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I just finished reading your book, and found it exactly what i needed to read. I have begun the first part of the system, just practicing off the top corner of the glass and can already feel my confidence as a shooter growing.
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Basketball Skills?   "Basketball - It's All About The Shot"


Everyone will be better at some basketball skills than others.

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Becoming a basketball star is really no different than becoming a celestial star.  Stars coalesce from matter [in the space] surrounding them while they are forming.  If the exact same matter in exacting amounts coalesced precisely the same way for all stars, then all stars would be identical.  Obviously they are not, no two stars are even remotely alike.  Stars make no excuses, they make the best of what they are; stars mold themselves and squeeze themselves and condense themselves until... they SHINE!!! 

Demand that you be the best you that you can be:  
Each of us must take responsibility for our own actions and in-actions.  You and you alone are responsible for your basketball skills and for that matter your life skills.  Demand something of yourself.  Demand yourself to be the best you that you can be.  Certainly you must learn from others.  Certainly you must stand on the shoulders of giants, but apply all those
teachings, all those studied basketball skills to you being you.  I'm not saying try to be different; you already are different.  You already are unique.  Spend your life, day after day, being a better you than that you of yesterday.  Being the very best you that you can be is what allows your being to shine like a star, on and off the basketball court.  

Develop your basketball skills through basketball skills drills and basketball skills training.  Learn how to play basketball.  
Which skills define your weaknesses?  Design a drill to develop one of those weaknesses into a strength.  Execute that drill and continue executing that drill until that specific weakness becomes a strength.  Then design another drill to improve another weakness.  Execute that drilluntil the weakness you are improving becomes a strength.  Continue this process throughout your basketball career.  Mold your mind and your physique into a basketball player, and a person, that is uniquely you.  But remember, it's not necessary to reinvent the wheel, or reinvent you, just modify and continue modifying you... supe-you-up. 

The past you see... is just that - it has passed, never to be repeated.  You can build with and on your past to create your future using the lessons your past has bought for you.  But if you allow your past to equal your future - YOU ARE DOOMED to a life of regret.  If you allow your past to equal your future - YOU ARE DOOMED to a life of shoulda-woulda-coulda.  Study your present life to blue-print how to utilize the building blocks of your past while building your foundation and use your present life to blue-print how to utilize and build on that foundation as you're molding you, molding your being; molding and creating your future.  

l<-----------------------------------------------------The Present----------------------------------------------------->l
                    Your Past                               Your Foundation                             Your Future


Imagine you are standing on the above line.  Turn your body to literally [and figuratively] face your past with your back to your future.  You use all that information and and all those learnings you see in your past to remember.  Remember your past right through to the present to blueprint and build your foundation.  Now mark this spot [The Present] on your imaginary line with a book (any book will do) then literally [and figuratively] face toward and walk this imaginary time line into your future, ten years into your future, each step you take equals one year on your imaginary time line.  Stop ten years out into your future, turn around and face The Present, look back to the present from ten years out into your future.  On your imaginary time line you are now the basketball player you wanted to be ten years ago [The Present].  Now study your imaginary past.  Study what specifically it took for you to achieve the abilities this imaginary future you now possesses?  Now that you know what it took to get here [ten years into your future] you slowly walk back the ten years to The Present collecting all your new memories along the way and when you reach the present you turn around and face your future once more.  You will now use all this information that molded you into the future you, all those learnings you collected from your imaginary past to project a blue-print detailing how to build on your foundation [The Present] to create the you that exists ten years into your future.   

Write down the basketball drills and basketball skills that you now know are necessary to get you from your present to your future you.  Literally, write them down.  There have been many studies performed on the effects of writing down one's goals, all of them point to significant evidence that writing down one’s goals GREATLY enhances goal achievement.  You're going beyond writing down goals by writing down the steps [drills] that actually bring about your goals.  Drills you know work; you've seen it in your own mind!  

 Stars have no regrets, they unceasingly mold themselves, continuously squeeze, and perpetually condense themselves until...  they downright SHINE!!! 


Everyone will be better at some basketball skills than others.


http://www.basketballstrength.com/ astonishing basketball skills training.  This website is not for sissies, but this program will take you by the hand and guide you from where ever you are now to wherever you want to go, safely, progressively, and thoroughly.

With Basketball Quotes, Some From Unknown Sources  

Coaches:  Rules to follow for developing a wonderful team to coach.
Team Captains:  Rules to follow for developing wonderful teammates.
Players:  Rules to follow for becoming a wonderful teammate.

No answers are right or wrong, these are exploratory questions for you to find out about your team, teammates, and yourself; the more we know about one another the more we can help one another grow and excel.

