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11 Ways to Help You Make Your Basketball Team

11 Ways to Help You Make Your Basketball Team

  • Author:
    Alan Stein, CCS, CSCS
  • Date:
    Jun 2, 2015

Most high schools in the United States will begin basketball tryouts in the fall.

If you are looking to make your team, here is some advice...

Separate yourself.

Find ways you can differentiate yourself from all of the players trying out for the team. Find positive ways to 'stick out.'  I can promise you that most of the players trying out will go half speed, have poor body language, will over dribble, and will jack up bad shots (trying to 'get theirs'). So make sure you don't do those things!

Here are a 11 positive ways you can separate yourself from the crowd:

1) Be the most vocal and enthusiastic player in the gym. Be an energy giver.

2) Hustle! Be the first player in line for each drill. Try to win each sprint. Do everything at game speed!

3) Make the extra pass. Be selfless while everyone else is selfish.

4) Box out every single play of every single drill.

5) Make eye contact with the coach when they're speaking.

6) Dive for loose balls and take charges. Every team needs a player that does those 2 things.

7) Be a good teammate. Keep in mind that 'we > me.'

8) Arrive early and stay after to get in extra work. Learn the difference between 'waiting and preparing.'

EMBED 'waiting vs preparing' video here

9) Know your strengths and weaknesses. If you aren't a competent 3-point shooter, then don't shoot 3's. Find ways to highlight what YOU do well.

10) Communicate with the coach. If you aren't sure, ask the coach what things you need to do to EARN a spot on the team. The key word is EARN.

11) Play present. If you make a mistake, move on and focus on the next play. Concentrate on the two things you control at all times, your effort and your attitude.

Train hard. Train smart. Enjoy the ride!

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