If you play basketball for recreation or for doing some physical exercises, it’s OK that whatever your performance level is. But, if you play basketball to win a competition or to secure a place in your college or country’s basketball team, you must be a good performer.
Playing good basketball on the field and contributing to the team’s winning is something special that a player always dreams of. When you can play well, you will find this game more interesting and more exciting.
However, if you want to push your basketball skill a level up, you can go through this guide.
What You Can Do to Be Better at Basketball
- Play with Hunger
I think this is the gist of improving in basketball. When playing basketball will be your passion, you will be ardent to be better in every phase of the game.
A player who plays with so much passion and dedication never gets tired of trying or becomes disappointed. So before being a good player, cultivate the passion for the game in yourself.
- Be Fearless
Never every fear the failure. Players whom you consider are best, once they were also a failure. You probably know the epigram ‘failure is the pillar of success’, so why don’t you fail too? You may be bad at shooting, bad at dribbling or passing. Whatever, you have always a chance to improve. So be fearless and try more.
- Increase Your Positioning
Be focus on your positioning on the court by understanding your skills and fundamentals required. When you get to know what types of dribbling, passes, and qualities you have to obtain for a position, you'll have a transparent idea of the skills you need to work on consistently. For example, if your position is in center point, focus more on rebounding and post drills, and less on full-court dribbling.
- Know Your Role
Basketball is a team sport and the players should play as a team. Here every player has their assigned specific role. In a certain game, everyone cannot be the best shooter, leading scorer, or top performer all the time. So, you should discuss with your coach about your role, and be very specific and loyal to perform on that role.
- Train Your Body
I think you already know that people also consider basketball is a great way of losing weight. If you think from another viewpoint that playing basketball requires a lot of energy. Because a player constantly burns his calories during the game. So, to give your 100 percent on the court, you must be physically fit. You can train with your team or make a personal schedule for the day to day training.
- Work on Your Weaknesses
You can improve by two means, one is learning new skills, and another is avoiding your mistakes. When you realize you need to improve your playing skills, the first thing you should do is to find out your mistakes. Sort out the mistakes and persistently work on them, as long as you stop committing those mistakes. Always try to repeat your success not the mistakes.
- Get Some Lessons
As I said earlier, learning new skills can be another way of improvement. When you go to learn new skill or technique, I would suggest you learn those are related to your position and playing role in the game.
Learning those kinds of related skills, you can improve overall playing condition. Furthermore, you will get some advantages in court. In a basketball game, every point is important, so any advantage is a positive incentive to the winning.
And the best part of all the points and mother of all the tips and tricks is practicing. Remember, tips and tricks are just words. By practicing you can make those words live. After a few practice sessions, you will explore that those tricks are working for you too.
- Be Your Own Motivator
You may fail when you are learning new skills, or find it difficult to improve your weaknesses, or sometimes your plan may not work much. In every situation, keep yourself motivated. If you are honest and work hard for an attainable skill, you will get it now or later.
You can get better in basketball when you think only about basketball, not the bullshit your neighbors, mates and friends will be saying. Let the people do their discouraging, you just be consistent with your practice.