6 Ways to Improve Your Basketball Skills

6 Ways to Improve Your Basketball Skills

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As the NBA playoffs come to an end, more and more kids are itching to get some time in on the basketball courts. Our basketball camps are the perfect way to learn fundamentals, refine advanced skills, make friends, and have some summer fun. Winning isn’t everything, but it’s a great feeling to be a part of a successful performance.

You can be more like James Harden and Steph Curry if you:

  1. Play against tough competition – Compete against better players. It’s okay to lose, especially when you’re learning. Many NBA pros attribute their rapid growth to playing against older siblings and neighbors, so don’t be nervous the next time your older brother/sister challenges you to a game of one-on-one. If you keep practicing, one day, you may be able to surprise them by defeating them!
  2. Watch professional basketball – To be the best, you must learn from the best. By observing regular habits of successful athletes, you’ll have a competitive edge on the hardwood. Watch live games, highlights, and practice sessions to pick up on small details that can make a significant difference in being good vs. great.
  3. Practice with friends – Practicing with others helps improve the team aspect of the game. Group practices and pickup games directly correlate to improved positioning, passing, defense, and communication.
  4. Practice alone – Just because nobody is around to play with, doesn’t mean you can’t work on some drills alone. If you have access to a basketball hoop, practice your shot from all over the floor (including free throws.) If you don’t have access to a net, work on dribbling with both hands, and passing with a concrete or brick wall (not a house.)
  5. Think positive – Keep an “I can” attitude rather than thinking negatively. Thoughts can manifest results. Don’t beat yourself up over small mistakes. You’re only human, and that’s okay. Even Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have bad days.
  6. Be persistent – Never give up. Learning from mistakes is a critical part of the self-growth process. Take some advice from NBA legend Michael Jordan, who once said, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

In addition to these six improvement tactics, joining a structured camp is a great way to educate yourself and enhance your game. Sportsplex Dulles offers multiple sports camps in the Sterling, Virginia area. For more information, call (703) 430-9966. We look forward to hearing about your sports goals today!