Basketball Tips 1 – Improve Your Decision Making Skills

Sometimes you’re probably having these bad days – committing too many turnovers, coach is yelling at you, telling you that you’ve made bad decisions while all you want is to improve your game. Want to avoid these situations and dramatically improve your performance? – Read the following tip carefully.

Making the Right Decisions

Making the right decisions on a basketball game is one of the most important aspects a player must consider. It doesn’t matter if a player runs faster or jumps higher than any one else on court, if he turns the ball too often he will simply end up sitting on the bench.

Take Steve Nash for example, he is not taller or faster than other talented NBA players, yet, he was selected the NBA MVP… The secret is all about decision making skills.

Basketball tips to remember about decision making skills:

(1) An athletic ability is great – it will definitely give you the opportunity to play, however smart decision making skills will keep you on the court.

(2) While your team is on the offense, coach expects you to read the game and identify opportunities to take shots. All that, while you listen to his or hers’ instructions.

(3) Smart basketball players are those who think fast and quickly analyze the game, in order to find these opportunities that will enable them make the right decisions.

Want to Improve your Decision Making Skills?

Well, dribbling is easy for you as is following coaches’ instructions. Now, following coaches’ instructions from the bench while dribbling isn’t that easy.

Here is one of the best basketball tips that will improve your decision making skills on court:

Start by dribbling up and down the court; try to mix it up with between your legs or behind your back etc. While doing so, do the following:

(1) Spell the A-B-C, not that difficult. Don’t stop dribbling.

(2) Spell the A-B-C backwards Z-Y-X. Now it’s not that easy…

(3) When you master this drill, add your first name, age, phone no. etc. – everything backwards.

This exercise will help you think while you execute other basketball tasks. It will help you to perform better on the court.



Source by Gill Lavi

Basketball Jumping Drills to Improve Your Vertical Leap

Many athletes dream to increase their vertical jump especially for basketball players who would like to be able to dunk.

The height of our vertical jump involves our explosion and overall leg strength. By having a strong core strength, is also an important factor to our vertical leap. As such, you need to condition your core muscles as well. These are some exercises that you can do at home or gym to improve your vertical leap.

Stretching:

Having flexibility is important to jump high. You need to do stretching daily which will improve and strengthen your muscles to give your body to gain flexibility. It is recommended to stretch before and after workout.

Keep Jumping:

You can use a jumping rope which is an amazing exercise to train your vertical jump. The movement of the jumping rope will also help to improve your jumping explosion. At the same time, it help to pump your heart and train your cardio together. You can put on a pair of ankle weights to your routine but do remember to be cautious in order to avoid injury.

Doing Squats:

Squats are a good exercise to build core and leg strength. Remember to do a proper squat by keeping your back straight and your hips back while squatting down. Another advice is your knees should not be bending forward to avoid having pain on the knee. To increase explosiveness, get up fast after you squat down. By doing so, it will also help to train your calf muscles. Try to do between 6-8 reps.

Doing Calf Raises:

Jumping high involve mainly in explosion. By doing calf raises, it will improve your vertical jump explosiveness. The idea of this exercise is simple, first place your feet on a platform and raise your legs using the balls of your feet. The most important thing to remember that is you are not trying to build muscle but is to build the explosion.

You can add some weight on your workout if you are at the gym by placing them on your knees. It is advisable to use less weight and maximize the reps.

These are some of the exercises that can help to improve your jumping. There are also program or workshop teaching you how to jump higher within a few weeks. You can look at such programs or workouts and invest in them if you are serious in improving your basketball jumping skills.



