Qualities of a Great Point Guard

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court visionIn my opinion being a point guard is probably the most difficult position to play in basketball. To get an understanding for the demands of this position, you can easily equate it to being the quarterback on a football team. When playing the point, you must be aware of all the elements of the game, be able to initiate the team’s offense while taking care of the ball, make sure all of your teammates are aware of their responsibilities, and most importantly be an extension of the coach.
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Student of the Game

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studyI think nearly every basketball game I watch on TV I hear one of the announcers saying that someone is a ‘student of the game’. It has always interested me, and I’m sure many of you as well, just what exactly does this mean. Surely everyone is a student of the game, right? We all spend hours learning how to play, and we all love watching games on TV, so surely we are all students? Well, I’m not so sure about that, and I think it is something that is a really important point in your development as a serious basketball player.
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Youth Basketball Skills – Shooting Form

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Shooting technique is a really interesting thing in basketball. I think everyone can recognize what a good looking shot looks like, and most players do actually know how to use a good technique, but unfortunately not many people actually work on it.

 

Shooting like any other fairly complex skill, needs to be practiced thousands and thousands of times to become a habit. Unfortunately, too many players grow up with faults in their technique that they keep on practicing. This bad form then become a habit and it takes a real conscious effort to then correct them. Another problem is that many of these players with bad technique can actually shoot ok. There are many examples even in the NBA, with players like Shawn Marion. They have become good shooters, not due to the shooting form they use but because they practiced so often. To be honest, even with a bad technique, you can become a decent shooter but you are greatly limiting yourself.
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Advanced Basketball Drills – Driving Strong to the Basket

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Just imagine you have the ball in your hands, you’re close to the basket, and there’s just one defender in front of you, what do you do? Are you ready to put down a strong move and score?

 

Most players try to avoid contact or do something tricky when faced with this situation.  But if you’re serious about raising your game to the next level, you have to learn how to create contact and finish strong at the basket.  Even though team-work is essential in basketball, awesome one-on-one moves are what separate you as the great basketball player, the go-to-guy, and the ultimate scoring machine.

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Recording your Basketball Training Workouts

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imagesYou have probably heard many times before that it is important to record your games so that you can look back and analyze how you play. You have probably also heard that all professional teams in all sports use video analysis as a main tool for their performance development. But you have probably not heard or do not understand why it is so important. Sure, it is a good tool to look at how many shots you made or maybe you just like clipping all of your highlights to put on youtube. These are good uses but using it to improve your game would be your smartest choice.
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Guide to Youth Basketball – Fatigue

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Being in great shape physically is one of the most important factors in the game of basketball. It has been shown on many occasions that when two teams of similar ability compete against each other, it is often the fittest team that proves dominant. That is because, when you are in great condition, everything you do, you can do for longer and better.

Just because you can perform a skill well when you are fresh, or that you can mentally stay focused and execute plays at the beginning of a game, does not mean that you will be able to do those things at the end of the game when you are tired. Fatigue is a horrible thing for a basketball player, or indeed for any athlete, in any sport. You should really think of fatigue as another competitor that you have to beat. If you succumb to fatigue then everything you do deteriorates. You will make more ball handling mistakes; you will throw more bad passes; you will get beaten on defence; you won’t be able to sprint on the fast breaks for easy lay-ups; you can’t ‘get up’ on your shot and you shoot short every time. (more…)