We teach the mental side of the game.
We believe your mind must be your greatest strength, not a weakness, in order to reach your full potential.
There are 3 things you can train:
1. Body (weightlifting, conditioning, nutrition)
2. Skill (shooting, post moves, ball-handling)
As a player, I kept hearing coaches say, "it's all mental," but I couldn't understand why we didn't spend any time working on our mental game.
I tried to find a resource that taught the psychology of the game in a simple and practical way, but I couldn't fine one. Out of personal necessity, I decided to create Ball is Psych.
Basketball is Psychology is where my passions are combined.
I fell in love with the game of basketball at a very young age. Since pre-K, every recess was spent on a basketball court. I took my basketball with me everywhere. I devoted all of my time to playing the game I love. I was never the fastest or tallest, but I knew I could make up for it by outsmarting and outworking everyone else. Thus, I became obsessed with the aspects of the game I could control. I knew the most important thing I had control over was my mind. I got my edge by being ahead mentally. As I got older and the level of play got higher, the more mental the game became, and I loved it.
Think about all of the ways a strong mind can enhance a basketball player. Even the ability to quiet your thoughts and allow instincts to take over is an underestimated mental skill.
Confidence, motivation, IQ, attitude, self-awareness, memory, toughness, being coachable, and focused, the ability to manage emotions, and resilience; the inner game of basketball is so advantageous yet remains nearly untapped.
Most basketball players have been told from a young age to "suck it up". While I believe there is a time and place for that, I want athletes to feel comfortable talking about their mental health. I want to end the stigma around athletes seeking help for their mental health.
I want this blog to better the game of basketball. I believe every basketball player’s full potential can only be reached with the mind. I believe coaches can only help them reach that potential by bettering their understanding and use of psychology.
You gain a powerful performance edge when your physical training and mental preparation come together.
Your feelings control your actions. You can’t change a feeling, but you can change your thoughts, and your thoughts control your feelings.
THOUGHTS -> FEELINGS -> ACTIONS
This blog focuses on the practicality of psychology in basketball. These posts will be a collection of research, interviews, studies, and observations of basketball players coaches, and teams. The goal of Basketball is Psychology is that it will provide you with real-life application through our action steps at the end of each post.
Basketball is Psychology started as a blog, but you will find most of our content on Instagram and Twitter (@ballispsych). We have a book written for athletes facing adversity along with a daily motivational book. Some posts will feature athletes, coaches, analysts, or psychologists; anyone who can add value. We want this to be a valuable resource anyone can access, so we won't ever charge you to access a blog post.
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- Julie Fournier
Founder & CEO