Basketball may not be the first thing on a player’s mind after school gets out for the summer. The amount of free time opens the door for plenty of activities like going to the waterpark, camping, fishing, and other summer bucket list items. A hard task for younger basketball players is to stay focused. Basketball may not be at the top of the list of summer activities, but the work put in during the summer helps players come season time.
set your alarm
One way players can focus and take time out of their busy summer schedules to work on basketball is getting into a routine. Developing and sticking to a routine allows players to consistently work on their craft.
The hardest and maybe biggest part for most players is waking up ready to work. You no longer have to get up at 6:30am for school and can sleep in much later. But implementing a consistent time to wake up only makes getting out of bed and following your routine easier.
stick to a schedule
Starting your day earlier allows players to have more flexibility with other summer plans besides enhancing their basketball skills. Setting specific times to achieve your daily goals within basketball also keeps the player in the right offseason mindset.
Knowing exactly what time you want to set up drills or workouts opens the rest of the day to go to the mall or go fishing. Efficiency is the name of the game in the summer as schedules can become busier.
Making a routine and schedule may seem like too much work when all you want to do is relax during the summer, but people have been following routines all their lives. While in school students have to follow a routine and have set times for each class or meal. In summer why not follow your routine when you no longer are tied down to be at math class by 8am. A routine creates structure and can help your mind and body to be working at top shape.
Focus and individualize your training
For basketball training, focusing is one of the most crucial parts of a workout. Summer workouts don’t have to be long if you achieve your set goals for that workout. By focusing, following a routine, and being consistent you will not only find success within basketball but as well as in your summer.
Another key aspect is creating and making your routine custom for you. With the endless options of things to do for fun in the summer, a specific routine to fit YOUR needs.
The summer is the time of the basketball season where you put yourself in the direction you want to go on. Without constant oversight from coaches or set practice times. How will you make sure you're putting in enough work?
Benefits of individualizing/customizing on your training
Keeps your mind and body in basketball mode
Opens up schedule for the rest of the day
Creates good habits on and off the court
Helps you avoid procrastination
Working on a variety of skills when training
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