The offseason can look very different for basketball players. With many distractions and busy schedules, the trade off of training and fun doesn’t have to be as stressful as you think. Here are 5 simple ways to keep your focus on basketball when it may not be on the top of your to-do list.
Playing basketball, I know it sounds pretty obvious but many players may think of it as a chore during the summer when they could be out doing other activities. Whether you’re in-season for a different sport or just want to relax when school gets out, it is easy to forget the basketball season as it is months away. But merely picking up a basketball can remind players of their goals for the upcoming season.
In the age of social media and technology that can connect players to basketball content in a matter of a few taps on their phones. Watching basketball on TV, YouTube, TikTok, etc. can spark the motivation for players to start training. Players may see a highlight that makes them want to try it themselves. Seeing a crazy dunk may inspire players to start working on their jumping ability in the weight room as well.
Spending time with friends
A player’s mind/thoughts when off the court and during the off-season will most likely be different then when in-season. But a great way to keep the upcoming season on your mind is by surrounding yourself with your friends. Players on the basketball team share a common interest in basketball. Hanging out with friends may turn into a pickup game, but even without playing, players will start to think about the game of basketball.
What do you want to achieve during the offseason and what player will you become before next season? All players have a dream, and that’s why they play the game. Why not stay on track with your dream by writing down what goals you want to accomplish. These could be goals for the summer or in-season goals. But by setting goals your brain will remind you to work on your game to attain your goals.
Strength and conditioning work
No better time to get stronger and faster than the offseason. Staying active in general helps smooth the process of offseason to pre-season for players' minds. Players won’t have as many game-like scenarios during training, but strengthening your body/mind will improve your game. Players noticing their getting stronger/faster will encourage them to test out how it helps develop their basketball skills.
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