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How To Have A Great Basketball Camp Experience
- By Jeff Haefner
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...
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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