Is your kid trying to be the next Steph Curry? Below are a few skills to focus on to help prepare for a successful tryout:
Ball Handling1 of 5
Make sure you're comfortable and confident dribbling the ball as you move around the court. You can practice this by double ball dribbling–keeping your eyes forward, and dribbling two balls in your hands as you walk around the court.
Court Vision2 of 5
Peripheral vision is key to success on the court. You can train your eyes to be stronger by focusing them on a certain area while doing something else with your body.
Passing3 of 5
The chest pass is the fundamental pass in basketball. It can be perfected by passing a ball with a partner as you shuffle up and down the court.
Defense4 of 5
Always play disruptive on defense–when you are blocking an opposing player your object should be to steal the ball. You can practice this by working with a partner to learn how to properly block, roll and slide between opponents.
While becoming great at basketball requires both time and effort (which can be aided with the help of a great coach) our basketball coaches wanted to highlight a few characteristics they believe are key to becoming a skilled and successful player no matter your age.
1. Good Court Awareness
3. Desire to Improve
6. Mental Toughness
Combining these seven key characteristics with skills and work ethic is the best way to start becoming a slam-dunk player.
Interested in more tips? Check out this video that highlights five drills that will help improve your kid's game.