PERSONAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT

(1)   The Point Guard needs to learn how to create extra time without manipulating the ball, such as backing up and re-setting the closely guarded count, but you can only use it once at a time and a few times in the same game.

(2)   Be aware of your internal clock and if it feels like you have the ball too long, you probably do. Both teammates and fans will notice if it occurs very often and is usually viewed negatively.

(3)   Dribble with a purpose, to advance the ball to help get us into something that leads to start the offense going or to get the ball to a positive offensive situation that should produce a good shot. If you are not gaining ground or setting up a teammate, you are floating and accomplishing little.

(4)   Work on two full speed dribble escapes so the defense can’t overplay the one thing you can do. Work on not being a rhythm dribbler, work on a change of pace and direction dribble and be able to back up effectively with the ball.

(5)   Learn to read both the team defense being employed against us and the defender playing you. Are they overplaying one hand? Are they pushing you into the sideline? Are they gambling and getting right up into “your bubble” and daring you to go around them? Are they looking to double you any time they can? You need to be able to beat them both from a stationary position(just caught the ball) and off the dribble, and if they try to take something away from you, your counter to it is essential.

(6)   Taking great care of the ball and your assist to turnover ratio is very important. Your coach should help decide this ratio and the level of basketball you are playing is a factor, along with your skills and knowledge of the game. Most of the time, protect the ball carefully with both the body and dribble and become good at both tucking and ripping thru versus a defender in a closely guarded situation. Also learn how not to tell the defense ahead of time where you or the pass is going next. Another important factor is realizing what impact either a long or slow pass has on hurting your assist-turnover ratio.

(7)   Players need to make the play that meets the needs of the situation. When to deliver the ball as well as where are keys and players trying to deliver the spectacular pass usually hurt us. Good plays happen by making solid passes. Good passers make good shooters look great. Passing is an art form for any player, but really important for the primary ball handler in an offense.

(8)   Your eyes are always centered on the basket area. You should have all four receivers in your field of vision and their defenders as well. Some eye movement is necessary(which gives defenders some valuable information), but you should not be turning your head as that gives the defenders more accurate information because you are cutting off parts of the floor you may not see,

(9)   Be aware of being more right/left handed in terms of direction you are moving because if you don’t realize it, both the defender during a game and someone scouting your team will pick up on the fact you work one side of the floor considerably more often than the other. It might occur because you have more confidence in one hand versus the other or because you are often going towards a specific teammate. But either way, it gives them a chance to attempt to frustrate you by pushing you away from a place that seems to make you comfortable.