The basketball season is well under way, but are you doing what is necessary to be the best player you can be? To become an elite basketball player, it starts at a young age. Unless you were given the natural gift of being a genetic freak, then you need to make sure you are doing the little things to become an elite player. And if you are the genetic freak, where everything comes easy, then you need to think about how you can become dominant and reach your full potential.
There is nothing worse than knowing you could have done more when it is all over. And this is why we made this week’s video – 5 Do’s During the Season.
5) Do Your School Work
How often do you hear of a basketball player that starts off the season great and then they miss a game, multiple games or even the rest of the season because of grades? It is simple, if you do not take care of your grades you will be on the bench or even worse off the team. Having good grades, or challenging yourself to exceed expectations is a mentality that crosses over from the classroom to the basketball court and from the court to real life. If you have the mentality to take care of business no matter the circumstances, you will succeed.
Basketball is draining. If you are challenging yourself on and off the court everyday then you will need your rest. There is no riddle to this one – listen to your body. If you are tired, sleep. There is no need to play video games for an extra hour before bed when you have school and practice the next day. Sleep is an essential part of your recovery and if you do not get enough rest you will not see the maximum benefits of all the hard work you are putting in. Eventually, you will start to regress and lose your mental focus making it tougher to make shots an execute on the court.
3) Eat Right
The food that you eat is the fuel for your body. If you are out eating junk food like burgers, fries and hot dogs, your body will start to ware down. You don’t put regular gas in a high end sports car. You put premium gasoline. And this is no different than how you should think about your body. It is important to make sure you are eating enough protein, carbs and definitely water and other fluids. Between eating right and getting your rest you will have a better chance in fending off the flu and other sicknesses that come up during basketball season.
2) Keep on Lifting Weights
A common misconception for young basketball players is that they don’t lift weights during basketball season. No matter the circumstances it is important to maintain your routine throughout the season. If you were lifting before the season, then it is important to maintain your strength during the season. This will not only help your shot, but it will keep your body durable and help keep you healthy during the season. This does not mean try and get your personal best ever time in the weight room, but it is important to do a medium intensity workout regularly (2-3 times per week) to help keep that muscle mass from the off season. For our young guys, 11, 12 and 13 year olds, its ok to not lift weights during the basketball season, but you can still do body weight exercises to help keep your strength without hindering growth.
1) Get Up More Shots
A lot of times once the season gets started players get lazy. They forget that in the preseason they were making 300+ shots a day and they think now that they are practicing 2+ hours a day they are getting better. You may still be getting better as a team, but this does not mean you are improving your shot. The best shooters find times before after and even during practice to get up extra shots. Find an “accountability partner” and show up early or stay after and rebound for each other. Hold each other accountable to get up more shots. This will not only help you shoot better, but will help your teammate shoot better and therefor your team will be better. If you want an entire workout shooting program to help know the drills to use – check out “Profect Your Shooting”