I always looked forward to the new basketball season because it was a chance to display all the things I had worked on over the summer. I would come into basketball training and practice ready to go. Along with being confident, there were several other areas that I focused on to give myself a good start to the season.
As a player who was able to have some success in the game of basketball, I want to help you out with a few tricks I have learned during my basketball playing career. These tips will help you in preparing for the new basketball season coming up.
Starting the Season With a Clean Slate
The first thing you need to have in your mind is the idea of a “clean slate.” It doesn’t matter how much success or failure you had the year before because that is all in the past. When you start this year, you need to be thinking about what you will do to help your team and how you will achieve your personal success.
Start by making a good impression with the coaches. Come in and work your butt off in basketball drills, sprints, lifting weights, etc. From the very first minute, show that you will be one of the hardest workers on the team. It is a new season, and first impressions with the coaches are big.
Enter the New Season With Confidence
Secondly, as a basketball player, you need to go into the preseason with confidence. There will be people who doubt you and who support you, but the biggest person that matters is you. How can you expect your coaches or teammates to have confidence in you if you don’t even have confidence in yourself? Confidence is not arrogance, and a lot of people confuse the two. Have confidence in your ability, but don’t be a showboat or try to be a selfish player. If you are struggling with your confidence, get in the gym before or after practice, and work on your game. The best way to build confidence is through repetition.
Set Goals for the New Season
Another thing you need to do in the preseason is “set goals.” As a player, do not be afraid to dream big. Write down a list of individual goals as well as team goals. Just as a runner is looking to the finish line when they run, you need a goal to look to and achieve. Your goals shouldn’t just be about how many points you are going to score. Make goals on how many rebounds you will get a game, steals, assists, etc.
Make sure your goals are big but realistic. Along with making a list of goals, make a list of how you will achieve those goals. Ex. Shoot 100 shots after practice, do ball handling drills for 20 minutes, run extra, watch more film, etc. Make this list realistic as well, and hold yourself to it every day. As you progress through the season, you can look at this list of goals and use it for motivation and accountability.
Do All of the Little Things as Basketball Player
The next thing you want to do as a basketball player is to make sure that you do the little things. Coaches are not just looking for scorers. Let me repeat that one more time. Coaches are NOT just looking for scorers. Sometimes the best way to get a coach’s attention is to hustle after a loose ball, box your man out, play defense, etc. Don’t get caught up in the idea that you are only valuable if you score points.
There are many different roles on a team, and if it is not your role to score, then find your place doing something else. If it is your role to score the basketball, you need to focus on doing the little things even more because you are the leader, and if you are willing to do it, then the rest of your team will follow.
Be a Great Teammate
The last thing that I am going to talk about is being a great teammate. From the beginning of the year, you should start with the idea that every player is in it together. If a player falls, rush over to pick him up. When a teammate makes a good play, let them know.
Don’t let fighting over the same position make you a bad teammate. You should work as hard as possible for your position, but do this in a team-building way. If every player is working their hardest, that will make practice competitive and make every player that much better.
Preparing for the New Basketball Season Conclusion
If you try and hold to this list for your preseason, you will start on the right foot and set yourself up for a good season. You need to build a strong foundation because you and your team will be tested during the season. Do things the right way right from the start of preseason and give yourself and the team a chance to do something great this year.