Randal S. Doaty
Focus & Attitude Coach
More than any other sport, basketball is considered a game of runs. This common label references the scoring nature of the sport. If you look at a game score timeline you would easily recognize how one team will have a series or unanswered baskets, followed by the opponent having a series of unanswered baskets. Focus and attitude factors are the reason for this occurrence and what makes basketball truly a game of runs.
Unlike many sports, basketball requires a particular continuous muscle skill – dribbling. Dribbling is the heartbeat of basketball and the single largest factor that creates the run nature in scoring. In many ways, the rate of speed of a player’s ball dribbling will mirror the level of mental stress that player is currently experiencing. Our human heart rate increases with stress, and so does a basketball player’s rate of dribble.
In addition to dribbling, the player must also make quick athletic reflect decisions to work collectively with the other four players on the floor. When mental stress increases it also requires more energy to be put into the process of either dribbling the ball or making mental calculations. This is also true for passing, catching and shooting the ball. All of these muscle memory functions are affected by increasing levels of mental stress on the player.
The job of the Focus and Attitude Coach is to teach their team how to increase the level of psychological stress in their opponent and also reduce the mental stress from game influences on their own team. Focus and Attitude Coaching requires on-going classroom and study. This subject is not meant for a pep talk or something that the coaching staff can discuss from time to time. A team or player than can master focus and attitude philosophies has a distinctly unfair advantage over their opponent.