When your coach tells you how he wants you to do something, if you understand what he is telling you, nod to him. This seems like an obvious thing, and hardly a tip for a good basketball player yet very often players fail to do this. Nodding to the coach tells him you understand his instruction, and more importantly it gives the coach a good feeling about telling you.
This summer I had the opportunity to attend the PGC’s College Session with a variety of other NCAA athletes. Being my second time attending a PGC basketball course in the last two years, I was looking forward to the exertion and challenges that lay ahead. My first summer, the Essentials course opened my mind to a plethora of basketball concepts and ideas to which I had never been exposed.
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!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.