Make Your Haters Your Motivators

by YouthBasketballNewz




Make Your Haters Your Motivators

Ever had someone put you down?  People tell you that you are not a very good player?  How did you respond?  Did you get into a verbal confrontation?  Did you start to believe the things that they said?

You are not alone.  Some of the best basketball players in history had people who doubted their ability.  Michael Jordan is a prime example.  If you will recall Michael Jordan’s Hall of Fame Induction speech, he spoke about people who aided in fueling his success.  He called it putting a log on the fire.   He had lots of people during the course of his life that added logs to his fire. 

Coach Godwill in his video, HATERS = MOTIVATORS speaks on the topic also.  He makes a great point in that there will always be people who will strive to put you down.  The key is how you respond.  Do you cave under the criticism, or do you use it to fuel your success?  You must be mentally tough to play sports.

In turning the criticism or pessimism into motivation that will fuel your success, you have to do one thing.  As Coach Godwill states start looking at things from the standpoint of “must do” vs. “should do”.   As an example, I must get in the gym and workout, verses I should get in the gym today to workout.  I must push myself during my workout.  When someone says that you aren’t a very good ball handler, how should you respond?  You should say to yourself, I must work on my ball handling to make sure my ball handling skills are strong.  Everything should be looked at from the standpoint of I “must do”.

All great athletes have something that motivates them to be the best that they can be.  If you have haters that are putting you down, and trying to get in your head, use them as your motivation.

Make your Haters Your Motivation! Be the best you can be.


2011-12 3A State Runner-Up

2011-12 Class 4A - 4th Place






Boys Junior High Basketball in Chicago’s South Suburbs Gearing Up

The south suburbs of Chicago is gearing up for another exciting season of junior high basketball.  The south suburbs are home to some great basketball talent.  They have produced some top talent, the likes of NBA players Eddie Currie and Julian Wright in recent years.   The high schools such as Bloom Township, Homewood-Flossmoor, Hillcrest, and Thornton have rich basketball traditions, and loads of talent.  The junior high schools that feed these programs have done a solid job. 

This season’s entry of Flossmoor’s Parker Junior High into the state tournament mix at 4A should make the competition much stiffer for teams wishing to make the trip downstate.   Last season saw Country Club Hills’ Southwood 7th grade team making the trip downstate and taking 4rd place in the 4A Class.  In the 3A Class, McKinnley Junior High in South Holland was the State Runner-up, and should be the favorite to make the trip again this season in 3A.

The 8th grade teams to watch this season:

McKinnley Junior High – As the Returning State Runner-up  they will once again be the team to watch in the 3A Class.

Southwood Middle School – Southwood of Country Club Hills will be a team to watch.  They return a talented group of players.

Parker Junior High – Parker’s 8th grade team is expected to be a fierce competitor to make the trip downstate.  Even though they did not play in the tournament last season they ended the year with only two losses.

Colin Powell – Colin Powell of Matteson has become a formidable opponent.  Last season the team played great team basketball and finished the season with a 10-2 record.

Forest Trails – Forest Trails in Park Forest is a consistent force.  Their 8th grade team should be a strong contender again this season.  They ended last season with a 10-3 record.

James Hart Junior High – James Hart from Homewood, should be a contender this season.  Hart played well the in their final games, and should have gone deeper into the tournament last season.

Washington Junior High – Washington from Chicago Heights had a strong team last season.   They lost last season in the Finals of the Sectional to Southwood. 




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