When basketball training, you likely know the cliché sayings:Work hard. Push yourself. Love the grind. Etc. Etc.
Many of these sayings are valid and useful, but too many players don't exactly know how to apply these statements effectively when they train, and end up mistakenly training too passively and with a lack of purpose.
These mistakes are also committed many timesduring the season and in practice! Often times, basketball coaches are just as culpable as their players.
1. Not having a goal or Plan
The best players know exactly what their goal is when they get to the gym. Whether it's getting up 500 shots, 200 makes, or 15 minutes of purposeful ball-handling, great players have a goal before they go to work.
Much like having a goal, always have a plan when you get into the gym. What are you specifically going to work on to get better today? Be able to answer that question before starting your workout. Always train with purpose.
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2. No accountability
Whether it's having a coach, parent, teammate, or even yourself keep you accountable, it's essential to push yourself to hit your goals and stick by your word. If you committed to making 500 shots a day and you only made 200 yesterday, you better make 800 today. That's the mindset that separates good from great.
3. Not diversifying your workout
Catch and shoot shots are great for warming up and getting into a good rhythm. And yes, it's great if you can get up 500 shots in a workout. But, if they are all catch and shoot shots, you're boxing yourself into a one-dimensional player. Work on pull ups, finishing, and off-the-move shots as well. Game shots, game spots, game speed.
4. Not training at game speed in an Athletic Stance
Again, taking rhythm shots is great for locking in your form, but I can't stand watching players take a couple hundred shots and then calling it a workout. Train like you're in the game under game-like conditions!
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Much like training at game speed, everything you do should be in an athletic stance. It's hard to watch players "attack" the basket while barely getting low or doing ball-handling drills standing straight up. Get used to playing low and in a stance.
5. Being afraid to make mistakes
I always encourage players to push themselves to the point where they are making mistakes. If you're scared of making mistakes, you won't get better. If you're making mistakes you're pushing your limits. That's a good thing!
It's always frustrating watching players work on things that don't apply to their game. This could be a post player working on his 25 foot jumper when 80% of his shots in a game are from the paint or a point guard working on his hook shot down low.
7. Spending more time tweeting than training
One of the biggest reasons many players spend so much time on the court is because they're busy "Tweeting" or "Instagraming" their workout to prove they're working hard. I'm all for a quick post, but I can't stand players doing a quick drill and immediately going to their phone for 15 minutes before starting the next drill. Everyone will know what kind of a worker you are when you prove it on the court during game-time.
8. Not tracking progress and Consistency
How will you know if you're improving if you don't track your progress? Establish your goals with your workout and specific drills and then push yourself to reach them. You will see the progress you're making which will then motivate you even more.
One great workout to begin the week is a good start. But in order to see serious improvement, you have to develop consistency. Make sure you're doing something every day to make yourself better than yesterday. 1% better every day.
9. Not pushing to fatigue factor
For example, shooting 100 free throws is great. But to best prepare for game-like conditions, you must train with a fatigue factor. While shooting free throws when you're not tired is important to find your rhythm, it's essential that you prepare for game-like conditions as well. Since you shoot free throws when you're tired in games, that's how you should practice them.
10. Casual shooting
This is probably my #1 pet peeve when it comes to basketball training. Players that spend a half hour shooting around casually with no purpose and no routine don't get better. In many cases they actually develop bad habits and can actually becomeworse. You can always focus onthese 3 C'swhen shooting to avoid casual shooting.
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