Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Improving in Basketball

There are a lot of people out there that work on their game during the summer. Some people improve their game, some people stay the same and some people don’t. The thing that bothers me the most is to see people not even trying to work on their game. Some guys would go on the court with flips flops on and start shooting. They would shoot without jumping and they would stay at the same spot and just shoot. That is not working in your game, that is having fun. If you want to be great you have to do more than just shoot at the same spot the whole day.
                Many guys that play basketball don’t like to run. Also, they think that is not that important and you don’t need to run to be better at basketball. This is not true, running is important in basketball. In every game you run back and forth, and if you can’t catch up that’s not good. You need to be in shape when you are playing basketball. The thing that I do to get in shape is at least run 10k at least 3 times a week. If running 10k is too much for you then you can run 5k, 3k or 1k. Just do what’s best for you. A lot of people say this doesn’t help you improve your game at all, but trust me it does. I can tell, because after my first 2 months of running I noticed that I have more endurance then I used to have. I also noticed that my speed improved. Running is a great way to keep your endurance up and improve speed.
                Another thing that people don’t work on is their layups. I know that layups can be boring to work on, because why would work on them when you can make every single one? Layups are just so valuable. Almost all basketball players don’t miss layups, but they start missing when someone is guarding them. People that practice layups a lot of times are the people that know how to use the back board well. You should at least do 50-100 layups on each side everyday if you want to be good. 50-100 layups can improve your footwork and vertical.
                One of the last things you can do is ball handling. This is really important to guards. Many guards out there still dribble while looking down, because they don’t work on the handles. Some people don’t work on their game just because they don’t have a basketball court. The great thing about working on ball handling is you can do it anywhere. You don’t need a court to work on it. You can work at your ball handling at a sidewalk, basement in your room or anywhere. There are many great ball handling drills out there. You can look it up on YouTube and you can find many great videos on improving your ball handling. Here are some of the drills that you can do anywhere:


   In basketball you need to work on your endurance, your ball handling skills and working on your layups. You need to be running at least 3 times a week and doing at least 50-100 layups on each side to improve your game. Also, you need to work on your ball handling skills. After you work on all this you can start working on your jump shots. If I were you I would create a calendar at http://www.keepandshare.com/myhome/   to keep track of what you are going to do every day. It’s good to write it down on paper, because it reminds you of what you need to do today and the day after. Thanks for reading this and I hope it helps.

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