Your mindset is everything when it comes to basketball -- you pretty much decide if you're going to be defeated before you ever step onto the court.
It's all about your mindset.
Building the confidence to be able to step onto any court and declare that you can play, and win, against any opponent takes time. It also takes practice to have the right amount of faith in yourself.
The first step is to put in the effort before tip-off. That means listening to your coach, working on your game and making sure you are ready to play. This is important because
It also helps to give yourself a prep talk. Before a game remind yourself that you can win, and remind yourself if your strongest traits. Coming up with an affirmations could also be beneficial.
Getting yourself into a good mental space before a game can prevent you from getting into your own head during a game and to focus on playing.