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What Role Should Dairy Play In Your Basketball Nutrition Plan?
Much has been said about the controversy over whether or not dairy is good for you. Actually, you could form your own opinion by perusing the internet but, buyers beware… you may not get the entire story with your research. It is common for writers, bloggers and researchers to encounter negative personal biases of certain foods based on their own bio-individuality. If ignored, this predisposition leads to the disservice to those who can benefit from what dairy has to offer. Instead, each one of us stands to benefit greatly when our individual make-up is taken into consideration. Dairy is much more than just the gallon of milk on a shelf. You have to consider where it came from, is it commercial/conventional or organic?
One important fact to consider is that dairy’s negative health issues deal with those products that have been produced from animals in commercial feedlots. Put another way, food that doesn’t come from the healthiest of animals. Cows that have been fed grains, injected with hormones and antibiotics and reside in poor living conditions, don’t provide the nutrition and health benefits compared to cows who have been grass-fed, are hormone and antibiotic-free and are free to roam about. Therefore, when I refer to the positive attributes of dairy, I will be talking about these happy, healthy animals.
The question of whether dairy is healthy or not is a more complex issue than just having a tummy ache after you ingest a dairy product. What, if anything, is the underlining cause to this problem? As you look deeper into the root cause of the problem, there appears to be a more insidious work at play.
Like many foods, there are pros and cons to eating them. Unfortunately, when the negative effects of foods are presented, they are typically given from a conventionally grown and produced perspective. Grain-fed, hormone and antibiotic injected animals produce less than healthy food. But, before we compare the benefits and consequences of dairy products, let’s take a look at what may be driving the ill-health effects of dairy.
So, What’s Causing All of the Dairy Ruckus?
Intestinal permeability, or leaky gut, occurs when a protein called zonulin is up-regulated in the small intestine and the intestine wall “opens” up allowing pathogens, toxins and food particles into the bloodstream. This triggers the auto-immune system to respond but it becomes overwhelmed with the task at hand. These intruders circulate throughout the body and settle in certain areas which lead to inflammation in that area. Isn’t that great?
So, what causes this process to occur? Cutting or eliminating each one of these will go a long way in healing your gut.
- Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAID)
- Standard American Diet (SAD) – Gluten, refined carbohydrates, processed foods and sugar.
- Environmental Factors
- Hormone Use
- Chronic Infections
Diseases and disorders linked to leaky gut include, but are not limited to:
- Depression and anxiety
- Autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, celiac, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS)
- Brain fog
- Chronic diarrhea and constipation
Do I have your attention, yet? Typically, people who eat/drink conventionally produced dairy, tend to eat conventionally produced other foods as well. They are also more inclined to eat the standard American diet (SAD), a low-fat, high-wheat/grain, high-refined carbohydrate, high-processed food diet. This is a perfect scenario for leaky gut. It provides the environment for a system not ready to accept a commercially grown dairy product or anything else for that matter.
The following list will help you sift through some of the confusion that is brought about with the dairy controversy.
PROS VS CONS OF DAIRY
A Good Energy Source for Basketball.
Like with all foods, we should consider the sugar content of each dairy product we eat in order to assess its healthiness. Although it is true that added refined sugar in processed foods is a major contributor to the chronic illness, obesity epidemic and other maladies that we see throughout our country today, we can still benefit from its energy producing qualities in from real food sources in time of high energy demand, like playing basketball. It is best used when consumed as a pre- or post-workout meal so it can be used as immediate energy or to replenish glycogen stores (stored glucose in the blood,liver and muscles). On days where energy is not in as much demand, meaning less energy is expended, a lower carbohydrate intake is recommended because of its insulin- raising effects. Insulin, the fat storage hormone, is secreted by the pancreas to carry blood sugar (glucose) to muscle and fat cells to be used later for energy. As more sugar is consumed, more is stored in our fat cells (in the form of triglycerides), leading to weight gain and increased triglyceride levels. By consuming dairy products that contain sugar only on basketball playing days, you reduce the amount of sugar that increases weight and leads to health problems.
Contains Whey Protein (High Quality Animal Protein) for Rebuilding and Repairing Muscle.
Not only does whey protein protect against cancer, but its complete protein (animal) makeup enhances muscular strength and size, a necessity for developing basketball players.
Protects Against Heart Disease.
