The goal of a basketball coach is to be able to maximize player development for each individual player. Every great basketball coach is able to get the most out of their players and make them better than even they thought possible. This does not just happen by itself. To get a player to their absolute best, you must follow a specific plan and really take the time with each player that they need. The truly great trainers recognize this and they are able to execute it as well. Here are 3 tips for maximizing player development as a basketball trainer.
Evaluate and Asses Each Player
Just as a doctor runs tests on a patient before diagnosing them you as the trainer needs to run the player through some different tests and figure out what areas of their game are strong and which ones need a lot of work. You can do this through different basketball drills of your choice, but it is important that you learn each individual players strengths and weaknesses.
Once you have evaluated them you can start figuring out how you are going to help them. For example if they have trouble dribbling with their eyes up than you could use tennis ball drills to force them to keep their eyes up while dribbling. That is just one example but it is important that you design your workouts specifically for that player so that they can work on their specific weaknesses.
Have a Game Plan
You should have a game plan for where you want the player to be going and how they are going to get there. The game plan should include both short and long term goals for the player. Every player is going to be different so really sit down and think about what the best way is for that player, write it down, and then keep it in a file.
A great way to involve the players as well, is to give them a piece of paper and ask them to write down their short and long term goals on one side of the paper and on the other side what they are going to do on a weekly basis to accomplish those goals. It will help give them some ownership in the process, which is big.
Teach Your Players the Game
If someone tells you to do something and you don’t understand why you have to do it, you are going to be hesitant about it. However if they tell you to do something and then explain the importance of why you should do it as well, than you will be far more likely to do it. The same thing goes for your players. Explain to them the importance of why you are making them do something a certain way. One it will make them more likely to do it but also it will help them learn the game and improve their basketball IQ.