Saturday, March 7, 2009

Playing good defense means anticipating what the offense is going to do. Make quick adjustments. By sliding on defense with quick, level movements, keeping the feet on the floor as much as possible, will allow the defender to stay in front of the offense.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Defense Preparation

Here are a few concepts to consider when preparing yourself to defend.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Defensive Pressure - Correct Arm Position

Coach Murray has something to say about what hand should be up when putting pressure on the ball.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Youth and School Based Sports

Media Scrutiny Can Magnify Misbehavior

Is poor sportsmanship worse than ever? Two authorities say no. It’s just more visible.“Athletes today cannot afford the same misconduct on (and off) the field as they once could,” wrote Nate Barnett, owner of Your Sport Guru, a sports information website. “That is why positive sportsmanship is so much more important in today’s technological society.”He cites three reasons:
1.Fifteen years ago, there were no cellphone cameras or YouTube. The capability to capture, upload, attach, and send video clips did not exist then. Today, someone is always is watching – and filming.
2.Sports such as baseball are more popular today, and college and pro teams are pickier about which players to select. Result: If any phenom with baggage does something dumb, hundreds of kids are poised to take his or her place.
3.Bad sportsmanship equates to mental immaturity. As kids progress, the sports they play get tougher and the pressures mount. The more mentally mature a player is, the better his or her chances to stand out and advance.
Hall of Fame quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up Don McPherson believes that increased media exposure has actually made college and pro athletes better behaved than in years past. “The athletes in my day would not be able to handle the media scrutiny,” he told the Oregonian. Where misconduct has gotten worse, he says, is among youths. “If we don’t proactively teach what we expect out of sports, then the message of the larger sports culture is going to teach them something more dangerous.”
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Preseason Training is crucial

The general purpose for pre-season basketball training is to prepare the athletes for the demands of the upcoming season. Talk to you school's Strength and Conditioning coach. It is their job to get the athlete in the best shape possible to cope with the rigorous practice and game schedule that will follow. If your school does not have one, Kitsap Sports in Silverdale has the Bodylink program which can help you build strength and endurance.

The basketball season often begins 17th of November and continues until March. This five-month season is very demanding, even for highly trained athletes. Often the first two weeks of the season may include double sessions. This sheer volume of training is severe. Once the regular season begins, the on-court volume often decreases. The main objective of pre-season conditioning is to get the players ready for the end of November and to help them maintain that level of conditioning throughout the season.

To successfully prepare the team for the season, you must not take lightly the conditioning demands of basketball. Remember, a basketball court is only approximately 30 yards in length. There is a lot of sprinting with start and stop motion. Also important to consider is the fact that slower teams usually lose. The focus of the training should be on speed, agility and anaerobic conditioning.

The objective of preseason training is to execute a sport specific conditioning program that will successfully prepare for the season. Hard work and a great effort are expected of every player. Training must be a five day a week effort splitting the time between strength training and conditioning. As you can see, the focus of our training is on specific conditioning for basketball. Agility, flexibility, strength training and conditioning are all addressed to make a complete program.

Conditioning is extremely important during this training period. Conditioning takes place five days a week. Here are some ideas:
• Monday emphasizes change of direction type movement.
• Thursday is interval day, focusing on track work.
• Tuesday and Friday could be stationary bike workouts.
• Wednesday includes shuttle drill work.

All workouts are preceded by a warm-up and flexibility session. Many high school athletes lack the needed flexibility to play at their potential. The key to any warm-up is to raise the body temperature. If you are able to do that, your flexibility sessions will be more beneficial.

A pre-season program with different modes of training can produce improvements in the conditioning levels of basketball players. To handle the stresses and demands of a competitive season give our program a try. It is very worthwhile.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Individual skills development for team success

Most kids think it all about "me". I need to get better for "I". But, Total Package Basketball philosophy is to get better to make your team better. There is no "I" in team. We are committed to developing players who want their coach and teammates to know they have solid skills and are well prepared for game situations.

During workouts:

1. Focus on task at hand - develop skills necessary to fit into the role being asked of in the context of the team.

2. Talk to the coach to find what skills you need to develop individually and what you need to work on to fit the role being asked of you for the team.

3. Know your limitations - understanding and developing your strength and weaknesses.

4. Have the team goals and strategies in mind when you are preparing.

"For a kid to even come in and play as a freshman, and then to have that go-to guy label on him, and to be able to be that guy, is very rare," said Craig Murray, a 1986 Garfield graduate and the director at Total Package, an AAU team in Bremerton.

Being the "go to guy" is a dream for many players. The focus needs to be on "how can I make the team better", this will best prepare you to win the respect of the coach and the team to be successful.