Research indicates that people who eat the most full-fat dairy have a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular death than those who eat less of it. (1) In another study, researchers found a fifty percent reduced risk of having a heart attack in people who consumed full- fat, grass-fed dairy. Grass-fed dairy contains five times more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than its commercially produced counterpart. CLA is a healthy fat that is thought to be one of the driving forces behind the health benefits of grass-fed dairy products. (2)
In a study performed on grass-fed dairy cows greater amounts of vitamins A, E and beta- carotene in butter than from commercial feedlot cows. (3) Vitamin K2, a lesser known orm of vitamin K, is found in abundance in full-fat, grass-fed dairy products. Vitamin K is needed for blood clotting and therefore, helps prevent heart attacks. Vitamin K2 directs calcium to the hard tissues where it belongs and away from arteries and soft tissue. Put another way, it helps prevent heart disease and osteoporosis.
CONS (The issue with the CONS is that the reason for the intolerance and allergies, in most cases, is a result of having leaky gut).
Depending upon who you listen to, 50-75% of adults are sensitive to dairy products. People who lack the enzyme, lactase, needed to breakdown the milk sugar, lactose, will have gastric distress if they are consuming pasteurized milk. The process of pasteurization kills the naturally occurring lactase in raw milk. (4) Lactose intolerance increases with age therefore drinking raw milk (milk that hasn’t been pasteurized and still contains its natural lactase) becomes a better option.
Milk Protein Allergies.
People’s immune systems that have leaky gut are more likely to react to elements in milk, although it may still be possible to be free of leaky gut and have milk protein allergies. (4) Only 2.5% of the 3-year-old and younger crowd suffers from milk allergies, with most children outgrowing it.
An exception to having leaky gut as a precursor for dairy sensitivities would be that of gluten intolerance. These people are more likely to react adversely to milk because of the cross-reactivity of milk proteins and gluten. (4)
In nutrition, we tend to isolate certain compounds, nutrients and even food groups without considering the synergistic effects that they have with other elements in food. This leads to eliminating essential nutrients from our diet and can have dire consequences on our health or we can be cheating ourselves out of essential nutrients that our body needs for optimal health. If “leaky gut” is the guilty party (which I think it is in most cases) to many of the diseases and gastrointestinal disorders that we see today, wouldn’t we be better off healing our gut first before we eliminate dairy which has much to offer us?
So, if you are having problems with dairy address potential gut issues first. Try eliminating all grains, sugar and vegetable oils, i.e. processed foods, and focus on a real food, nutrient-dense diet. Once you have done this, remove all dairy products for 3 or 4 weeks and then slowly add each dairy full-fat, grass-fed item back in one by one. In his book, Your Personal Paleo Code, Chris Kresser lists dairy items in the proper re-entry order, from the least amount of lactose to the most. The order is as follows: 1. Ghee (clarified butter); 2. Butter; 3. Kefir (fermented milk); 4. Yogurt; 5. Hard Cheese Before Soft Cheese; 6. Full-Fat Heavy Whipping Cream; 7. Sour Cream; 8. Ice Cream (for lactose content ONLY); 9. Buttermilk; 10. Milk (whole, 2 percent, 1 percent, nonfat). (5) This will not only go a long way in removing your discomfort and other health issues, but it will also help identify the dairy offender.
Now, if you will excuse me, I’m going to go pour myself a glass of grass-fed, organic, hormone and antibiotic-free whole (full-fat) milk before my workout this afternoon. Cheers!
- Guyenet, Stephan. “Full-fat Dairy for Cardiovascular Health??” www.wholehealthsource.blogspot.com. 9 April, 2010. 18 April, 2015.
- Smt, Liesbeth A., Ana Baylin, and Hannia Campos. 2010. Conjugated linoleic acid in adipose tissue and risk of myocardial infarction. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Published, May 12, 2010.
- Searles, SK et al, “Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Carotene Contents of Alberta Butter.” Journal of Dairy Science, 53(2) 150-154.
- Kresser, Chris. “Dairy: food of the Gods or neolithic agent of disease?” www.chriskresser.com. 8 February, 2011. 18 April, 2015.
- Kresser, Chris. Your Personal Paleo Code: the 3-step plan to lose weight, reverse disease, and stay fit and healthy for life. New York, NY: Hachette Book Group, Inc. 2013. Print.
Rusty Gregory, MS, CSCS, CWC CES, is the author of Self-Care Reform: How to Discover Your Own Path to Good Health and Living Wheat-Free for Dummies a). He is a personal fitness trainer, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a Cancer Exercise Specialist, a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and a dailyRx Contributing Expert. He received his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Michigan.
