Basketball Mental Aspects - Tuning Up
From the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook
by Anthony B. Lanzillo
Tone Lanzillo is a mental prep coach to athletes who want to be mentally prepared to play their best game. He has worked with student-athletes, from middle school through high school and into college, in such sports as basketball, football, soccer and lacrosse. Over the past several years, he has written for a number of sports blogs and websites, including FirstDown Playbook, Coaches Training Room, Ultimate Hockey Source, and Lax Playbook.
Contact: Anthony B. Lanzillo
In working with athletes and coaches, I have developed The Mental Tune-Up as a 90-day journal that provides a series of quotes and questions to prompt the players to learn and develop different mental skills, and thereby be mentally prepared to play their best game. Here are three days from this journal that can help your players to be mentally stronger and sharper for game-time.
David Halberstam - Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made
"You can learn to love something if you make an effort to focus on the aspects of that activity that please you, thinking over and over again about how much you enjoy them."
Bob Rotella - How Champions Think
What do I love and enjoy about playing basketball?
Coach Bob Hurley
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle Of St. Anthony
"Purpose provides the ultimate glue that can help you stick to the path you've set."
Gary Keller - The One Thing
What is the purpose of each exercise and drill that I do in practice? What is the purpose of practice?
Coach Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson - Sacred Hoops
"When we lose control of our emotions, we aren't thinking anymore, we are worrying... When we worry, our minds are not paying attention to the reality of the moment, and making good decisions can be very difficult, since important information is not being recognized and considered..."
Craig Manning - The Fearless Mind
How can I learn to control my emotions and stay focused in a game?
If you are a basketball coach would like to know more about The Mental Tune-Up, drop Coach Lanzillo an email.
Related page: Basketball Mental Prep Playbook
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