How was your weekend?
If you were a player, coach or parent that was in Louisville, Chicago, DC or ALT I would love to know how your experience was
Now that the AAU season is over, here’s what you should be doing as a player in August
1. Fix What is Broken
Meaning, do you have any nagging injuries? If so, you want to rest and clear these up before the pre-season starts or if you play a Fall sport
2. Assess and Plan
Have a meeting with your coach and talk about what you need to work on as far as your game. How you can become a better player and teammate?
I would also recommend having a conversation with yourself and figure out how committed you are and what you really want
Do you want to play D1 or is your dream school playing at a D2 or a Nescac school?
There is a different committed at each level, so please be educated and ready to work
3. Hire a Coach
It is fair to say, that most female athletes would benefit from more strength training, conditioning and sports performance work.
I have talked to a lot of coaches, strength coaches at the D1 level and keep in mind, I played D1 basketball at a very high level, so please take my advice, BALANCE OUT YOUR SKILL WORK WITH STRENGTH WORK!
Both coaches and sports performance coaches say that all if not most of their freshman have little to no strength training experience when they come in for pre-season.
The biggest difference from high school to college is SPEED AND STRENGTH not skill! So the only way to improve your speed and strength is to get into the weight room. Or just start by doing body weight movements and make sure your movement foundation is solid!
Hiring a coach also ties in to preventing ACL injuries and injuries in general, so listen to me, hire a coach
4. Have Fun
Remember why you started playing the game in the first place: Love
The season can be long and draining, take a few weeks off, enjoy your afternoons off and be a kid. Hang out with your friends, go out and play and goof around.
When I train my athletes, we use sleds, ropes, bands, kettlebells, etc. We train and get better, but we also have fun
So there you have it, my 4 pieces of advice 🙂
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Your Friend and Coach,