On Monday and Tuesday of this week, I was fortunate enough to attend the Coaching U clinic created and presented by Brendan Suhr and Kevin Eastman. Their intention is to give you as much basketball related information as possible over a two day period, and they DEFINITELY delivered. Kevin Eastman is widely regarded as one of the best in the world at individual skill development, so in order for me to better the Elite Basketball Training brand I felt that it was necessary for me to attend. During Kevin Eastman’s presentation on skill development, he discussed what he considered to be the six keys to basketball skill development. Those six keys are:
1) Have as many drills in your workout as possible that are equal to or faster than the game itself.
2) Understand that it is a process to improve your skills.
3) Eliminate the workout killers (fatigue and boredom)
4) Always have a written workout program.
5) There are five areas that need to be touched upon in each individual workout:
- Conditioning (add movement to your drills)
- Weak hand development
- Footwork and balance
- Playing through contact
6) The Theory of Two
- We can show any player any skill in two minutes or less.
- It will take two weeks of you working on it every day for you to become comfortable with that skill.
- It will take two months before they can use it in any game.
Having read through these six keys to basketball skill development, ask yourself if your workouts include all six keys. If so, then you are ahead of the game. If not, it would be best to rethink your workouts and make the necessary adjustments because in the end it will only make you a better basketball player or coach.