Showing posts from September, 2018

What Does it Mean to be "Clutch"?

What does it mean to be "clutch"? Many people use the term "clutch" to describe certain athletes, but I'm not sure these people know exactly what it means. Most people think of the idea of being clutch as it relates to plays such as buzzer beating shots in basketball and last second field goals in football. According to many people, if athletes make these plays, they are clutch. If they don't, they are not clutch. However, it is not this simple. The concept of "clutchness" is more complex. To understand it, you first need to define what it is. I define "clutchness" as the ablity to play with peak performance during pressure situations. Peak performance is the ability to play up to your potential. It is being in "the zone". It is playing with maximum effort, concentration, relaxation, confidence, and intelligence. It is playing the best that you are capable of playing given your physical limitations. Once you understand these

The Clutch Gene: Real or a Myth?

You may have heard people talking about the "clutch gene." Is there really such thing as a clutch gene? The short answer (and obvious answer) is no. That's if you take the question literally. There's not an actual clutch gene in people's DNA. There's no single gene that makes people clutch in pressure situations. That's not even how genetics works. For most complex behaviors, there are many genes that interact not only with each other, but also people's environment and freewill . The debate isn't really whether or not there is an actual clutch gene. That's just a fun name to call the idea that a person is born clutch. The real question is whether or not the ability to be clutch in games is influenced by genetics? And if it is, to what extent does genes affect clutchness? I believe "clutchness" or the ability to be play with peak performance in high pressure situations is partially genetic. This is because being clutch has a litt

How to be the Ultimate Team Player

There's not many things that coaches love more than having a player who is 100% committed and is a great teammate. I call these type of athletes "ultimate team players" because they do everything they can to help the team succeed. These types of players are very valuable, even if they're not very talented physically. This is because they make everyone around them better and contribute to team success in many different ways besides from just their individual stats. So how do you become the ultimate team player? It all starts with your goals. You have to want to become the ultimate team player. And to become the ultimate team player, the compass that guides you must be team success. Do whatever it takes to help your team succeed as much as you possibly can. In order to do this, you must know what actually helps teams succeed. Here are characteristics of ultimate team players. Memorize them and emulate them so you can become the ultimate team player. They value team

Team Chemistry

I define team chemistry as simply effective teamwork. Effective teamwork requires good team chemistry. Before I get into this, you should know that team chemistry is not the same as team cohesion, although they are similar. A team with high cohesion doesn't always have great chemistry. A team with great chemistry doesn't always have high cohesion, although they usually do. Team cohesion refers to the togetherness of a team, in their striving towards shared goals and also in their love for each other. Team chemistry just refers to effective teamwork.  Teammates gain chemistry with each other mainly from experience. When you've played with the same players for many years in a row, you'll gain chemistry with these players. You'll learn the ins and outs of not only your teammates' games but also their personalities. When you know these things, it makes it easier to work together and play better. For instance, when you know the strengths, weaknesses, and tendencie

How to Get Out of a Slump

Almost every athlete has experienced a "slump" during some point in their career. A slump is a period of time when you're not playing well. More specifically, I define a slump as a period of time when you're not playing well despite wanting to play well. I won't include the situations where your poor performance is mainly due to a lack of motivation. I consider these situations more as "burnout" than a slump. I will write about burnout in the future, but for now, I want to focus on slumps. Being in a slump is very frustrating, because most often, you don't know exactly why you're in a slump. Athletes that are in a slump are often very motivated to get out of their slump, but they just can't seem to do it. The main reason for this is simply because they don't know exactly why they're in a slump. You need to look at a slump from a problem-solving perspective and think critically. Obviously identifying the main problem is easy. It is