Ways Basketball Players Can Develop Their Game at Home
5 Ways Basketball Players Can Develop Their Game at Home
May 14, 2020
Getting in the gym with your team or with a basketball trainer is
great, there is nothing wrong with it. Outside of the gym, though, and
on your own, there are also several excellent ways to develop your
game. It is during this time that you will be able to set yourself
apart from everyone else as well. The work that you are able to do on
your own will continue to add up, and before you know it, you will have
drastically raised your game.
This article is going to highlight five ways that basketball players
can develop their game at home (without even having a hoop). These are
ways that can be used regularly and rotated through to help take your
game to the next level.
You don't need a basketball hoop to work on your game. With a
basketball and a flat hard surface, you can work on many different basketball dribbling drills. You can work on
traditional one ball dribbling drills, two ball dribbling drills, and
tennis ball dribbling drills. All of which will allow you to work on
specific moves and your overall handles. Here are a few of our
favorites that you can try out.
Notes: A big part of ball handling is being able to have excellent ball
control. The windshield wiper action in this drill will allow for
working on that, and then the between the legs crossover action will
allow you to work on a game-specific move.
Notes: This is a little bit more of an advanced dribbling drill, but it
is great for working on ball control with either hand. It will force
the player to be able to control the ball and put it where they want it
Watch Other Players
and Be a Student of the Game
When it comes to skill development, it isn't always physical. A great
way to develop your basketball skills at home is to watch other
players. Study their game and learn how to execute their different
moves. It could be watching how LeBron protects the ball when he
drives, how Steph Curry shoots, and so on. The more you can watch and
study other players, the more you will be able to learn the game of
The second area of being a student is how you watch the game as a
whole. Rather than just being a fan of the game, learn to observe and
study what is happening. Understand the types of shots that are
available, how the defense communicates and rotates, what a great
screen looks like. There are so many smaller pieces that fit together
into the game of basketball, and the better you can get at each of
them, the better your overall game will be.
Agility and Explosiveness
A big part of basketball is quickness, speed, footwork, and
explosiveness. If you can execute a move, and you are able to be
explosive while you do, you become that much harder to guard. So
without even having a basketball, you can work on your vertical,
first-step quickness, speed, and more. Here are a few drills that you
could in your yard or driveway.
Notes: This is not one specific drill, but it is multiple drills that
you can do to work on quick feet, conditioning, footwork, and more.
Jumping rope is something that professional athletes have been using
for years to develop their athleticism.
Notes: Being able to jump quickly, and jump quickly multiple times in a
row is an essential skill in basketball. This jumping drill is going to
allow you to work on this.
Develop Your Strength
Another critical part of the game of basketball is strength. This
doesn't mean you have to bench a set amount or have bulging biceps, but
it does mean that you are strong enough to handle contact, box out,
play defense, etc. And, while you may not have access to weights and a
workout gym at home, you still can do bodyweight
exercises, and maybe take advantage of a few pieces of home
exercise equipment as well.
With the right know-how, you can get in a high-level home workout that
is going to help you become a better basketball player. Check out these
exercises, and start adding them to your home workout routine.
Notes: Push-ups are an excellent way to increase your upper body
strength. Most people only know the standard push-up position, but
there are plenty of other ones that isolate specific muscles. This
video will show you some of these different push-up variations.
Notes: Lunges are an excellent way to strengthen your legs. You can use
the standard forward lunge, sideways lunge, or reverse lunge as
Notes: You don't have to have weights to do squats. With bodyweight
squats, you can work on being explosive, holding an athletic position,
and also isolating your muscles.
Read and Learn From
With all of the free
basketball resources online, there is no reason why you shouldn't
be taking advantage of them. You don't have to be a coach to read and
learn about the game. The more you can learn on your own, the easier it
will be for you to understand and read specific game situations.
You will also learn how to develop your individual
game better. There are a lot of articles out there geared specifically
for players. Some of them cover topics of skill development, while
others talk about character, mental toughness, and more. All of these
areas are going to be key in your development as a player.
5 Ways Basketball
Players Can Develop Their Game at Home Conclusion
There are going to be times when you are not able to get to a
basketball court to work on your game, and that is okay. What is not
okay is using this as an excuse as to why you can't do skill
development at all. If you are regularly able to take advantage of
developing your game at home, you are going to be able to improve
steadily. You will be able to improve day after day, which is all you
can ask for as a player.
It comes down to making a choice, though. You have to be willing to put
this time aside and make a gameplan to get better every day.