Sunday, September 28, 2014

Basketball Training Camps Underway For Premier Hoops

NBA training camp opened up this past weekend as teams are set to begin the grind of another long season.  I always found it interesting to study training camps as coaches, general managers, and other front office executives try and put together a competitive team, (expect of course for the Philadelphia 76ers).  

The NBA is the most prestigious and competitive basketball league on the planet, however, a lot of the same strategies that the NBA uses in building teams is applied to teams at every level.  
Effective players are returning from the previous year trying to maintain or increase their roles.  These are the athletes that the coaching staff attempts to build the team around.  There will also be invitations to a host of other players to see if they can contribute and find a role which will propel the team to greater heights.  

Many high school, elementary, and middle school athletes go through the same grueling tryouts as professionals.  I recall going through tryouts as a high school basketball player, and even though I worked extremely hard, and thought I was prepared, I was not.  The cramps start to set in, and the pains around the lower waist intensify to the point where you are tugging at your shorts while waiting to run another suicide, or three-man weave.  

Being in the best shape possible is something which can rarely be done on your own.  If you examine some of the biggest stars in the NBA, they all have their own personal trainers and chefs to help to prepare and motivate them.  When training, sometimes you need to be pushed to the next level, and having someone examine your game with another set of eyes is the perfect place to begin.    

That’s why programs such as Premier Hoops are essential to helping basketball players maximize their talent and potential.  It’s extremely hard to duplicate in-game situations by practicing on your own, or by playing pick-up games.  Having structured environments which are created and monitored by “basketball lifers” are going to increase your chances of having a successful season.

It’s human nature to relax if you are the best player on your street, or in your neighborhood, but there is always someone out there who is better who is looking to take your spot, your position, your success.  Being really good at something sometimes just isn’t enough.  Maybe conditioning and fundamentals are the strongest parts of your game, but you struggle with authority and have a hard time trying to adjust when your coach keeps riding you? 

Being involved with a program like Premier Hoops well help in all areas of becoming a complete basketball player and a complete person.  Trained staff who are “basketball lifers” have been through every possible scenario which you might encounter.  Why not take the opportunity to listen to their advice and experiences, so you won;t have to suffer through a season where you are not getting along with coaches, and teammates, and are riding the pine.  

Going through training camp and tryouts is a physically and mentally grueling week which will test your personality and character.  Pay close attention to who succeeds and who fails during NBA Training Camp and see how you can learn from some of those mistakes to be successful.  Contact Premier Hoops to see how they can assist your professional development as an athlete.  Premier Hoops is holding some free upcoming sessions in the Methuen area, so make sure to drop by and check them out!

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Contributing writer Jasen Sousa for Premier Hoops is the author of a number of poetry and fiction books for young people.  Jasen has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and is a life-long participant and fan of the game of basketball.  

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