By Tom Sadler
Coach Sadler shares five areas of focus to help you become a better player...
Let’s start with something that every player needs to ingrain in to their mind… You can never stop improving your game!
Whether you are someone who is starting out or you are a seasoned veteran, it is so important to workout in your own time. When you take charge of this you can and will improve as well as keep your game sharp.
With this said you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. One of my favourite rules is to keep it simple. The more you work something, the more effective it will be become, the more shots you put up, the more likely you are to make them, the more ball handling work you do the less turnovers you’ll commit…. Simple but effective practice can be so helpful in making you a nightmare matchup on the court.
The moves below are just that, simple yet effective and when used correctly can be used with the purpose of creating an offensive advantage for both yourself and your teammates.
I must emphasise that these moves do not involve over dribbling.
Crossover Dribble – One of the most basic moves in basketball, but highly effective. To clarify there are not only some variations of the basic cross over but also there are lots of counters to it.
Behind the Back- Again a very basic but effective move with many counter moves that you can add as your game develops and improves. This move can allow you to change directions by dribbling the ball behind your back protecting the ball from your defender. Footwork is critical here.
In and out move- one of my favourite moves to do, and is very effective in freezing the defender and forcing them to get caught out of position allowing lanes to attack. Very simple move that can be done with either hand.
Shot fake- one of the most underused but most effective moves in basketball, why shoot the ball under pressure? How many times have you heard coach’s say ‘’sell the move’’, well it’s no secret that if you can ‘’sell the move’’ well enough and get the defender to buy it, you’ll be able to create space for yourself all day long that will always allow you create an offensive advantage.
Step back-a lot of coaches will never teach their players this move, however if taught correctly can be a very effective move that will allow the player to create space allowing a shooter an open jump shot without pressure from the defence. The step back should not fall in to a fade away jump shot, but should step back to an on balance shot.