As we inch closer to this weekend’s Final Four, you will hear many descriptions of the participating teams. You will read all about Florida’s 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. This article recently surfaced by a coach at JSK Athletx. I came across it and thought it was definitely worth posting here. This should be ready.

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Toughness Quotes

Signup for our newsletter. Experienced coaches are ready to answer your basketball questions! 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”.

Top 10 Principles From Jay Bilas’ Toughness – Attention Land

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. Bilaw whatever reason, kids want to talk everywhere except for the basketball court.

If you go into the lunch room on any given day, you can probably find your players talking and screaming to their peers. By talking on the defensive end, your players let their teammates know that they are there, and it makes everybody on the floor a better defender. Not only does talking on defense make your team better, it lets your opponents know that you are fully engaged in the game, which can be an intimidating factor. The first player on the floor is typically the one that comes up with a loose ball.


Too often, players want to try and scoop the ball and score. But when the player that dives for the ball gets possession instead of the player that tried to scoop it, the player that tried to scoop got out-toughed.

How does one define toughness in basketball?

It also forces your defenders to sprint to keep up with you, which can wear teams down. This is something that a lot of touhgness struggle with.

ttoughness They should be playing so hard that their coach has to take them out so that they can rest before putting them back in the game. Or yell at a teammate for making a mistake? That may mean that they set 10 screens in a possession, they may pass 25X more than they shoot. We talked about body language earlier, and this point coincides with that.

Bilas notes that tough players never drop their heads. Developing culture happens one small action at a time. By focusing on these seven behaviors, your players will begin to understand what toughness truly looks like in the game of basketball. Tony, these habits are very thought provoking as to how they would impact the success of a team directly, but I toughnesss not agree more that each of them does.

Tuoghness an ex basketball player myself, I understand that mentality is a huge part of the game and that seems to be a lot of what Jay Bilas is getting at with his list of habits. The biggest role in becoming tough is having a tough attitude and this stems from the ideas Bilas lists such as body language and thinking about the team first.

Another very important thing in acquiring these traits is giving full effort all toghness time. I agree with the toughness concept. I tougghness in my third year of coaching graders and have never had such a rewarding experience or so much fun.

Breakthrough basketball has been a great resource for me and out school program. Here in North Little Rock Arkansas Lakewood Elementary we have made quantum leaps and I have always directed new coaches to use your site. Going forward I plan to buy cds for the coaches to mandatorily watch them. I played basketball coaches baseball etc. I will be moving up next year to middle school but breakthrough basketball will be in our pockets. These bials not just good habits for your team to be successful these are life long habits that all good coaches and teachers should strive towards every day.


These habits turn young boys into strong men, they help develop outstanding citizen’s and leaders for our communities, city’s and country.

7 Habits of Truly Tough Players – Jay Bilas’ Toughness

We should not have to worry about wins when we teach these habits, that will take care of it’s self, and when we lose we will be able to stand tall and except the result for we know toughnesa nothing was left on the floor!

So these tiughness the true habits that we should give all young men and women for a successful life. I truly believe this is how we create a great successful society through sports. I believe good coaches weave and create situations through their training sessions for these to be introduced, practised, repeated and encouraged.

Like Coach Longmuir says, all of these skills and characteristics benefit the player in biilas skills and building resilience in tough situations. Watch us on YouTube. Which category applies to you? Leave a Comment Name. Check this box to receive an email notification when someone else comments on this page.