Source by Jordan Curry

Basketball – How Your Conscious and Subconscious Mind Can Improve Your Free Throw Shooting Skills

Basketball freethrow shooting: The importance of the “conscious” and “subconscious” mind in improving free throw shooting:

Once Upon a time there were three brothers who all lived in the same complex. Their names were ‘Conscious’, Subconscious’ and ‘Unconscious’. These guys play ‘mind games’. Obviously there must be some interaction between the nerves and corresponding systems of nerves. The Cerebrospinal is the organ of the conscious mind and the sympathetic nervous system is the organ of the subconscious. The cerebrospinal provides the avenue by which we get conscious perception from the physical senses and maintain control of body movements. This nervous system resides in the brain’s center. The Sympathetic system sets up shop in a mass of ganglions at the back of the stomach and is called the Solar Plexus and is the avenue for the mental activity which supports unconsciously the vital body functions like heart beat, blood flow, blinking etc. They are all very receptive to light and knowledge as well as one’s environment and the Universality of man and his connection to God.

The impact that the subconscious mind has on the body is tremendous. It could be considered a multi-tasker. It is responsible for our hard drive or the memory storage bank, it is from here that we get our inspiration, it channels our thoughts, tastes and many other intricate tasks like controlling our heart beat, blood flow, cellular growth, bone growth, formation of muscle and nerve tissues, blinking etc. Almost all the physical processes that we never think about that helps sustain our daily lives. These are definitely constant underlying activities that are all in production each and every time you shoot a basketball and you definitely don’t want to have any conscious thought focused on any subconscious activity. You will have enough trouble concentrating on just a couple, simple conscious tasks during a free throw attempt. Makes you wonder what really controls your life.

The subconscious while controlling all regular bodily functions mentioned above, also is heavily involved in mental processes dealing with the ‘subjective mind’ or interior power. On the other hand, we have the ‘conscious mind’ which is also referred to as the ‘objective mind’ which deals with outward objects and impressions of life on the outside with the help of the 5 physical senses of sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing. Free throw shooting only requires 2 of these namely sight and touch.

I have to share a personal experience where my subconscious actually manifested to me a life changing career. It was 1972, (you remember, where terrorism raised it’s ugly head by using international athletics as a platform to make political statements, and where the USA men’s Basketball team lost to the Russians on a controversial call) while I was representing Australia for the Olympic games for the first time, we got to travel with the team prior to the games around Europe and play some of the European teams as warm up exercises.

On this one particular warm summer day in the late August, we were in Italy passing through and we had a chance to see the “Sistine Chapel” which was painted by Michaelangelo in the 1500’s. This excited me because I actually had read his Biography while in High School and his work fascinated me. Now that I had the chance to actually stand where he stood, well, I really jumped on the chance. I felt like Moses in the movie “The Ten Commandments” when he went up to Mount Sinai and approached the ‘burning bush’ and God spoke to him in his slow, deep and penetrating voice saying ” Moses, put off thine sandals from off thine feet, for thou standest on Holy ground”.

As I approached the chapel, I still recall that I had some funny feelings that I could not explain. A mixture of anxiety, curiosity and feelings of respect. As I entered and laid my eyes on this phenomenon I was blown away. After gazing upwards for a few hours I remember still to this day saying these words, “There’s no way in the world that this work was done by any human being. This work was guided by the hand of God.” Little did I realize that it would take about 15 years before the impact of inspiration would take hold. Remember that the subconscious is a marketplace for gathering and storing inspiration. And of course it wasn’t for many years later that I realized how powerful the subconscious was and what we subject our minds to. “As a man thinketh, so is he”. Well I never realized that Michaelangelo’s work embossed a deep image into my mind and I guess if something leaves such a strong message on your mind then you will act upon it. Somehow, sooner or later it has to come out.

I had no idea that I had artistic tendencies since after I took an art class in High School, I really didn’t connect with it. I did enjoy technical drawing which was more about lines, symmetry, depth and 3 dimensional work geared more towards architectural vocations. To make a long story short, I did my Master’s degree in 1981 at Brigham Young University and chose as my Thesis and Dissertation to do an artistic project based on the greatness of man reaching his potential. I wanted to do something that would last a thousand years. So I chose to do a rendition of several athletes in action extending to their max in striving to reach their greatest potential and I decided to do it in tile, concrete and steel. I chose to do a 3-dimensional mosaic, which would weigh a half ton upon completion, would take over 400 hours to complete and it was done upside down and backwards, in my living room. Why a mosaic? Well I was so inspired by all the old masters I saw in my European travels I felt like I wanted to leave my mark using their medium.

