3 Crucial Basketball skills to practice:
Remember....getting better is a choice!
#1: DYNAMITE DRIBBLE
The 70’s and the 80’s were the years of the motion offense or passing
game. The primary method of ball movement was the pass, not the
dribble. In fact, some offenses restricted players to one or two
dribbles per possession. The numbered fast break also played a role in
diminishing the importance of the dribble. “Get the ball to the point
guard!” the coach used to scream.
All this has changed. The game of the late 90s and 21st century is
“spread and attack.” Penetrate the paint, get to the hoop, spread the
floor and create one on one opportunities are the skills emphasized in
The dribble is back “big time.” Every team needs at least one great
dribbler. A player who can attack the press defense, get through the
traps, and create a numbers advantage for the offense will be a strong
asset to their team. Today’s dedicated athlete must make the dribble a
KEY ELEMENTS TO MASTER THE DRIBBLE:
Develop the ability to use either hand equally well; eliminate hand favoritism.
Pound the ball into the floor---dribble the ball hard.
Use the off arm as a shield not a limp noodle—iron off arm.
Keep your head up, and your eyes on the goal or your eyes in the eyes of the defender.
Change speeds and change directions. Be unpredictable in your movement. Do not develop a rhythm.
The dribble ends in a two-foot stop with the exception of running lay-ups and hook shots.
#2: PHENOMENAL PASSING
The pass is basketball’s most neglected skill. I would say that the
most important tip I can give you is for you to fake a pass, and then
make your pass every time that you pass. You must be deceptive in your
passing technique. If you “telegraph” your pass, you will turn the ball
over. Grit your teeth when making a pass. You will be more focused.
PASSES TO MASTER:
Over Head Pass
Cross-Step Pass Left
Cross-Step Pass Right
Bounce Pass Left
Bounce Pass Right.
1-2-Down – Through Pass
KEY ELEMENTS TO MASTER THE PASS:
The chest pass is not taught because it is rarely performed against defense
1-2-Down-Through is the foundation of all NBC Camps passing.
Palms in, and fingers to the ceiling on all catches eliminates broken fingers.
The cross step pass makes a player three feet taller and beats defensive pressure.
Ball fakes must be strong and deliberate to be effective.
Bounce passes made to bounce waist high (occurs by passing 2/3rd of distance to receiver).
Bounce passes should be made with back spin on the ball.
Passes must be made to receiver’s outside hand.
Receiver must call for the ball and show a hand target where the ball is to be delivered.
Passing in opposite direction of the dribble is not acceptable.
#3: SUPER SPINACH
The key to mastering your shot is repetition. Repetition of the
perfect shot. People, especially people in western civilization, expect
immediate results. When attempting to improve any aspect of our
basketball game, we expect to get better NOW. Asian culture teaches
youth to love repetition. The piano player in Japan prefers to practice
one song 1000 times so they can play it perfectly. Youth in the USA
tend to want to play 1000 songs one time without regard to perfection.
T I M E” spells “great shooter.” “A L O N E” is the necessary
discipline to become a pure shooter. Spinach is an NBC Camp term that
refers to the repetition of your shooting motion without using a
basket. Spinach is just you and your basketball. By practicing your
shooting form many times every day you will perfect your form and teach
your muscles to shoot correctly. I can tell you this from experience,
the feeling that comes from making a clutch shot in a key game more than
makes up for the hundreds of hours you put into your shot.
KEY ELEMENTS TO MASTER SPINACH:
Focus intensely on every practice shot.
1 position: hand in front of body palm up…index middle finger on seams; V on heel of hand.
2 position: ball in jump shot position; elbow shoulder high; wrinkles
on wrist guide hand touches ball and moves about 2” off ball.
3 position: hold your hand in the “cookie jar.”
You must be able to shoot ball in front of you or directly behind you.
Your goal is to learn to have perfect form and shoot the ball softly.
(As seen on the Nike Camp website)
5 ways to increase your Basketball Bravery
Eliminate the fearful story.
Brave people have strong minds. They don’t allow stories of fear to
flash across their thoughts. The mind is lightening quick. In a matter
of milliseconds when you are handed the ball at the free throw line,
you can have pictured a fearful story of missing the shot with images of
disappointed faces bombarding your thoughts. Keep fearful stories out
of your mind.
Don’t play god. You cannot read someone’s mind. Brave
people do not assume others are talking negatively about them, or
criticizing them. It’s not on their radar. You can’t know for certain
what another person is thinking. You don’t know fully what your coach
thinks about you. Don't guess and don't pretend to read minds, use your
brain for more productive work.
Practice crucial moments. All games have crucial
moments. Know what these are. Practice for them. Lie in bed and try to
imagine the crucial moment as clearly as you can. Repeat in your mind an
image of yourself being brave in that crucial moment. Try and do
10 perfectly imagined reps in your mind.
Speak words of power. You are what you repeatedly do.
If you find yourself getting nervous, use words to change your world.
Instead of thoughts such as, “I’m so nervous.” Speak to yourself, “My
body is prepared for this moment. I am ready. I am confident.” Act and
speak with bravery and your feelings will follow.
Don’t fear pain. Many younger athletes fear pain. They
are scared to work hard, they are tentative. One great lesson to
remember is that no discipline seems pleasant at the time but painful,
later on however it will produce a harvest of righteousness and peace
for those trained by it. The pain of hard work strengthens us and gives
us what we need to play better. Remember...no pain, no gain.
“Just as men become builders by building and lyre-players by playing
the lyre; so too we become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing
temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.” - Aristotle
The word bravery came into usage around 1540 and was used to mean
daring. It comes from the Spanish word, "bravo," meaning bold. Bravery
is a quality we all aspire to have. We hope that if we should encounter a
dangerous situation which requires immediate action, we would be able
to act with courage and without hesitation. Bravery is a quality
revealed during frightening or serious situations.
We can rest assured that we will meet those intensified life situations
well, if we choose to practice the virtue of bravery. Aristotle says,
"We are what we repeatedly do." Virtue, like all skills, are developed
through repetition, and though we cannot always practice specifically
for serious situations, our everyday small choices of bravery are
building in our character the fortitude to meet danger with courage.
Be brave by doing brave acts. Your actions are preparing you for greater moments.
There is no glory in practice, but without practice there is no glory.
If you are serious about
basketball, you need to check out NBC Camps at www.nbccamps.com.