mike Muscala, Dillon Brooks, and many more. You can register online.