THE IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING TO COMPETE

learning to compete in basketball

Life Lessons in Basketball: Learning to Compete

When Pro Skills Basketball was first founded, Logan and I wanted to come up with an easy way for kids, parents and coaches to remember the values and skills we thought were most important for young players to learn.

From that, we developed the acronym F.O.C.U.S., which originally stood for Fun, Overcome, Concentration, Unity, and Sacrifice.

However, after being immersed in the youth basketball world for a few years year-round, full-time, we realized that perhaps the number one skill we were having to teach kids was toughness, and specifically, toughness in terms of competing and competition. Because of that, we decided to change the C in F.O.C.U.S. from “Concentrate” to “Compete”.

With that said, I realized that we never wrote a replacement blog post on this new skill of “Compete” in our F.O.C.U.S. acronym, so this is what I wanted to address in this blog post.

Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not like we necessarily think that “Competing” is more important that “Concentrating”, which you can read about what we mean by that in our previous blog post. It’s just that over the past 6 years, we’ve found ourselves constantly trying to figure out how to help our kids be more competitive, how to help them understand that they need to compete as hard as they can in everything they do, on or off the court.

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WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO SACRIFICE FOR BASKETBALL

Sacrifice in BasketballDo great basketball players make sacrifices? 

Of course they do! So, here we are. The last segment in our posts describing the Pro Skills Basketball acronym of F.O.C.U.S. Fun, Overcome, Concentration, and Unity have all been written about.

Now we are down to the “S”…and it’s my personal favorite. The four previously mentioned topics are all extremely important concepts that basketball and youth sports can teach young kids.

But, the “S” is what takes some people to the top. The “S” is what holds 99% of us back. The “S” can be the greatest lesson that young people can apply to their adult lives.

Without it, nothing great has ever been accomplished. Without it, experiencing discomfort or enduring the struggles of adult life can be difficult to bear. Without it, we struggle to learn to make tough decisions.

The “S” in our acronym, and I believe the most important thing youth basketball can teach young players, stands for sacrifice.

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HOW BASKETBALL CAN TEACH KIDS TEAMWORK & UNITY

As we continue with our blog series on F.O.C.U.S., we will now discuss Unity, which is the U in our acronym. As I’ve mentioned in past blog posts, on a personal level, the most lasting lessons that basketball and team sports taught me were the skills of working well with others.

I don’t remember a lot of scores, plays or highlights from my playing career, but the things that have lasted the test of time are the friendships I made along the way and the lessons I learned about working towards something bigger than myself.

Sometimes they were difficult lessons to learn. Sometimes they were downright painful. But below you will find 3 lessons on Unity that can be taught through basketball and other team sports.

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4 WAYS TO IMPROVE MENTAL FOCUS & CONCENTRATION IN BASKETBALL

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At Pro Skills Basketball, we use the acronym F.O.C.U.S. in our attempt to make a change in a youth sports culture that we see as flawed.

The “C” in F.O.C.U.S. stands for “Concentrate” which involves an essential and crucial piece to the development of the young mind both in basketball and in life.

In short, the simple definition of concentration is “the action or power of focusing one’s attention or mental effort.”

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6 CHALLENGES KIDS CAN OVERCOME IN YOUTH BASKETBALL

Hopefully by now you’ve read PSB co-founder Logan Kosmalski’s blog post about the ‘F’ in our acronym F.O.C.U.S., which stands for Fun, Overcome, Concentrate, Unity, and Sacrifice.

overcome challenges in youth basketball

While it’s extremely important that basketball is an overall fun experience for youth players, it’s equally important to note that it’s not going to be fun all of the time. In fact, sometimes it may be the opposite of fun – it can be maddening, saddening, frustrating, or any of the other “negative” feelings/emotions, and this is not necessarily a bad thing!

Why?

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