Percentages Motivate Athletes To Improve
How much money have you lost in the market? By now most of us have a pretty good idea where we presently stand. But think back for a moment. When we first learned that the market was dropping, it didn’t have much of an affect on us. But when we saw EXACTLY how much the value of OUR stocks had dropped, then “reality” set in. It’s the same for shooting. Until athletes see THEIR shooting percentages, they don’t know how far their numbers are from being “acceptable”.
Percentages are great motivators because they identify strengths and weaknesses without becoming “personal”. It’s not what the coach says, it’s what the numbers say. It is much easier for a coach to be an “advocate” – someone who comes along side to help – when percentages are used to assess in place of giving his/her personal opinion.
The first step in planning an off-season workout is to make a complete assessment. This can be done by the coach and/or the player. We prefer athletes do as much as possible since it’s their shot – it’s their future – it’s their dream to become a Star Shooter. Coaches can encourage but ultimately it is up to the athlete to make it happen.
In making the assessment, determine last season’s percentages in as many areas as possible. Use last years game films to gather data for the following:
- Free throws – 1) up to the last two minutes, and 2) attempts in the last two minutes
- Mid – range shots
- Shots off the dribble going right – left
- Shots from a pass turning right – left and straight on
- 3 – point shots after receiving the ball from the inside – from the right – from the left
If game films are not available, take 20 shots from each of the descriptions above to determine percentages.
Percentages serve as bench-marks to measure progress. Throughout the summer, athletes should re-test themselves with 20 shots from the areas noted above in order to see how they are progressing. In the weight room it’s very easy measure progress but with shooting, understand it takes more time to measure progress. Another good point about the athlete knowing their present percentages, coaches can check from time to time to get an update.
Shooting at GAME SPEED is an ABSOLUTE MUST in order to improve. As we have said so many times, “Your PRACTICE and the GAME need to be the SAME”. Practicing at a slower speed does NOT improve game performance. The body must become familiar with executing at a fast pace. Here’s the science behind this concept. The slower the body extends during the shooting motion, the smaller amount of power it produced.
Here’s how to create GAME SPEED during PRACTICE. As soon as the ball starts moving up in the shooting motion say, “Game Speed”. Say it as FAST as you can and say it loud enough so you can HEAR yourself. The ball should be released by the time you hear the letter “d” in Speed. Do you think that’s too fast? Then try testing it when you watch the NCAA tournament. Unless the shooter has a big vertical jump, you will find it to be true.
Quote Worth Considering
“WAITING for things to change is the BEST way for NOTHING to change!”