Rainer Meisterjahn and Courtex Performance return to Las Vegas this July for the Scorers 1st Showcase and the Scorers 1st Training & Combine after being with us in 2016 already.
“It’s great to have Rainer come back to Las Vegas to join us this upcoming July. The work he does with and for players is amazing and it’s great to see the progress players can make, in some cases, just after some brief talks/sessions. There is so much that goes into preparation for practices, games and so on and watching Rainer communicate with players and helping them even with some simple steps or tasks is amazing. We are excited to have him back and I look forward to his work-shops with the players.” says Scorers 1st CEO Gerrit Kersten-Thiele.
Here is a quick Q&A with Rainer, Founder of Courtex Performance LLC:
Q: You were in Vegas at the Scorers 1st Showcase last year. What were your biggest takeaways?
A: I thought it was fascinating learning about the different motivations players have for playing overseas. Some guys look at it as an opportunity to get their pro career started and try to climb up the ladder of international basketball, sometimes with the goal of eventually going to the NBA—though realistically hardly anyone will make it there. Others are more focused on the potential financial rewards and look to use basketball as a vehicle to be able to provide for their families. Yet others are excited about the possibilities beyond the court and embrace the new cultural and travel experiences they have an opportunity to make while playing the game they love. Last year, I thought it was fascinating getting to know so many different guys from around the US and the world, all of whom came from different circumstances, yet shared a real passion for the game.
Q: What were the biggest issues you saw/heard from players prior and during the event?
A: Clearly the biggest challenge guys find themselves dealing with is securing their first professional playing opportunity and then translating that into an actual career. It seems as though many college players tend to look at playing professionally overseas as sort of a back-up plan—in case the NBA doesn’t work out. But then they realize very quickly that the competition is fierce and earning a roster spot, even on a 2nd or 3rd league team in a country, is quite challenging. That’s a message many of the guys at last year’s showcase echoed, including those who already had some overseas playing experience. So then the question becomes, “how do you stand out and really make an impression on international GMs, coaches and scouts?”
Q: Do you have advice for players going into the 2017 Showcase on how they should prepare and what they should expect?
A: My biggest piece of advice would be for guys to prepare on two levels. One, show up in great shape and be sharp in terms of demonstrating your skills and playing your game. Two, mentally prepare for the environment. That means, come prepared with questions for front office personnel, agents, coaches etc. whom you might have a chance to speak with. After all, the Scorers 1st Showcase is a learning opportunity as much as anything else. Also, make sure you get to know other players as soon as you get in. Pay attention and study guys’ tendencies. Know how to play with and against different players so you can demonstrate your abilities as a team player on both ends of the court. And definitely make sure you maximize your controllables on and off the court: Body language, verbal communication, effort, attitude and so on. Essentially, understand that it’s not summer league, but rather a showcase in the truest sense—an opportunity to show off what you’re made of.
Q: You have worked with players from several different levels. Is there a common topic that does come up and if so, how do you tackle it?
A: I’d say that the most common topic that comes up at all levels of the game is managing confidence. The combination of our own humanity and the dynamic and often unpredictable nature of the game of basketball means that everyone tends to fluctuate in their confidence at one point or another. So I talk to my clients about simple techniques to mentally prepare for games, cues to shift your focus to the relevant variables in competition, controllables that allow you to add value to your team even when you’re not scoring well, ways to simulate and address anxiety in practice before having to do so in games, and much more.
Q: Anything else you would like to share?
A: One final thing I’d like for players and coaches to understand is that the mental game is real—it’s not just some fluffy thing that we talk about just because it sounds good. No, as a matter of fact, at Courtex Performance LLC we’ve started tracking select player behaviors for NBA teams that are indicative of players’ mental performance. And these behaviors are fully controllable and teachable—and they ultimately affect one’s state of mind as well as individual and team performance. So always remember that mental training is about actionable processes that anyone who is serious about their game can learn to master.
Check out Rainer Meisterjahn and Courtex Performance LLC and the amazing work they do around the game of basketball at: Courtex Performance Website