IDEAS IF YOU'RE SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING BETTER
DEVELOP SELF TRUST
Make good decisions one at a time and decide the night before. Stick to personal commitments.
Be accountable to your teammates. Don't let a teammate down & work hard when no one is watching.
PLAY THE GAME
Find opportunities and take advantage of them. Go to OPEN GYMS and play the game. Go to Memorial Park in Grafton or another local court and play pick-ups games. Play the game against people better than you - and remember winning is nice but not important. No one will ever remember who won the pick-up game but they will remember that you were there and that you worked hard.
WRITE DOWN YOUR DRILLS
You need to have a plan when you head to the court. Simply picking up a ball without a purpose is like getting on your bike and riding without knowing where you are going.
Establish records and keep track of how you did last time in the gym. Start new drills by getting 1 in a row, then 2, etc. When you get to 20-25 reps begin to time how fast you can complete a given number of repititions.
Don't be affraid to make up drills that help you to improve. Combine drills to make challenging routines. Think about what you most need to do to help your team and create ways to improve in that area.
SHORT AND INTENSE
10 minutes is a great place to start and also is a tremendous amount of time. If you commit to 10 minutes of work a couple of times a day you will improve, but only if you use those minutes at a very intense level. Don't go through the motions.
Make your workouts fun by listening to your favorite music and letting it raise your intensity. Turn it up - both the music and your intensity.
CREATE AN AREA TO WORKOUT
Put up posters of athletes you admire. Make the place you workout inviting - someplace you want to be and look forward to going to.
GET A PARTNER
Having someone to workout with will really help you to challenge yourself, but make sure it is someone who you trust to work hard and not make excuses. Push each other, compete with each other and remember that you can't win games alone. The more you get to workout the better your team will be - and that's what it's all about.
ADAPT TO CHANGE
Have an alternate plan if it rains or if you are going vacation so that you don't have to miss your workout. A lot can be done in the garage or basement if you are serious about getting beter.
Time everything. You need to keep track of your level of achievement and work hard to get better and faster every time you enter the gym. For example, if you completed 20 reps of a drill in 30 seconds last time, then get 22 reps this time.
YOU AND THE BALL
Take your basketball with you everywhere you go!