In a recent article, UConn’s head womens basketball coach, Geno Auriemma, shared some great advice and nuggets about practice.
Importance of Practice Time
“Kids need to understand that it’s here [practice] where you learn to be a good player. I don’t want to hear anymore of this crap about how some guys are game players, not good practice players.
The Proper Mindset
“Anyone who accomplishes great things does it because they want to,” he says. “Anyone who doesn’t, doesn’t because they also want to.”
“You should strive to prove that you should start ahead of someone else or play more minutes than someone else. It’s about coming out every day and sustaining [performance].
Strive for Consistency
“If you go to practice for a week and you have two really good ones and five mediocre ones you are probably a mediocre player. If have five really good days and two bad ones, you are probably a really good player.
Work Ethic and Practice Habits
“I’ve never met anyone that was a great game player who didn’t have tremendous work ethic and practice habits. The challenge for everyone, at least those who come here, is learning how to practice with such consistency that you know you are going to perform consistently when you go into a game.”
During the Memphis Girls Basketball Fall Fest events, I was reminded that there is a lot of young talented players in Memphis. It’s not uncommon for Memphis to have talented players entering high school. It’s also not uncommon for the same talented players to graduate from high school with the same skills they had when they entered ninth grade..—NO GROWTH IN THEIR GAME..
Your talent can only get you so far. It can get you notoriety in the city, on MemphisGirlsBasketball.com and even nationally. Sometimes it can get you college basketball scholarship offers. SOMETIMES!
Recently, I read a great blog post about Off-Season Improvements for Coaches. It’s a great read for coaches at all levels. The article offers 7 Career Enhancing Thoughts Heading into Summer. I thought this article was not only great for coaches but anyone that could use some career advice. Then my focus immediately turned to current girls basketball players. School has ended in Memphis and June is less than a week away. What advice could I provide them on how to take advantage of this time frame?
BASKETBALL SKILL ENHANCING ACTIVITIES
Basketball has evolved into a year round sport where players are playing on their school teams during basketball season. Then as soon as basketball season comes to an end, AAU and travel team coaches are ready to whisk their players away on the road for tournaments. Players are involved in so many games throughout the year, when is there time to actually work on their game. June is an excellent month. Especially since there’s no more school or homework to focus on (unless you are in summer school).
March 2014 training is in the books. I’m enjoying every bit of it.
I’ve watched players go from being frustrated with handling 2 basketballs to now being able to dribble 2 basketballs at a time. I’ve watched players go from not being able to at least hit the rim while performing a layup to know making layups.
My 7 year old niece is in the middle of her first basketball season ever and her growth is amazing. She is a natural leader as she directs her teammates and shows her emotions after the game.
It is such a joy to watch players get better and gain confidence.
Below is a video from the Junior training session on March 22, 2014. I’m explaining to the players how to demand the basketball. Then I demonstrate the 30 Second Jump Shooting drill.