Having been involved in basketball skills training and strength training for basketball for so long, I have heard all of the reasons why basketball players can’t, don’t or won’t lift weights. No matter what my rebuttal to their excuses is, they always end up saying, “well there just isn’t enough time.” I play three sports so I don’t have the time, I am in all honors classes so I don’t have the time, I have AAU practice so I don’t have the time…you catch my drift.
My response has always been that their are 24 hours in a day (which is quite a bit if you think about it) so find the time. Basketball strength training is so important and goes far beyond just improving your overall physical attributes. A solid basketball strength training workout will not only increase your size, strength, and speed but also add valuable inches (or even feet) onto your vertical jump. However, there is something that basketball strength training can do for you as well that I am relatively sure that you have not even thought of.
A well designed basketball strength training program can improve your jump shot. WHAT?! Yes, a well designed basketball strength training program can improve your jump shot.
I was speaking to one of my basketball parents the other day and he has been a long time opponent of strength training for basketball. He came from the old school where they felt that weight lifting and basketball did not mix because it would mess up your jump shot. However, his son has been hitting the weights hard for the last three months and he is now a believer that lifting weights can actually improve your jumper, in particular your range and how well you shoot at the end of games. His son can now shoot jumpers without breaking form from almost 35 feet from the basket. Not that that really matters, because offenses are not usually run from that far away, but nonetheless, it is impressive and it is solely the result of his basketball strength training program. Furthermore, in game situations in particular in the fourth quarter when your form starts to break down because of fatigue, his hard core weight training will give him the strength and conditioning he needs to hit the big shot at the end of a game.
So forget about all of the things you thought you knew about strength training and jump shooting, and please stop telling yourself that you don’t have the time. Find the time because now you know one more advantage to weight training for basketball…it can ABSOLUTELY improve your jump shot and it will DEFINITELY allow you to perform better at the end of the games when it matters most.
In the world of college recruiting, their is that elite group that does not have to do much to get noticed and recruited by the top level schools. Beyond that, the majority of future college basketball players fall into the middle of the pack. There, it is a race to the front…a race to stand out and be remembered by the many college coaches that are looking to see if your skills fit into their program. How are you going to stand out amidst this crowd? In last month’s college recruiting tip, I spoke about being prepared to play at the college level. Making sure that you are doing everything that you can to get yourself to a level that you can play college basketball.
This month’s college recruiting tip is to BE PERSISTENT. College Coaches will have a hard time remembering you if you only get in touch with them once in a while. It is imperative that you, the prospective college player, be persistent in your attempts to get the coaches’ attention. With so many ways to communicate, it is very easy to get in touch with college coaches in a variety of ways. Start off with an email or a phone call to the 10-15 colleges that you are interested in (the top assistant coach usually handles recruiting so he might be your best bet). Then send a follow-up-letter (I know it is old-fashioned, but it works) expressing your interest in their school. Be sure to include your Recruiting Cards with your letter so that coaches can put a face to a name and get an idea of your stats and noteworthy accomplishments. By sending them your Recruiting Cards along with your letter you will only increase your chances of being remembered in the crazy college recruiting market. It is also a good idea to send them some game film. I would try to avoid highlight tapes because anyone can put together a tape of their greatest moments and make themselves look like a college player. College coaches want actual game film that can show them how you play in game situations. Finally, I would make sure you email them your AAU and high school schedules and invite them out to see a game or two during the seasons.
I know that this sounds a little overbearing, but you are trying to get into college, right? You want to play basketball in college, right? Then you have to do what it takes to not only get noticed, but STAND OUT in the college recruiting market that is stacked with perspective players. So BE PERSISTENT and use the multitude of resources that are at your finger tips so that you are not left standing in the dust as the pack passes you by.
When it comes to basketball skills training, I always preach about building solid fundamentals. Incorporating the fundamentals into all aspects of your basketball training ensures that you will have a solid base to build upon. No player is too old to work on the basics so therefore, all of my basketball players start every single shooting session with a series of form drills in order to build consistency and repetition.
When we train for ball-handling, things are no different. There is always a series of fundamental ball-handling drills that my players start off with in order to improve their base. These drills usually consist of finger tip control, figure eights, circles, pounds, cross-overs, dribbling figure eights, push-pulls, etc. and they can be done for either a set amount of time or for a predetermined number of reps.
Below is one of the fundamental ball-handling warmups that my players use before beginning their full court dribbling series. The warmup only takes about five minutes and is great for building finger tip control, grip strength, balance, posture, and keeping their head up. All of these are essentials to being a great ball-handler.
The beautiful weather that comes along with June 1st means that summer is right around the corner and it’s time to take advantage of Elite Basketball Training’s great offers. The Elite Basketball Camp is almost here and in its fifth year promises to be bigger, better, and more fun than ever. So check out the sidebar just to the right for more information and a downloadable camp flyer. While you are there, check out the intense promotional video for the Elite Basketball Bootcamp, a no nonsense bootcamp that promises to get you in great basketball shape.
And don’t forget, Elite Basketball Training is coming together with Coaches Choice, USA for one of the area’s most dynamic basketball training clinics this Friday, June 5 at Hammarskjold Middle School in East Brunswick. The clinic will be run by myself and Tom Sclafani (owner and operator of Coaches Choice, USA and Players Choice) and will include special guest speaker and former assistant coach and national powerhouse St. Benedicts Prep James Thomas. This amazing two and a half hour clinic is very inexpensive at $20 per person and a can’t miss for serious basketball players. For more information and a registration form click here: http://www.richstoner.com/training-camps-clinics.
And while all of this is going on, there is always the opportunity to better your skills or get in great basketball shape with Elite Basketball Training’s individual or small group sessions. New pricing is available upon request so don’t miss out on all of these great opportunites.
Put your body and skills to the test while attending the Elite Basketball Bootcamp. This course is designed to increase your strength, speed, agility, stamina, and explosive power by challenging your body like you have never done before. Alternative training techniques combined with basketball specific speed and agility drills will make this type of workout both effective and fun. And new for 2011, a third training session with a basketball skill development focus. This new skill development component adds innovative and competitive drills that when combined with the sports performance workout are guaranteed to get you results both on and off the court!
The Elite Basketball Bootcamp runs Tuesday and Thursday afternoons with the skill development session on Saturday mornings, and is located within the newly renovated New Jersey Sports Academy in Edison, NJ.
Interested in bringing the Elite Basketball Bootcamp to your area or running a bootcamp that can serve as a fundraiser for your basketball program? Please contact Rich Stoner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-239-0338.
Watch footage from the summer of 2009’s ELITE BASKETBALL BOOTCAMP and see what people are saying in the videos below: