The Roots trainers are just like the rest of the Roots family, we have dreams goals and ambitions with our hoop careers and individual game. We want to grow our game each and every day and play to our full potential. Whether it’s for pick up games in the gym, a local semi-pro league, Europe or the NBA we strive to become the best players we can possibly be. With that in mind we will be training every day for Eurobasket tryouts in July 2014 and the NBA D-League Tryouts in September 2014. Join, work, follow and compete with us on our journey! Track our progress at www.rootsbasketball.com. #growyourgame #rootsdreams #wecandoanything
Sign up for workouts on the link below, and then let us know at your first workout which workout plan you will be doing.
Coach: Spencer Roland and Ryan Hoff
Hello Roots Family,
We are planning on doing a new, cool training plan this Winter. Players will sign up for a monthly plan with a trainer. We are going to get groups of 5 players with similar ages to workout in groups together. Within these groups we think we will be able to do some more active, and game-like drills to prepare for the season right around the corner.
You will receive 4-5 group workouts per week, and 1 individual workout per week during the slotted times with your trainer.
Sign up now before the spots are taken up. This will begin Friday, November 1.
The skills listed below are missing from a lot of basketball players (all ages) today. For those that do have them or plan to learn them there is no doubt in my mind that they will stand out in a positive way. The awesome thing is, these skills aren’t asking anyone to do anything extraordinary like touch the top of the backboard, or bench press 300 pounds. Anyone will be able to learn these, and become good at them with practice if they put their mind to it.
And they should.
These skills will sound rudimentary and undemanding, yet if you really think about each action a lot of them don’t get executed well (or at all) in games. If a whole team can execute each one of these actions on each possession throughout a game, their team will have much more success. Just need to implement each fundamental from the beginning and stay persistent through teaching how and why each action takes place.
1. Catching the ball in a triple threat stance facing the basket. The part “facing the basket” is very important, a lot of kids who do catch the ball in a triple threat stance are often facing half court or the sidelines which ruins the point of catching it in triple threat. From this stance, it is extremely important that you use the ball, your upper body and head area as a shield nudging back the defense so that they cannot come up and suffocate you keeping you from having vision and passing options. All players need to learn how to do this without receiving offensive foul calls. (Below, Blake Griffin in a strong triple threat pose)
2. This next skill is kind of tricky to understand, but all guards should know it. The skill is being able to go “nowhere” with your dribble yet not receiving a five-count violation. By going “nowhere” I mean the player should be able to create space from their defender without disrupting the play that is currently being set up or already in motion. This is highly important, especially for point guards, so that they can get their offense into the right positions in sets under pressure from a defender. The player needs to be able to keep their dribble alive and create space from the defender to relieve the five second count from the referee while his/her teammates are hustling to get to their spots in any particular offensive set. This is also important for when a player is being denied and the point guard has to maintain their dribble. Often times in youth basketball especially, a guard will be hounded by a defender and they will break off from the play and drive wildly to the basket to get away from the defender – not a good play. Instead, that player should create space from the defender to relieve the five second count and then keep the play called out from the coach alive.
The way to do this is to pretend like you’re going to drive by them, and then back dribble. Using this skill under control will help your team greatly, and earn you much more playing time especially in tight situations. (The video below highlights some great guard moves to relieve pressure)
3. The next skill is the most important of the three skills listed in my opinion. The skill is passing the ball to the open player as they become open, NOT after they have already been open. There’s a big difference between becoming open and been open. Passing the ball to a player that has been open takes away their opportunity to score, and sometimes gets the ball stolen altogether on the pass. Passing the ball to a player that is becoming open allows that player a lot of time to take a high percentage shot, and gives you a greater chance to receive an assist instead of a turnover.
Become better at this skill by being in a triple threat stance with your eyes up at all times when you’re not dribbling so that you can pass at any given moment and don’t have to waste time getting into passing position. While dribbling, become better at this skill by staying low and athletic (better stance to pass from) and keeping your eyes up so that you can see all action taking place. It also helps if you are mentally in the game and know what to expect from each play that is being run. You can often be one step ahead of your teammates in knowing where they are going. (Below is a great video talking about Jason Kidd’s vision – and how he has the ball ready for his teammates right when they need it)
I cannot stress enough how important these three skills are for all ages of basketball players. Please put the time forth to learn and perfect each skill.