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How To Have A Great Basketball Camp Experience

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With basketball camp season approaching, it's crucial you get the most out of your basketball camps so you can become the best basketball player you can be.

Here are some helpful tips...

Take Notes

During the basketball camp, you will learn many useful tips that will improve your game. You might learn about a dribble move to improve your penetration skills, get faster, become a better teammate, and so on. Chances are that you'll get so many useful tips that you'll forget 90% of them before you even get home for the day!

That's why it's important to keep a notepad handy. When you get a break, take notes of the important things that you learned.

When you get home, organize all of your notes, and incorporate some of the tips into your current workouts and game play to accelerate your skill level and knowledge of the game.

Knowledge is power.

Leave Your Comfort Zone

This is important. You are at the camp to improve, right? Well if you want to learn a new skill, you HAVE to be willing to make mistakes and get out of your comfort zone.

Did you know the only way to learn a new skill is to make mistakes? For example, when you first learned how to ride a bike, you tried dozens, maybe hundreds of times. Then all of a sudden, after repeated failures, your brained rewired (myelination process), and suddenly you learned a new skill (riding a bike). The same is true when learning basketball skills.

If you go to the camp and just practice things you can already do, you're not learning a new skill. You are just polishing a skill you already have (which does have value and is important). But if you want to learn a new dribble move, new shooting technique, or any new skill—you need to get outside of your comfort zone. Once you can execute the skill, you need to go faster than usual. You need to amp up the difficulty. And you need to be willing to make mistakes.

Develop Good Habits

Again, you are at the basketball camp to improve... right? So when you are at the camp, you should always display a great attitude, always sprint to areas (always hustle!), always have your eyes on the coach, always listen to every intricate detail they say, and be the first player to every line.

There are no promises, but if you do these little things well, you are setting yourself up to have success in life. Besides making you a BETTER PLAYER, these little things will also get the coach's attention and they'll probably talk about you among themselves and even to other coaches. It doesn't matter if it's a local camp or an exposure camp. Coaches talk and it's always the best to give coaches a positive impression of you.

Find Drills You Can Do At Home

Again, knowledge is power. Most of these basketball camps will give you useful basketball drills that you can practice at home. When you notice a good drill, write it down. Then collect all of these drills and create workouts that you can do at home or at the local gym. Great players find ways to improve no matter what the conditions are or where you are. Use basketball camps to learn how to do those things.


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Coach J says:
5/24/2012 at 9:24:51 AM

these tips are great. too many players rely on their physical skills and abilities. the mental game is vital to their continued success. This is especially true for the good athlete to compete with the great athlete.

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Coach James B says:
5/24/2012 at 9:42:44 AM

Great advice on all fronts. I really like the part about leaving your comfort zone. The bike example makes it easy to understand how to apply the concept in basketball and life in general.

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Coach Jacques says:
5/24/2012 at 11:04:51 AM

As usual, this article is very interesting and useful.

I will provide the link to all my players involved in a summer camp,

Aurevoir et merci

Jacques

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AISOSA says:
5/25/2012 at 7:03:59 AM

thanks alot for these tips. the problem i have is that i am usualy shy when am trying to learn a new skill in front of my team mates, cos when i fail they might jst laugh at me.

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Ken says:
5/25/2012 at 8:08:10 AM

AISOS -

Don't worry about looking bad, there are probably a lot of other players thinking the same way. IF they laugh at you, they are probably not very good teammates anyway.

There is an old saying - " Fall once, get up twice. "

By the way, sometimes a laugh is just what everybody needs just to loosen up and move on. Believe me, I coached many years and we had a lot of good laughs from something a player did... and some at my expense. ( I have a lot of those stories ) Thats ok, it just makes everybody human.... we all make them.

Just do the best you can and work on your game. Good luck

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Ken says:
5/25/2012 at 8:09:53 AM

By the way, IF you don't make any mistakes, that usually means that you aren't trying to do something new and challenging.

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Birhanu says:
6/22/2014 at 12:05:18 PM

Thank you very-much

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Zero says:
3/16/2015 at 12:36:55 PM

This is a big help, from the island of American Samoa, we love to play basketball, but we don't have enough Coconut to shoot in the basket (Coconut basket). Great information, I'll try to bring a team to Spokane WA. for the Clinic in July 31 to Aug 2, 2015. Love this!!!!!

Fa'afetai!!!

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