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12 Surefire Basketball Tips for the Off Season - What Should Players Do Between Seasons?- By Don Kelbick
The season is winding down. Routines change, friendships have grown, priorities change. As a player, what should you do now? When practice time comes and there is no practice, what do you do? When there are no games to prepare for, what do you do with your time?
Here are a just a few thoughts I had as to how to recover and prepare for the next season.
1. Take 3 - 4 weeks to relax. It has been a long, physically and mentally draining season. If you want to improve, you have to give yourself a chance to recover.
2. Catch up and get ahead of your schoolwork.
3. Talk to your coach and evaluate your season. Talk about what you did well and what you did not. Determine the areas you need to improve on. Discuss the things you would like to do and how to accomplish them.
4. After taking a month off, start on your off-season workout program. The program should be about 75% skill work and 25% play.
5. Develop your shooting stroke. If you want to become a GREAT shooter and raise your percentage, it MUST happen during the off season. It's just TOO difficult to develop these skills and improve during the season. It must be done during the off season!
6. Start a strength training program. Your objective should be to gain strength from now until the end of the summer.
7. As you enter the summer, add more play to your workout. You should be at about 50% skill work, 50% play. Don't neglect your weight work. Great strength gains can be made during this period.
8. Go to skill development camp. Learn from other coaches, play against different players. The more diverse your summer experience, the better player you will become.
9. When the summer is over, your routine changes. GET AHEAD in the classroom. Once the season starts, it is easy for your schoolwork to slip.
10. Change your workout routine to 25% skill, 75% play.
11. Switch your strength training routine to an endurance and strength maintenance routine.
12. A week before the season, take some time off. Get ready to go.
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