Don’t practice until you get it right.
Practice until you can’t get it wrong.
The NYC Parks Junior Knicks and Junior Liberty League uses the game of basketball to unite boys and girls from across New York City, while providing a positive, structured environment for self-improvement, personal growth, and community development. This year, more than 150 teams will participate in 8-11, 12-14, and 15-17 age divisions across the five boroughs. Teams will play intra-borough round robin games weekly and then compete in intra-borough tournaments.
Players will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for spots across the city. To be considered for the league, submit your information using our online registration system.
It is the championship game. You have the ball and a 1 point lead with 24 seconds left, no time outs, both teams are in the bonus. One of your teammates needs 3 points to win the scoring title. What do you do?
There are some options below. Think about them carefully. Your decisions will be based on your Relationship to the team, the coach and the players. You may want to skip to the bottom and read the definition of relationship before you answer!
The Good of the Individual versus the Good of the Team.
What is more important? Always?
YOUR GOOD versus His/Her Good
Consider work – Consider relationships
Happiness and Selfishness
Can the two things coexist?
RELATIONSHIP: the way in which two or more people or things are connected: Connection, association, link
TRUST: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something: Confidence, belief, faith
LOYALTY: a strong feeling of support or allegiance: Duty, dedication, commitment
SELFISH: lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure: Inconsiderate, thoughtless, uncaring
Life & NYB – Relationships is part of a discussion series designed to make better people and players. Click the link for the handout and the accompanying Fast Five from the Foul Line Drill.
Recently, I watched an athletic High School girl grab a bunch of rebounds and not score during a game. She played most of the game but only took 3-4 shots. We wound up in the same elevator after the game. I said, “You don’t shoot enough”. She said, “They never pass me the ball”. That was true, but it was also true she never made herself available. She always set up on the weak side. The shots she took didn’t have a chance of going in. She allowed the defender to stand between her and the ball. She was generally “out of position” and not a factor in the game. How do you make her a better scorer?
Run the Floor: You need to get in rebounding and shooting positions before the ball is available. Hustle to where you think the ball is going to be.
Offensive Rebounds are your friend. Get lots of them if you can and score immediately. You are 3-10 feet from the basket.
Defensive Rebounds should be rewarded. Run the floor. Get into position. Look to get the ball back.
Positioning: Use footwork to get where you want to be. Flash to open positions rather than fight for them. Create clear passing lanes in front of or to the side of the ball handler about 10 feet away. Make eye contact with the ball handler. Give him/her a passing target.
Face the Basket: Once you get the ball, immediately face and square to the basket prepared to shoot. This is the Triple Threat position.
SHOOT: Don’t hesitate.
Blast: Go right past your defender. Get your head and shoulders past him/her and “pin” them by stepping just outside of his/her foot.
Sweep: Firmly hold the ball on one side of your body and strongly bring it to the other side. Complete the move by shooting or stepping into a jump shot or drive.
Fake: Head Fake, Ball Fake, Jab Step – these moves will freeze the defender or cause him/her to move or lean in the wrong direction giving you the opportunity to take a shot.
Step back: To create a little space so you can get a shot off.
Pass: Why? You have worked hard to get in position. Passing is the most dangerous part of a play. The pass itself doesn’t get you a score and the ball can be tipped away or stolen.
Be Part of Every Play: Work hard on every play. Don’t be the last person up the court. The shot will be taken before you ever get there.
Make Your Shots: Nothing is more frustrating than someone missing an easy shot. If that’s you consistently, you won’t get the ball. Become a good shooter. Your teammates will have greater confidence in passing you the ball!
Fight Frustration: You will feel the ball handler should have passed you the ball more often. If you do the things above, you will.
NOTE: After doing these questions for the past few weeks, it should be getting easier to answer the questions. Get even smarter by reading the rule reference to every question, not just the ones you weren’t sure about.