Being able to get better at basketball from home is a huge advantage.
Whether you’re stuck at your place, or just don’t have access to a hoop for a while…
You still have the power to improve.
Here are four ways you can do it:
Tip #1: Work on dribbling and passing
Wanna know one of the best things about basketball?
You only need a ball to improve.
Even if you don’t have access to a hoop, you can still practice dribbling and passing.
Find a wall that you can throw the basketball at.
Aim for a specific point and focus on hitting the target with accuracy.
You can also train your passing power, by stepping further from the wall as your progress.
Make sure to mix in some different types of passes.
Find an open space and dribble as if there was a defender in front of you.
Work on the moves you would use in a game to beat your defender.
As you train, make sure to push yourself.
With dribbling training, if you’re comfortable, you’re probably limiting your improvement.
Tip #2: Target your weaknesses to improve
Now that you’re away from the court, it’s time for some self-assessment.
Note down a list of the weaknesses in your game.
Next, you need to focus on each weakness, one (at most a couple) at a time.
There’s a good reason for this.
If you try to improve too many things a once, you won’t see true progress in any of them.
If your weakness is dribbling, then you know what to do. Get to training your handles at home.
But, if it’s something that requires access to a court, no need to worry.
Just give yourself specific instructions to focus on next time you can play.
For example, if you need to fix your jump shot, focus on EXACTLY how you’ll improve.
e.g. If your stance is too narrow, note down that you’ll train shooting with a wider stance for more balance.
Tip #3: Improving your athleticism
When you need more than a ball, for some areas of the game, it can be difficult to get better at basketball from home.
Guess what isn’t one of these areas…
Your athletic ability.
Yes, weights will help you reach your maximum genetic potential.
But, you can still make great gains in vertical jump and explosiveness with NO equipment.
The more advanced you are as an athlete, the easier the game of basketball becomes.
Tip #4: Looking after your body
You can still make good decisions at home to keep your body in shape for basketball:
ONE: Maintaining a healthy diet and staying hydrated will help to keep you in good condition.
TWO: Stick to a regular sleep schedule and get enough sleep (8 hours recommended for athletes)
THREE: Doing some stretches to stay mobile and flexible
If you have been training, doing these things will also help you improve your recovery.