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TIPS FOR BECOMING A BETTER PLAYER
1. Always be in great physical condition. You cannot control how
tall you are or how fast you are, but you can control your physical condition.
There is no reason anyone should be in better condition than you.
2. Be willing to work hard at developing your individual skills.
Many players would like to be a good basketball player, but few are willing
to work hard enough-not just in practice, but in their own free time-to
develop the fundamentals necessary to be a great player.
3. Develop good shooting ability. Practice close, medium, and long
range shots. Learn to shoot close to the basket before you move back to
4. Become a good free throw shooter. This requires plenty of practice,
concentration, and confidence.
5. Learn to dribble with either hand and without looking at the basketball.
You can practice dribbling from many situations away from the gym
to and from school, while waiting for the bus, while watching TV.
6. Develop good passing ability. This will require the ability
to make crisp passes, to get the pass by an opponent, and to know when
7. Learn to "run the floor" from endline to endline.
Few of your opponents will be able to keep up with you and prevent you
from getting easy shots.
8. Blockout when rebounding on defense. Blocking out your opponent
on shots should be attempted every time a shot is taken, not just some
of the time.
9. Know when and how to go for the offensive rebound. Offensive
rebounding requires a great deal of hustle and anticipation.
10. Develop good footwork for various offensive and defensive situations.
Different offensive footwork is needed for the stationary jump shot, for
shooting off a screen, for shooting off a dribble drive, for making an
entry pass to a teammate, for pivoting away from a defender, and numerous
other offensive situations. Defensive footwork requires quick sliding
to contain a dribbler, the ability to approach a ball-handler, and to
guard a driver.
11. Study the game so that you can become a floor leader. You can
talk to your coach about the game, read books on basketball, and watch
NBA and college games on TV to increase your basketball knowledge. The
more you know about the game the better leader to your teammates you will
12. Maintain a good mental attitude. More athletes have failed
because of a faulty mental attitude than any other reason. The "mentally
tough" player will maintain a positive, confident attitude, will
play unselfishly, and will not allow mistakes or criticism by coaches
or teammates to affect attitude. Accept criticism and mistakes as inevitable
and use it to make yourself a better player.
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