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8 Ways to Maximize Basketball Practice

1) Be well fueled, well hydrated, well rested, and take care of your body.  Do exercises like these 2-3 times per week:

2) Get to practice early. Don’t wait for practice to start, prepare for it. Making 100 extra shots before every practice will have an enormous compound effect over the course of the season.

3) Approach practice with a ‘game like’ mentality. After all, how you do anything is how you do everything. Want to play well in games? Then practice well every day.

4) Listen with your eyes. Your coach won’t say it if it’s not important. Absorb everything your coaching staff and teammates say by having great eye contact.

5) Leave your comfort zone every practice. Leave it mentally. Leave it physically. Leave it emotionally. You should be drained at the end of every practice. Leave it on the floor!

6) Make your enthusiasm contagious. Raise the level of those around you with constant energy. Be vocal.

7) Be a ‘Glue Guy’ (or ‘Glue Girl’). By definition, glue binds and holds things together. Be the glue on your team.

8) Value the ball for the entire practice. Every drill. Every scrimmage. Every play. Don’t take bad shots or make sloppy passes.