The Most Important Question This Off-Season?
April 5, 2016
High School Basketball. What an exciting time in the life of a young athlete. An
to play a sport you love and to learn timeless lessons
that you can carry forward long after high school. For anyone who spent time at the
Events Center this last March you have to love the
passion, the emotion, and the overall drama that the provincial championship tournaments
bring year after year.
Players, whether you're still in middle school or entering your senior year do you dream
playing on the big stage under the bright lights? We
hope you do, having dreams and aspirations are important. But the problem for most
players... their daily habits just don't meet their
It's easy to dream of hitting a Steph Curry like shot with thousands of fans watching...
lot harder be in the gym every day at 7am executing
game like shooting work-outs. It's easy to dream of winning the big game or championship
game... it's a lot harder to stay late after practice
every day playing 1v1 and 2v2 to the point of exhaustion.
The honest truth in basketball and in life is that there are no secrets to
There is no such thing as an overnight success. You will not shine under the lights without
putting in the hard work in the dark. You will not gain
the confidence to perform under pressure unless you have put in thousands of reps and hours.
That is truth! So players... The single most
important question you can ask yourself this off-season is:
"Do my daily habits match my dreams and aspirations?"
Wait... Ask that question one more time and be honest. Do my habits truly match my
you spending more time on Instagram
then time in the gym? More time just hanging out with friends than time in the gym? More
sleeping in than time in the gym?
Now if you truly desire to reach your dreams & to develop the daily habits of championship
players, here are two important places to start.
Ask Your Coach:
Ask your coach for honesty. Ask your coach what is the most important thing for you to work
this off-season? Ask your coach the role they
see for you on the team and what you can do to expand that role? Ask your coach how you can
better teammate & leader next season? Ask
your coach if your daily habits match your aspirations?
Too many players overlook the simple task of asking their coach these questions. This will
you a better plan to improve this off-season, and
will help you build trust with your coach next season.
Find the Hardest Working Player In Your Program/Area:
This is simple. Find the hardest working player in your school or area and start training
them. When I was in high school I always played
against older & stronger players in the off-season. We would play 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 until dark
almost every night. Playing against older players
forced me to play smarter, to learn new moves, and to play at a higher level of intensity.
don't need to travel across America to find better
competition, just find the best players in your area. If you are one of the best players
find college players or men's league players to play
against. It's up to you!
We hope this post speaks truth into your game, but can also inspire you and give you tools
achieve your dreams.
Written by Impact Hoops
Director Jon Schmidt.