Today, The Locker Room features a guest blog post by Kyle Ohman, the co-founder of BasketballHQ.com. BasketballHQ.com is a complete basketball information portal that features over 1000 drills and videos, training plans, articles and basketball plays for coaches. Be sure to check out their site as well as follow them on Twitter and like their Facebook page. Without further ado, enjoy Kyle’s piece on building your basketball foundation.
In construction, the taller the building is the better the foundation needs to be. You can’t build a skyscraper on a grassy field without a strong foundation. It takes time and hard work to develop the foundation before you start to actually build the building and see progress, the same goes for basketball players.
If you don’t spend the time needed learning how to shoot the right way or how to dribble the basketball with both hands at an early age you won’t be able to build that skyscraper. I have seen so many players that are limited when they get older because they were never shown the proper way to do a specific skill. Here is a simple game plan to building your basketball foundation.
Learn the Correct Way First
The first step in building your foundation is to learn from someone that knows what they are doing. If you don’t know the proper way to shoot, dribble, or pass the basketball to start, then how are you supposed to practice it and get better? Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.
If you are practicing something the wrong way then you are probably doing more damage than actual good. Whether you get private basketball lessons or watch Ray Allen shoot the basketball do your best to learn the proper fundamentals of different skills. Learn how to do it the right way before investing your time and energy into it.
Develop Your Skills
Step number two is probably what you think it is going to be and it is simply putting the time and hard work into developing the skills. Once you learn the right way to do something you need to spend the time getting repetitions at it. This is how you train your body and develop your muscle memory.
Be consistent with your basketball training and be willing to get in the gym on a regular basis. It is a lot easier to learn and develop good habits when you are younger, so this is an important time. Really focus on trying to do the individual skills the right way and be willing to stick with it.
Different players are naturally gifted with more skills than others, that is just the way it is. However there is no reason that you can’t maximize the talents you have been given. Building a strong foundation allows you to do that. Don’t overlook the importance of learning to do things the right way. If your shot has a hitch in it the ceiling of your basketball game becomes a little lower, if you can only drive with your strong hand the ceiling drops again, if your footwork is bad then it continues to lower, etc.
How many players are there out there that you see play and think to yourself “if he could only shoot (or whatever) he would be so much better”? This all goes back to building your basketball foundation. Spend the time and effort needed to develop a strong foundation for your game and you will see the pay off down the line.
This article was written by Kyle Ohman. Kyle Ohman was a thousand point scorer at Liberty University (div. 1), was ranked the 19th best shooter in the country by Fox Sports his senior year. Kyle has also played professionally in Spain. Most recently he coached a high school team that played on a national level and beat the 12th ranked team in the nation. Coach Ohman is the Co-Owner and founder of BasketballHQ.com.