Just starting out in basketball and not sure what to do?
Here are five tips to get you on track.
Watch the pros
If you’re new to basketball, watching more pro basketball will help in multiple ways.
Firstly, you’ll learn how the game is meant to be played.
Even just watching highlights will show you the difference between good and bad decisions.
(but if you can watch full games that’s even better!)
Also, it will help you learn the rules.
Yeah… you can look them up online and try to cram them in your head.
But, you’ll learn faster and better by paying attention to the calls made by referees at the professional level.
Working on your skills
As a player that’s new to basketball, you want to focus on improving the vital skills of the game.
For example: shooting, dribbling and how to make a layup.
When learning to shoot, you want to be able to do so with good technique.
When learning to dribble, train BOTH hands and learn to dribble and look up at the same time.
Working on your body
As with many team sports, basketball has a variety of athletic demands.
Whilst remaining explosive, you must also possess enough stamina and endurance.
Your ability to jump is particularly important, which is done to rebound, shoot and score in general.
The game gets easier as you improve your vertical jump and athleticism.
Patience: take it step by step
As a beginner, it’s important to be patient with your progress.
Of course you should push yourself, but don’t get upset and caught up in comparing yourself to others.
It’s better for you to focus on the vital skills and build on these, rather than trying to learn twenty different gimmicky moves.
Start with dribbling, shooting and finishing at the rim.
As these improve, you’re sure to become a better player.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
As a player that’s new to basketball, it’s important that you’re practicing as much as possible.
The beauty of basketball is that you can be improving at all times.
All you need is a ball to practice dribbling, and also a basket to practice shooting and finishing.
However, it’s still important to play with others to improve.
You might want to avoid playing with those much better than you, since you might not see much of the ball.
Try to play with those at your skill level. or only slightly better, so that you can push yourself to impact the game and improve.
The best players LOVE to compete.