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Every coach says it, "We need a leader out there!" What does being a leader look like, and what does your coach really want from you? These are very important questions that the classes in this section are here to help you understand. Learning how to lead by example or to develop your vocal leadership, are skills you can master through thoughtful practice. These leadership traits will not only help you on the basketball court, but will help set you up for success in any team structure for the rest of your life.
Leading by Example
The first trait you have to possess to lead any team is being able to lead by example. What you do influences the behaviors and attitudes of others. This includes your overall work ethic, your commitment, and always doing what is right, both on and off the court. You must hold yourself accountable before you can hold anyone else. This class will teach athletes the main qualities coaches look for their leaders to possess.
Each team needs a couple of vocal leaders that are an extension of their coach on the court. These leaders will relay instructions and give demands. It is dire that the rest of the team become cheerleaders, who infuse their teammates with energy and positive words of encouragement. Both roles are vitally important to the overall success of a team.
This class will teach athletes what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. Students will learn and develop positive vocabulary that athletes can use to uplift and motivate their peers.
One thing that says a lot, without verbally saying anything at all, is your body language. Are your mannerisms bringing energy to your teammates, or are they draining it? One of the top things college coaches look for while they are recruiting is non-verbal communication and how an athlete responds after a mistake.
This class will dissect various gestures and teach students how to positively present themselves during numerous situations. These traits will let their coaches and teammates know they are ready, confident, and mature enough to play.
5 Levels of Leadership
Leadership can be broken down into 5 levels.
Level 1: Follow
Level 2: Lead Self
Level 3: Lead 1 Person
Level 4: Lead Small Group
Level 5: Lead Large Group
"In almost every way, the team becomes a reflection of their leader." So is vital that we give our athletes the knowledge necessary to succeed. There are many traits you have to understand and poses in order to lead your entire basketball team. It requires a lot of time and effort, certainly something that does not happen overnight. Introducing these skills early will help set the entire team up for success for years to come. These classes will give a chronological checklist of traits you should aspire to obtain in order to move up the leadership pyramid.
Sports are not just difficult for the athletes to digest. It's also a very tough road for parents to navigate as well. Competition in sports brings out a lot of high pressure situations and it can often be hard for parents to see their child in mental or physical pain.
This class hopes to dissect some of the common issues parents face and how to properly support your athlete to set them up for future success such as:
-how to talk to/motivate your athlete
-how to help them handle adversity/set backs
-understanding/supporting the coaches
-understanding the recruiting process
We all want to see our kids succeed in sports. However, the ultimate goal should be to have our kids succeed in life. Sports are a great way to help teach life long lessons such as commitment, perseverance, and team work if talked about and done so in the right way. Taking this course is the first step to helping your athlete both on and off the court.
Mind Gym is prepared to help coaches tackle any area of basketball they feel they need assistance mastering. Being a coach goes far beyond teaching skills and knowing the x's and o's. Coaches also fill the roles of teachers, leaders, motivators, and councilors. They are asked to develop kids skills, condition athlete's endurance, teach them numerous offenses and defenses, manage all of their emotions, explain various situations, scout opponents, break down film, keep stats, develop practice plans, run/support their feeder programs and teach life lessons. All of this is usually on top of their full time jobs they hold during the work day.
Mind Gym is here to help manage some of the load on your plate and provide the motivation to persevere through our long season.
Ways Mind Gym is prepared to assist you include, but are not limited to:
-Motivational speaker to help spark the energy your team needs to complete your goals and end your season on a high note.
-Coaching Clinic for your feeder program coaches to make sure all of your coaches are on the same page and have the tools necessary to have a successful season.
-Parents Meeting: Help parents buy in to your program, set ground rules for everyone to abide by, and explain ways parents can be a positive asset rather than a burden.
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