Saying “Thank you” to my players or staff members is so important to me. I mean it and it shows them that I really appcreciate their effort ehy put in. If you’d like to work with people in your program continually, and keep them excited and committed, you should instill a habit of praise, even if it’s only for the “daily stuff” they are doing in their assignments. It’s the small things that matter most!
Over the course of a week, I visit several websites and blogs to read articles on what is going on in the Basketball Coaching Network. With the Speedlinking Series, I’d like to share the love with others who are writing really great content for you, so here are some of the best articles I found on the web:
Train With Purpose ► Stronger Team
Skill Acquisition in Sport – The Journey to Expertise ► The Sport in Mind
Does free throw practice help improve your game? ► Coach Pintar’s Coaches Corner
How to Deal With Slow Starts in Basketball ► Basketball for Coaches
NCAA Rule Changes: Adopt FIBA’s Rules ► Brian McCormick Basketball
Comfort Zone ► Stronger Team
Evaluating a Coach’s Record ► Youth Basketball Coaching Association
Injury Rates Among Youth Athletes ► Outside the Lines
Team Culture Is Reflected In Its Attention To Detail ► Moms Team
Drills & Plays
Live 5 on 5 Transition Offense Drill ► Online Basketball Drills
“Quick Stop” Footwork Drill for Basketball ► Online Basketball Drills
Basketball Shooting Drills ► Men’s Basketball HoopScoop
MEET THE PRESS: Escape Pressing Drills ► Men’s Basketball HoopScoop
‘Hammer time’: Breaking down one of the San Antonio Spurs’ favorite plays ► Coach Pintar’s Coaches Corner
Creative tweaking: How a defensive switch can ruin the best after-timeout sequence ► Coach Pintar’s Coaches Corner
Health & Motivation
Practice, Persevere, and Trust That You’re Making Progress ► Tiny Buddha
The power of the underdog ► The Sport in Mind
RICE Is Still A First Aid Staple ► Moms Team
20 Ways to Get Mentally Tough at Work, in Sports and Life ► Jon Gordon
Enjoy these great articles and make sure to stop by the listed blogs! If you’d like to point me to a blog you are missing here and which you feel I should be highlighting (your blog, perhaps?), please comment below and I will be happy to include it in my list.
Emotion is a definition that cannot be explained quickly in a few words or lines, and this word has a far beyond meaning then any of us can think of at first. Emotions are an important part of our body and soul with and are controlled by the brain. Your emotions are what make your personality.
Coach Dee Brown shares some of his insights on how to improve your vertical leap.
A lot of people think that vertical height is the key to being able to score more efficiently and it certainly does play a huge role in basketball success. This is where strength comes into play. By increasing the strength in your legs and torso, you’ll be able to get the explosive vertical thrust you need to achieve maximum height on your leaps.
The most frequently asked question during the off-season that I hear as a coach is “What can I do to improve my game this summer?”
The answer that is usually given is something along the lines like: “If you want to improve your game, you need to go to the gym and take more shots.” This is undoubtedly true for the most part. After all, everybody needs to do extra ball handling work and shooting during the off-season. However, it won’t enable you to maximize your effort during the off-season so that you can reach your fullest potential.
The true answer for the above question just has one simple reply: In order to improve your game, first you must understand how to identify your weaknesses and strengths as a player. Around 95% of all athletes fail to take this critical step. As a result, they most likely miss those great strides of improvement. A majority of players think this is an unnecessary step and will frequently jump straight into workouts without doing any planning or thought first. I will share with you a process that will help you to understand what your weaknesses and strengths are. It has worked well for me so far:
Find a trusted adviser to sit down with
Find someone who has a good understanding of your game and is somebody you can trust. It would be great if it was your coach. However, it also cold be a friend, grandparent or parent, as long as it is someone with basketball experience. Keep in mind two heads are usually better than just one.
Write it down
It may sound silly, but this is something that is very effective. Start off by writing down your strengths. List everything and anything the two of you can think of to put on your list. Your strengths are something that should easily flow out without having to do a lot of thinking. There is no such thing as a silly answer. Next make a list of your weaknesses. Include everything you do currently. As an example, shooting the ball too low. Also list all the things you don’t do currently but would like to do later on. For example, being able to dribble behind your back. Listing your weaknesses will be harder and more time consuming than it was to write down all of your strengths. Just be sure to be completely honest with yourself.
Making your Strengths even stronger
After you have listed your strengths, return to the list and circle your game’s strongest aspect. Be ready to work on this to make it even better. As an example, maybe you are a great shooter already. However, you wouldn’t want to neglect shooting work completely. Instead you would still keep working on your shots on a daily basis.
Analyze your Weaknesses
Once you have given serious and long thought to your weaknesses, what you want to do next is determine which three things if you could improve them would have the largest impact on your game. Then circle those three things.
Below your lists, on the bottom of the page, write down the three weaknesses and one major strength you identified previously.
Make a Plan
It is now time to start to make your plan. Determine how much time you have to invest into your future as well as how frequently you can practice. Next create a workout which will help you take your weaknesses and strength to a higher level. Keep in mind that any quality individual workout will include some conditioning, some ball handling and some shooting no matter what your specific goals, weaknesses and strengths happen to be.
Record your Results
Keep a workout journal that details what you are doing. This is the final touch to your individual improvement session. Keep track of how long the workout session was, what skills you worked on total shots attempted and made, and so on. Any information can be good information. You journal will help you keep track of your progress as well as help to keep you accountable when it comes to your own improvement. Also it will be a great source for your motivation, especially as the pages continue piling up. You should evaluate your progress each and maybe make changes to your workout in order to make them even more effective.
Repeat this process at the ending of the off-season and at the end of each month. Evaluate your weaknesses and strengths once again. Pretty soon your weaknesses will turn into strengths, while your strengths will become unstoppable.