Become a Youth Basketball All Star

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How To Become a Dallas Youth Basketball All Star

Youth basketball players love to watch and admire great NBA players like Lebron, James, Lamarcus Aldridge and Kevin Durant. However, few know what it takes to perform like a great player. There’s a desire to be great without a good understanding of what it really takes to produce like one of the top guys. Let us help you connect your desire to your reality and give you the keys to becoming an All Star at your level of youth basketball.

Play with Confidence

Confidence is an intangible quality that is at the foundation of every great player. Confidence means not looking to teammates for validation before deciding to take a shot, make a drive, or call for the basketball. Confidence looks within for validation, not to others. One of the ways confidence can be built is by developing skills you can stand on with your basketball trainer. Confident players must be consistently confident, as that consistency allows teammates to begin recognizing you as a go-to player.

Know Your Basketball Strengths

Great players know exactly what they do well. Lebron knows that he is a great driver, so do you know where he takes most of his shots? He takes more than 50% of his shots within 10 feet of the basket, and he shoots at over 60% accuracy on these attempts. Stephen Curry, a skinny guard who happens to be one of the best shooters in the league, conversely takes over 70% of his shots from 10 feet and greater away from the basket. He shoots a good field good percentage from these distances, including 42% from the 3 point line, while taking minimal physical punishment to his body. Great players don’t waste extra energy trying to do things they don’t do well in games. They know their strengths and are more effective because of it.

 Play Aggressively

Every player who played in the 2014 NBA All Star game besides one averaged at least 15 points per game. Do you know what that means? It means that these players are aggressive offensively! It is one thing to be confident, and it is another thing to keep your aggressiveness level at an 8 or above for the entire game. Great players don’t let the misses bother them so much – they keep on firing and they stay aggressive at all times. Points and assists don’t grow on trees. You’ve got to take shots and attempt to make plays to go get them. This is what All Stars do.

 Fight Through Adversity

Players who play confidently, know their strengths and play aggressively aren’t guaranteed success. As a matter of fact, players who do these things often make themselves targets of opposing defenses, and that can make success tough sometimes. What separates “pretty good” players from All Star players is the ability to fight through adversity. A good player might lose confidence or aggressiveness if things aren’t going his way in a game. An All Star sticks with his approach even when things aren’t going well because he knows his team depends on him to be the player he is. And he also knows that the game isn’t over until the final buzzer sounds. Remember that All Stars in the NBA are consistent producers and for the most part lead winning teams. Things don’t go well for them every night, but they find a way to produce and consistently give their teams a fighting chance to win. If All Star players didn’t fight through adversity and continue to play for the win, we wouldn’t see the comebacks and game winning shots that we do.

If you want to be an All Star player, take hold of these concepts. Get with your trainer, continue to work hard and show that confidence, aggressiveness, self-awareness and fight every time you step out on the basketball court!




Basketball Training To Score 20ppg

Basketball Offensive Training

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to score 20 points in a Dallas youth basketball game?  Do you think you’ve got what it takes to average 20 points per game?

When you break it down, scoring 20 points per game doesn’t sound so hard.  After all, it’s only 5 points per quarter.  Right?  But in the NBA, where the most skilled offensive players in the world play (with 12 minute quarters nonetheless), in the 2013-2014 season there were only 19 players who averaged 20 points per game or more.  Scoring 20 points per game is really hard and it takes a lot of skill to do.

If you even think you want to average 20 points per game, you’ve got to know what it takes.  Let’s briefly talk about what it takes to be a 20 point per game scorer.

Basketball Training Offensive Expectation and Consistency

Looking at the 19 NBA 20 PPG scorers, 17 of them were drafted in the Top 10 picks of the NBA draft the year they entered the league.  So what does that mean?  It means that these players were expected to be good.  They were expected to score and to be really good players, and for the most part it is not a surprise that they are averaging 20 PPG.  How does this relate to you?  Well at your school, or on your club team, you must put teammates and coaches on notice that you are a very good player, and in fact probably THE best player on your team.  This means showing that in the offseason, at open run sessions, and in practices.  You have to consistently show that you are one of the best offensive options for your team.  This means having your skills sharp, being aggressive to score and being willing to miss shots and fail half the time.  Remember, there will be at most two 20 PPG scorers on your team.  And remember that the best players miss about half their shots, so you have to be willing to fail to succeed.  The coach is only drawing up plays for where/who he believes give his team the best chance to score points, so you’ve got to stand out consistently even before the games start.

Train To Build Go-To Skill Sets

Look again at the list of 20 PPG scorers.  For almost all of them I can immediately identify how they generally score their points.  Durant – shooting.  Carmelo – 1-on-1 from the wing and in the post.  Lebron – driving and transition.  The list goes on.  Do you know how you’re going to score your points?  Do you have an identifiable offensive skill set?  If you do not, you need to figure out what you do best and refine those skills.  Remember that organized basketball is not the same as pickup ball.  Everybody can’t just do whatever they want.  The coach is going to put the ball in the hands of those who can handle and create plays.  He is going to draw up plays to get guys open who can catch-and-shoot.  He is going to isolate 1-on-1 scorers in the spots they like to receive the ball.  If you are just “talented” and don’t have a refined offensive skill set, it will be hard for the coach to draw up plays for you and by extension harder for your to get your 20 point average.

Train For A High Free Throw Percentage

Great scorers get extra points at the free throw line.  In the NBA, the average amount of free throws made for 20 PPG scorers is close to 6.  That’s makes, not attempts.  So think about attempting about 8 free throws a game.  To do that, that means you must be intentional about getting to the rim, because that is where most shooting fouls occur.  You also must be adept at drawing and absorbing contact, instead of avoiding it or routinely getting your shot blocked.  This is an important skill, and a lot of good players don’t have it.  If you can live at the free throw line, you can add crucial points to your scoring average.  The ability to get to and convert at the free throw line can be the difference between a 15 PPG scorer and a 20 PPG scorer.

Basketball Training For A Killer Mentality

I briefly touched on this earlier, but 20 PPG scorers can’t be afraid to fail.  20 PPG scorers in the NBA are taking anywhere between 13 and 21 shot attempts per game.  And that doesn’t include shots on which they are fouled and don’t make the shot.  These guys are shooting a lot.  And you must too if you want to score.  A lot of players look for “perfect” shot opportunities before they will shoot, where they are almost wide open.  Well, as a known scorer you are not going to get wide open a whole bunch.  You have to be willing to go create your own shot and create something out of nothing.  You also can’t let a couple of misses to cause you to stop shooting.  The misses rack up for 20 PPG scorers, that’s just the nature of the job.  But 20 PPG scorers don’t let the misses change their scoring mentality.

Scoring 20 PPG is a goal a lot of you may have.  After seeing what it takes to get it done, are you still up for the challenge?  If you are, contact your local Dallas basketball trainer today to help you get your overall skills, go-to skill set, free throws and scoring mentality up to par with the best scorers in basketball.  We can’t wait to see you racking up the points.  If you are looking to find a basketball trainer outside of Dallas, check out