How to build Confidence While Playing Basketball
Some of us may enjoy playing basketball with our friends and family. But when it comes time to play with strangers, sometimes we feel uncomfortable. There is nothing wrong with that and it is also natural. I mean think about it: When are people most uncomfortable? It’s usually when we don’t know something or someone. In this case we don’t know how well the other team plays and we also don’t know how good the other players are. But should this bring your confidence down? Of course not. Here’s why:
- The other team is most likely in the same position you are. They don’t know how you or your team plays. If you notice, the first few plays are usually to figure out the opponents and then players show their true colors. Keep in mind that almost everyone is in the same boat in terms of not knowing what is going on. Try to focus on your team’s abilities and figure out your opponents before they figure you out.
- Embrace Failure. That’s right! Think about times where you didn’t care about the outcome but just played without fear. You were probably more likely to make shots or even be creative with the basketball. Realize that whatever you do in the game will only make you better. So do not hold back one bit. Unleash your inner ball player and keep trying new things with your team. Even if you lose, you shouldn’t be discouraged. Figure out why that happened and work on the errors. See, there’s really no reason to be worried.
- Don’t try to do everything. Sometimes it can get frustrating if you feel like you are the only person making an effort. Although that might be true, try to figure what your teammates are effective at. If you look closely there will be at least one aspect of the game that they can help with. Highlight their strengths and look for them during the game. Remember that basketball is a team sport and not all the pressure is on you. Learn to play as a unit!
- Focus on your strengths. Are you a good ball handler or a good jump shooter? Well use whatever you are good at to your advantage. If you lack a certain skill or feel like you don’t have a skill that stands out, then try working on one thing and improving it. For us, jumping seemed like it would be the most useful since you can use it to defend, block, finish over people, rebound and even shoot over others. It was an all around improvement. So we focused all our effort into jumping higher and were able to help out our team even when other areas of our game failed. If you want to learn how jumping can help you, then click here for a FREE guide.
- Try and get your first bucket. This may seem simple but it is probably the most effective. No matter how difficult or easy, just get the first bucket. Once you get that bucket, you will feel released from any worry that you previously had. It’s incredible, it’s like you won’t care anymore about the remainder of the game. Once you get that shot, you will continue trying and confidence will grow as you make more of your shots. You may even notice your teammates passing you the rock more frequently.
Remember that confidence will grow over time. Be sure to implement these tips into your game and watch how the fear fade away.