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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Five Ways to Improve

This is from Mano Watsa from PGC Basketball...

Like most people, a lot of basketball players are looking for that one thing that will create an immediate impact for themselves and their team. Let’s take a look at five things any player can do to gain immediate improvement:

1. Take Higher Percentage Shots
All basketball coaches love having a good shooter on their team. The way to instantly improve your shooting percentage is to eliminate shots that are difficult to make. If that seems simple, it is. It’s amazing how an athlete can appear to be a good (or better) shooter when they stop taking shots they don’t make very often.
To evaluate your shot, ask yourself these three key questions:
1. Was your shot on balance?
2. Was your shot within range?
3. Was your shot in rhythm?
If the answer is ‘no’ to any of these questions, you have attempted a shot that will make you a less efficient shooter. In addition, the shots you are taking will cause your teammates and coach to lose confidence in you. Earn your coach and teammate’s trust through your shot selection.
It’s been said that it doesn’t matter how beautiful a swing a baseball player has. If he always swing at bad pitches, his batting average will be embarrassingly low. The same applies in basketball. It doesn’t matter how sweet your stroke looks if you constantly shoot poor shots. Eliminating poor shots during a game can increase your shooting percentage significantly. Good coaches love that.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Recovery Shakes

Science is showing the importance of getting protein into the athlete after they work out. This helps not only with muscle recovery but in helping to build strength. Here are some recipes that sound interesting.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Where Championships Are Won

"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights."
Muhammad Ali

Monday, April 7, 2014


"You'll forget wins and losses.  You'll forget stats and half-time talks. But you'll NEVER forget your teammates." (Zach Bohannon)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Shooting Math

Luke Yaklich started out as a girls varsity basketball coach at LaSalle-Peru. Today he is an assistant men's basketball coach at Illinois State. 

Luke Yaklich, posted the following tweet--

Shooter's Math...
200 makes x 5 days per week x 4 weeks in month x next 7 months = 28,000 makes by November! 

Small improvements over time...

The good news for us is that we have 12 players coming back from last year's team. The great news is that many of them are very committed to working and improving. Coach Yaklich-- (1) challenges us to work even harder, (2) shows consistent work adds up to something impressive!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

There Are Still STUDENT-Athletes

This is a great story on how the Badgers spent the day between games in California. It is entitled- "Celebrate? Sorry, We're Studying." It is from the New York Times.

Bo Ryan- You Think You Have Problems

Story from USA Today on Bo Ryan methods....

When Sam Dekker tried — and failed — to catch a pass with one hand the other night, Saul Phillips knew what would come next. The buzzer sounded. Another Badger entered the game. Dekker went to the bench. Bo Ryan followed him to his seat.
"Anybody who ever played for Bo knew what Bo was gonna tell him," said Phillips, who played for Ryan at Wisconsin-Platteville and now is the head coach at North Dakota State. " 'Catch the ball with two hands!' There are a lot of people out there who've experienced the exact same message."