to get more enjoyment from the game
- Plan your season. Which games do you
really want to watch? Which teams are you most interested in?
Whether your team is amateur or pro, schedule conflicts are likely.
Look well ahead to the playoffs.
- Write to the team members. You'd be
amazed at how good it makes you feel to send a note to a specific
team member--not the star--who did an exceptional job of passing or
guarding during a recent game. If you attend a game, that person
will likely want to meet you.
- For pro teams, write to the owners. Let
them know you don't feel they need to pay the high salaries they
pay. Explain that you would be able to go to more games if not for
the high costs. This has the effect of putting downward price
pressure on the players and making some take the game more
- For amateur teams, write to the coaches.
Let them know how much you appreciate the fact "the team played
their hearts out." You'll see better playing in the future,
with this kind of encouragement backing the team.
- Always be polite. Show respect for the
opposing team, coaches, etc. Show respect for the referee. The game
is more enjoyable when people act maturely, versus throwing temper
tantrums or insulting other people.
to play better basketball
- Start with your posture.
Most people do not stand up straight. Their shoulders are rotated
forward, and their hips are at the wrong angle. This weakens overall
body performance, strength, and speed.
- Learn to walk. This
might see like strange advice, but take note. Most people do not
walk. Instead, they fall forward from one foot to the other. If you
watch closely, you can see this. To break yourself of this, practice
walking and stopping yourself in mid-stride. Also practice walking
on surfaces that are slippery or don't offer support--ice, sand, and
gravel are such surfaces. What you learn will definitely show on the
- Learn to breathe. Again,
this sounds strange. However, most people do not take a full breath
(partly because of bad posture), so they "wind" quickly.
You can greatly increase your endurance by doing focused breathing
exercises. If you don't know any, take a martial arts or yoga class.
- Drill. Sure, we all hate
to do boring drills. But, practice makes perfect--when you do it
right. When doing drills, work on your form. Otherwise, you merely
reinforce bad habits.
- Stow the ego. Military
people "stow" things--that is, they put them away out of
site. Take constructive advice, tips, and coaching very seriously.
Practice defense on the court, but not in conversation. let others
share their insights and wisdom with you. You cannot watch yourself
play, but they can. Let their viewpoint help you improve.