10 Basketball Tips Guaranteed To Get You More Playing Time

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  1. Ask the coach what you can do to help the team.

    This is probably one of the most important things you can do, because it shows you are committed to do whatever it takes to help the team succeed. If you put the team in front of your personal goals, you will be a player that all coaches and teammates love to have.

    At the end of the season, remember to ask the coach what you need to work on during the off-season to contribute to the team the following year.
    1. Play to your strengths.

      Not everybody can be the scorer, so do what you're good at. If you try to do things that you are not good at it, you'll find yourself on the bench. If you're great at rebounding and playing defense, do those things when you're on the court. Do what you can do, not what you can't do. Strengthen your strengths and work on your weaknesses in practice.

      Players have made millions of dollars playing according to this philosophy. Can you say Ben Wallace or Kyle Korver?
           
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    1. Always hustle and work hard.

      Besides helping you improve, a coach will notice this and pick you above somebody else who may not work as hard. Don't be afraid to get your butt on the ground and dive after some loose balls.


    2. Take charges.

      When you take a charge, it provides a defensive stop, gets your team the ball, and puts an additional foul on the opposing team. Not to mention, it can affect the other team psychologically because they will be hesitant to drive the ball in fear of picking up another foul.


    3. Play tough defense.

      If you can shut down opposing players, it doesn't matter if you can shoot or dribble. A coach will often find a reason to get you on the court.


    4. Always box out.

      Nothing will get you to the bench quicker than not boxing out. Coaches understand the importance of rebounding. If you do it well, you'll rapidly increase your chances of playing.


    5. Take good shots.

      A good shot is an open shot that you can make a high-percentage of and nobody else on your team has a better scoring opportunity. If you take bad shots, you'll be on the bench.


    6. Make the extra pass.

      Coaches love it when you make the extra pass. You will also find yourself getting more passes from your teammates, because they recognize and appreciate your unselfishness. Basketball is so much fun when played unselfishly. You also win a lot more games, too.

      Don't be too unselfish. If you have a good shot, you can take it.


    1. Sprint to the front of the huddle.

      Any time you get in a huddle, always sprint to the front and make eye contact with the coach while he is talking. The coach will notice this and know that you care.


    2. Be a great teammate.

      If your teammates like you, they will be more likely to play better with you. A coach may notice the chemistry and get you in the game. Why do you think teammates of Kevin Garnett play better?

           
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    Mimi says:
    2/28/2019 at 1:55:05 PM

    Hello, imthe parent of a 6th grade boy that is part of a team that consists of both jv and varsity players (its a small school) but the coach has them signed up for 2 separate leagues. One is directly geared for the jv players(Wentworth)and the other for the varsity(Hale).
    My boy is just starting out but has made progress even though his coach has only put him in a handful of games in both leagues for a couple min tops. This is not my issue at all. I understand you want your better players on the court.
    They had their playoff game for the JV Wentworth league and 35 seconds til the end of the game he decided to put all 4 of the 6th grade boys in the game. That was their only play time during the playoff in a league that was supposed to be theirs. They had been 14 points down for the last 4 minutes with no points being scored on our end.
    I'm upset. I feel like it was insulting to the kids to even put them in with second to go. Am I being irrational? I just needed to know of this was an acceptable thing to do in jr. High basketball.

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    12/14/2018 at 5:08:31 AM

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    Patton says:
    11/6/2018 at 12:11:55 PM

    I have a game today so what should I do in the game to show my coaches I'm a starter or 6th man?

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    Patton says:
    11/6/2018 at 10:45:32 AM

    I recently played a game and played only six minutes and I''''m one of the top 6 best players in my team. How is this happening?

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    Joe Haefner says:
    11/6/2018 at 11:15:16 AM

    I would ask your coach. It could be anything. Are you giving 100% effort on defense? Are you sharing the ball? Are you displaying a great attitude? Are you giving great effort in practice?

    And some coaches might think you're simply not good enough. So take that as fuel to motivate yourself, so that you work so hard on your skill level that you become so good that they have no choice but to play you. Leave no chance!

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    Janiya says:
    8/23/2018 at 5:29:10 PM

    Hello. I'm fourteen, and an upcoming freshman. I have only played basketball for one season with Upward, and it was my first time playing. I was never a good offensive player, I only made 1 shot in the entire season I played. With that being said though, I also averaged about 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and forced like 7 turnovers per game. So that right there tells you that I'm a great defensive player. I'm 5 foot 1, so It would seem that I play PG, but I actually played center and power forward.

    I also want to add that the last season was December of last year, and since then I have worked immensely on my shooting form and some handles. I still need a TON of work on my handles though.

    Do you think I could make the girls varsity team at my highschool? You know with me being a freshman?

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    Logan says:
    2/4/2018 at 7:42:23 PM

    I am a 6th grader and I do all of these things but I don't get playing time.

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    Lewis says:
    12/5/2017 at 12:03:48 AM

    Um, I am in 9th grade and I made varsity basketball. Our season just started but my coach has yet to give me a chance on the court. What should I do?

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    Jeff says:
    12/7/2017 at 8:20:16 AM

    Keep working hard, listening to coach, and helping your teammates in practice. And do the things in the article above. If you want you can talk to the coach and ask what you can work on to get more playing time and help the team.

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    Lewis says:
    12/31/2017 at 9:30:25 PM

    Thanks for the advice I have played a lot more and became the "sixth man"

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    4/2/2017 at 6:58:23 PM

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    Help Me says:
    1/7/2017 at 11:10:23 PM

    Hi. I have found this to be very informative. Now to my issue. I was the top. player in my state coming out of high school but got myself into a little trouble and had to serve some time in prison. I have kept up with my conditioning and my game and have been the mvp and leader in most statistics in the FPBL. I need some help trying to gain the attention of some college coaches such as Coach K at Duke. Or one of the other bigs like NC, UK or Kansas.I feel with a couple years of college ball I would be ready to fulfill my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA. As I am only 52 now I would have a few good years left.

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    needy says:
    12/17/2016 at 9:14:19 AM

    How do I help a needy family? Bob is a senior boy, 6'4", who is mostly sitting the bench. He works harder than anyone, according to my daughter, the highest scorer on the girls' team in every single game. She said his practices are all out. We watch his games and see him working very hard on the court and watch him help other teammates and opponents up off the floor, as well as cheer from the bench for his team. He has asked the coach what he can do to get more time. The coach said his offense is lacking, but didn't give suggestions. He is a great defensive post, but isn't the greatest at shooting/rebounding at times. This huge, kind, strong kid, ended up in tears after the last game from humiliation of sitting the bench. His mom is visibly upset during the games. What can we do to encourage this friend? And what should we suggest for him to do? My daughter will admit, he's not a super player, but he is good, and she feels he deserves to see the court, knowing that court time DURING games helps out tremendously. This is from a girl being recruited for basketball.

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    Jeff Haefner says:
    1/9/2017 at 8:55:52 AM

    Keep focusing on the things he can control. He can't control the coach. But he can control effort, work outside of practice, attitude, leadership, etc. And be ready if/when your name gets called! You never know when an opportunity might arise so be mentally and physically ready to take advantage when the chance arises.

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