Ross Schraeder is a former UC Irvine and European professional basketball player as well as the Director of Pro Skills Basketball Denver.

3 BENEFITS OF POSITIONLESS BASKETBALL

Positionless youth basketball

The game of basketball has undergone a revolution of sorts over the last 10 years. We now see traditional roles and positions on the court going by the wayside in favor of more dynamic players who can slot into multiple different spots on the court. This has been coined “positionless basketball”.

The days of having a traditional “big man” or “point guard” or “small forward” have morphed into a more simple definition of “guards” and “forwards”, many of which are interchangeable. Hence the term “positionless”.

With positionless basketball now being played at the highest level of the game in the NCAA and NBA, why would we, in youth basketball, not want to teach our young players the same concepts?  

Having positionless basketball players creates a more interesting team that is harder to match up with because of the varying abilities of all players on the court.

It also can save the sanity of a youth coach because rather than having to label kids as the “1”, “2”, “3”, etc. a youth coach can simply teach the same overall concept and allow them to work out what they do best on their own.

But let’s dive deeper into this now and discuss 3 direct benefits of positionless youth basketball, and why this will be the main focus for PSB Club Teams in 2019.

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4 WAYS TO IMPROVE MENTAL FOCUS & CONCENTRATION IN BASKETBALL

basketball concentration
At Pro Skills Basketball, we use the acronym F.O.C.U.S. in our attempt to make a change in a youth sports culture that we see as flawed.

The “C” in F.O.C.U.S. stands for “Concentrate” which involves an essential and crucial piece to the development of the young mind both in basketball and in life.

In short, the simple definition of concentration is “the action or power of focusing one’s attention or mental effort.”

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THE 5 MINUTE BASKETBALL WARM-UP

By: Ross Schraeder

Basketball Warm-Up

Dynamic 5 Minute Pre-Game Basketball Warm-Up

“Be ready to go right from the start.” “Play hard above all.” “Let’s get after them on defense from the start.”

As a coach, these are a few of the things that I have said to my team before a game starts in the final huddle. They are all true and necessary, and usually the team that comes out ready to play is the one who prevails in the end. So what are you doing in order to prepare them physically and mentally to come out with the aggression and desire that you want to see as coach? The basketball warm-up is super important for any team to get off to a fast start!

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