Basketball season is here and in full swing. Coaches are preparing their teams for the next game with scouting reports and watching team film. Teams are also prepping for competition by executing half court offensive plays and defensive schemes in practice. Each one of those are very important to team success, but coaches and players must also remember to get in some skill development time.
I've been conducting skill development workouts since 2001. I actually wanted to become a college coach and never even thought about doing skill development workouts for a living. When my basketball career was over and I moved back home to finish school I was approached by the University of Central Arkansas' head men's basketball coach about working out one of the team's returning point guards. I have to admit I had no idea of what to do. So I just put him through the same drills I did when I prepared for the upcoming season. We only met a few times but that gave me enough to wet my appetite.
Great post defenders like Joakim Noah are the anchors of any team's defense. They protect the rim with great help defense by blocking or altering shots. They are great on hedging on screens, pick and roll defense, and securing the defensive rebound. Helping off the ball is not the only area they excel at. To be a great post defender you must also be great at containing the opposing team's post player. Great post defenders have the basketball IQ to understand how to defend in relation to the ball, how to force the opposition off their sweet spots, and how to force tough contested shots.
The iPhone. Millions of people all across the world has arguably the best mobile phone on the planet (I beg to differ. I prefer the Samsung, but I digress). Whether you prefer the iPhone, Samsung, or any other mobile device, you can't argue that the iPhone changed the way people live, do business, and entertain themselves. The impact the iPhone has made on society is second to none. They were ahead of the curve and set the trend that many companies are trying to duplicate today when it comes to technology. Companies, moms, coaches, kids, teachers, and many others have or is using an iPhone or another smart device to improve their way of living.
I see many players that waste a lot of energy by dribbling the basketball way too much. My college coach use to call it "spinning your wheels". I tell the players I train that they want to be efficient when attacking the rim. You don't want to take 3 dribbles when you only need 2. Don't take two when you only need one and don't dribble at all if you don't need to. Over dribbling or "spinning your wheels" can have a negative effect on your teams play. Let's take a look at three ways how this can hurt your team.
With the summer right around the corner now is the time to get in the gym and improve your shooting. Most players would say shooting is the most fun part of basketball. I say making shots is the most fun part of basketball. In this blog I will discuss shooting game shots from game spots at game speed.
I see a lot of parents coaching their kids during the spring and summer time with different AAU or travel basketball teams. It's a great opportunity to spend time with your kid, but it can also hinder your kids development if you are not careful. Growing up I played for my dad. He coached me in baseball, football, and basketball. He started coaching me because he felt I wasn't getting the opportunity I deserved. With the opportunity came a lot of pressure to perform up to his standards and expectations.
Skill development is a big thing now. Go on Google and type in basketball skill development and you will find several coaches and businesses that specialize in skill development. You have different types of skill coaches. You have the coaches that are in your face and intense and then you have the coaches that are more laid back. Whatever type of coach you are or coach you train with they all have the same goal of making players better.