11 Tips to Make Your Basketball TeamBy Alan Stein:

Most high schools will begin basketball tryouts in the next few weeks.  Here is an updated list of 11 tips to help you make the team:

  1. Separate yourself by being the most vocal and enthusiastic player in the gym. Be an energy giver and raise everyone else’s level.
  2. Hustle! Be the first player in line for each drill. Do everything at game speed. Try to win every sprint. You have 100% control over your effort.
  3. Make the extra pass. Be unselfish. Be a great teammate (We > Me).
  4. Physically box someone out every single time a shot is taken. Every time.
  5. Listen with your eyes any time someone is speaking.
  6. Dive for loose balls, take charges and sprint the floor as hard as possible every chance you get. Every team needs a player that does those three things consistently.
  7. Don’t over dribble or take bad shots. Those players are a dime a dozen. Make the easy play. Make the right play. Don’t be tempted by flash.
  8. Arrive early and stay after to put in extra work. Do more than is required.
  9. Play to your strengths and try not to expose your weaknesses. If you aren’t a competent 3-point shooter, then don’t shoot 3’s. Simple.
  10. Communicate directly with the coach. Ask the coach what things you need to do to earn a spot on the team. The key word is earn.
  11. If you make a mistake (which will happen), move on and focus on the next play. Maintain a smile and positive body language at all times.

Good luck!

Alan Stein
Hardwood Hustle Blog

Source: http://www.strongerteam.com/2014/10/21/11-tips-to-make-your-basketball-team/
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