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Five Small Changes That Help Kids Get Better on the Court

By, 11/14/18, 12:00PM CST


Most players go through a period in their development where they think they have it all figured out. But there is a difference between knowing something and having it mastered.

Getting better at most things in basketball requires going through processes. It takes countless hours of shooting the ball to incrementally improve at jump shots and free throws. Ball handling, passing and dribbling all require constant effort to get better, as well. But, for some other aspects of the game, getting better can be as simple as flipping a switch. Each of the following suggestions requires only the decision to accept them as truth and to incorporate them, and they are the hallmarks of some of the game’s greats.

Get Physical

One of the most effective changes a player can make, and one that takes no training or practice, is to decide to play a more physical brand of ball, especially on the defensive side. Increased physicality will improve any player’s presence on the court and lead to intangibles like disrupting offenses and drawing coverage.