Jay Bilas has talked about toughness for many years. His definition of toughness is probably vastly different from a lot of your players. Those habits are what Jay Bilas calls "fake toughness". Toughness is a skill, and it is a skill that can be developed and improved. Bilas points out 31 different habits that tough players have, but if you could get everybody on your team to adopt the seven habits highlighted below, your team will be on the fast track to becoming tougher.
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Coach K Goodreads Author Foreword. A four-year starter at Duke, he learned an incomparable work ethic under coach Mike Krzyzewski, battling against the greatest college players in the game. Through his ups and downs, on and off the court, Jay learned the true meaning of toughness from coaches, teammates, and colleagues. Now, he discusses this misunderstood—yet vital—attribute and how it contributes to winning in sports and in life.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 7. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Toughness , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 21, Ben Mason rated it really liked it. Bilas is an experienced basketball player and coach.
He also has a law degree from Duke University. With this experience, he examines the idea of true toughness and its role in winning and succeeding in every aspect of life. Being known as a sports fanatic, I was given this book by a neighbor of ours and former coach , who lives next door to us at our lake house in Michigan.
Immediately, upon reading the blurb, I was intrigued. Bilas keeps the reader engaged by using specific stories and examples to illustrate his point. He frequently references lessons he learned from his father.
I learned about his work ethic, not from my father talking about it, but from watching him. The other team gained possession of the ball and tied the game. I know this summer when I go to our lake house, our neighbor will ask what I thought of the book. The second critical lesson I learned was to step out of my comfort zone. I have to learn how to become comfortable in uncomfortable situations. View 1 comment.
May 27, Paul rated it did not like it. Overuse of the word, "toughness". Just an overall lame read. Apr 02, Ben Campopiano rated it liked it Shelves: sports , non-fiction , self-help. When I played for Coach K at Duke, the players' trust of our coach was a crucial component of our team success. It allwed Coach K to speak openly and sometims harshly to our team, and to point out truths that softer, weaker players don't want to hear or might shrink from.
It doesn't. Accouintabiliy is being held to the standard you have accepted as what you want, individually, and collectively. Trustworthy coaches and teammates can help yo When I played for Coach K at Duke, the players' trust of our coach was a crucial component of our team success. Trustworthy coaches and teammates can help you be at your best by challenging you to do your best, even when you thhnk you cant.
For tough players and teams, accountability is an obligation coaches and teammates have to each other. As coaches, it is important to let your players know their importance to the success of the team and why, instead of only correcting them and emphasizing their weaknesses. If players know you believe in them, it is easier to then hold them accountable and expect them to meet high standards. Your believe allows you to push them harder, and have them respond positively.
Your belief makes them tougher. I'm not out to embarrass or browbeat you. I'm focused on standards being high and expectations being high, to the point of soaring. If you want to soar, you hvae to put the work in. The orme you invest, the more it means to you. That's ownership. Everything important starts with your investment in it. If the correcting of a mistake caused a player to fear making a mistake and retreat from playing, Knight said, he didn't really want that player on his team.
His style was to acknowledge when something was done correctly, and to correct it when it was done incorrectly, or not the way he wanted it done. He wanted players who could handle positive and negative feedback. And what happens most often in a game?
Through that structure, Smith reminded his players "of the importance of winning without every stating the importance of winning. It was about competing," Williams said. In every drill, whether it is a simple shooting drill or a three on three defensive drill, there is something on the line, something to compete for.
At the end of practice, there is accountability. For every drill they were on the losing team, or missed a benchmark, the players had to run. Through that very simple teaching method, the players are acclimated to perform in the same environment in which they will be asked to play: with something important on the line. Everybody feels it, but the toughest competitors react positively to that pressure.
Competitors want to be at their best under pressure, and by putting yourself in pressure situations as often as possible, you are acclimating yourself to that pressure, and the pressure will be less likely to get in the way of your performance. In time, you will learn to seek out pressure. But, Crean asks are they mistakes of omission, mental mistakes? He doesn't mind an occasional mistake. He minds what he calls "hero" plays, where a players tries to do something outside of the team concept, or outside of what that player is capable of doing.
Crean doesnt want hero plays, because hero plays dont win. We put pressure on them, and we let them figure it out under great stress, together. Did we work to get and take the right shot. Did we do the tough things necessary to get the right shot? The first five games of the year were our first segment, and our goals was to be for that sexgment.
When that was over, we moved on to the next segment and did so for the rest of the season. We did not think of our season record; rather we concentrated on the short term, the present, the record only for that segment.
Nothing else mattered but that segment. The aim is to minimize mistakes while still striving to execute, but not to be paralyzed by concern about a negative outcome. We play through mistakes all the time in practice and games.
We strive to make the right play. You can lose more than half of the points played and still win the match. But when a player talks on defense, it is difficult if not impossible for that player not to be more engaged than he otherwise would be. The talking player is more likely to be down in a stance and ready, and more likely to be in the right position and prepared not only to cover his assignment but to help a teammate and still recover.
You are totally into yourself. Quit being selfish! If I stop pushing, if I stop demanding of you, if I stop getting on you, then I probably don't think you have very much to offer. I spend the time to build trust.
How does one define toughness in basketball?
You have doubtless heard, countless times, about a coach preaching "toughness" to his team. A team or player needs to be tougher, or their toughness is being questioned. Are coaches talking about Chuck Norris toughness? Are they referring to Ronnie Lott having his finger amputated so he could play a football game? Or is it Randall "Tex" Cobb taking a bloody beating in the ring but never going down to the canvas? In the Gonzaga-Tennessee game, while the Volunteers were bending over at the waist, 7-foot-5 reserve big man Will Foster dove on the floor for a loose ball, secured the ball and passed it out, and Gonzaga got a layup and a foul in transition on the other end.
Lessons from Toughness by Jay Bilas
Look Inside. ESPN basketball analyst and former Duke player Jay Bilas looks at the true meaning of toughness in this New York Times bestselling book that features stories from basketball legends. A four-year starter at Duke, he learned a strong work ethic under Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Through his ups and downs on and off the court, Bilas learned the true meaning of toughness from coaches, teammates, and colleagues. Now, in Toughness , he examines this misunderstood—yet vital—attribute and how it contributes to winning in sports and in life. He was a four-year starter… More about Jay Bilas.
Toughness: Developing True Strength On and Off the Court
Successful players and teams don't just assess themselves by records or statistics, but by a standard of excellence that goes beyond a final score. Self-evaluation takes honesty, and the toughest teams and players do not con themselves. When I was playing for Coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, he was often harder on us after a win than after a loss. He would identify areas of concern for our team and for individuals as "slippage" from our standards, and he was quick to point out that a lesser performance might have beaten our latest opponent, but it would not beat the best teams coming up in the future. We weren't just playing against an opponent; we were playing to a standard. And it was a standard of excellence. Coach K expected us to give championship effort in every minute of every game, and in every drill in every practice.