Perception is defined as how things seem to be, without necessarily being fact.
Example : A player who may be well known to be normally a positive, encouraging and supportive teammate and carries leadership qualities throughout each game, In 30 seconds he or she could easily be judged by others differently. A scout may have been watching a player from the grandstands in a particular game, and the player unusually, may have in a 30 second moment of madness argued with one of their teammates. That scout is going to perceive that the player may not be what he presumed to be. Not matter what the intentions where of the player, perception is reality. If people perceive you the wrong way, it doesn’t matter what your intentions are.
“most disagreements are caused by different perceptions, that created different realities”
So at your best or worst , 30 seconds could give a stranger a perceptive view of you whether its right or wrong.
The same can be said for a coach or parent, its how people view from the outside looking in.(below there is a video of perception).
In basketball perception is crucial.
# How you handle yourself emotionally whether it be coaching, watching ,playing, sitting on the bench, in time outs or interacting within your team. People are watching, and when people watch they tend to have a view, its called perception.
# Body language during a game, do you look positive, negative, discouraged, arrogant, disinterested, focused, fatigued etc
#Do you look like you represent the i in team or the we in team
Every little thing counts, all it takes is one small moment and someone watching that creates a persons perception of you whether it is right or wrong, it doesn’t matter , its there view.
How you react to the trend of the game, do you get frustrated or do you maintain composure when things aren’t going well, what if you were the opposite to how you would normally be and that is the game someone witnessed of you for the first time. There perception of you would be different to others
One game can in a positive or negative way, could have a big impact on the way you are being perceived whether it be as a coach , player or spectator.