“Coach, my ability to handle poor play and bad results was not good before I met with you.  I felt I needed to play perfectly.  Now I understand that failure and bad outcomes are part of every game, and that to be the best player I can be, I also have to be the best at handling this adversity.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!”  

Sophia Wiard, D-1 guard at U. of Toledo


NPR Radio Interview with Coach McGannon:  9 minutes


Why do kids care so much about what others think about their play?

This training applies to ALL SPORTS at ANY level.   Coach McGannon has worked with players from the following sports:  basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, football, golf, volleyball, track, hockey, lacrosse, tennis, figure skating, fencing, equestrian, gymnastics.

AGES: 75% of the kids are Middle School, High School or college aged kids.  About 25% are 11-12 years of age.  There is a slightly different assessment for these younger players. NOTE:  When registering please advise the age of your son, daughter or team.

Each training starts with an assessment which is broken down into three categories:

  1. Confidence
  2. Handling Failure
  3. Commitment/Attitude

A player’s relative strengths and weaknesses in these areas become evident when the assessment results are known.  Coach McGannon will then discuss the PRINCIPLES of mental strength and provide actual TOOLS for handling weaknesses in EACH CATEGORY.

This training is effective virtually as well because the assessment is a springboard to what the player is going through.  Improved thinking (pre-practice, pre-game and in-game)  is universally seen.



      • $95.
      • Price will increase to $120 on June 15.
      • Once a time is set up and payment is made, you will receive a link to the ASSESSMENT
      • For any questions, contact Coach McGannon at 616-402-1600 or email jim@basicssports.com

1 v 1 Mental Strength Training

Virtual or In Person

NOTE: Coach McGannon has a flexible schedule.  Please inquire if you are interested in a session, text is the best way to communicate quickly and effectively.  616 402-1600

Week of Sat, 06/25/2022

Mental Strength with Coach McGannon – Sat 06/25/22 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Week of Sat, 07/30/2022

Mental Strength with Coach McGannon – Sat 07/30/22 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Week of Sat, 08/27/2022

Mental Strength with Coach McGannon – Sat 08/27/22 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

One of the best players in the Ivy League-GOLF

“Thank you so much Coach for the mental strength training. I always felt I needed to play perfectly. The assessment taught me to accept negative outcomes and NOT let them bother me. Just keep playing!!  I have improved already, thank you!”

Other Player Comments here

This spring, all U14 and U17 players on our spring teams will receive a mental strength assessment and session with Coach McGannon as part of their team fee.


These sessions are by almost all by appointment only.  Some dates below. 

All sessions with Coach McGannon (bio here)

Call-text 616 402-1600


“The mental strength really helped!  She went 10 for 14 at the plate in the tournament including a home run, triple and 2 doubles.  The strike outs did not keep her down.” 


“I am not certain what you spoke about but I wanted to tell you what an impact you have made on her in a short period of time. I have seen a positive shift already.  There is so much negative in the world right now, so this was both a positive and effective turn for the better.  Basics is a blessing to my kid at time she really needed it.   Thank you.”


“Coach we are deeply grateful Basics also addresses the mental side of the game.   He has always been the best technical player, but is so hard on himself.  He gets in his own way all the time.  The hour he spent with you really opened his eyes.  His confidence level is much higher now.  How he thinks AFFECTS how he plays.  THANK YOU!!” 


“We are so glad you spoke with him. It is a huge help to us as parents. When you addressed setbacks and adversity, this was EXACTLY what he needed to hear.  Kids nowadays are used to instant gratification at a cost to their well being.   This service is a powerful tool to help these youngsters learn and thrive.”


“He has always been the most skilled soccer player. Fastest,  great skills, hard worker.  But he has also been so impatient with his play.  He forces the issue too often.  Your talk with him made a big difference.  He has never played better.  THANK YOU!!”