What's up everybody, welcome to our first weekly newsletter! Will just give you all a bit of an idea of what we'll do every Sunday from here on out:
On our platform, we're constantly uploading new videos, new research, new drills, new guests, and more. A lot more. We want you guys to get a free taste of what we have on the platform, and for our members--we want to send you a video, article, or resource you may have missed on the platform, and then discuss what we cover in the newsletter in the community. We'll also give you guys a quick overview of what was added on the site this week and what's coming next week, so you'll know exactly what to look for.
Plus, we'll be sending out anything we've learned this week that may be noteworthy for you, and practical enough for you to add into your workouts. While Mastery Hoops' coaching platform is primarily targeted towards the coach and trainer (for now 👀), athletes can get a step ahead by learning the depths of the game.
OK, that's enough explaining. Here's what we really want you to have this week...
Trevor Ragan on how we can "Train Ugly"
Trevor's big thing is "Training Ugly." Making training look a little bit (maybe a lot) imperfect. We posted a snippet on Instagram this week in which Trevor explained his reasoning behind it, but in short: there needs to be a level of difficulty in any skill enhancement for us to actually improve. In this snippet from the full conversation, Trevor talks about how we can do this.
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What WE learned this week:
Something I have started to think about a lot this week is how all athletes will play at different levels, not only defensively but offensively as well. More strength-based athletes will sit into deep defensive stances to lock up a ball handler, but there are also phenomenal defenders who play at higher levels/joint angles. By always telling players to "get low" and "sit down" on defense, we may be trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Just some food for though.
Something that caught my eye this week was again something not basketball related, but can certainly be carried over to us as coaches and trainers. I was learning about a guy named Cus D'Amato, who was Mike Tysons trainer and was big on the mental side for Mike. He really tried to groom him from a young age mentally. He was constantly help monitor Mikes thoughts, and getting him to belief he was a champion, far before he ever was one. Mike HAD to have unwavering confidence in himself, had to learn how to channel his anger in a positive way, and how to use fear to his advantage. All that to say, how can we as coaches breed this mentality and thought process into our athletes by what we say and how we treat them?
What we added to the platform this week:
"Coaching Your Players to be One Step Ahead through Defensive Anticipation" (full video)
Defensive Anticipation Drills
"5 'Weight Room Tools' All Skills Coaches Can Use" (full video)
"The Internal vs. External Cueing Magic" (full video)
Live Two Foot Cut Finishing Drill