As the Fall draws to a close and the winter basketball season approaches, I wanted to share a small glimpse into some of the work that a handful of my clients have put in this Fall. This video features a quick look at a mixture of warm-up drills, body and ball precision drills, shooting drills, and group live play drills. Their ages range from middle school to college level.
Basketball Player Development is a process that creates growth, progress, and gradual positive change in a player's skillset over time. The purpose of Player Development is to raise the level and quality of in-game performance.
Results will not necessarily be immediately visible and skill development includes an aspect of non-linear change and the creation of conditions for a continuation of that change in a positive direction.
Many players, parents, and coaches are simply not patient enough to stick with this process and pull the plug on their developmental path before it has a chance to mature to any sort of visible level in games. Player Development is simply a test of patience and discipline. Most don't have it.
With all that being said, it's important that players have a balanced mix of individual work to develop detail and precision as well as group and free play opportunities (most important) to see tangible results over time. Without these three aspects (Individual Training, Group Training, and Free Play) you won't see a positive return on in-game performance.
For questions on any of the drills in this post, please don't hesitate to send me a message.