Coach Randal S. Doaty
Most sports enthusiasts look at the box scores to see what happened with their favorite basketball team. These statistics will give you the general overview, but they fall short of telling you the whole story. A basketball game is driven by a variety of “momentum generating events” (MGEs) which become performance indicators. Careful tracking of your MGE’s is essential for player and team development!
Momentum Generating Events include many of the traditional statistical events such as rebounds, assists, points scored, etc. However, they also include the other somewhat latent events such as tipped balls, trap assist, forced turnover, etc. These events can alter the momentum of a game and they are also key indicators of a player’s mental state. They are essential to the Focus and Attitude Coaching enthusiast.
In recent years, the use of BIMPS4 technology has allowed detailed MGE tracking in the sport of basketball. In addition to satisfying our traditional appetite for basketball statistics, it has also provided a look inside the minds of our players. The presence or absence of MGEs in basketball tells us when we are facing a focus and attitude crisis with a player or a squad. It is also a great training tool for athletes who want to measure their own mental performance.
The Momentum Generating Events are the products of fundamental basketball skills and regular practice. A good coaching staff will provide training and drills to enhance production of these MGEs. Any player who hopes to succeed in the sport of basketball will need to thoroughly understand the MGE menu of opportunity. If you are not contributing momentum generating events, your utility to the coach and the team could be very limited.