My goal is for every player to leave my training session feeling 2 things:
1) Inspired by their progress and motivated to continue to improve
2) Self-confident in knowing they are putting in the hard work required to achieve their goals.
I believe that basketball is a tool to cultivate our best self. It is NOT a measure of our personal value. As such, having a positive attitude, a growth mindset, being coachable, showing mental toughness and self-compassion are tools that trump any basketball skill that I can possibly teach. I do not sacrifice personal character and integrity to teach basketball skills.
I believe basketball is as much a mental game as it is physical. As a result, I help players reveal their untapped inner strength by providing physically and mentally taxing workouts designed to push their limits, develop self-confidence, and overcome other mental hurdles such as fear of failure and embarrassment.
I come prepared with written workouts that are timed down to the minute and specific areas of improvement for each training session. My goal is to maximize the amount of quality reps per minute. Practically, this means eliminating drills that make inefficient use of space and effort.
For a player to reach his full potential, they must be able to perform fundamental skills. In all my sessions, I relentlessly insist on proper fundamentals on every repetition so that players form good habits and a solid foundation on which they can build. I teach these fundamental skills, which include footwork, shooting, ball handling, defense and passing.
Every workout includes some form of competition (either against other players or against themselves) to bring out players' best effort and prepare them for the competition of games. Competition comes in the form of small-sided games such as 1 v 1 off of a side-closeout or shooting drills that record makes and time to chart progress over time.
Depending on the players' individual strengths/weaknesses/tendencies/habits, I create a personalized workout plan that is designed for maximum efficiency toward the players' goals. If the player's goal is to earn more playing time for the upcoming season, I focus specifically on the fundamental skills that will get him playing time in the context of his team, situation, and personal ability. If the player's goal is to play at the collegiate or professional level, I use creative, open-ended drills that teach more advanced read and react skills required to play at the highest levels.
Concluding each training session is a cool down stretching program and a breakdown of the efficacy of the workout. We discuss things players did well, things they can improve on, and things they learned. Before players leave, I give them a homework assignment to complete before our next workout. These assignments range from studying a similar professional player on YouTube to practicing a specific drill on their own to writing down 5 positive self-talk phrases that the player can use to improve their confidence.