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Why Loyalty is Crucial to Basketball Excellence

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You show loyalty to the game of basketball when your actions match your words.  According to experts on loyalty, lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every area of life. The basketball court is no different. Lack of loyalty to your workouts, creates distrust in your game.  When you distrust your game, you cannot expect your teammates to trust your game. Some players distrust their game and choose to mask their distrust by an over inflated ego to hide their insecurities about their skills.

The court becomes a great measure of team loyalty.  When you see players open and not receiving the key passes needed to be successful, this is an indication of lack of loyalty.  These teams aren't hitting the open man for a number of reasons.  First, they may not have the skills to make the pass, which is lack of loyalty to skill development.  Second, they may not trust the person to complete the pass or handle the ball well.  This is lack of faith in each others skills which may or may not be true.  Third, some players on the team may not want to give up the ball because they want to be the one who scores. This type of team has no loyalty to the mission or purpose of teamwork. Great players have the loyalty of the team and they create loyalty to the team.

If you are loyal to the game of basketball, you will commit the time necessary to be excellent and worthy of your teammates confidence and trust.
*Trustworthy handles---rarely if ever turn the ball over
*Trustworthy passes--not too hard and not too passive
*Trustworthy shooting --good decision making
*Trustworthy defense--relentless, in position, hounding presence
*Trustworthy rebounding--in position, total dedication

Loyalty and Good Shooting

Loyalty influences decision making.  When you shoot, here are steps to make sure you are loyal to your team.

G--Game Flow
Is your shot right for game flow?  Do you know what game flow is?  Are you able to know what scenarios are best for the shots you take?

Are you open?  Forcing shots is rarely good for team trust.

O-- On Fire
Are you on fire?  If you are on fire, your team will be much more likely to get you the ball.  You can lose your team's trust if you have an on fire game and then have cold shooting games and yet still shoot the ball as if you were on fire.

D-- Deserving
Have you earned the trust of the team to take the shot?

If you follow this decision making grid, you will create loyalty with your GOOD shooting.

What is Loyalty?
Fidelity, honesty, good quality, faithful, true, trustworthy

Loyalty is an important thread in the fabric of a great athlete and person. Loyalty and dedication work together to create bravery. Bravery leads to self-sacrifice and love. Love creates trust. Trust creates teamwork. Whether you are working to build a stronger team, a better family, business or friendship, loyalty is an important component. Loyalty comes from the 14th century French word which means fidelity or the duty of fulfilling one's trust. Loyalty is a mindset and trust is the outcome.

Loyalty could be misunderstood as blind servitude, yet a better view comes from Basketball Hall of Famer and Rhodes Scholar, Bill Bradley who said, "Respect your fellow human beings, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it."Trust is not created in total agreement but in the loyalty that love and respect will inform the disagreements.  <

There is a big difference between loyalty to our convictions and loyalty based on the benefits we receive. When we make our loyalty contingent on benefits we can be blinded by these rewards into being loyal to someone or something which does not deserve our loyalty. Furthermore, our fidelity can become shallow when the benefits stop. However, when we are loyal to our convictions to be honest, brave, disciplined, faithful, insightful, wise and humble regardless of the benefits we receive, we can discern what is best for our families, our teams and ourselves.

7 Ways to Develop Greater Loyalty

1.  Love and loyalty go hand in hand. Lack of loyalty means lack of love. If you don't love basketball, you won't be loyal to your workouts. If you don't love someone, you won't be loyal to your commitments to him or her. There are many reasons we fall out of love, but one of the biggest reasons is bitterness. When you get disappointed or hurt whether in basketball or life and the worm of bitterness starts to eat away at your love, you are in trouble.

2. Define your purpose.  What are you called to achieve and accomplish on and off the court?  This is an incredibly important question to answer.  What is your responsibility to your family?  Being really clear with your purpose, will help you know where your loyalty lies.  Love has to be the root of all purpose, because duty without love will lead to bitterness.

3. Loyalty creates bravery.  Courage is connected to heart and your heart is the vessel for what you love.   If you have nothing to love, you won't be able to have a sense of purpose.  Without purpose, there is no need for bravery.  Loyalty sees the responsibility necessary to fulfill a duty and the pledge to see that God-given purpose carried out.  When you love something or someone, you will be loyal and when you are loyal, you will be brave.

4. Loyalty united with integrity.   Without integrity, loyalty can become mindless obedience such as what we see in destructive dictatorships.  A blind servitude for country or a leader without strong integrity is dangerous as seen in the example of North Korea. Integrity is defined as wholeness, purity, innocence. This is an important definition.  A person of integrity is not corrupted by power, blame, bitterness, prejudice, selfishness, or fear.

5. Loyalty and the tongue.  How people speak is a very strong indicator of their level of loyalty.  People who speak very negatively about other people often, openly, without reserve are not loyal.   People who are loyal do not gossip.  They do not slander others, they take no delight in speaking badly about other people.... ever.

6. Forgive.  Bitterness creates lack of trust.  You let go of bitterness through forgiveness.  The more bitter a family, team or business, the greater the lack of loyalty.  The practice of forgiveness-asking and the ability to work through painful situations indicates strong loyalty.

7. Loyalty is a lifestyle. Being loyal six days a week and not loyal one day a week doesn't work. Important relationships require a higher level of trust which is build and protected overtime.  Loyalty is a decision, a pledge, a promise that requires daily commitment.  Talking with Fred Crowell, founder of NBC Camps about his recent celebration of 50 years of marriage with his wife Susie, he says loyalty requires the discipline to stay true to your mission.  "I pledged 50 years ago to love Susie until death do us part, that pledge requires me to work hard, to ask forgiveness, to grow and change, to remain loyal to my mission to love and respect her every day of my life."

About NBC Basketball Camps
NBC Camps has grown to become the largest overnight basketball program in the world with locations around the United States, Canada, the UK, Austria, Italy and now Thailand.  Campers have gone on to play in the NBA, WBNA, professionally overseas, and play or coach at many colleges and university programs. NBC Camps is a member of US Sports Camps network of outstanding summer sports camps throughout the world. Players, coaches, parents and members of the media interested in learning more about NBC Camps are invited to visit www.nbccamps.com or phone 1-800-406-3926.

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