Coach Randal S. Doaty
If you have noticed that you or your team has a sluggish start to the game, I suggest that you begin filming the pre-game warm-up routine. As a “Focus & Attitude Coach” I will tell you that the pre-game warm-up routine is an indicator of what you will experience in the first two minutes of the game or more. You cannot have a hot start without having a hot pre-game routine from my coaching experience.
Some folks will argue that it is foolish to expend too much energy in the pre-game warm-ups. If this is true in your case, you need to get more energy. Change your diet and increase your stamina through exercise. You can’t practice for the Indianapolis 500 by driving around the track at 50 MPH. Why? Because the car handles differently at 250 MPH – just as your body!
The first two minutes of a basketball game can set the tone for the entire game. This isn’t only true physically, but also mentally. Successful teams employ a “sting” approach to a basketball game. This is a high energy, full attack mode style of basketball. It can be mentally disabling to an opponent even if they have superior strategies and skills as opposed to your team.
If you are a coach or team captain, you might want to spend as much time looking for truly challenging warm-up routines as you spend looking for the next great play strategy. You might want to brainstorm with your athletic training so you can work stretching into the mix so that you are properly preparing the body for combat. The chemicals released by your body through these efforts are also helpful to the focus and attitude components in your mind for the contest ahead.