The point I am trying to make here is that my subconscious changed my conscious processes into actually changing careers from a high school basketball coach to a full time traveling Sports artist where I painted Basketball court floors and wall murals with school mascots. This is powerful stuff and I have a testimony that won’t stop. You could say that I actually do exactly what Michaelangelo did over 500 years ago. Except he traveled by donkey and I fly in jets to get to where I need to go.(If the price of fuel does not go down then I may be riding a donkey to work). Also he mostly laid on his back and I spend most of my time on my knees painting floors. Also, He was one of the greatest artists of all time and I am just a commercial artist trying to make a difference by improving the aesthetics within institutions. You could say that I did succeed in this at least because according to the floor companies they say I was single handedly responsible for changing the face of graphics on sports surfaces in the United States and even the Globe. So you see one person can make a difference. It wasn’t my initial goal to do this. It just happened.

When we talk of ‘consciousness’ or the ‘conscious’, it may be a good idea to at least define the terms. According to Funk and Wagnall’s Standard College Dictionary, the word “conscious” means awareness of one’s own existence, feelings and thoughts, or of external objects and conditions; mentally awake.

On the other hand the term “consciousness” is the knowledge of sensations and mental operations, or of what passes in one’s mind.

It is the conscious mind that is responsible for the most valuable thing we have in life and that is the ability to “choose”. The conscious mind has the power of deductive, inductive and analytical reasoning. It is responsible for the “will” and all its capacities. Are you starting to see how your average free throw shooting process is going to take on a whole new life? We are talking about mind over matter, process over product and the beginning before the end. I would venture to say that most and I mean over 90%, no let me be more specific, over 99% of basketball players think of making the basket, or not missing. I have been asking players all over the world of every age and both genders for many years, what they think about at the time of release of the ball and you guessed it, all responses are the same. They think of the end result as opposed to the beginning mechanics which are the most important thing. More on this later.

Common sense tells us that the when a child is born the human mind is born with a blank slate or more specifically a blank tablet more commonly known as “tabula rasa”.

As time passes this “tabula rasa” starts to absorb and store a lot of information, just like a computer. There are actually 3 conscious stages that once we understand them it may enlighten us about our own behavior. How can we get better if we don’t know our problems? This can apply to many areas of life and not just shooting, which is really all we care about here.

First, there is the Pre-Conscious stage where voices and visions basically dictate and tell you what to do. You automatically obey the “voices of authority”. In this stage ‘obedience’ is paramount.

Secondly, there is the Proto-Conscious stage where automatic thoughts and feelings dictate your behavior or tell you what to do. Those in this stage are true believers, fanatic fighters for a great cause, perhaps a suicide bomber, or a kame-kaze pilot. It could be a helpless ‘wimp’ always complaining and languishing in apathy. Or it could be a self-righteous preacher who makes himself look “right” and others look “wrong”. In this stage being “right” is paramount.

Thirdly, there is just the “Conscious” stage where you are basically a master of your own emotions and feelings. You now have the ability to examine critically every concept, thought and action. You strive to increase your own competence in every aspect of your life that is important to you. You carefully observe the results you produce, using that as feed back to improve your concepts thoughts, actions and communications. In this stage producing results is paramount. This is where we need to be as coaches and players who have one thing in mind and that is to improve our percentages. Period. Become masters of our domain.

There are millions of people who constantly question and critically examine concepts, behaviors, beliefs, which are held sacred by their elders and contemporaries. These people want to produce improved results in their lives, in their careers, their relationships and their health and spiritual growth as well. It applies to any area where they think their results are below expectations, they seek to improve their knowledge, competence and skills. They also realize that some of their difficulties stem from their own destructive thoughts and behavior patterns acquired or developed during their own childhood. Their emphasis is on producing results and they are in control of the conscious stage.

