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Basketball Tips & Strategies – April

Coaching Tips: Setting Goals is a Key to Success

After a long season, coaches need to take some time off to recuperate and re‐charge their batteries. However, before doing so, while it is fresh in your mind, review, analyze and evaluate the past season. Examine exactly what was accomplished, what was successful, and what needs to be improved in the coming year. Then use this information to set goals and objectives for the coming season. Caution: setting goals, like potential energy, is useless until action is taken to implement and achieve them.

In addition, basketball coaches, just like any other member of the teaching profession, need to evaluate their own personal performance. Personal evaluations are something that is generally disliked. However, they are vital to the improvement of any coach and basketball program, especially the self‐evaluations. For printable Program Evaluation forms – Click Here

“Flight Time” – The Key to Successful Rebounding

Flight Time is the time it takes for the ball to leave a shooter’s hand until it gets to a position where it can be rebounded. This normally takes 2 to 3 seconds. What players do, or do not do, during this Flight Time period will determine their success or failure in rebounding. Flight Time is when the great players excel. Instead of watching the flight of the ball, much like a great outfielder, they anticipate a missed shot and immediately move to the area where the ball is most likely to rebound and establish inside position. Learn more – Premium Members Click Here

Player Tips: Off Season

From October to April, teams are made. From April to October, individual players are made. This is the time of the year that you must develop and improve your basketball skills and techniques along with your physical attributes. However, to be successful, you must first take the time to do a self‐evaluation. Compile a list of the things you did well this past season, and the things you must or could improve. Things that you can do to make yourself a more solid, stronger, aggressive and intelligent player when you take the court this coming season. Ask your coaches for their input and specific recommendations for off season improvement. Then use this self‐evaluation to plan your off season workouts and skill development.

Basketball is like a bank. What you put into it, is exactly what you will get out of it. Prepare for the best. Bad habits can be practiced as well as good. Work individually on precise footwork, keeping your hands up, and the things you need to improve, not just your strengths. Do it yourself. You do not need to depend on coaches, parents or personal trainers. Individual improvement is not all fun and games. Much of off season skill development is repetitive, monotonous and tedious. However, remember: “If it’s going to be. . . It’s up to me.” – George Raveling.

Organize and play a lot of three on three half court competition. Since three on three provides for much more shooting, passing, rebounding, screening, and defensive repetitions, it is by far, the most efficient use of your time in practicing and improving your fundamental skills. In addition, after a long, hard season, it also saves additional wear and tear of your legs. Playing full court only reinforces current abilities.

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