Attitude, Training, Results

The more I see top players compete, I realize the difference is mainly mental. Attitude, Discipline, Hustle, Courage, Ability to play better when it matters – are paramount. Parents, coaches and teachers need to be instilling these traits which are absolutely key in developing champions. This approach is captured in our academy philosophy and steps to developing a player:

6 Stages of developing a Player

1-The right character, attitude and work ethic

2-Perfect footwork, stances, stroke technique and understanding of the game.

3-Repetition with innovative and “overload” drills and competition – pushing players to the edge of their physical and mental abilities. 

4-Strategy and tactics, knowing the tactical court, player match ups and personalized patterns

5-Mental toughness, routines and rituals, match flow, momentum, stages of a match and problem solving. 

6-Point play with coaching.  Competition. Then evaluation and re- planning.

If a player has the right attitude, backed up with the right training, then the results will follow.

Hobson Philosophy


Take chances
Like everyone else they fear failing, but refuse to let fear rule them.
Don’t give up
When life gets rough they hang in until the going gets better.
Are flexible
They realize there is more than one way and are willing to try others.
Know they are not perfect
They respect their weaknesses while making the most of their strengths.
Fall but don’t stay down
They stubbornly refuse to let a fall keep them from climbing.
Don’t blame fate for their failures
Nor luck for their success.
Accept responsibility
For their lives.
Are positive thinkers
Who see good in all things, from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Believe in the path they have chosen
Even when it is hard, even when others can’t see where they are going.
Are patient
They know that a goal is only as worthy as the effort required to achieve it.
Are people like you
They make the world a better place to be.

The Making of a Champion

There is no such thing as a menial task, only a menial attitude.
Committed to a worthwhile endeavor and carries through with it.
Self belief
Total belief in oneself to perform under pressure.
Carries out the task no matter what the circumstances, or what people say, think or do.
“NEVER QUIT” mentality.
Showing respect for your opponent and yourself by acting in the appropriate manner.
Realizing how your actions affect others.
Realizing what is needed to develop your full potential and doing everything possible to reach that.

Favorite Quotes

We believe in teaching through “loaded language.” The following quotes demonstrate this loaded language and show our philosophy towards training our players to be not only great players, but great people.

  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
  • Failures are but the pillars of success.
  • Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
  • Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination.
  • Conquer your mind or it will conquer you.
  • Just as we develop our physical muscles through working out – we develop our character by overcoming challenges and adversity.
  • Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.
  • When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of energy left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”
  • Believe in yourself! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful.
  • Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.
  • Sweat silently. Let’s have no squawking about a little expenditure of energy.
  • It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
  • Thoughts become words.Words become actions.Actions become habits.Habits they become character.Character becomes your destiny.
  • Are you compliant or committed?
  • Thoroughbred: Is someone, people or horses, who give their best with every pump of their heart to every second of their lives.
  • It’s not what you eat it’s what you digest.
  • Strong legs obey, weak legs command.Strong legs will do whatever you ask them to do.
  • Weak legs get tired and they command you to quit.
  • The greatness of the competitor is in giving everything you have.
  • Try. Make mistake. Fail. Learn. Try better. Make mistake. Fail. Learn. Try better still. Make mistake. Fail. Learn. Repeat until… Try. Succeed. THAT is persistence!
  • Practice like a champion! Intensity and Focus.
  • Bam! – That’s all it takes! Brains and Motivation.
  • Lombardi Time:10 minutes early.
  • You must love to play even if you lose
  • Information in this age is like – drinking from a fire hydrant
  • Hearts and minds first
  • Mediocrity is the killer
  • Association breeds assimilation
  • Passion is a willingness to sacrifice for an unknown
  • Discipline – when the adventure becomes a job
  • Afraid – black door, and you don’t make the changes
  • 20 seconds of courage is all you need
  • Wins should go to your heart, losses to your head
  • Half way is half ass
  • Evil men prosper when good men do nothing
  • Small people in big positions lead to bad decisions
  • Pain is not the enemy
  • It’s not what you eat, it’s what you digest
  • Playing the same tournament is like doing the 3rd grade 5 times
  • Regular shots beat, big shots scare
  • Leadership – don’t dictate, don’t abdicate, delegate
  • When you commit and work hard at something – you play worse at first
  • Give your best forget the rest
  • Look for the mountain to climb
  • Play like Payton Manning, Compete like Tim Tebow
  • Your regular stuff is good enough
  • When your eyes look at the prize they will tell you many lies
  • No second set slumber party
  • Don’t have a scoreboard mentality