February 14, 2003, Newsletter Issue #97: INTENSITY, EXCITEMENT, POISE & COMPOSURE

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There is a delicate balance between having maximum intensity and maintaining your poise. Or being excited and keeping your composure.
Intensity is defined as exceptionally great power, or force. Poise is a state of balance or self-control. Basketball players need to play with the power and force that intensity suggests, but stay within the rules and fundamentals of the game. Many players play so hard that they are out of control and they foul, travel or throw bad passes.
Players should be joyful,excited and passionate about the game. Excitement is activity or agitation but composure is a calm or tranquil state of mind. They cannot be so excited that they forget the game plan, or the appropriate execution of offensive or defensive strategies. Composure is calmness that suggests the exercise of self-control and imperviousness to agitation or turmoil.
This delicate balance of these four qualities will ensure that players do not play too emotional, impulsive and frantic but rather under control, focused, and with the maximum effort necessary. Teams that find the balance are the truly great ones.

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