Rusty is also a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. He helps people make lasting behavioral changes that lead them to become their best selves. Coaching has allowed him to become more empathetic with people and their wellness “issues.” Rusty has seen many realize a higher level of wellness and begin to live life with more depth, meaning and purpose. He uses this approach in Self-Care Reform: How to Discover Your Own Path to Good Health to motivate people to action.
Rusty’s desire to teach others about eating healthy culminated in the writing of Living Wheat-Free for Dummies. The title can be a bit misleading. It extends beyond the removal of wheat from the diet and into the grain-free, low-carb and vegetable oil-free lifestyle that would benefit us all. He has seen many people dramatically improve their health by eliminating the inflammatory foods that create the most damage to the human body. To learn more, visit www.RustyGregory.com.
Note from the publisher: We had a chance to meet Rusty Gregory while training his son David and daughter Lauren in our player development programs. Like so many of the parents in our gym, Rusty is humble but extremely accomplished and expert in his field. When I found about Rusty’s expertise, I asked him to help me address this hot debate which we had already explored the con sides of. Rusty went above and beyond my request and gave us some great insight into the topic. We look forward to sharing his insight again and highly encourage anyone committed to exploring wellness, physical training and physical recovery from cancer to check out how David can help you.
Basketball Speed and Agility – 9 Questions For An Expert Trainer
I had a chance to interview Rich Stoner of Elite Basketball Training. Rich is known as one of the best basketball trainers in New Jersey and is highly respected by trainers all over the nation. I personally rely on Rich for solid advice on topics ranging from basketball nutrition to basketball strength training. I most admire his expertise on basketball speed and agility issues.
BasketballTrainer.com (BT): How exactly did you craft your expertise on the topic of basketball speed and agility?
Rich Stoner (RS):I have always been highly involved in creating the sports performance programs for any basketball team that I have coached both as an assistant or as a head coach. This prompted me to get my USAW Sports Performance Coach certification early on in my career. From there on I have consistently analyzed the game of basketball watching how players move on the basketball court in order to come up with the best ways to improve those movements along with their skills. Speed and agility rank near the top in terms of the factors that lead to an athlete’s success on the court and therefore have become a focal point of our training at Elite Basketball Training.
BT: It seems like football dominates the speed and agility scene and basketball is an afterthought. What are the differences and why is it important to stay basketball focused?
RS: Regarding speed and agility, basketball differs from football and is unique in the sense that there are more constant changes of direction and changes of movement. Basketball also requires players to make changes of speed and direction while dribbling a basketball and this is something that is foreign to football. Basketball is a stop and go kind of game and it is far from linear. Whether on defense or offense, with or without the basketball the game requires players to cut off angles or take advantage of angles. To do so effectively requires a player to be not only quick but also agile (change directions effectively) and to possess the basketball skills and footwork to operate in this manner efficiently.
BT: What is the number 1 reason people don’t start a speed and agility program?
RS: It is an afterthought, not a priority. Players seem to focus more on game play first, then skill development, and then if they have some time, they will incorporate sports performance training, which includes speed and agility work. This is a terrible way to look and the basketball training spectrum. Basketball training should include predominantly, skill development and sports performance training and lastly game play. To improve your ability on the court, you need a ton of repetitions and these are repetitions that you just cannot get when playing games.
BT: Having run plyometric programs before myself, it seems like kids need a small group to perform best. Do you see similar issues in speed and agility work, and if so, why do you think this is the case?
RS: Smaller group training is definitely the best case scenario. It allows a coach to really break down the movements for each individual and explain how that particular player can be better. However, over time, once players have learned these movement patterns and the correct way to execute them, a large group with an extra trainer or two would work just fine.
BT: What are the biggest obstacles to achieving success in a basketball speed and agility program?
RS: Misinformation and time. Players and parents are being inundated nowadays with information that pushes them in the direction of playing more basketball games. So they end up signing up to play for two or more teams. This severely limits their time to train and develop their skills and athleticism. I cannot count the number of times that parents have told me that, “They don’t have the time for sports performance training.” Yet, these will be the same parents that come back to me after a long AAU season of doing nothing but play games and tell me that their son or daughter has not improved at all and, in fact, has gotten worse. Basketball skill development and performance training should make up the bulk of your basketball training regimen, and that requires cutting back on the number of teams you play for in order to open up more time to train for things like speed and agility.
BT: What age should players begin this type of training?
RS: I’ve worked with players as young as seven. As long as the program is well designed which includes it begin physically appropriate for the age and ability of each player they will most certainly see the benefits.
