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Rainer Meisterjahn and Courtex Performance return to the Scorers 1st Showcase

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

Courtex Performance and Scorers 1st partner for Las Vegas Showcase

25.04.2016 – Las Vegas

We are excited to announce our partnership with Rainer Meisterjahn of Courtex Performance LLC for our Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas in July.

“Rainer will be on hand in Las Vegas throughout our workshops on the 11th and 12th, as well as the Showcase on the 13th and 14th. The value he will bring to our Showcase and for players is of immense value and I really look forward to hearing him share his thoughts and tools with us and our participants!” says Scorers 1st CEO Gerrit Kersten-Thiele.


Here is an interview with Rainer Meisterjahn:


Q: Please give us a little bit of background about you and the work you do?

A: In my work as a Mental Coach, I help players unlock more of their potential by addressing the mental aspects of their performance in a systematic way. To me, Complete Player Development incorporates technical, tactical, physical and mental training. Most players make the mistake of only paying attention to two or three of those areas. When your mental game isn’t a priority, you performance is going to take a hit at the end of the day. To me, those players who are truly driven to excel and do their research will realize pretty quickly that along with the rapid developments in sport science, mental training has become a major consideration at the NBA level. So if the top players in the world utilize it, there is no reason as to why others shouldn’t…

Q: What are the most frequent things that players come to you about?

A: Players work with me for a variety of different reasons ranging from improving their focus to becoming a better leader to addressing conflicts with their coaches or teammates, to name a few. The most frequent reason players reach out, though, is to get help with their confidence. Every player seems to chase this idea of “mental toughness” without really knowing what it is. My approach is built on helping players operate with an increased sense of mindfulness and consistently manage, and eventually dominate, their controllables. What I mean by that is that I help players develop a clearer sense of what thoughts are running through their head and how they’re feeling physically when their confidence is low, so they can then use their mental skills and tools that I teach them to control their confidence.


Q: What, in your experience, are the biggest challenges players deal with when first starting their professional career?

A: I’d say that most guys initially really struggle with being away from everything that’s familiar, especially family and friends. In today’s day and age, obviously technology allows them to keep in closer contact with home. But that can also become a major issue when players spend every minute of their free time in front of their computer or on their phone instead of connecting with their new teammates and getting comfortable in their new community. On top of that, those players who go overseas sometimes have a hard time adjusting to cultural differences. There are also basketball-related differences that can range from minor changes in playing rules to long bus rides to away games, lack of access to training facilities and, most importantly, adapting to a new role. Some countries and leagues play with just one US player, which typically means that you carry a lot of responsibility and have to manage high pressure, whereas other places may have multiple imports on their team who are expected to play great team ball to get the most out of their collective ability. These are just a few examples, but the list goes on and on and players have to be ready for the challenge!

Q: In your work with coaches, players and executives what is it that is the most fun to you?

A: To me, the most fun aspect of my work is— without a doubt—the opportunity to build real relationships with players and coaches and be a part of their basketball journey. The game of basketball can be an emotional roller coaster with many successes and disappointments along the way. That’s part of what makes the game beautiful. The relationships you get to build throughout the process, however, are a constant and often last for a lifetime. So I enjoy learning about and from my clients and getting to know them not only as players, but more importantly, as people. I also love hearing about the diversity of experiences different players go through, particularly in international basketball where cultural differences, language barriers, differences in playing format and refereeing, and other factors are so significant.


Q: What will you bring to the Scorers 1st Showcase?

A: Every player knows that they need to play with confidence, focus, energy etc. So they understand the WHAT. I’ll be at the Scorers 1st Showcase to teach guys about the HOW and share some tools and techniques they’ll be able to incorporate into their mental game. Additionally, I’ll discuss ways players can separate themselves from the rest by “showing off” intangibles to get the attention of coaches and scouts. We’ll run group meetings prior to the Showcase where guys can ask questions and learn more about my work with pros up to the NBA level. Throughout the Showcase I’ll be on hand to provide interested players with feedback and support so they can make the most of their opportunity on the court. Lastly, I’ll share more about how players can work with Courtex Performance LLC in the long run to maximize their mental development and professional career path. Can’t wait—it’ll be a great event!!