This basketball coaching article was written by Dale Layer, head men’s basketball coach at Liberty University (Big South Conference). Coach Layer was previously at Colorado State as a head coach and Marquette University as an assistant coach. Dale has been in college basketball coaching for an extended period of time and is known around the country as a great basketball coach and person.
Professional Basketball Instruction
The value of individual work-outs to isolate and improve individual basketball-related skills is undisputed. Having a clear work-out plan designed by an expert is imperative, but not as many players buy into it. When your car breaks down, do you: A) fix it yourself, B) ask a friend for help, or C) take it to a trained mechanic?
Most would choose C, but for basketball work-outs, many players have their own ideas or lean on advice from friends or others with limited knowledge of the game but are clearly not trained professionals. But to get the most out of each work-out, a trained and experienced basketball coach can provide the best insight and expertise to foster dramatic skill improvement.
Exaggerations and Manipulations
Exaggerating or manipulating situations and/or equipment can enhance each work-out. Stressing to do things faster, harder, or against resistance should be present in each work-out. Using heavy training basketballs can help with ball-handling.
Using two defenders to make it harder to dribble the ball up the floor or simulate trapping situations can be effective as well. Using two balls for ball-handling basketball drills is a good manipulation for coordination and concentration, but it limits the speed of executing these basketball drills.
Timing certain drills to make the player execute them faster each time can encourage players to do more reps in a certain time period. Physical contact from defenders with hands, bodies, or pads can better simulate game situations.
Dribbling around chairs or cones are good, but actual defenders who can bump and/or react is much more game-like. Working twice as long on a weak hand compared to a strong hand can produce greater benefits. Always strive to turn a weakness into a strength.
Working Harder and Faster is Key
Only working out at the highest intensity and pace can produce the desired results. Working through fatigue and when tired, can give a player an edge in skill and toughness. If work-outs are easy, and without a challenge, improvement is minimal.
High competitiveness, high intensity, fatigue, and personal challenge are all good ingredients to put in any work-out blender. Always strive to do more, do it harder, and do it faster!!