The Rules in a very loose order: 

Confidential talks with athletes:
Why are you playing basketball?           
What is your perceived ability?
What are your expectations?
What are your goals?
   Long terrm?
   Short term? 
What do you expect to do in games?
What do you expect to do in practice?
What are your off court basketball related activities?           
Do you want practices to be challenging?
   Are you a player that gives 100%?
   Are you a player that wants to give 100%?
   Are you a player that gives 1%?
Do you want to work hard and have fun?
   Do you want to coast and have fun?
Do you want to play on any sporting team in college?
   Do you need a scholarship in order to attend college?
   What kind of student are you?
Is it important that every team member gets at least ten minutes of game time at
the expense of possibly losing a game, or have a 7 to 9 player rotation and play only to win? 

Although this is after school and we’re playing a sport this is also a classroom.           
   Unlike most other classrooms, we will be teaching each other.
   You will mostly be teaching me how and what to teach you, directly and
indirectly, by what you say and by your actions.           

85% of communication is nonverbal.
   It is therefore important that we expand our nonverbal communication.

Use your teammates name before passing the ball. 

can learn to play at a high performance level.
   Some sooner than others.
   Everyone will be better at one aspect of the game than another.
Everyone can learn to:           
Shoot and make lay-ups;
 right handed and left handed - without looking back to see if it went in.           
Shoot and make baby-hook lay-ups;
 right handed and left handed.           
Box out.
Execute the pick-and-roll.
Execute the give-and-go.
Know what your teammates are prone to do, good and bad.           
Give 100% attention and effort.
Dribble well with both hands.
Know all plays;
 Be able to execute all plays without error.           
Spin the basketball on your finger.
   Chi-gong is optional.

10 guidelines to follow unless you want to warm the bench:
Sprint back on defense; keep your hands hands above your hips; box out, or if there is no one to box find an open spot on the floor where a rebound is likely to go; know where all ten players are; fill the lanes on fast breaks or get the ball to the middle; set smart picks and be prepared to roll; look to participate in give-and-go opportunities; think… what are we doing?.. where should I be? 

Everyone can learn when to use which type of pass. 

I’m going to tell you what I’m going to teach you.
Then I’m going to tell you what you’re learning. 
Then I’m going to tell you what you just learned, how you learned it, and when and where you are going to apply it! 
This works like “wax on, wax off.” 

I don’t care why you are here.  That you are here for some reason is all that’s important to me.  I will be giving homework assignments, they are as important as your other assignments, and just like your other assignments I expect them to be completed. 

I’m going to train you to be basketball players, but you are simultaneously being trained to be athletes, so you can excel at any sport you wish to play. 
Only one in four players rated as ‘a star’ in middle school maintain that status three or four tears later in high school for varied reasons, the least of which is other children caught up to their skill level. 
My goal is to assist you in becoming better people and better athletes. I can be very effective doing that if we’re on a two way street, i.e., you’re being completely truthful and honest with yourself and then letting me know, in strictest confidence, what you think needs extra attention from me.  Then and only then can we decide on a plan to get us where we both want to be. 
You and I must accept responsibilities for our own behavior.  

Persistence and God are the only omnipotents in this universe. 

“Inner Winners”
Only an athlete trained to look beyond personal glory can begin to see that a champion’s strength is measured by the virtues of the heart; that challenge is within; that your opponent is yourself; reward is deeply personal and private. 

Through sports one can create a new level of awareness, an awareness of one’s self that transcends sports. 
When athletes focus on results-oriented outcomes they have no control over, they build up anxieties and tension, however when their thoughts shift to things they can control – desire, commitment, persistence, courage and confidence – they perform at their personal best more consistently. 
When an athlete is focused on the moment, on the joy of the event, he has all the confidence; an athlete focused on the outcome loses that confidence.
Pursue victory in the context of cooperation, friendship, support, mutual respect, and compassion.  This is total truth, learned through sports.  This is also a wonderful life strategy. 

Treat everyone as you expect and wish to be treated.  

Practices define the attitude of a team. 
This attitude becomes ingrained in the player’s minds and hearts and becomes the definition of the team’s games.  Players and teams play what and how they practice.  Practices become a learned behavior.

In order to win at life we must feel free to fail. We must feel free to take those risks which allow us to discover our greatness.  It’s easy taking risks if we know we cannot fail.  If we take a risk and it doesn't work out as planned but that risk serves as a learning experience, then we didn’t fail.  But, we must be honest with ourselves and ask why and how it was the risk did not go as planned.  Only then will it truly become a learning experience. 
Failure is not failure if it is a learning experience.

Heart = the willingness to take risks to improve, even in the face of potential failure; the courage to go all out and discover your capability at the moment.  Having the freedom to lose, learn from it and forge ahead, playing with fearlessness and tenacity and audacity; being bold as you look at your opponents and dare them to match your intensity. 

