15. September 2015 · Comments Off on Improve Your Skills, Improve Your Game! · Categories: Kid Sports

Improving Your Skills Gets You Noticed!

Looking for ways to improve your skills so you can get more playing time?

A great way to get more playing time is to get your coach to notice you.

A great way to get your coach to notice you is by mastering certain skills.

One skill you should definitely master is the vertical jump. No matter the sport you play, mastering the vertical jump will help you build muscle strength and function, help you run faster and longer, and more! Here’s a look at a few skills to help you get noticed by your coach.

One of the biggest, if not the single biggest, issues between coach and player is, PLAYING TIME. Players want to know why they are not playing more, and what they can do to earn more playing time on the court.

Here are a few areas to look at when trying to earn more time on the court, and less time on the bench.

 1. Attitude

The most effective, coachable players are humble in victory and gracious in defeat. They don’t have to earn respect, they demand it by their actions on and off the court.

2. The Perfect Balance

School work, work-study job, off campus job, practice, games, travel. College level players are called “student-athlete” for a reason.

They must be able to balance multiple daily tasks while still improving upon their game year in and year out.

The college players that are able to find the perfect balance in their everyday daily lives, are the most effective and ones that coaches look to reward.

3. Knowing and Accepting your Role

Coaches will ask players to sacrifice for the betterment of the team.

The players that embrace their roles and flourish in them, are the ones that coaches want around and on the floor.

Players that second guess and constantly revolt against change, are the ones who will be riding the pine or shown the door.

4. Ability to Defend

Defense wins championships. Players who can score at will, but consistently let their man do the same are not as valuable as a defensive stopper who really isn’t needed to score.

– via Basketball HQ

Get More Playing Time By Improving Your Game!

Looking for more court time? Learning how to master skills is the best way to improve your game and get more time on the court! Consider improving your vertical jump, and other much-needed skills to help improve your overall game and impress your coaches. Here are a few ways to do just that!

There's a coach in our conference that has had a fairly successful career using the NBA model of building his team around a group of specialists.

One player handles the ball, one spots up and shoots the 3, one drives from the elbow and one posts up when necessary.

It seems like every player has a specific role that he completely masters which gives the coach the option to move everyone around like chess pieces.

Given the choice, most coaches I know would rather not play this way. Instead, they would much rather have teams of all around basketball players who are capable of doing many different things well.

Not only does it make for a better “team” but it is also more fun and more beneficial for the players.

Unfortunately, largely because of the NBA's influence, there are a lot more specialists out there than there are basketball players and so many coaches just don't have much of a choice.

They have to sub players in and out depending on what they need at that particular moment.

If you are constantly being subbed in and out and/or you are not getting as much playing time as you would like then maybe it's time to quit being a specialist and start becoming a basketball player.

It's going to take some work on your part but the results could be well worth it!

If you are reading this in the off season then you should start spending at least 15 to 20 minutes every day working intensely on developing a new skill.

This doesn't mean you should quit working on your area of expertise but instead means that you need to work an additional 15 to 20 minutes on top of your normal workout.

The key here is to work on expanding your skill set every day – two hours once a week is not going to help you improve as much as 20 minutes every day will.

– via HoopSkills

Have you worked hard to improve your skills, in order to get more playing time? Do you have any tips for other players?

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