BT: How does rest factor into the training schedule with this focus?
RS: Rest is an interesting component to speed and agility training. There is a lot of this type of training that requires max effort so optimal rest between sets is ideal. However, the game of basketball is not played that way and your rest time can and usually is limited by the clock and the whistle. With this in mind, it is best to train some drills for max effort in order to develop components like starting speed but it is a must that you train other drills with limited rest time in order to better simulate actual gameplay.
BT: What questions should I be asking you that I have not?
RS: What role does strength training play in the development of speed and agility?
Our strength programs are designed to develop, among other things, strength and power. Increased strength and power with allow the athlete to exert more force on to the ground and explode off of it. Simply stated, the more force an athlete can apply on the ground, the quicker they will be. Furthermore, the extensive core work that we do in our training will ensure that our players bodies have the ability to work from the core to the extremities. This will help them remain stable and balanced when changing directions and changing movements on the court.
BT: What can people expect to get from your program you devised?
RS: They can expect a more efficient way of looking at training speed and agility for basketball. As I mentioned earlier, time is one of the deciding factors in a player not committing to a speed and agility program. My program not only shows players the drills to use to develop their speed, agility, and quickness but also incorporates skill development into these same drills. You will be killing two birds with one stone. Not having time can no longer be an excuse. My program will save time and allow you to improve your speed and agility with and without the basketball.
BT: Rich- thanks for making the time to answer some of our questions, we hope to have you back soon. I am going to share your course and also some of your contact info in this space.
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Who Is Mark Adams?
If you have not already heard…Mark Adams is an Elite Basketball Trainer who helps several NBA clients, college teams and the training and camp community. His portfolio of experience allows him to share a very unique perspective. He has served as a collegiate assistant at Syracuse, a highly successful high school coach, and was a 1000 point scorer as a player in high school and college. We were introduced to Mark by BasketballHQ.com partner and South Alabama Basketball Assistant Coach Russ Willemsen who spoke very highly of him. Mark is committed and passionate about player development and has the growth mindset that the BasketballTrainer.com team looks up to.
BasketballTrainer.com (BT): What is the biggest problem in basketball training today?
Mark Adams (MA): The disconnect between the basketball trainer and the player’s coach. Ideally the basketball trainer should communicate with the players coach and build a relationship. Together they can devise a plan for purposeful training so that the player can maximize time and energy. The basketball trainer should get as much input and data from the coach as possible and use it to devise specific workouts.
BT: What is your training approach with a younger player?
MA: My approach with younger players is simple… I focus on the fundamentals. When working with young players more teaching and explaining often takes place. Make sure that all the skills and drill work translates to actual game like situations. Young players should learn the importance of competition, but most importantly have fun training.
BT: Why do you still make time for youth basketball?
MA: I love the game and I enjoy working with young players. It’s the truest form of teaching that exists. You can have a huge impact on kids and help them get better.
BT: If you could go back in time as a young player, what would you tell yourself?
MA: I would work on all skills and total development of my game. I made the mistake of focusing too much on my position (shooting guard) and didn’t develop other skills such as ball handling, passing, etc. Today’s players need to be more versatile and multi-skilled.
BT: Who were your key influences?
MA: I have been very fortunate to have some of the best in the game as mentors and friends. – My first job was working for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse University. – Coach K – have been fortunate to have him for advice and counseling over the years.
– Alan Stein and Dee Brown were extremely influential in my decision to become a player development coach full-time.
– Currently, NBA Skills trainer Aubrey McCreary, is my main mentor and like a big brother to me.
BT: Mark, you have a reputation of being one of America’s best camp demonstrators and teachers. What can campers expect across the nation?
MA: To learn the fundamentals, to be taught and develop skills that translate. Train extremely hard. They can expect energy, enthusiasm and passion I want all of my players to
1) Get Better
2) Have Fun
3) Develop Meaningful Relationships
BT: Where can they find out more information about you and your programs?
– twitter – @MarkAdamsBball
– facebook – facebook.com/MarkAdamsBasketball
– email – firstname.lastname@example.org
BT: Finally Mark can you share the qualities you most admire in two NBA Players you have worked with and what younger players could learn from them?
MA: Ryan Kelly – Los Angeles Lakers – Resilient — Despite numerous injuries, Ryan keeps a positive attitude and continues to work on his game.
– Paul Millsap – Atlanta Hawks – Work Ethic — Paul is a true professional. He has a willingness to go outside his comfort zone to expand his game. Tremendous off season commitment and takes care of his body.
