Listen to this if you have trouble sleeping the night before the game.
IN THE LOCKER ROOM
Breathe, Stretch, Shake, Let it Go
Breathe. 4 in, 4 hold, 4 out, 4 hold repeat
Stretch. We do this so you don’t look crazy shaking!
Shake. As your are bent over stretching your hamstring, tense all your muscles – everything in your body – until you are shaking. Do this for 10 seconds. You don’t have to worry about breathing during this. And when you stand back up…
Let it go… go loose.
Repeat: start your breathing again. Do this for 10 to 15 minutes while you are in the lay-up line.
MORE HELPFUL NOTES
Make a quickcheck you are at 7.5 while you warm up.
Start in close and then move out
Dno’t worry about your form. No is the time to trust your hard work.
On any miss in warmups, “Clear” it out and feel and see a Mental Swish.
(If you don’t know what this is you have to check out tbe full program and/or the Lock, Arc, Swish program)
IN GAME NOTES
Offense: Play at 7.5
Defense: Play at 8.5 on the ball/9.0 off the ball
Flood your mind
If you are more kinesthetic or visualize, then flood your mind with mental swishes during time outs, between quarters, or even during free throws.
If your mind is more verbal in nature, keep repeating positive the master mantra
“I’m always in the zone, I’m always on fire.”
This is very near to not thinking – it becomes a part of you. You can also repeat the Zone Manta: “No past, no future; no outcome, no results.”
THE SECRET/ZONE MANTRA
This is for more advanced players. It seems to really help once you have instilled into your body the idea 7.5 and and 8.5/9.0 mentality. And that relaxing before the game become second nature.
5 and 2 Drill
PRO-TIP 1: GO INTO THE DOMEPRO-TIP #2: THROWING PEBBLES
If you still feel pressure before the tip-top, stop doing the blackboard drill and substitute this instead.
PRO-TIP #3: THE POWER OF THE ALTER-EGO/SHADOW/SPIRIT ANIMAL TO CONQUER NERVOUSNESS