The internet holds a seemingly unlimited supply of resources for basketball players and coaches. But in an effort to gain mastery of the sport, players and coaches might need to turn to unlikely sources of information.

Basketball Mastery


I see this all the time in my math classroom.  A student will see or hear something and they will think that they mastered it.   But in reality, understanding is only the first step toward mastery.  You have seen it with your players.  ” I got this coach” but when they try it in a game or practice it does not work.  It takes repetition and working on those skills to really understand your body movements.  “Repetition is the mother of skill”


“Emotional mastery is where you start linking consequences and doing. You act on what you know instead of just know it. When you add emotion like pain or pleasure to repetition, the link becomes stronger and the action more automatic”.   For example if your player does a action ( IN my world its a turnover )….They are going to get a negative reaction from my entire coaching staff.  Pretty soon, they know not to turn the ball over.

Now, apply this concept to your team. Maybe you kept the wrong player,  but you ignored what your instincts tried to tell you. What happened ? I bet you had enough pain from that experience that you think more carefully the next time you pick a team?. “But even if you’ve been burned once, does that mean you never get burned again? No. People repeat the same mistakes over and over because they haven’t yet associated enough pain with the problem, which holds them back from reaching the last level of mastery: physical mastery.”


“With enough repetition, enough emotion, we can get to physical mastery Physical mastery, you don’t have to think about it, you just do it. It’s automatic. No extra effort required. This is the level of true mastery”.

We have all been there on the court when we just play the game and everything comes easily…You do not have to think about setting the screen and rolling to the basket is has become second nature.  It is our goal as coaches to get this level.  Where we have coached enough, felt the ups and downs, and just know what to do for our teams.

Let TEACHOOPS.COM be that for you!

*Quoted material from Tony Robbins (

Related: Developing Your Coaching Philosophy


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