“Don’t mistake activity for achievement.” – John Wooden
Some players — and coaches — are enamored with “hustle” — bodies flying all over the court or field with reckless abandon. To some, it looks like a lot of effort is being expended. Unfortunately, as I observe scholastic sports, much of this activity lacks purpose… there’s no rhyme or reason to it. Some of it is nothing more than a lot of frenetic energy that, ultimately, doesn’t accomplish much.
Whether you’re practicing, playing, or training… have a goal. Understand what it is you want (need) to accomplish and what is required of you to achieve the desired result. Think situationally about the “why,” “what,” and “how.” Your practice, game-play, and training should be purposeful.
For example, when you practice ball-handling and shooting, don’t just randomly dribble and throw the ball at the basket. Work on your “off” hand, and practice moves that help you create your own shot (hesitation, step-back, etc.).
When you take batting practice, don’t just swing the bat to make contact. Practice bunting, hitting behind the runner, hitting to the opposite field, and hitting the ball in the air (sac fly).
When you train, don’t just do random exercises. Perform exercises and drills that are aligned with your goals, and reflect the demands and movement patterns of your sport(s) — whether they be strength, speed, power, agility, etc.
Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!