By conscious, I mean critically aware, especially critically self-aware. Once I get into the finger placement and finger pressure accountability on the free-throw shot release you will better understand what I mean by critically self-aware. The proto-conscious person functions “on automatic” most of the time, like driving a car without thinking, or regurgitating automatic thoughts, or reacting emotionally like a puppet without critical awareness of the results being produced.

The critically conscious are definitely conscious of their consciousness. They critically monitor what they think, say, and do in order to produce the desired results. They develop the thinking skill of self-observation. The one critical aspect that I encourage we all inject into our own personal make-up if we want to improve our free throw shooting skills.

The conscious can and does actually instruct or direct the subconscious mind. It can be considered as a Big Brother or a bodyguard to the subconscious. But they definitely work hand in hand (excuse the pun). It is the conscious that dictates, controls and even overrules the subconscious thoughts if permitted.

Understanding the above paragraph will emphasize why during every free throw shot or any shot for that matter must have a conscious thought behind the action. You should never shoot a shot without a conscious thought involved because the human body as perfect as it is was not imbedded with a perfect shooting mechanism. We have the potential to create a perfect shooting mechanism but it must be consciously initiated only after a complete knowledge of perfect shooting principles is obtained and understood.

More specifically, your duty is to absolutely find out the reasons you do not make 95% from the free throw line. Children under 13-14 are excused from this high expectation. Usually it will be a physical and mechanical application which can be corrected and this is where the conscious, and subconscious start kicking in for your benefit and elevated shooting percentages.



Source by Ed Palubinskas

Do Your Basketball Shoes Improve Your Game?

If Basketball is your sport, you know it can be hard on your body, especially your feet. Playing this sport requires you to be in the best physical shape you can possibly be in. In a swift, fast-paced game of basketball, which can be hard on your joints, muscles, and especially your feet – You need to be flexible, as well as fast, when it comes to moving the court, keeping your balance steady while playing, passing and scoring.

Besides walking and running on and across the court, high intense jumping will score you points, but the added strain on your feet, requiring a responsive, comfortable, yet sturdy shoe made with the most advanced engineering will move you forward in the game. Just think about how much stopping and starting that you do during an intense 5 minutes of hard play. Are you an indoor player, maybe that lives on the east coast somewhere? Or, do you play outdoors all year round. If so, durability may be your number one concern. This is something to think about while deciding what type of basketball shoe is best for you. Do you need extra ankle support, or is cushioning your biggest preference?

If you’re looking great styling, and performance (and have to have a Nike shoe), Jordan’s are a definite favorite. With many models, colors and styles to choose from. Some insist that Jordans 23 (Jordan XX3) is by far the best Jordan basketball shoe ever to come out. A truly superior basketball shoe. The styling, support, revved-up performance, and luxury feel make this a must have. Other’s say the shoe is uncomfortable in the outer toe area. Still those who favor these shoes, say you can’t get performance, gripability, and technical design anywhere else.

Many Adidas basketball shoes are a first choice for style and comfort on and off the court. It all depends on your personal preference, and the shape of your foot. The Adidas commander is a favorite among many players, with sleek styling, superior cushioning, support and non-marking traction control. If you’re looking for a lightweight shoe, The Adidas Commander LT will perform excellently in cross-court maneuvering, with it’s lightweight feel, and slick design. These are breathable shoes, with padded insole, herringbone pattern outsole for steady breakaways. The Adidas TS Bounce Commander has similar styling, with Bounce cushioning technology for responsive, springy feel and steady performance.

Another popular basketball Jordan shoe is Jordans 6 Rings, which combines details from all of the Jordan shoes that Michael wore during the winning NBA Championships games. So take your pick. Buy your old favorite in a new color, or try something new, and see how your game improves. Feel the response, comfort and power in your shoes, and just focus on the game. That’s what it’s all about.



Source by E Enright