Confidence = one who lays it all on the line; has the courage to risk, to suffer, and to feel fear.

A quality common in championship level teams is the team’s unrelenting willingness to serve one another for the greater good of the team.  They (all people associated with the team) ask, “How can I give more?” as opposed to “How can I get more?”  This service to team effort translates to well defined individual roles and ‘team’ basketball. 

The Chinese have a unique perspective on the difference between Heaven and hell.  Each is an enormous banquet of delectable dishes at huge round tables.  Everyone at the banquet is given 5’ long chopsticks.  At the banquet in hell, people struggle to manipulate these awkward utensils; give up out of frustration and starve.  In Heaven, everyone serves the person across the table and each becomes abundantly full. 

Athletes lead by serving their teammates in practices and always working in a way that helps their teammates improve.  Athletes not doing this are not being leaders and are actually sabotaging their team. 

Who is our partner in play, in training and learning, causing us to utilize more of ourselves than we could under any other circumstances?  Our opponent!  When we are playing together; as they teach I learn, and as I teach they learn.  Without our opponent our practices have all been for naught. 

We only win when we are able to handle loss.  We must tolerate and accept failure, then we can relax, learn, and forge ahead.  This is truly the success of defeat. 

All significant gain is preceded by loss.
Losses, setbacks, and failures are natural valuable teachers on the path to success.  Failure is part of the process of successful living. 
Real failure, perhaps the only failure that exists, is your unwillingness to understand the role of setbacks in creating success.

There are only two types of athletes, those who have failed and those that will. 
We can’t avoid failure, for we need to take risks in order to improve.  Only in an environment such as this is there freedom to fail. 
If we have the courage for risk and the compassion for failure we have created success.
All skills are perfected through the process of failure. 
Embrace failure as a necessary part of improvement. 

What is lost by not trying and what is lost by not succeeding are two entirely different things.  If you try and you fail, ultimately you will succeed. 
Victories over self-doubt and victories over fear, failure, and ego are prerequisites for triumphs on the basketball court.

Traditional victories are transitory; outstanding performances last a lifetime! 

Hard work, diligent effort, and commitment to high standards are all pathways to winning.  Used in conjunction with one another they pave a roadway to victory. 


Can you demonstrate what “going all out” looks like?  For 5 minutes? 

Identify 10 traits, behaviors, or actions demonstrated by champions.
Now, select 4 of these to adopt into your style of play and execute all four of them every time you step out on the court. 

All athletes experience a drop in confidence from time to time.  How can you possibly have confidence in something you cannot control? 
NOW, let’s focus on something you can control.:

Thoughts are things, like fatigue is a thing, like self-talk is a thing, like positive self-talk is a thing, like fear or pain are things.
Deal with negative mind chatter by acknowledging that it’s happening and deciding to deal with it later, after the competition is over. 
The words an athlete uses internally and externally are the seeds of future realities, a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Your words create your world, your reality, so use them wisely. 

Winning is not necessarily outscoring your opponent.  The guaranteed dividend is the complete peace of mind gained in knowing you did everything within your power – physically, mentally, and emotionally – to bring forth the potential of your game. 
If you go out on the court and make the maximum effort with out being afraid to fail, you are a winner, no matter what’s on the scoreboard!

It’s completely alright to be disappointed when you don’t win, but don’t let a loss keep you from being proud of the effort you put out.

It’s all so very simple.  Figure out what your best can be then do and be the best you can.

The Following Books Are Recommended Reading For All Coaches and Players (you can find them in your library):

Beginner Players / Coaches:
Baffled Parents Guide to Great Basketball Drills by Jim Garland
Basketball Skills and Drills by Krouse, Meyer, Meyer
Teach'In Basketball by Bob Swope
Coaching Youth Basketball by American Sports Education
Drills and Skills For Youth Basketball byGrainer, Rains

All Players / Coaches:
Basketball Handbbook by, Lee H. Rose
Coaching HighSchool Basketball by Bill Kuchar
Basketball Tip-Ins by Nick Sortal
WBCA's Defensive Basketball Drills by Women's Basketball Coaching Association
WBCA's Offensive Basketball Drills by Women's Basketball Coaching Association
Attacking Zone Defenses by Kresse, Jablonski
101 Offensive Basketball Drills by Karl, Stotts, Johnson
101 Defensive Basketball Drills by Karl, Stotts, Johnson
101 Rebounding Basketball Drills by Karl, Stotts, Johnson
Coaching Fast Break Basketball by Ellis
Zone Offenses For Mens and Womens Basketball by Harkins, Krause
All Purpose Offenses For Mens and Womens Basketball by Harkins, Krause

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