Summer is the time for fun and relaxation…a chance for players to recharge their batteries and get ready for the upcoming school year and season.
Have you ever noticed during the following season how one player all of a sudden has dramatically improved?
The reason is they have practiced over the summer. The players who get better usually improve during the “off season” where they can work on various parts of their game.
Yes, there is still plenty of time for fun and relaxation because all you need is 20-30 per day to work on various skills.
A typical question I get is, what does my child need to work on to improve?
Here are the 5 things they should do to enhance their game.
1) Work on ballhandling. This #1 for youth basketball players because without improvement of this skill, the other parts of the game will probably not get better either.
Players need to learn to dribble with their weaker hand. If there are advanced players, combination moves using the weaker hand is a must.
Big hint: Make sure you spread your fingers wide when dribbling or performing any ballhandling drill. You will soon develop greater control of the basketball.
2) Take lots of shots. If you are a younger player make sure you can make 80% to 90% of your layups before extending your shooting range. In youth basketball games, 80% of most shots are made within 5 feet of the basket.
Once you have mastered layups which is primarily a matter of proper footwork, then you can move out farther.
You want to practice good form on every shot. Shoot to make, not just to shoot.
3) Work on footwork. Footwork will help you get in position to get a beat your opponent off the dribble, get a better shot, and defend.
For beginning players, just skipping, hopping and running with changes in direction will increase their footwork. A great game of tag is awesome way to develop footwork with spontaneous movements.
4) Get physically fit. Creative moves and fundamentals won’t help you much if you aren’t physically able to implement them. Develop strength by doing pushups and situps.
5) Just play. Find a friend. Play various games, ranging from around the world, 21, knockout. You know we schedule play dates for our kids to hang out, watch television, go to the movies, etc?
How about a play date to the local basketball courts at the park? If you drive around parks most days, the courts are empty.
We can still have a great fun summer as you workout and improve.