BT: Mark – thanks so much for joining us here, you are welcome back anytime and we look forward to catching up on your visit to Austin this summer!! Also, congratulations on making the list of best basketball websites!
Basketball Trainer Rich Walton At Work
We had a chance to connect with New Haven Basketball Trainer and Creator of Skill Development Coach, Rich Walton. New Jersey basketball trainer Rich Stoner had shared what a thought leader Rich Walton was and we were not disappointed after our conversations and follow up emails.
Basketball Trainer: Rich, thanks for joining us. Can you tell me a little about your philosophy regarding player development and basketball trainers?
Rich Walton: I love basketball. And I love seeing players improve.
Basketball is the ONLY Team sport where you can significantly improve day to day with just a ball and a hoop. I think that we have gotten so far away from the game being about a boy or a girl and a basketball and a dream. Everything is so overhyped, over coached, and SO UNDERTAUGHT!
This game is about 1 thing! MUSCLE MEMORY! Either you have ingrained habits with your skill set and you have a level of confidence with the ball and can read and react with the correct decision making – or you don’t!
BT: What has been your proudest moment as a basketball trainer and what is the reward that drives you daily?
RW: I think what I am most proud of is my willingness to believe in the players that I have worked with. I have trained National Player’s of the Year. NCAA National Champions. I have trained numerous All-State Players. Almost every player that is All-Conference in my location has trained with me. A very low division 3 prospect that could barely handle the ball later went on to become a student manager and practice player at Louisville. I’ve worked with under-recruited high school players that kept working throughout college and have had professional opportunities now. But I never take credit for any player’s success. I take pride in their accomplishments, of course. But I feel that it is my job to tell them what to do. To explain why they should do it. And then demonstrate the application of why we are training the way that we are training. But it is always on the player to take themselves as far as they want to go. Players come to me because they love basketball, just as I did when I was a kid. But if I can get them to love to practice it the right way, no matter what their current level of natural ability is – I think that I give them a belief in themselves that they can be great at basketball – as long as they do everything that I tell them to do. The Players that train the way that I tell them to go on to become great players.
BT: What are your thoughts on the state of skill development in American basketball?
RW: It’s a joke! AAU is glorified recreational basketball now. The business side of basketball took over what was really good for the game of basketball. Which actually works in my favor with regard to training because I am developing better, more skilled players than what any AAU Program can. I hold a big symposium every spring to outline the affects of AAU on Player Development. How a weekend of traveling all over the state for 48 hours and having a kid get 10 shots throughout 4 meaningless AAU Games as opposed to 500 Shots each day, or whatever skill they need to work on over the weekend – is the reason why we don’t have the level of skilled players, shooters and scorers that we could have across the board at the younger levels of developmental basketball. Unfortunately, words like fundamentals and developmental are overlooked. I see players all the time at a young age that have their potential squandered away because they are recruited to play for some AAU program at age 12, when they don’t have the necessary skill sets to really progress to a far more developed player over the long haul. So I have a SKILLS vs AAU Mentality.
BT: Once you share a skill with a young player, how do you help them integrate it into their game? Where are players failing in taking drills into actual game skills?
RW: People can say players don’t implement skills into games because they are not always doing the skill with a defender, or in a contextually interfered game environment. I honestly think that has very little merit. There are really 2 missing components when it comes to players not integrating a skill into a game:
1). The 1st Reason is Creativity: Players that practice the right way DON’T Just “Do Skills.” They imagine things. Like trailing defenders, perimeter defenders, rotating defenders. They practice to beat the Greatest Defenders! (Practice that way… and you’ll beat any defender!)
2). The other reason that a player doesn’t incorporate a skills into a game is simply because they haven’t practiced it enough for muscle memory. When the ball goes up – players are going to fall back on their habits. If they have not ingrained a muscle memory skill with confidence at game speeds in their own practice habits, why would they be able to incorporate it into a game? That’s why you need repetition after repetition. That’s why basketball training matters!
The tricky thing about Muscle Memory is that it comes very fast – in the matter of minutes or days… But it leaves fast, too. So a player that thinks “I got that” when it comes to a skill doesn’t necessarily have it until they can do it again and again at a very high rate of speed without thinking. And even then, the best players in the world make mistakes, blow layups, and turn the ball over. But choosing the skill path as a player and practicing the correct techniques for muscle memory is the only way to be a great player.
BT: Here at BasketballTrainer.com, we always tell players we want them to work harder and smarter. You developed a product that seems to help youngsters work smarter in the driveway and the gym while on their own. Can you share a little?
