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Basketball Tips and Ideas – Focus on the Present

I remember the first time I performed at the halftime of a Boston Celtics game. What a thrill it was to perform on a court with so much history associated with it! When I started the dribbling routine of my performance, my mind started to wander – here I was standing on the Leprechaun, thinking about all the historical games that were started with a jump ball right here. I was thinking completely about something else other than thinking about what I was doing in front of 20,000 people at that moment! I made a slight mistake, which shocked me back into focusing on the present and then I finished the performance successfully.

Have you ever felt your mind wander during an important moment in a game? We’ve all experienced this at one time or another in our lives, and it’s easier said than done to “snap out of it” and get back to focusing on the task at hand. Below are 7 Keys to Staying Focused in the Present:

  1. Refocus – Become aware of the slip of attention, and then choose another focal point or direction of attention to turn your mind to.
  2. Use Task Goals – Concentrate on the specific challenges of the event. This may include technique or strategy points, executing plays, or simply being involved in the game.
  3. Keep it Simple – Do not become overly analytic in your desire to take an “active mind” approach to performance. Do not fill your mind up with so many thoughts.
  4. Plan for the Competition – Planning well in advance of the event involves working out where to focus at different parts of an event. By preparing mental plans in advance, you are free to carry out the plan during performance.
  5. Make Back up Plans – These are developed by preparing responses, or refocusing strategies, to use in adverse competitive situations. Of course, you can’t plan for all possible scenarios, but working out in advance how you would respond can facilitate an appropriate response being made when the “heat is on.”
  6. Practice Concentration – Here is a meditation exercise. Sit in a comfortable position. Take a note of the time on your watch. Close your eyes and focus on one thing (for instance your breathing). Pay attention to your breaths in and out. Do this for as long as you maintain this focus. Open your eyes when your focus moves and note the time on your watch. Continue to try to increase your focus time.
  7. Direct your attention – Dissociate the emotional content from the noise of the crowd. Know that the crowd is there, but don’t let it affect your feelings.

Some information in this tip comes from: Flow in Sports: The Keys to Optimal Experiences and Performances.

Skillastics Soars in After School

Skillastics® Soars in After School

Did you know Skillastics® is the #1 physical resource in After School?  After School sites love its simplicity, versatility, and its alignment with the 5 Core Competencies in Social & Emotional Learning. 

CLICK HERE to Learn how Skillastics® Aligns with the SEL 5 Core Competencies.

Skillastics® Partners With Active Schools

We are excited to announce our partnership with Active Schools, the national movement to ensure that 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the norm in K-12 schools.  They act as a hub to help schools access best practices, programs, and resources to increase physical education and physical activity opportunities for students.  They also use communication and activation strategies to engage champions, influencers, and decision-makers to help make systems and policy changes that will enable our schools to educate the whole child – by reimagining school environments to provide opportunities for academic, social, emotional, AND physical learning so that all children have the ability, confidence, and desire to lead active, healthy lives.

We are thrilled with our partnership with Active Schools and look forward to passionately promoting their mission. 

To learn more about Active Schools, visit: www.activeschoolsus.org

Success Isn’t About Winning

With summer just around the corner, children will be busy competing in many different club tournaments and attending a variety of different camps.  With all this competition, it’s nice to be reminded what really important when it comes to being successful.  I came across this story that’s apropos…

A woman having lunch at a small cafe was seated next to a family celebrating their son’s basketball game. Their conversation was so lively that the woman joined in. “You must have been on the winning team,” she said.
The kid grinned from ear to ear. “No, we lost by 20 points. The other team had a killer defense. We were only able to make one basket.”
“Did you make the basket?” asked the woman.
With his mouth filled with cake and ice cream, the boy shook his head no. His father reached across the table to give him a high five. His mother hugged him and said, “You were awesome.”
The woman at the next table rubbed her chin. The boy looked at the confused woman and said, “At last week’s game I took nine shots, but they all fell short of the basket. This week I took eight shots and three of them hit the rim. Dad says I’m making progress.”

~Adapted from “Ice Cream Party”, Rochelle M. Pennington

Making progress. Every time you practice, every time you play in a game, examine your play and ask yourself; “Did I make progress?” If the answer is yes, then you know that you are getting better. It’s a slow process, but the rewards are great. Start the summer by changing the way you view your play. Don’t base your success on how many baskets you make, how many rebounds you get, or how many games your team wins. Base your success by examining if you’ve made progress in ALL aspects of the game. Before you know it the points you score will increase, and your overall game will become much better.

Our Commitment to You

The responsibility to our customers does not end after a sale.  We are committed to providing you with the training & tools that help you use Skillastics® successfully.  As well as the resources that provide many options that add to the multiple ways in which it can be implemented.

  1. Supplemental Documents – Customers receive access to our resource page that includes:
    1. Task Card Activities
    2. Sample Lesson Plans
    3. Family Fitness Event Manual
    4. Quick Reference Guides
  2. Professional Development – Our talented team of Skillastics® Specialists will actively engage all participants through 1, 2, Half Day or Full Day Training that is customized to fit your needs.
  3. Optional Add-On Equipment Available – Do you need equipment to compliment your Sport Specific Skillastics® Activity Kits?  We are your one-stop shop for quality, affordable balls, racquets, and other physical activity tools and resources.
  4. On-Going Support – We will provide you a lifetime of support and assistance.

We are committed to guiding you through a successful implementation of Skillastics® into your program.

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