The 2nd Biggest Problem In Youth Basketball

Jul 1, 2022

Our current youth basketball system, for the most part, is ignoring the value of having an Off-Season.

Professional players have a 4-6 month off-season. College players have a 6 month off-season. But for High School aged players who play on their school team, a spring/summer club team, and a fall club team. Where is the off-season?

The answer is very simple. They don't have an off-season. Which leads to injuries, burn-out, and a lack of development.

Every player would benefit from having an off-season (minimum 3-4 months) where the following occur:

  • Free from the pressures of winning and losing.
  • Free from the pressures of playing time.
  • Free from the pressures of parents in the gym.
  • The opportunity to make countless mistakes and experiment with new skills.
  • Focused time on skill development.
  • Focused time on athletic development.
  • Play tons of small sided games (1v1, 2v2, 3v3).

Having an Off-Season, with the conditions above, is where true long term growth and improvement happen.It's good for your game. It's good for your body. It's good for your mind.

Written by Impact Hoops Owner/Head Director Jon Schmidt.



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