Are you coachable?
Do you have a burning desire to learn? Can you take constructive criticism
or are you a "know it all"? Will you always do your level best to improve? Do you
want to improve?
Are you competitive?
Are you possessed with the spirit of competition which fires an intense desire
to achieve? Do you want to win, never taking "no" for an answer when
there is a job to be done, a rebound to be grabbed, a shot to be stopped, or a
basket to be made? Does it bother you to give less than your best effort?
Are you willing to practice?
Not just reporting and putting in the necessary time, but working every day
with the same speed and determination you use during a game? Great athletes give
their best effort at all times. Too often the lessons that could be learned from
the performance of a truly great athlete are overlooked. Too much attention to
final records ignores the means by which these records were achieved. Too little
is written or told of the years of grueling practice, of the tremendous will to
succeed, or of the diligent concentration of fundamentals that lead to excellence.
Are you willing to make sacrifices?
Are you willing to train or are you wasting your time in athletics? Superior
conditioning does not just happen nor is acquired quickly. It is a result of a
well planned and executed program of exercise, rest and diet. Training is exacting
and the responsibility is heavy. It includes personal denials but the rewards
are great. The best way to remain in great shape is never to get out of it.
"A second rate person can never make a first-class ball player." It is
going to be up to you to see that your maximum physical condition is achieved and
maintained. Anything less is a violation of trust.
Can you play through adversity?
Do you have the ability to bounce back? Never let bad plays or calls ruin
your game? No matter how many times you get knock down, the only time that matters
is the time you do not get back up. When you give it your best effort you may
run out of time on the clock, but you will never lose a game.
Do you have self control?
As an athlete you must realize that you are in the public spotlight at all
times. Your conduct, what you say and do, makes news. This imposes a great need
for self control. It is a cinch to find someone to lead you down the wrong path
in life. It takes determination to resist the temptations that exist. Just as one
works for years to become a top athlete, one should work to develop an image of a
person, a pattern of conduct, and standards by which one is known and respected.
Do not risk destroying a whole career because of an off the court mistake.
To Any Athlete Poem
Do you prepare every day to meet the best?
Do you have an ardent desire to improve? Are you willing to practice the
things you cannot do more than the things you can do well? Are you willing to
put in extra time necessary to perfect a skill or fundamental? Too many players
spend their time doing what they already do well, and therefore, never improve.
Criteria for a Perfect Player
Atmosphere of Greatness
One of the biggest contributions that basketball can provide you is the
opportunity and motivation for an education. All too often athletes do not take advantage of
this educational opportunity; and, therefore, they do not only waste an invaluable opportunity,
they also waste their time. Do not be satisfied by merely meeting the eligibility
requirements. Work for a high grade point average and a degree.
Are you willing study?
Basketball was never meant to take the place of studies and the desire to
learn. You are in school for an education. Keep that foremost in your thoughts,
and place basketball second. Earn the respect of your teachers as well as your
coach. If you can't "pass" you can't play. That is true "on"
and "off" the court.
- Emphasis should be on quest and attainment of knowledge, not grades and credits.
- Never miss or be late for any class or appointment.
- Have regular study hours and keep them.
- Get your work in on time and do not fall behind.
- If you need extra help in your studies, let your coach know. Most instructors
are willing and happy to help, but you must make the first contact.
- Take advantage of all the available educational resources (library services, computer labs,
reading labs, counseling center, etc.)
- When you are to miss school because of basketball, please contact the
instructors of the classes you will miss beforehand, and tell them that you will
be absent, and request assignments for those dates.
- Do not expect favors or special treatment. Do your part.