It’s October and the NBA preseason has started. NBA players have been training all summer to improve their weaknesses and enhance their strengths. Hopefully, you spent your off-season working diligently on your shooting, ball handling, and other skills. But, if not, I wanted to talk about some last-minute preparations you can make before you try out for your high school team or begin practicing with your college team. I created this preseason training program to help you just in time for try-outs or preseason practices.
If you want to have a better chance of making your high school basketball team or want to tune up pre-season, here is a sample preseason training program that will help you. This workout works on the basic skills that will help you at your modified, JV, and varsity team tryout. If you are a college player, start here and you can move to my Advanced Program (available at www.nextlvlbasketball.com)
Where can you access videos of these drills?
If you don’t already know, I have created an online training program that has videos of hundreds of drills that I have used to help athletes of all ages. The videos include all of the drills listed in this pre-season tune-up workout (and many more). If you aren’t certain about the drills listed below, you can sign up for our 7-day free trial to access the videos you need.
I give away a free trial because I think that you will really benefit from these drills and you will want to keep your subscription. However, there is no risk, just cancel in the first 7 days if you don’t want to keep your subscription.
The programs are designed for starters and advanced skills, so there is something for everyone.
Visit www.nextlvlbasketball.com for your free trial.
Here is a mini-video with a few videos for beginners included:
Here is my pre-season tune-up to help you improve your skills. If you implement these drills, you will, without a doubt, improve your game. Let’s get started!
Preseason Training Program
Stationary Ball Handling Drills
- Waist High Pounds – 50 reps
- In Outs – 50 reps
- Wave Dribbles – 50 reps
- Cross-Cross – 50 reps
- BTB-BTB – 50 reps
- Pound-Killer – 50 reps
- 2-Ball Pound
- 2-Ball Kill
- FC Pound-Cross
- FC Pound-Killer
- FC Pound-BTB
- FC 2-Ball Pound-Cross
- FC 2-Ball Pound In-Out
- Mikan Drill
- Reverse Mikan Drill
- O-I Mikan Drill
- X Out Layups (Outside Hand)
- X Out Layups (Pro Hop)
- 1 Hand Form Shooting 5ft
- 2 Hand Form Shooting 5ft
- 1 Hand Form Shooting 10ft
- 2 Hand Form Shooting 10ft
- Close Range Jump Shots
- Mid-Range Jump Shots
- Elbow to Elbow
If you want to reach your potential as a basketball player, you should be practicing 1-1/2 hours per day on your skills. As long you are practicing at game speed you don’t need to train for hours and hours.
Remember you still need to spend time in the weight room working on your agility, strength, and explosiveness. It is important to work on all facets of your game without overtraining which could lead to injury.
As a basketball coach and skills trainer for close to a decade, I know firsthand that there is no substitute for the dedication and hard work that it takes to excel at this game. I have also seen the benefit and rewards to those players that put in the time! As a result of your hard work and dedication, you will be ready for this season!