RW: I have dedicated a great deal of my life to basketball instruction. I know a lot of players that work hard. I know a lot of players that do practice. But most have no clue WHAT EXACTLY TO DO and HOW TO DO IT!
Realizing that many of our kids wanted to do extra work outside of our training sessions mad me want to give them more guidance and inspriation when I was not available to them. That is what SKILL DEVELOPMENT COACH is:
It tells you EXACTLY what to do, shows you EXACTLY HOW to DO IT, and WHY EXACTLY You NEED to DO IT!
We put it in a video format and very easy to understand guide that helps give players the guidance they crave to become stronger players.
BT: It looks like a great product, congrats on your work with that and thanks so much for spending some time with us here at BasketballTrainer.com
7 Steps to Improving Your Basketball Skills This Summer
If you’re a serious basketball player, you want to get better! No matter how good you already are. If you DON’T want to get better, you won’t be a serious basketball player for long because the guys you had in your rearview you’ll soon see ahead of you. Here are seven steps to really improving your game this summer.
Get an Assessment of your Current Game
Don’t just look in the mirror! Sometimes our own vision of ourselves can be deceiving. Ask your coach, your teammates, your parents and your friends to asses your current game, including your strengths and weaknesses. I’ve done this before, and I still remember some of the feedback I got from one of my buddies one summer. It still sticks with me to this day, and it helped me get better at the time he gave it. Take the feedback from others who can see your blind spots, and combine that with what you know about yourself to get an accurate snapshot of yourself as a basketball player.
Identify the Player You Want to Be in the Fall
Sometimes players start to work on various skills without identifying what they want the end result to be. You definitely want to know what you’re working towards. If you’re not exactly sure how to decide “the player you want to be”, an easy way to do this is to look at your favorite NBA or college player. Find the player you really want to play like. Look at the skills he has and how he plays the game. You can use him as a temporary standard. You can say “I want to handle like Kyrie”, or “I want to pass like CP3”. Identify the skills they have that you currently don’t but that you want to acquire.
Find a Gym
This sounds simple, but it is important. Find a practice space where you have access to a dribbling space and a 10 foot basketball goal. This can be your driveway, or it can be the park down the street. It can also be your local gym where you have a membership. Nobody gets better by waking up with the desire but not knowing where to go. You want to wake up and get right to your practice area. Find a place where you know the times you’ll have that space to train so you can get on a consistent schedule as well.
Find a Basketball Trainer and a Workout Partner
You may know “what” you want to develop, but a good basketball trainer can give you the “how”. Again the concept of blind spots comes into play. You may think you look one way while shooting or dribbling, but you really look a different way. Your trainer can help correct and guide you. A workout partner is also good for accountability. You don’t need or want a partner all the time while you are working on your game, but having a partner to work with at least once or twice per week will help keep you accountable, focused and on enthusiastic.
Find a Good Pickup Game
You’ve got to find a good weekly pickup game to work on your new skills. You want to work on skills in a pickup setting because there are generally less restrictions than organized games and you can play more freely. If you are working on that new double crossover move, it’s okay if you mess up in a pickup game. If you are working on shooting and all you want to do is shoot the ball from long distance, that’s fine as well. You’ll get more confidence and key feedback as you try things in a pickup game setting.
Find a Summer League
Whatever you’ve been working on, you gotta do it with the lights on! We all know there is a different pressure and feel when playing in an organized game as opposed to playing with your buddies. Most players are more conservative in organized games and only display skills they are 100% confident with. You’ve got to convert some of your new skills into toolkit skills. And by toolkit skills I mean skills that are second nature to you. Get practice with your new game in this setting before your fall season comes. If you can be successful with your new game here, you can do it in your fall season.
Develop a Long-Term Practice Regimen
Lastly, a long-term practice regimen is important for maintaining what you’ve worked on. We all know that the basketball season starts in the fall or winter, but your summer vacation ends in August. You’ve got to come up with practice time to hold you over so you don’t lose your skills Even if your school has a basketball offseason class, that time is usually not dedicated to you doing whatever you want to do to develop perosnally. You still need personal practice time. Find a location and two or three days per week that you can work on your basketball game in the midst of homework, projects and the football season.
We’ve just given you 7 steps tips to improving your basketball game this summer. Get started now with an assessment, and contact us to help you with the process of developing into the player you want to be. Have fun practicing and playing games this summer. We can’t wait to see how you grow!