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Sep
09

Mental Toughness on the Basketball Court

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This was my greatest nemesis as a young player. I could score from almost anywhere on the court, except I had a problem with the breakaway lay-up. I know what you are thinking. I missed these shots at will when I was growing up until I was near 8th grade.

It got to the point that instead of laying it up, I would stop near the basket and shoot a little jump shot. It had to have been terribly embarrassing for my father as he watched from the sidelines. I hate to think how many points I could’ve scored if I could’ve hit a simple breakaway lay-up.

As I was able to get past that I realized it was a problem with my mental toughness and mindset. I write about this often because it is that important.

Basketball, I believe, is a game of perfected repetitions. Many players are great dribblers or ball handlers because that is the most common thing done on a court. Big players aren’t very good dribblers typically because common sense says that they don’t practice as much. Watch a good point-guard handle the ball and look at his face. That is a confident player who knows that he has that skill down. This player believes in himself. But focus on that same player two passes later when he has an open shot and you may find a completely different face.

The forehead rises and crumples a little and this player is unsure of himself. I say this because this is a form of mental toughness. A good basketball player always believes that he can do anything on the court well. He believes he will make any and every shot, just like he knows nobody will take the ball from him while dribbling.

You need to focus on being confident. Confidence is created from perfected repetitions and practice, practice, practice. Watch Shaq shoot a foul shot and you’ll see a player who is completely lost at the line. Each shot is completely different from the other one. No confidence. When he makes it, it seems like an accident. Be confident and get there by completed perfect repetitions of what you are working on.

Watch games with a purpose. You’ll hear me talk about this all the time. Watch games on television or go to high school games and college games. When I was 5 years old I remember my dad taking me to high school games and asking me if I could see myself out there one day. That stuck with me for years as it moved on to college.

Watch instructional videos. When I was younger I would go through the Pistol Pete set, the Steve Alford set and anything else my dad could get his hands on. Was it worth it? To my father it was and to me it was. It’s a minimal investment worth a potential scholarship. If you can get one source to get a light to go on and help you realize the type of player you can become, you’d want it wouldn’t you? I would think so. Just like people pay for education and dance classes and such.

Don’t be afraid of the competition. Push yourself and play against players that are better than you. Sure, you may be intimidated at first, but that is something that goes away with practice and repetition. When I was in 7th grade I was chosen to play with the 9th graders and it was a big deal to me. I was very small and at first I was very intimidated. That passed as I realized what my strengths were and what I needed to work on.

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I mentioned in other articles about going to camps and this I would highly recommend. Great players want to play against great players. When I went against Jason Kidd I learned that I wasn’t nearly as good as I thought. When Travis Best scored 10 points on me in 4 possessions I was pretty humbled. When that happens, you have two choices, quit or get better. Anyone reading this should pick the get better part. Learn from experience and move on. Those players were pros and I knew they were going to be pros then. https://www.springbak.net/testimonials

Basketball, golf, hockey, and football are truly gamesBasketball Tips of perfected repetition. I got over my lay-up phobia by hard-work and practice. It wasn’t easy and I faltered at times, we all do, but the best players learn from mistakes and improve on them. In life we will all fail at something but what determines the type of player and person we are is how we act when we fall down. The best way to be mentally tough is to put yourself in situations and overcome them. That doesn’t happen while you’re playing video games.

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Mar
13

Quickness Training Tips for Basketball: Maximize Your Quickness with Technique

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     To maximize quickness in basketball, whether making a cut left or a right cut, technique is the key. Regardless of the sport that has a defender guarding an offensive player, there is a continual need for the offensive player to “beat” the defender. This is especially necessary in sports like basketball, soccer and football.

As just stated, technique is the key. In order to cut left, a quick short movement of the right foot to the floor is the start of the cut. The right foot should hit the floor or ground with an explosive push to the left with the entire length of the foot on the inside of the shoe striking the floor or ground with an explosive push off to the left, which can best be described as side ward, low to the floor or ground, jump to the left. As this side ward push or jump is being performed, the players left leg should be reaching out to the left, as his or her body leans to the left. In this way, when the left foot lands an alley to go by the defender should be created.

All of this movement, the push off, the bodylean and the reach out of the left leg should be simultaneous as possible. To cut to the right past a defender, everything is reversed. First, the left foot hits the floor or ground and the right leg reaches out as the body leans right.

Some of the greatest practitioners of this technique or art form are broken field runners in football like Gayle Sayers, or on the basketball court, Michael Jordan. If you watch film or You-Tube, you can study the masters just mentioned, utilizing this technique. If dribbling the basketball, bring the ball back up to the right hip when making a cut right, if right handed. When making a cut left, the crossover dribble should be made close to the body and low, with the hand behind the ball pushing the ball to be easily picked up with the left hand dribble.

