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Basketball Player Development: Planning Your Off-Season Workouts

April 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 146

Planning your basketball player development is vital. Often when players shoot, there is no structure to their shots. They shoot from wherever the ball bounced to. Here are a few tips on how to plan your workout.

It's great to have fun, of course, but when you really want to improve, you have to get some structure. You need a plan and a goal for each day's workout.

It's kind of like this week for me. I'm going to be doing some traveling in the near future, and there are quite a lot of logistics to figure out. Different hotels, shuttles to the airport, various cities and passport information, and phone calls. I can't do it all at the last minute or it won't happen. My trip would be a failure before it started, because I wouldn't even make it to the airport!

Today, I got the dog's kennel reserved, made copies of trip documents, and sent a lot of emails. Tomorrow I'm getting everything I need from out in town. Each day has something I need to accomplish. I know the end result I want, so then I make my plans to get there.

Planning Your Basketball Player Development

My mindset mentor, PJ McClure always talks about having the end in mind. In basketball off-season workouts, it's the same thing. We need to know what we want to accomplish BEFORE setting foot onto the court.

If you really need to get better at ball handling, but when you get to the court all you do is shoot... you won't get better at ball handling. If you want to improve your shooting, but don't keep track of how many you make and miss, how will you know if you're improving?

Here are some tips to help you structure your workout and get more out of it. Then you will start to see some real improvement!

  • Start out by thinking about what you want to achieve by the end of the spring or summer. If you know what you want to accomplish, you'll have an easier time deciding what to work on. For example, one summer I decided I wanted to be a good three point shooter. I worked on it every day during my shooting workouts. My efforts paid off with a high three point percentage the next two seasons.
  • Pick out a focus each day for what you're working on. It could be ball handling, free throws, drop steps, or whatever area you feel like you needs the most work.
  • Plan out how much time you'll spend on that skill. 10 minutes? 20? 30? Bring your phone or a stopwatch with you to help keep you on task. You can even set your phone alarm to alert you when the time is up.
  • Decide how you're going to work on it. Shoot 100 shots? Practice footwork without the ball first? Which shots or which ball handling drills will you do?
  • Keep track of what you do. How many shots did you take? How did the ball handling drills go? Were there areas you struggled in? Taking note helps you know what to work on next and when you can celebrate your improvement!

Put these tips into place this spring and summer and you will be improving quickly! You'll jet ahead of those who are only playing pick up games or shooting randomly from time to time.

Heather Goffrier is the founder of Her passion is to help basketball players gain skill and confidence as players and encourage coaches. For a free 15 minute basketball ball handling workout, visit:

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