Player Development

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.


Should my Son/Daughter play Recreational or Travel Basketball?

Should a youth player play in a recreation league or focus on playing travel basketball.  If there is a choice between one, or the other, a player should always play where they are going to be challenged, but not playing over their head. 

The key to player development is court time outside of practice.  Game situations are where a player develops their basketball IQ.   It is in the game where a player must make split second decisions.  Games are where they must put all the drills into practice.  That being said, if your son/daughter is not getting much playing time, they aren’t being tested.  If the players in the travel league are much more developed, and your son/daughter isn’t getting much time on the floor, then your child should play recreational basketball until their skills reach the level to enable them to compete at a travel level. 

The concern that I have with recreational programs is that some of them have rules designed to help developing players participate, and enjoy the game.  If your son/daughter is going to play recreational basketball, you should make sure that the rules used in the recreational league are age appropriate.  The other concern is practice time.  Recreational programs practice once a week for maybe an hour or ninety minutes.  Travel teams play competitively, and therefore should practice much more frequently.  A travel team that develops kids abilities, will practice two to three times a week for two hours each.

If your son/daughter can play both recreational and travel, I would suggest allowing them to do it, unless they clearly are superior to the kids in the recreational league.  By playing in the recreational league, your son/daughter can have fun, play with their school friends, which I think is good for young players.   Travel basketball can unfortunately be too competitive.  For a young player, having a game where they can just enjoy themselves, can be very beneficial.

There really isn’t a right or wrong answer.  The decision should always be dependent on what is in the best interest of your son/daughter’s development.


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