Coach Doaty on the Equal and Opposite Reactions in Basketball


Coach Randy Doaty

Randal S. Doaty
Focus & Attitude Coach
Co-Developer of BIMPS4 Basketball Software

   For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Yes, I am talking about basketball. Although this phrase is commonly associated with physics, it is also applicable to the sport of basketball as it relates to focus and attitude coaching. Whenever you do something positive, it tends to have a negative impact on your opponent. The opposite is also true. Bad things happening to you can benefit your opponent psychologically. The BIMPS4 software for basketball was developed with mostly good things in mind!

   One of the knee-jerk criticisms of the BIMPS4 basketball program is the fact that we give plenty of positive points for all sorts of good things, but fail to balance this by giving a player negative points for mistakes or failures. That philosophy was no error. Our point system accounting was tried and tested for nearly a decade before we finsihed software development. We learned that measuring the good things our players did automatically told us how much negative energy was being absorbed by our opponent. The BIMPS points are not intended to be used as a balance sheet.

   When I am teaching my Focus & Attitude curriculum, I try to explain mistakes and failures by a basketball player as if every error they encounter is radioactive. The quicker a player is able to shed their mistake, the less effect the mistake will have on that player throughout the game. Carrying mistakes in our mental backpack is a deadly habit in terms of the effect that it will have on our athletic performance. The goal in basketball is to have our opponent become weighted down with the negative energy that results from our positive momentum generating events.

   The BIMPS4 basketball software primarily measures the positive energy of a player, squad or team. The higher the energy generated, the greater the negative energy absorbed by our opponent. The focus and attitude coaching curriculum is centered on the positive, neutral and negative mental charges and their effect on player performance. If you are serious about becoming a great basketball player, you will need to spend some time understanding the mental game that goes on between your ears. This has a huge impact on what actually happens between the lines on the court!

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About Coach Doaty

Coach Doaty is a sports performance quantification system pioneer and a mental coaching innovator. He has been researching, developing and implementing new tools and training programs for the sport of basketball for nearly two decades. He has spent the past 18 years studying data he has collected with his trademark intensity measurement point system called BIMPS. The term BIMPS is an acronym for Basketball Intensity Measurement Point System.
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