Have fun and enjoy these quickness techniques! Bill Crow ~ Chairman Springbak Company – Former Professional Basketball Player

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Oct
24

Springbak Wants To Know Who Will Win The World Series 2012?

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The 2012 World Series is in full swing and we want you to get into the game with us!

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To participate, comment below on this blog post (“Springbak Wants To Know – Who Will Win The World Series 2012“) with the answers to the following questions:

1) Who will win the series?

2) How many games will the series go?

3) Tiebreaker: How many total points scored in the last game?

Whoever answers closest without going over, wins a pair of Springbak Springsoles and a Springbak T-Shirt!

Responses must be completed & posted to Springbak”s blog post”Springbak wants to know who will win 2012 World Series” Prior to Game 4, which takes place Sunday night October 28, 2012. Latest updates & news at www.worldseries.com

All guesses will initially be private/hidden and publicized on Nov. 1 after Game 7,  if needed. Will post the winner as soon as we have a World Series Champion!

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Feb
01

Super Bowl Contest Springbak wants to know who will win Super Bowl XLVI

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The 46th Super Bowl

SUPER BOWL XLVI – GIANTS vs. PATRIOTS
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QUESTION:

WHO WILL WIN SUPER BOWL XLVI & BY HOW MANY POINTS?

Submit your guess by commenting below!

 

The person who submits the closest guess on this blog post for the question above will be the winner and he or she be notified by email. All guesses will initially be private/hidden and publicized after the game has completed.

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Kick-Off! February 5, 2012 at 6:30PM EST
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Sep
30

Springbak Sponsors No.1 Ranked BYU Rugby for 2012-13 Seasons

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Springbak announces official sponsorship of BYU Rugby with performance footwear.

Roundy leads the nation in scoring, but he can pretty much walk around campus in anonymity.

But that’s not the only difference between Roundy, who has recorded the most “trys” (analogous to touchdowns in football) in the country, and Cougar athletes like Jake Heaps or Jimmer Fredette.

At BYU, rugby is an extramural sport, which means Roundy does not receive an athletic scholarship or preferential treatment, unlike most of those who play NCAA-sanctioned sports such as football and basketball. He holds down a part-time job at Banana Republic at the local mall, and he pays team dues and chips in to cover travel costs. The team travels by bus to its destinations, and on the road, players stay at the homes of members of the LDS Church.

BYU Rugby uses the Springbak Springsoles in their program for many reasons. The Springsoles increase their stride length and quicken stride frequency, this makes for a much faster athlete. The Springbak Springsoles enables athletes to be quicker to the ball, have quicker reaction times, kick with more power and control, and more endurance are all contributing factors in BYU Rugby’s No. 1 National ranking. Go Cougars!

The Cougars are ranked No. 1 in the nation. When Roundy isn’t attending classes, studying or working, he’s devoting about 30 hours a week to rugby. A portion of that time is spent in the trainers’ room to be treated for a variety of injuries. Rugby players routinely hurt their ankles, shoulders and knees. Roundy sustained 13 stitches to his forehead after a 123-3 (no, not a misprint) victory over Wyoming on April 1.

“Our focus is school, then rugby,” Roundy said. “It’s a great balancing act, but it keeps things interesting.”

Why do Roundy and his teammates play this dangerous, unglamorous, and relatively obscure sport?

“We’re out here because we love the game. It’s something fun to do while we go to school,” he said. “Rugby is a fast game. Everybody gets to run the ball, even the big guys. Everyone likes to get a little aggression out.”

Mikey Su’a, who plays the prop position, which he describes as a hybrid of a fullback and lineman in football, grew up watching and playing rugby. His father played for the Cougars in the 1970s.

“I just love fitting in with the tradition of BYU rugby,” Su’a said. “To be able to follow my dad’s footsteps, and wear ‘BYU’ on our chests, is incentive enough.”

But there’s another big reason why they play. The Cougars, who have established themselves as a perennial power in rugby, are vying once again for the national championship, which they last achieved in 2009.

“That’s the ultimate goal,” said Su’a.

This year, for the first time, the collegiate rugby national championship will be played in the state of Utah at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 21. The Cougars, who conclude their regular-season schedule Saturday (12:30 p.m.) at South Field in Provo against Arizona State, must first survive the quarterfinals and semifinals.

“We’re hoping to get to the title,” said vice-captain, and flyhalf, Dylan Lubbe. “I’m not predicting anything yet. We have a long road ahead of us.”

We’re proud to sponsor BYU Rugby for the 2012-13 seasons – Bill Crow CEO/Chairman Springbak Inc.


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