For the next 3 weeks, I will share random coaching nuggets I’ve collected from attending seminars and clinics throughout the country. This entry features thoughts collected from the Coaches Self-Improvement Clinic (hosted August 25-26, 2009). Enjoy!
Having a strong core is essential to controlled movement, but many basketball players underestimate the importance of actually strengthening their hips and hip flexors. I can speak from personal experience that I worked the muscles around my hips (quads, glutes, and hamstrings) in isolation, and improved my “wheels” which isn’t wasted time, but I could have been more efficient by strengthening the engines and improving the wheels all in one.
With the season less than two months away, these next few weeks are critical to the success you’ll have as a basketball player this year. Here is your simple check list for this pre-season.
Despite her determined push to develop into a team leader who imposes her will via vocal chords and work ethic, Rice junior point guard D’Frantz Smart remains as affably approachable as ever, her rosy disposition seemingly unaffected by her overt desire for maturation.
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While other college students are backpacking across Europe or partying till dawn, Emilie Johnson (UC Santa Barbara Gauchoes) and Kasey Riecks (UC Davies Aggies) are keeping busy with hoops. For Division I college basketball players like Johnson and Riecks, there is no such thing as a true offseason.
Former Kansas women’s basketball player, Danielle McCray, also an alumni of Point Guard College, signed a professional basketball contract to play internationally in Israel.
Basketball season might still be a few months away, but you wouldn’t know if you stopped by Columbia Bible College last week. The college, previously used during the spring as the [Canadian Football League’s] B.C. Lions home base for training camp, was being used by the Point Guard College, a basketball camp designed to train young players about the intricacies of the point guard position.
“We don’t even really like to call it a basketball camp,” Watsa said. “This teaches not only what to do on the court but who you want to be in life. It’s far more than skills. It’s the pursuit of excellence.”