Tips to Becoming a Better Basketball Player

tips to be a better basketball player1. Always be in great physical condition. You cannot control how tall you are or how fast you are, but you can control your own physical condition.
2. Be willing to work hard at developing your individual skills. Many players would like to be a good basketball player, but few are willing to work hard enough not just in practice but in their own free time to develop the fundamentals necessary to be a great player.
3. Develop good shooting technique. Learn to shoot close to the basket before you move back to further distances.
4. Become a good free throw shooter. This requires plenty of practice, concentration, and confidence.
5. Learn to dribble with either hand and without looking at the basketball. A player that can dribble with either hand posesses a great offensive weapon and can put great pressure on any defense.
6. Develop good passing skills. This will require the ability to make crisp passes, to get the pass by an opponent, and to know when to pass.
7. Learn to "run the floor" from baseline to baseline. Few of your opponents will be able to keep up with you and prevent you from getting easy shots.
8. Study the game so that you can become a floor leader. Students of the game make better players, leaders, and teammates.
9. Maintain a good mental attitude. More athletes have failed because of a faulty mental attitude than any other reason. The "mentally tough" player will maintain a positive, confident attitude, will play unselfishly, and will not allow mistakes or criticism by coaches or teammates to affect attitude. Accept criticism and mistakes as inevitable and use it to make yourself a better player.