Four Reasons Playing Games Slow Down Your Skills Development
For Every Hour of Competition, Spend Five Hours Training
2 Games a week = 10 hours of training
Games are fun. Tournaments are exciting. Contests are thrilling. They also slow down skill development, for four reasons:
- The presence of other people diminishes an appetite for risk, nudging you away from gaining any confidence from the fear of making mistakes.
- Games reduce the number of quality reps that you get in during training.
- The pressure of games distorts priorities, encouraging shortcuts in technique.
- Games encourage players, coaches, and parents to judge success by the scoreboard rather than by how much were learned.
Don’t get me wrong. Competition is a great thing. It teaches invaluable lessons about teamwork, it helps build emotional control, and it’s fun. But it’s also in many cases, a deeply inefficient way to improve basketball or any skills. You are better off playing 1 v 1 or 2 v 2 than playing games were you might touch the ball 6 or 7 times a game.
If you truly want to improve your game you have to spend more time in the gym and less time playing games. You’re Training Starts Today! #Rise Above