Posts Tagged ‘Relaxing music before competition’

I once had a well-meaning parent of one of my players ask me if I ever worried that my team wasn’t “relaxed enough” and suggested we play some soothing music or something in the locker room before games.

To be honest I’ve never understood that line of thinking. I always wanted my guys a little uptight, wound up and ready to unleash their aggression upon our opponent. Why the need to relax? The tension’s going to burn off after a few trips up and down the court anyway, then you have to rely on your preparation and effort. Being too laid-back can only get you into trouble early, right?

Let me put it this way. Let’s say a guy calls you and says he’s on his way over to your house to kick your ass. What are you going to do, put Adele on your iPod, chill on the couch, maybe have a sip of wine?

Yeah, I didn’t think so.