Tony Hobbs

Four Keys That Will Help You Own The Summer

May 2, 2017

It’s now the summer and it may seem like there is plenty of time to work on your game before next school season, and there will always be time tomorrow. However, this is only an illusion, and before you know it the season will hold you accountable for what you spent your time doing this summer. The season will not wait for you, no more time will be given for preparation, and certainly no wasted time during the summer will be returned.

That’s why it is so important that you spend your time wisely, and own this summer. This is not always the easiest thing to do, but if you are willing to commit to it, you will set yourself up to be successful this upcoming 2017-18 season.

Here are the four keys that will help you own this summer!

Make a Plan

Before you go to the gym and start training  doing all of the different drills you can think of, you need to sit down and make a development plan. Ask yourself this, “What is it that I’m trying to improve on this summer? How will I get it done?” The answers to these two questions will help you figure out what you should be spending your time and energy on.

For example, if you want to become a better shooter this off season, you need to spend time working on your shot. That means that you need to budget a set amount of time each day/week to work on your shot. It will be different for every player, but make sure that you have a strategy for accomplishing your goals this off season.

The summer is also a great chance to work on different weaknesses in your game. During the season it is hard to dedicate the needed time to developing specific areas of your game, but the summer is perfect for turning weaknesses into strengths. Whatever you do don’t go to the gym without a plan, if you do you are just wasting time.

Quality over Quantity

It is not just enough to go to the gym every day. You need to go to the gym and spend quality time working on your game. You will get more out of 45 minutes of game speed drills, than 3 hours of taking turns shooting at half speed with a friend. When you get to the gym, train with a purpose. Eliminate all of the distractions around you, and spend quality time developing as a player.

Maximize Your Time

You may not always have a lot of time in the gym, and there may be multiple things that you want to work on. This means that you need to maximize your time. There are a lot of great basketball drills out there that work on multiple skills all at the same time. So if you do not have a lot of court time, find some great drills that are going to maximize your time, and allow you to work on everything that you need to work on.

Stay Dedicated

There are going to be days that you don’t feel motivated, or start to think, “There is plenty of time before the season starts to work on my game and I can wait.” However, these days are the most important to your summer! Don’t get me wrong, there are days that you need to take a break and let your body recover, but if it is just because you aren’t “feeling it,” that day you need to fight through it and get in the gym. It is hard to work for something down the line that you can’t see, but it will all be worth it when the 2017-18 season is here.

-Tony Hobbs

Tony Hobbs

Basketball player development instructor with a passion to help improve your basketball training method and game intelligence.

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