In this article today, I’d like to talk about various tips, tricks, and techniques that anyone can use to become a starter on their basketball team.
Basketball is the most exciting game in the world, unfortunately there are only five places on the team and everyone else sits on the bench. The competition for those five spots can be fierce, so how do you ensure you’re one of the five starters? That is exactly what I would like to talk about today in this article.
Basketball coaches look for only a couple of things when choosing their teams. First they look for athletic ability and second they look for skill. Anything you can do to improve your skill in these two areas can help ensure your place on the team.
Over the years, I have developed a near foolproof method that people can use to become beginners. It takes an incredible amount of work, but it’s worth it.
At the lower levels of basketball, such as middle and high school, athletic ability is not as prevalent as in college basketball and in the NBA. So if you can stand out as an incredibly athletic person, you immediately have a better chance than everyone else on your team. There is a fairly simple way to get more athletic and that is through distance running.
You should get into the habit of jogging every morning before school. Ideally, you should focus on your 4 mile jog, but it may take a while to build the strength for that, so start by jogging 2 miles and slowly work your way up to three and four or even five miles. This can be incredibly difficult for most people, but if you follow it, you will be amazed at the results. If your school has a cross country racing team, I suggest you join. Cross country season is usually in the fall before basketball season starts, so this is a great way to prepare for the season and get in shape quickly.
Next, you need to focus on your skills and this means practicing every day. You should focus on shooting for at least 2-4 hours every day after school. Pick 10 spots on the basketball court and shoot hoops at those spots until you hit 10 in a row at each spot, then move on to the next spot. This can be very difficult at first, so you may need to start by doing only five at each spot and then gradually work your way up to 10 in a row. Pick a variety of different locations throughout the floor, including three pointers. You should also make 50 free throws every day to increase your free throw shooting skills.
These two things; Building your stamina through cross-country racing and increasing your shot by practicing hitting 10 baskets in a row from various locations on the ground will have an amazing effect on your overall game and almost guarantee you a starting spot on the team no matter what. The hard part is having the discipline to stick to the plan, but as long as you do, good things will happen.