by Arron MacDonald
Coach MacDonald zooms-in on how players can be deliberate in ensuring they're developing every session.
Pre-practice has become something of a buzzword in the coaching community over the past few years.
If you're not sure what I'm talking about... "pre-practice"refers to the window of time when the players are in the gym, but before practice has officially commenced.
In a lot of gyms you'll see players playing 1v1 or small-sided games, while others will be casting up threes or working on trick-shots... and inevitably someone is out there pounding the rock, working on their handles.
Most players and teams have a pre-game routine - a series of drills they work through to get ready to perform at their highest level. This is something which has been popularised even further with Steph Curry's pre-game shooting routines (this youtube video alone has over two million views!).
However, while many players can be seen doing a (bad) Steph Curry impression before training, very few seem to have a developmental pre-practice routine.
By being intentional in what we do before training sessions, it will help to put you in a positive, developmental mindframe - knowing that you've already "gotten better" before the session starts. This will help you to get the most out of the training session itself, and to improve as much as possible throughout the course of the season.
Most coaches out there will be saying to "start with form shooting", and I'm not about to disagree with them!
Building muscle memory, focus and your shooting form is a great thing to do when you first walk into the gym.
From there, there's any number of pre-practice drills which can be used to work on your shooting, ball-handling or footwork in a really limited time - and we've collected six of our favourites together in our Pre-Practice Drillbook, which is available FREE for anyone who subscribes to our mailing list (along with a 10% discount for our store).
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