How to improve your basketball IQ

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Develop your Winner Competencies

Basketball player

To be a truly great player involves much more than just focusing on the spectacular aspects of the game such as breathtaking shots or how high you can jump. To be an outstanding player you need to improve your basketball IQ to its maximum value.

In my 25 years of experience as a Performance Coach, I have found that the best way of doing so is through a system of “competencies”.

Competencies are a combination of skills, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs. In my Basketball Players Performance Coaching Program I have defined the competencies that an all rounded, extremely highly valued player has. With my clients I create a personal development plan so that they can systematically develop these Winner Competencies and improve their basketball IQ.

My aim in this article is to share these competencies with you. In many of my other articles I have shared and will share some tips on how to develop them so that you can have at least a taster of how to become an amazing player through Basketball Performance Coaching.

To give you an idea of the power of this approach; players who have applied themselves to my Program have taken leaps from third division to first division teams in just one season.

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So how can you improve your basketball IQ

If you focus on developing your Basketball Winner Competencies your brilliance will just come naturally. Even more, your brilliance is built on a strong and solid foundation which will serve as a catapult during your whole career.

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My Basketball Winner Competencies are divided into 8 groups:

  1. Self-motivation, self-discipline and results achievement
  2. Team work
  3. Creativity
  4. Self-esteem, self-confidence and presence
  5. Inner strength and resilience
  6. Concentration and management of stress and pressure
  7. Enjoyment and fun
  8. Self-evaluation, continuous improvement and responsibility

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How would your success increase if you became a master of these competencies?

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1. Self-motivation, self-discipline and results achievement

improve-your-basketball-IQThis involves the ability to keep yourself excited, energetic and focused in your practice over the short and long-term so that you achieve your potential. It includes the following competencies:

a. I have clear long-term and short-term objectives.

b. I know the mechanisms and actions that are necessary to achieve these objectives.

c.  I have a weekly routine to ensure I take these actions and put into place these mechanisms.

d. Nearly all of the time I motivate myself to take these actions and apply these mechanisms and I do so with enthusiasm and enjoyment.

e. I keep myself motivated and I am constant in my weekly routine in order to achieve my objectives.

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2. Team Work

Very often we focus our attention on the breaktaking players and dream about being like them. However, what makes a champion team and a truly outstanding player is the synergy that exists in the team. This synergy is dynamic and pure joy to be part of and comes from the following competencies:

a. My team mates and coaches trust in me.

b. I contribute positivity, focus and energy to the team.

c. My team mates are important to me and I care about them.

d. I am constantly aware of where my team mates are on the court and I feel connected to them.

e. I know how to move in union with my team mates.

f. I balance my personal ambition with the greatest benefit for the team

g. I have good communication and relationship skills on and of the court.

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3. Creativity

It is creativity that separates a world class player from eveyone else:

a. I have a wide range of movements and strategies that I can use on the court.

b. My mind automatically chooses the best of these movements and strategies in each moment.

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 4. Self-esteem, self-confidence and presence

This group of competencies is probably the most well known and most talked about:

a. I trust totally in my body and its physical and sporting ability.

b. I am comfy and happy with myself.

c. I feel my best game in every cell of my body and I can repeat it continually.

d. I occupy my place in the team and on the court with a great level of presence.

e. I dominate my technique and the ball is completely safe  my hands.

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5. Inner strength and resilience  

Basketball IQInvestigations indicate that more than 60% of performance comes from your mental agility and control. The key competencies are listed in this and the next 3 groups:

a. I always feel smarter, bigger and stronger than the players of the opposing team.

b. With the team on the court I feel like a steam-roller; completely unstoppable.

c. I feel 100% a winner.

d. I completely make the most of every second that I am on the court, treating each moment as the most vital of the championship.

e. I feel the court as my territory and I don´t let the players of the opposing team pass me to score.

f. When I make a mistake I instantly come back to my best game.

g. I know that everything that I think is just a mental story y I can direct my “stories” towards the greatest benefit for the team and for me.

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6. Concentration and management of stress and pressure

a. I am in flow, in the here and now, totally connected to my body and my senses in each moment that I am on the court.

b. I can control time and space in my favor.

c. My mind is totally cold and clear when I am on the court.

d. When the pressure grows I enter more deeply into the Zone, into flow and my mind becomes more cold and clear.

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7. Enjoyment and fun

a. I know how to balance enjoyment and fun with responsibility.

b. I enjoy training and the games and I make them fun.

c. I make the training and the games more pleasant and fun for my team mates.

 

8. Self-evaluation, continuous improvement and responsibility

Curiously, one of the key competencies that set the genius basketball players apart is that they see themselves objectively. They know their strengths and development areas, without judging them as good or bad. They look to themselves as the solution to improving their personal and the teams results. They dedicate minimal time and energy thinking or talking about what others need to change or improve. These are the competencies of this group:

a. When something goes badly I take responsibility for what I can do to improve the situation and I don´t blame others.

b. I have a high level of physical awareness, of my body and my breathing. I take care of my body over the long-term.

c. I can go beyond my belief that “It´s the way I am” to develop the Winning Competencies.

d. I actively look for feedback, development opportunities and experts so that I can reach my potential.

e. In each situation I proactively and exclusively direct my attention to taking the necessary actions to improve or influence the situation.

f. I have an accurate self-evaluation of my technical and non-technical skills and abilities and I know how to improve them.

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As you can see, to be a star player you need to develop many more skills, abilities and attitudes than just your technical skills.

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How much time and focus do you dedicate to acquiring these skills and attitudes?

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The good news is that every one of these competencies is learnable. It just requires a sound method and practice, just like all other skills.

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Read more about my Basketball Performance Coaching Program

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