Coach Lambert was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960 and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Coach Lambert was a tremendous influence on Coach Wooden. Lambert wrote Practical Basketball in 1932, one of the first "bibles" of the game (a 243 page textbook). In 1966 Coach Wooden wrote Practical Modern Basketball (a 441 page textbook).
Chapter Eleven in Practical Basketball is titled: The Coach a Student of Psychology. Here is an excerpt from Coach Lambert that may be helpful to a person in a position of leadership:
"Confidence - One of the greatest factors that influences the playing capability of any athlete is confidence. The player who is confident is first of all relaxed, and relaxation is necessary in the performance of most of the rudiments of the game, especially basket shooting. Confidence increases initiative.
Overconfidence -This has the opposite effect of confidence. Players and teams going into a game in an overconfident frame of mind are self-satisfied and not aggressive mentally. Overconfident players do not try to do their best. Even the fine player who is self-satisfied becomes merely mediocre.
Fear and Worry - These are factors which destroy playing capability. An individual who fears defeat, or that he may not play well, becomes tense and lacks initiative. Some over conscientious players worry before contests are played and burn up energy in the minds of such boys. The coach must instill respect for opponents without creating fear. Respect creates aggressiveness, while fear destroys it. Too much respect for the opponents will create awe of them. Worry may not be confined to a conscientious boy who is disturbed about his own playing. Often outside factors cause player to worry, and the coach must gain his confidence. It is possible he may help the boy. Conditions at home, finances or studies are often the factors which influence the ability of players. Lack of enthusiasm in practice is an indication of a worried state of mind."
What do you do to build Confidence and eliminate Overconfidence with your team members?
Which of your team members are bothered by Fear and Worry?How can you help them?