Guide to Be Ready on the Court for GameDay

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Practice

Training in the morning would be a great way to start your day! The benefits of working out in the morning include increased alertness and more focus. Not only would you feel more energized after practicing in the mornings, but you’d also feel more accomplished. By training in the mornings, you could avoid the LA heat! In addition to that, it’s critical to stick to a regular training schedule to get better results. It’s highly recommended to start your routine with form shooting. The more you practice, the more you can master your shooting technique. Some shooting techniques include having a slightly staggered stance and pinpointing the rim as early as possible to improve your shooting accuracy. Maybe set a goal for yourself while training such as shooting 100-150 shots per day.

A great rule of thumb is to practice as if you were playing in a game. Perhaps practice pivoting, V-cutting, or any movements that would benefit you in a basketball game! Treat your practices as you would treat a game, but also have fun while playing on the court! Always keep in mind to apply what you’ve learned in your practices. Practice as much as you can, but also allow time for your body to recover.

Always Stay Hydrated

This is one step that many of us forget to keep in mind. Studies show that hydration prevents cramps and reduces the risk of injury, on top of that the benefits of staying hydrated include improved muscle function and improved circulation. If you’re dehydrated on gameday, you’ll become fatigued faster, so always bring your hydro flask or water bottle to games! Staying hydrated helps boost young athletes’ performances! 

Stretching

Daily stretching will prevent tight muscles, improve your range of motion, and most importantly reduce the risk of injuries. It’s significant to stretch while warming up before a game and after a game during your cool-down. Keep in mind to incorporate mobility and flexibility stretches into your warm-up and cool-down routines. It’s even beneficial to implement some yoga poses into your stretching routine such as head to knee forward bend or going into a low lunge (bonus if you rock your hips back and forth).

Mentally Prepare and Manifest Success!

Believe in yourself and be proud of yourself for the effort you’ve put into basketball. You could even apply the same mindset into your day-to-day life. As a young athlete, you should acknowledge that you’re always capable of shooting the ball through the hoop. 

Always trust in your abilities. It’s understandable to get nervous on game day, so take a moment to breathe before playing on court. Inhale, exhale. By the time you play, make it a prioritization to focus on what is happening around you and try not to get distracted. Likewise, bear in mind to expect the unexpected. It’s a normal reaction to freak out if maybe the ball gets stolen from you by the opponent, but try to remain calm and think fast on your feet. Remember the beauty of basketball is being under constant pressure, it just depends on your reaction.

“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming” – John Wooden

Push Yourself and Go Beyond your Limits, One Step at a Time.

To reach your fullest potential, you need to commit fully, by always giving your 100% effort and energy. Many athletes are guilty of giving it there all in the first half of the game and getting burnt out by the second half. Try to maintain consistency throughout the entire game. But also don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake in a game, instead learn from that experience. Most importantly have fun and enjoy the basketball game!