What are you doing for your game this summer?
The REP season is a busy one – no doubt!
While some athletes (and parents!) are winding down when the season ends, if you are serious about playing at an elite level in the fall, it’s important to keep your self in shape and build on your skills and strengths so you are ready to roll when tryouts come around. Not just for REP players, if you are thinking of playing for your school team, keeping yourself in shape over the summer will give you a leg up.
Getting a leg up for fall
If you’ve had any nagging injuries or pains during the season, now is the perfect time to rest and address them. The last thing you want is to have problems when the new season starts. Work with a professional to get an accurate assessment of your condition and give you a game plan towards healing.
2) Take a look at your self
Step back and do some self evaluation on the areas that could use some improvement. None of us are perfect and it’s important to be honest and think about what would improve your game in the next season. If you have any home videos that your parents have taken, now’s a great time to review them and ask your coach about his/her views and areas for improvement.
3) What should you be working on?
No matter what you are working to improve, during the summer the biggest thing every athlete should be working on is building strength and power. Other areas to focus on are:
- Mobility: Flexibility and mobility go hand in hand and too many athletes aren’t giving enough focus on stretching properly. Hamstrings are important to stretch but you should also focus on your shoulders, core, lower back and achilles to avoid injury and increase your mobility.
- Conditioning: Keep your hands on the ball this summer to keep your endurance up.
- Skills: Sometimes it’s hard to go back mentally but working on your fundamentals are very important. No matter how good your endurance is, or how great you played last season, if you aren’t improving your shooting, passing, ball handling, defending or rebounding, your game is going to suffer next season. Yes, repetition isn’t exciting but it’s the only way to get better.
- Nutrition: There’s a lot of truth in the saying, “You are what you eat”. make sure your meals are well balanced and that you are adding plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. If your aim is to put on weight over the summer, be sure to carefully calculate how many calories you’re burning and what you are putting into your body.
4) Rest and Recovery
I know that “resting” doesn’t sound like you’re preparing for a new season but there’s great importance in getting the proper amount of rest in order to maximize your performance. When you are in a tough training program, your muscles need adequate recovery time between sessions. And finally, don’t underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep. 8 hours are key.
This year, we’ve revamped our traditional 12 week off season development program and have renamed it to our “Off Season Player and Team Development Program“. The program, is an INTENSE one and is for serious players only. You’ll practice once a week until school is out, then twice a week (evenings) in July and August.
Use the summer to build your athletic capacity, to add and refine fundamental skills and learn more advanced basketball skills. Focus on the above and start soon - summer is shorter than you think!