Now is the time that coaches are taking inventory, looking at catalogs of basketball equipment, and dreaming of all the things that they want to put on their wish list.
Every once in a while a coach or athletic director will tell us that they've thought about purchasing a Dr. Dish Shooting Machine, but that they are more focused on the items on the top of their wish list, such as jerseys, shoes, even bleachers and scoreboards!
The statement below summarizes perfectly why a basketball shooting machine should be at the top of your wish list:
If your program performs well, you're more likely to get the things on your wish list.
Many times the items on coaches wish lists that we've talked to focus around aesthetics. New jerseys are exciting. The kids are always pumped to wear the new kicks. The new scoreboard makes your home gym look better than your rivals gym. On the other hand, jerseys can't increase your team's shooting percentage. A new scoreboard can't give your players game-like scenarios in practice. The freshest Nike's can't ensure that your players are training at 75%-80% of their max heart rate to simulate a game-like scenario.
We at Dr. Dish realize that for the last decade or so, when people thought about shooting machines, they thought about a heavy, clunky object that does the same job that a coach or another player could. Why would you pay thousands of dollars on a old, out-dated, rebounding machine?
Well, times have changed. The Dr. Dish All Star doesn't just sit under the basket and kick out ball after ball as your players shoot shot after shot around the perimeter. The All Star can move away from the basket so that you can train your post players, or train your slashers how to attack the basket better, or train your guards how to come of a screen -- all while you are focusing on your players form and technique instead of tracking down a missed shot. We've put together an entire drill library that you can use with your Dr. Dish to do so much more than sit under the basket and rebound makes and misses.
But how does a Dr. Dish shooting machine get you all the other things on your wish list?By making your team perform better and win more games.
The more successful your program is, the more attention it will get. The more attention it will get, the more fans, boosters, parents and school boards will want the best programs in the school to have the best gear, and the best tech, and the best gym because you are representing the school and the school wants to be seen in a good light.
How would you feel if a freshman came in and wanted to start varsity right away, but hadn't proven that they could handle the pressure? Its not that different when you are coming to your AD and asking for new equipment. You have to earn that new scoreboard or new jerseys. And the easiest way to do that is to win more.
When do D1 Schools and professional teams decide that they need to get new jerseys? Almost always when they've had too many losing seasons and feel they need to switch things up to get people excited again.
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