Every player that takes the game seriously knows that the pre-season is just as important as any other point in the season. As a matter a fact, some would argue that it’s the most important. If you fail to accomplish your goals in the pre-season, you’ll likely end up heading into the basketball season unprepared and unconfident.
Tryouts are right around the corner, and we want to make sure you’re doing everything you need to be doing to prepare. We tapped a few of our Alphas to lend some advice on pre-season training.
What kind of impact will attending voluntary activities have on making the actual basketball team, and how can I make sure I leave a great impression?
Don't just attend voluntary workouts. Use them as an opportunity to make a case as to why you should make the team. (#1) Coaches love players that consistently work hard, compete and have a good attitude. Try to win every sprint, race, and every drill.
Attending voluntary activities is vital. It’s a great opportunity to work closely with your coaches since these workouts are typically during other sports seasons.
(#2) Prepare yourself not just showing up but by being prepared to actually put in real work to get better and take full advantage of the opportunity.
These workouts give you a chance to show your coaches how dedicated you are to improving your game and doing your part to help with the team’s success.
Don’t be the player who follows others. (#3) Be the guy who asks questions, pushes others and finishes first.
Voluntary activities show a coach or coaching staff who's willing to go the extra mile. If you are one of the "bubble guys" in which a coach has a few very similar players trying out, this could be the "edge" you need to make the team and prove your value.
Player roles become a big factor in a complete team. Not everyone can be the super star, the point guard, the 6th man, but if you figure out what the team needs most, and during these voluntary activities prove your worth, you've just established an advantage going into tryouts.
(#4) Avoid doing things that will end up making you look bad or get injured. If you can’t dunk, don’t try. If running a stadium, don't try to prove your vertical leap by jumping four rows at once. Know what the coaches are looking for and focus on delivering it.