There is no secret.
We want to believe there is a secret.
We want to believe basketball players have achieved greatness or become better because of a secret.
Basketball has fundamentals.
Skills that are important to succeeding as a player in this game.
Ballhandling. Finishing, Footwork. Shooting. Stance. Balance. And more..
As you head into this off season; what skills do you need to focus on to be better next time you play?
What game situations do you need to improve?
Do you need to practice or train more?
Become extremely focused on what needs to be done to be a better player.
So much of practicing the fundamentals or the things you need to get better is very mental too.
You have to focus.
Pay attention to details.
Repeat it daily when it is boring. This is a big one.
Mentally you have to:
1. Don't think about what people say about you.
2. Act and work more than you talk about it.
3. Do not compare your game to others.
Everyday you step on the court have a plan. Have a vision of where you want the practicing and training to go.
Pound that ball. Shoot more shots. Play pickup. Train with a coach or trainer.
Do the work every single day and the result will come.
It doesn't happen overnight.
It's getting a little bit better everyday.
We want it to happen now. We want it instant.
It just doesn't work that work that way.
We have to show up every single day, put in the work, and make little improvements each day.
Quicker step work today.
Harder dribble tomorrow.
Shooting workout today.
Then that little by little adds up.
Think about it. Starting March 1st there are 92 days before June.
In June is where high school teams play in their team camps.
Imagine if you did purposeful skills, speed & agility, strength training, and mental prep work for 92 days.
How much better would you be? How much better would we all be?
If you play club it's another 30 days to those events you think are going to help you get recruited.
That would be 122 days of getting better.
Little by little.
Don't try to do it all at once. It takes days, weeks, and months for little by little to add up.
But I promise you, it DOES PAY OFF.
Your little by little will pay off at the right time in the right place.
The answer to this question can be tough.
Because getting better requires us to be humble and hungry for feedback.
Yep! In order to get better we have to be open to coaching, feedback, and being uncomfortable.
I personally struggled with this at times. That's another blog entry.
Unfortunately, lots of players say they want to get better, but it this doesn't really happen for several reasons.
1. They really don't know what it takes to keep improving. We can help!:)
2. They think they are already good because they are succeeding at their current level.
3. It's just not what they want to do. That's ok too.
It doesn't matter where you are as a player.
The leading scorer. The last player off the bench.
There is always room to improve.
There is always something to add to your physical game as well as your mental game.
It's amazing - the road maps are out there because every single great athlete in any sport talks about how they seek out coaches or trainers who would push them to get better.
The success stories are lined with a path for all of us to see.
They answered the the question - Do you want to get better with YES!!
They knew what they wanted.
They formed and action plan and acted.
They were open, willing, and hungry to improve.
Inside of you is more.
Inside of you is another level of athlete or player you have not seen yet.
Don't let it go.
As the season finishes up what will your answer to the question: Do you want to get better?
Player Development Coach